Monthly Archives: March 2017

Silver Cross Wave

When we finished setting up the Silver Cross Wave, my husband smiled, looked at me and said, “Our baby better not get used to this level of comfort and style because we don’t drive a Rolls.” The Wave is the … Continue reading

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Week 28: Baby what’s-his-name

Last night I dreamt that baby had arrived and I was taking care of him. In the morning, I asked myself, “Did he have a name? What was his name??” But if he did have a name in the dream, … Continue reading

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Skip Hop Tuo Convertible Highchair

As a first-time dad-to-be, I honestly wasn’t that excited about picking out a highchair. Most of them seemed pretty straightforward and looked kind of similar … at least that’s what I thought until we found the Skip Hop Tuo Convertible … Continue reading

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A long-distance affair

When my husband and I were a young couple striking out on our own, the distance from our hometowns seemed temporary—an adventure, an experiment, a story about our wayfaring youth we would tell someday when we had made it back … Continue reading

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Week 27: Cause for pause, er, paws

Exactly one year and one day after we got married, Lee and I met a tiny furball with big ears and fell in love. Our dog, Fig, is definitely the baby of our family right now. She loves cuddles and … Continue reading

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Babies raising babies: A birth story

As Hannah continues to prepare for round two of childbirth, I thought it would be fitting to share a condensed version of Lydia’s birth story from almost a year and a half ago. Experiencing Lydia’s birth will forever be one … Continue reading

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Week 37: Sick and tired

It started with my 4-year-old. For a couple weeks, she had been coughing. No one else had gotten it until my younger daughter and my husband both caught it the same night. Thanks to my eight years as a public school … Continue reading

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Stress is a thief

I really don’t like to pull the hormonal card, but for once, I am hoping I can place some blame on the emotional whirlwind that is pregnancy. I’m not sure this is even related to pregnancy hormones, but I am … Continue reading

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A last-minute detour: The birth of Isaac

After my daughter, Addy, was born, I had my heart set on a VBAC. I labored very quickly with Addy and pushed hard for two hours to have her head still stuck at -1 station. When she was delivered via … Continue reading

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Week 27: You are my son-shine

I have a wonderful 9-year-old daughter and two delightful sons, ages 3 and 6. It would be easy to get excited about adding another girl to the mix, but you know, having a herd of boys has its perks, too. … Continue reading

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Getting all emotional

As I promised I would in my last post, I bought Lydia a balloon this week after getting back from traveling to New York. Well, I would have bought it, but the kind grocery store employee thought Lydia was so … Continue reading

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Week 26: Tick, tick, tick

Just this week I realized, courtesy of my baby registry’s countdown, that there are fewer than 100 days until my due date. I am closing in on the end of the second trimester at a rapid pace, and I can’t … Continue reading

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Week 36: Preparing for birth at home

As I enter the last month of this pregnancy, I am starting to realize how very behind I am in my preparedness for both the baby and the birth. For some reason, it’s still so surreal that it’s happening at … Continue reading

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How many weeks?

You know what I think I just realized? I still haven’t shared the gender of our second baby, even though we have known for weeks! Is that correct? I think it is! Sadly, this is not surprising to me, and … Continue reading

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In the blink of an eye: The birth of Penelope Jane

Penelope is my third child, and this pregnancy was my first time going past my due date. Those last days of pregnancy are a mental chess game, and I now understand just how much harder it is each day you go … Continue reading

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Nuna TAVO

When the Nuna TAVO arrived on our doorstep, my husband was eager to put it together and take baby’s first set of wheels for a test drive. If I’m being honest, he did the majority of the assembly. (It’s more his wheelhouse, pun … Continue reading

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Week 26: June is not soon

It’s crazy how pregnant I look—there’s such a difference even over the last two weeks! I’m struggling to wrap my mind around doing this for another three months. My belly will be out of control. I’m at the point now … Continue reading

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Petunia Pickle Bottom for MOBY Wrap

I was super excited to receive my Moby wrap, as I have been told this is an absolute must-have item for any new mom. It has been on a number of my girlfriends’ registries and I have even purchased my … Continue reading

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It’s just good to be home

This last week at work has been rough. I usually manage to get most of my work done in time to leave the office by 6 every evening, but due to some changes at work, this week has required much … Continue reading

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Week 25: Waiting and wondering

At this point in my pregnancy, I’m still popping by my OB’s office every four weeks to make sure Birdie and I are A-OK. Most of the time I try to avoid doctor visits, but from the moment my appointment ends, … Continue reading

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Ella’s Kitchen Giveaway Official Rules

NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE THE CHANCES OF WINNING. Eligibility:Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is open only to those who sign up at the online sweepstakes page http://www.pnmag.com/baby-buzz/giveaways/ellas-kitchen-giveaway-2017/ (“Sweepstakes Page”) and who are 18 as … Continue reading

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Week 35: How we nest

Every pregnancy of mine has been paired with some major home renovation project. This is partly due to the fact that we have been working on the house pretty much nonstop since we bought it eight years ago. However, there is … Continue reading

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Ella’s Kitchen Giveaway

Three hungry munchkins will win $500 of Ella’s Kitchen yummy infant foods! To be considered eligible to win you are opting in to receive Ella’s Kitchen monthly newsletter. For Official Rules please see here.  

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Bumbleride Speed

Let’s start by acknowledging what everyone is thinking: Running is hard. And running with a baby—exponentially harder. But, if you are inclined to do it, you could do far worse than the Bumbleride Speed. Introduced in 2016, the Speed keeps … Continue reading

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At long last: The birth of Junia

I was 10 days past my due date. Never in my life had 10 days felt so long—not even when I was a kid waiting for Christmas! Pregnant with my first child in the middle of July, 10 days overdue, fearing the unknown … Continue reading

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Sliced bread

OK, I know it’s a little drab when someone goes on and on about their kid. I remember when I started blogging for P&N, and someone said to me, “It’s great to have an outlet to brag on baby.” She … Continue reading

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Week 25: Back to reality

It is so hard to come back from vacation! When my alarm sounded this morning, I closed my eyes and remembered a few days ago, waking up to the sound of crashing waves, early sunlight streaming through the window and … Continue reading

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Nuna PIPA

My husband and I were so excited to get the Nuna PIPA infant car seat—for quite a few reasons! First, it’s smartly designed … both in terms of style and safety. (It even has a load leg to absorb impact. … Continue reading

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The first month of parenting as told by Google searches

You can tell a lot about a person from their recent Google search history, and I’m willing to bet that new parents are some of Google’s most active users. My wife and I searched so many things in the first … Continue reading

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Week 24: Camera shy

The other day I posted this photo on Instagram. It’s not the prettiest picture, but it made me so happy to see my main squeeze, my goofy dog and my bump all in one rectangle—and all piled up on one … Continue reading

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Week 34: Drama-rama

The third trimester has always been the one to bring out all my emotions. I can hold it together pretty well when I’m pregnant until I near the end, and then I can’t promise I won’t lose it over something … Continue reading

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Make haste: The birth of Ava

It was Saturday, the day before my due date. I had been experiencing nausea for the past week or two. I was ready to have the baby because I was getting pretty uncomfortable. I reviewed all the highlighted sections in my … Continue reading

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Week 24: Last getaway as a party of five

Aloha from Oahu! We decided this was the perfect time to take a long-anticipated Hawaiian vacation, for a few reasons: My wonderful sister and her family live here, at least for another 18 months while they’re in school at BYU-Hawaii. … Continue reading

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Dealing with sciatica

If you’re experiencing “numbness, burning or tingling down the leg, you might be facing sciatica, an all-too- common pregnancy condition,” warns Evelyn Haworth, DC, a chiropractor in Chicago. “The sciatic nerve is formed by five nerve roots that come together … Continue reading

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Coming up Rosie

When Natalie Hurst of Salt Lake City, Utah, found out that her fourth baby would be her first daughter, she was thrilled—not just about the baby herself but also with the prospect of designing a space for little Rosie in … Continue reading

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Micuna OVO

I’ve been a longtime admirer of the Micuna OVO (I’d be embarrassed to admit how many times I’ve pinned it to my “Baby” board over the years), so when I found out the Spanish company would begin distributing its stunning … Continue reading

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Ease the quease

 1. Eat small, frequent meals throughout the day. A mix of protein and complex carbs—think nut butter on whole-wheat toast—is best, but do what you can. Keeping something in your stomach usually helps. Because it’ll likely be empty when you wake up in … Continue reading

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Summer Infant Panorama Digital Color Video Monitor

After three babies and at least as many baby monitors, I decided it was time to join the 21st century and try out a video monitor! I know many mamas who swear by them, and I can definitely see why. … Continue reading

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Week 23: Eat this not that

Way back when Lee and I decided to first start trying to make a baby, I took a farewell tour of all of the yummy foods I’d be forced to forego the moment a positive pregnancy test turned up. We … Continue reading

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How-to make the most of diaper changes

By the time your newborn is a week old, you could easily perform diaper duty in your sleep (heck, you practically do), but that doesn’t mean the task should be carried out on autopilot. Research shows that baby-parent bonding may influence … Continue reading

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Why we nest

Before I had my first baby, I thought nesting was one of those pregnancy phenomena that were exaggerated just to make for a good story. Surely women weren’t really possessed to scrub down the tops of their refrigerators and alphabetize all the … Continue reading

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Stokke MyCarrier Front and Back Carrier

With three kids under the age of 4, babywearing is not only a personal preference but an absolute necessity in my life. Being able to have two free hands to assist the toddlers with snacks, the monkey bars or an outfit … Continue reading

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March 2017 giveaways

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to: Whitney (WI), Jennifer (PA), Sanjay (PA), Dolores (FL), Ashley (MS), Jerry (IL), Pamela CT) and Jay (MN)! We have $3,250 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our March issue! Click on each image … Continue reading

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Baby-safe beauty

There’s so much advice out there for expectant women that it’s difficult to know what to adopt and what to ignore. Are you doomed to forgo your routine hair color touch-ups for the next nine months? Do you really need … Continue reading

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BOB Stroller Strides

My husband was the first to open the package and put the BOB Stroller Strides together. When I came over and asked him about the instruction manual, he said it didn’t come with one. That didn’t sound right, so I … Continue reading

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March 2017—Dream on Me giveaway

One darling wee one will win a Dream on Me Bailey 5-in-1 Convertible Crib, and another will win a Chesapeake 5-in-1 Convertible Crib—both in the color of the winners’ choice.

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If the shoe fits …

1. Choose wisely. “First shoes should be lightweight and flexible to best allow your baby to learn coordination skills,” says Ben Spitalnick, MD, FAAP, president of the Georgia chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Think cloth or soft leather … Continue reading

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Pregnancy pest control

Although growing a baby is an awesome feat, the side effects are plentiful—and, unfortunately for the mamas carrying those wee ones, they’re mostly pretty unpleasant. (Heavier-than-normal vaginal discharge, we’re looking at you.) Read on for a bevy of ways to … Continue reading

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Cry baby

If a baby fails to offer a strong cry immediately following birth, we worry. If that same baby—once home—cries a whole lot, we worry! Though everyone knows that infants cry, new parents in particular often feel uncertain about what baby’s … Continue reading

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Delivery room MVP

When I arrived at the hospital to deliver my first baby, I had no idea what I was walking into. I had not attended any birth-related classes, and I’d never watched an episode of TLC’s “A Baby Story” because I … Continue reading

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