Monthly Archives: May 2017

Week 36: Hello, my baby’s name is …

Lee and I settled on our boy and girl names weeks ago, but we decided to keep them under wraps until we have a baby to introduce as so-and-so, which has annoyed our friends and family members to no end. … Continue reading

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Annoying words

Do you ever get tired of hearing yourself talk? I know I do, especially in seasons where I am very, well, tired. Feeling tired is also like having chronic diarrhea of the mouth. No matter what day, time of day … Continue reading

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A room for you … someday

Most families like to finish the nursery before the baby comes. Most expectant moms are picking out themes, furniture and decorations for the nursery, so it’s just right for the arrival of their new baby. We have never managed to … Continue reading

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Perfect timing: The birth of Isla

I am the 5 percent—that rare, elusive baby born on its due date. As Lauren and I awaited our first, due on April 13, we joked, wondered and—I dare say—hoped that our child might follow in his or her father’s footsteps. … Continue reading

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Unbridled joy: The birth of Isla

When I was first assigned a due date, April 13, I thought two things: Perfect. I’ll be able to complete the big work task scheduled for April 12 before going into labor. Thank goodness only 5 percent of babies are … Continue reading

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Week 36: It’s the final countdown

36 weeks, people! I had an appointment with my OB on Wednesday to check on my cervix and the baby’s position; I’ll be going in weekly now to keep tabs. As extremely embarrassing as pelvic exams always are, I did … Continue reading

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Week 18: It’s a … !

Wait, wait, wait … You’ll have to read a bit of my blathering before you get to the good stuff! I had an appointment at the birthing center with our midwife on Monday, and I got to hear sweet little … Continue reading

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Week 35: Let’s talk about sex … baby’s that is

If you’ve been following along on my weekly prenatal updates, you’ve heard that Lee and I decided to keep Birdie’s sex a surprise. (If you haven’t, now you know!) I already covered the reasons why way back in week 22, … Continue reading

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And then just when you’re finding your way …

After one particularly exhausting day where my two-year-old swallowed a small glass pebble and also tried to use fingernail polish as lipstick, I adopted the mantra, “I can handle this without screaming or swearing.” I know, both of those objects … Continue reading

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Oh hold: The birth of Helena Rose

I was walking around dilated 3 centimeters and having contractions five minutes apart for days, but I wasn’t progressing so the doctors kept sending me home or telling me it wasn’t time. On December 20, the contractions were getting much worse, … Continue reading

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Celebration vibes

I have had a very emotional week. Being the mother to a 10-month-old while six months pregnant makes even the most celebratory events a toss up between happy tears and feeling overwhelmed. Mother’s Day came with a certain anticipation brought … Continue reading

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Week 35: Almost healthy

“Mom, you should stop eating food because I think you’re starting to get fat.” Words of advice from 4-year-old Graham. Honestly, he was generous to say that I’m only “starting” to get fat—my workout clothes, which I wear nearly half … Continue reading

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Week 17: Wherefore art thou, hunger?

Yay! We’re 17 weeks in! I’m still shocked every single Tuesday when I get the notification that there’s a new size comparison. There is a baby in there! I’m now solidly into the first month of the second trimester, and … Continue reading

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Week 34: Happy (belated) Mother’s Day!

At 34 weeks pregnant, I didn’t have big plans for Mother’s Day. Part of me didn’t feel like I should … because technically speaking, I’m a mom-to-be … not a mom. But my thoughtful husband snuck out early Sunday morning … Continue reading

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Summer Infant Stroller Sweepstakes

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The first days turned into a month

  The idea that a month has nearly passed with my new baby is completely beyond me. All the cliches about how quickly time goes by don’t even do justice to the speed of this last month. I’m trying so … Continue reading

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SwaddleMe Deluxe By Your Side Sleeper

My first baby was a nightmare in regards to sleep, so in preparation for baby No. 2, we were prepared to try all sorts of sleep products. The SwaddleMe Deluxe By Your Side Sleeper (let’s go with “Deluxe” for short) … Continue reading

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Don’t forget dads

Thanks to social media stalking my every move, I’ve recently felt I am swimming in a sea of pregnant women, water birth photos and belly bumps. It’s awesome! But at the same time, I can’t help but swoon a little bit … Continue reading

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Week 34: Shifting Dynamics

Bringing home a baby always means a major shift in the family dynamics, especially for the members of the household who are experiencing this upheaval for the first time. With baby No. 1, mom and dad experience a hefty lifestyle … Continue reading

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Week 16: I’m leavin’ on a jet plane!

Well, we left on a jet plane, and now, I’m back to tell the tale. Phew! Y’all. This week’s post is going to encompass the last 18 days, as that’s how long we were traipsing around Europe. It’s the longest we/I have … Continue reading

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Week 33: Ready, set, labor

I’m curious to hear how other moms-to-be are planning for the big day (aka baby’s birth day). As a first-timer, I have been trying to set positive but realistic expectations for my foray into the labor and delivery world. I … Continue reading

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Guts and glory: The birth of Jill and Diane

I was 37 weeks and four days into my twin pregnancy and beyond thrilled to be heading to my induction appointment at 6 a.m. on a Friday morning. I was thrilled to be saying goodbye to an uncomfortable existence and hello to … Continue reading

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Beco 8 Baby Carrier

With a newborn and a 2-year-old, anything that can keep this mama’s hands free is a godsend, so I’d been looking into carrier options for quite sometime. My husband and I were hoping to find one that would work well … Continue reading

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It’s a boy!: The birth of Roland

I had been having prodromal labor for a little more than two weeks. Most of the time, the contractions would start at night and stop when I got up and started moving around. On two separate occasions, I felt certain … Continue reading

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Packing up the pretty

I remember having friends over one evening in our former apartment. We lived in a sweet, cozy cottage that sat on a larger estate property. The deep, antique farm sink was made of copper, and the stonework tile added the … Continue reading

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Week 33: Finn’s birth story

No, I haven’t had the baby yet! This is the tale of my second baby, my first boy. And it’s the story of my one and only natural delivery! On July 27, 2010, I finally cashed in a gift certificate … Continue reading

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2017 New York Baby Show

It’s that time of year again! We—your friends at P&N—are so excited for the annual 2017 New York Baby Show, happening May 20-21 at Pier 94 in the big apple. The New York Baby Show—now in its seventh year—is the largest … Continue reading

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Week 32: Or maybe I should say eight weeks to go

People used to ask me when my due date was, but more recently I’ve noticed a shift in the words being used to ponder my pregnant state. Now, I am often asked, “How much longer do you have?” I’ve taken … Continue reading

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It’s just a date

Baby boy’s due date has just about come and gone as I sit down to write this post, and it’s not looking like he’s going to be making an appearance anytime soon. Although Hannah and I are excited to bring … Continue reading

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2017 May and Registry Guide Free Stuff

We have more than $5,100 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs! Click below to view the giveaways for our May issue and Registry Guide. You can enter all contests once daily. May 2017 Registry Guide 2017

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Angelcare AC417 Baby Video, Sound and Movement Monitor

I consider myself to be a pretty relaxed parent. But I’m not going to lie, there have been days that my child is taking a long nap, and for a moment I think, I sure hope they are still breathing. I’m … Continue reading

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Bright young things

0-3 MONTHS With newbies, a little goes a long way. Although he won’t be reaching for toys until around month four, your babe’s reflexes will allow him to grasp rattles and other small toys in his tiny hands. Use tummy … Continue reading

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Poised for delivery

Counting down the months, weeks and then days until your due date is super exciting. But let’s be honest: It can also be scary. It’s natural to wonder what labor will be like and question if you have what it … Continue reading

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Graco Extend2Fit 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat with TrueShield

The Graco Extend2Fit 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat with TrueShield has been welcome addition to our family and a great relief for our 14-month-old, who has been cramped in his infant car seat as he creeps toward its height and weight … Continue reading

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5 signs you’re in labor

For many first-time moms it’s hard to know when it’s time to grab the hospital bag and go. If it’s the real deal, one or more of these will be happening: Contractions are consistent. When you have experienced six to … Continue reading

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Moms of the year: Olivia

This month marks our sixth annual fascinating moms feature, in which we profile five inspiring mothers with vastly different stories who all share a common bond. From business owners to free spirits with one baby or three, they are each … Continue reading

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Baby’s first-year bucket list

Things I was annoyed by while pregnant: throwing up everything I ate, waiting 45 minutes to see my time-challenged gyno, my newly acquired cankles, and my husband saying that we were having a baby. (Um, did you gain 45 pounds … Continue reading

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Suck it up

Sucking is a natural reflex and, for many babies, a source of comfort. So there’s usually no need to worry if your newbie is a thumb-sucker or pacifier aficionado. In fact, researchers have found that using a pacifier can reduce … Continue reading

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May 2017—b.box giveaway

One mini munchkin will win a b.box gift package, featuring a diaper caddy and diaper wallet.

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At a loss

After years at P&N, I’d heard the statistics many times: Approximately 1 in 5 pregnancies end in miscarriage. Your risk climbs with your age, but I was in my mid-20s and healthy—so I didn’t worry. When a test revealed two … Continue reading

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May 2017—pediped giveaway

One little stepper will win a $75 pediped gift card, so she can treat her feet to the coolest kicks in town.

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Ask the Experts: Baby’s bathtime

How often should I bathe my 6-week-old? A: This is a great question with a somewhat surprising answer. Contrary to popular belief, bathing your infant every night is not only unnecessary, but it can actually be a bad thing. The skin … Continue reading

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May 2017—Boppy giveaway

Four fortunate ladies will win a Boppy Mom-To-Be Gift Set including a Boppy Pillow, Infinity Nursing Scarf, Luxe Shopping Cart Cover and Tummy Time To-Go Pad.

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May 2017—Babyhome giveaway

One tiny rider will win a Babyhome VidaPlus stroller—talk about taking to the streets in style.

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How-to: Spring clean the nursery

The flowers blooming and birds chirping are a sure sign it’s time to dust off, well, everything and welcome in some sunshine. Here’s how to get baby’s room spick-and-span in just a handful of easy steps. Sort out The first … Continue reading

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Moms of the year: Neram

This month marks our sixth annual fascinating moms feature, in which we profile five inspiring mothers with vastly different stories who all share a common bond. From business owners to free spirits with one baby or three, they are each … Continue reading

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Fare game

Food allergies aren’t fun, but they are something parents should look out for. Learn the top offenders and the symptoms that signal a negative reaction. The big 8 According to the Food and Drug Administration, these foods tend to cause … Continue reading

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That a boy

You don’t have to be a designer or DIY maven to create a stunning nursery for your wee one. Case in point: pharmacist Lauren Folkmann, who transformed an empty space into this sunny, smart room for her son Magnus. “I … Continue reading

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Moms of the year: Janine

This month marks our sixth annual fascinating moms feature, in which we profile five inspiring mothers with vastly different stories who all share a common bond. From business owners to free spirits with one baby or three, they are each … Continue reading

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Moms of the year: Amber

This month marks our sixth annual fascinating moms feature, in which we profile five inspiring mothers with vastly different stories who all share a common bond. From business owners to free spirits with one baby or three, they are each … Continue reading

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