Monthly Archives: August 2017

Earth’s Best Organic Infant Food Giveaway!

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Earth’s Best® Infant Food Giveaway Terms & Conditions October 2017

NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE THE CHANCES OF WINNING. Eligibility: Earth’s Best® Infant Food Giveaway (the “Sweepstakes”) is open only to those who sign up at the online sweepstakes page (“Sweepstakes Page”) and … Continue reading

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Week 32: The Texas edition

Mamas … REJOICE! The Big Littles are finally back in school! Go get a pedicure, take a nap, and take a breath before fall sports, school plays, class parties, teacher conferences, and the like start back up. I do realize … Continue reading

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Red lines

The other day while getting out of the shower, I was confronted with another new change to my pregnant body … my very first stretch mark. With my first baby, I somehow was able to bypass these lines signaling a … Continue reading

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Taking shots

When I scheduled Deke’s 2-month appointment with the pediatrician a few weeks ago, they had Monday the 21st wide open. 11 a.m.? Perfect. Only, not really. What I didn’t realize at the time I scheduled the appointment was that the eclipse … Continue reading

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Week 31: Boundaries

Have you thought about who you want around you while you’re having your baby, or when you come home with your new family member? That’s been the topic of conversation in the Payne household this week. If you’ve been reading … Continue reading

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Night night chitchat

As the third kid, Roland doesn’t get the sort of a attention that he probably should. Of course he is cared for, and in those caregiving moments I try to give him my full attention, but there’s always a lot … Continue reading

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Along for the ride

Baby Deke is my whole world. Charlotte, Finn, Graham and Shawn are also my whole world. My world is crowded. So while Deacon receives love and attention from many sources, he doesn’t get my undivided attention as much as I … Continue reading

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Week 30: Mommy shaming

Oh my goodness, week 30! This week I experienced my first dose of mommy shaming. Honestly, I’m surprised it took this long. Let me give you a little background: I have done Bikram Yoga for the last eight years. It’s … Continue reading

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Working out those postpartum body blues

I’m not usually one to be antsy to get back into an exercise routine after having a baby. I live for the excuse to not have to put on sneakers in an effort to exert more physical energy than I … Continue reading

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On the menu

Before Bellamy was born, I had many conversations with my husband on bad habits we needed to kick before she arrived, many centering around diet. We were healthy-ish, but we knew her two little eyes would watch our every move … Continue reading

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Hygienetics defined

Who remembers the movie Orange County from 2002? It’s one of the movies my husband and I quote the most, next to Talladega Nights and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. There’s a scene where John Lithgow sits down on the … Continue reading

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Week 29: The Bradley Method: Day one

Hip, hip, hooray! We made it to the week that our birthing classes started! We had our first class on Sunday, and we will continue to have them every Sunday for 2 1/2 hours for 8 weeks. To be honest, … Continue reading

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Week 38: Can we just get labor over with?

If anyone else is at the same point I am … I’m 38 weeks and 4 days pregnant, 4-5 centimeters dilated and beyond ready to get the process of labor over and done with. As a first-time mom, what some describe … Continue reading

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Road tripping

There are so many unpredictable variables that can either make or break a road trip with kids. After the summer we have had, I was more than a little nervous to embark on a lengthy road trip with three kids … Continue reading

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PacaPod Prescott Changing Bag

Being a new mom in 2017 definitely has its perks, especially the souped-up versions of baby and mom gear to choose from. When it comes to diaper bags specifically, it’s hard to eyeball what is or isn’t filled with nappy … Continue reading

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Breaking bad habits

“Welcome back to the world!”, my OB said to me at my 6-week checkup on Monday. It’s good to be back—running errands, reconnecting with friends, leaving the house more often, putting on makeup … And, it’s good to be back … Continue reading

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Week 28: The dreaded glucose test

I did it. I survived. Barely. Two weeks ago, my midwife brought up the glucose test. You know the one. The fasting/sugar binge/sugar crash/let’s make sure your body is processing sugar the way it’s supposed to-test. She gave me the … Continue reading

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Earth’s Best Giveaway Terms & Conditions August 2017

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 (“Sweepstakes Page”) and who are 18 as … Continue reading

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Week 37: 26 going on 37

This week started out as any other normal, hot, super pregnant week … but, it was also my birthday week, 26 … how ya’ doin’?! James is finishing up the final piece of furniture for Penny’s room (dresser/changing table), and … Continue reading

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2017 Earth’s Best Infant Formula Giveaway

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Our ultimate gift: The birth of Daniel

Four days past my due date, December 19, 2016, my husband Anthony and I headed out for yet another appointment with my OBGYN—one I was sure I wouldn’t have to keep considering I was dilated to 3 centimeters at my … Continue reading

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Jonathan Adler Crafted by Fisher-Price Deluxe High Chair

I have a love-hate relationship with highchairs. While I love anything that restrains my child, too often highchairs take up too much space and become an eye sore. So when I heard Jonathan Adler had partnered with Fisher-Price to design … Continue reading

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Look out below

When it comes to pregnancy, moms and their bodies take on a lot of changes. Some are thrilling, like sporting a baby bump. Some are less so, like the seemingly ever- shrinking bladder. Then there are those you’d rather not … Continue reading

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Get schooled

Women have been giving birth since the beginning of humanity. Nothing could be more natural, so the process should be completely intuitive … right? Not exactly. Today’s birthing procedures can be more complicated than those of yore, and while modern advancements … Continue reading

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Medela Sonata

I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a huge fan of pumping (Breastfeeding? Magic. Pumping? Mechanical.), but I’ll also admit that it’s important. It’s what allows me to leave my baby while I get my hair done or enjoy … Continue reading

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August 2017—Baba Slings and Syki giveaway

Three lucky ladies will win a Baba Slings baby carrier, featuring a simple, flexible carry style, and Syki bath support, designed to cradle babies up to 6 months of age without restricting movement of their arms and legs.

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August 2017—Trimfoot giveaway

Four little ladies will win a pair of stylish sandals (size 1) from Trimfoot to step up their shoe game.

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Jungle books: Setting up camp

When it’s time to turn out the light, set the tone with a sweet, slumber-inducing sendoff. Wide awake When he just can’t fall asleep, one little boy goes on a hunt for a cozy place to hit the hay, but … Continue reading

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Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 MAX

I put off transitioning my daughter from her infant car seat to a convertible option for as long as possible. Although she can still technically use it, her baby brother will be here soon, and he needs it more than … Continue reading

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Keeping him close

I’ve always enjoyed wearing my babies. I like the feeling of having them close to me but having my hands free to do other things. My babies have always seemed to enjoy this closeness as well, and each of them … Continue reading

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What’s your number?

Your blood pressure can vary a lot during pregnancy, so don’t be alarmed if you notice your digits climb upward a bit. Chances are you’ll be back in the normal range at your next appointment. According to the National Institutes … Continue reading

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August 2017—Snapper Rock Swimwear giveaway

Three summer sweeties will win a bundle of beach basics from Snapper Rock Swimwear, including a toweling one-piece, long- and short-sleeve sunsuit, and two hats.

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Home remedy: The birth of Fanon

Towards the end of the summer, I dreamt of being at the beach in the clearest water with little minnows swimming all around me. I was adamant that I wasn’t pregnant, despite everyone’s knowing—side eyes. And although I wasn’t pregnant at … Continue reading

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Road test: Parent approved double electric breast pumps

Total package Evenflo Deluxe Advanced, $140 Don’t let its price tag fool you! This wallet-friendly choice comes fully loaded with everything milk-making mamas might need, from a convenient carryall and cooler, to three flange sizes, to access to lactation expert … Continue reading

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Jungle books: On the trail

Take kiddos on an excursion into worlds unknown without ever leaving the rocking chair. Check it out Literary enthusiasts will adore this homage to the community library and the magic that awaits in every book. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, … Continue reading

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Fawn Design Pack

I have to say, I’m not much of a bag guy. That’s not to say I don’t like them, but rather, I’m not a fan of carrying around more than fits comfortably in my pockets. Now, thanks to the birth … Continue reading

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Happy days

If you’re waiting on your babe to arrive, I know you might be a little anxious about what’s to come. Newborns are hard, right? They’re tiny and totally dependent on you, and if this is your first, you likely have … Continue reading

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Best foot forward

We all want what’s best for our babies, so sometimes even simple tasks—like buying shoes—require a bit of thought and research. There’s more to the job than just picking a cute pair off the rack! Here’s what you need to … Continue reading

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Sweet nothings

American life is sweet all right—so sweet that each year the average diet includes 77 pounds of sugar, nearly twice what’s recommended by health organizations. By now, you probably know that eating too much of it is not very good for you. … Continue reading

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Animal instinct

When your name is Olive Darling, it’s almost a given that your nursery is going to be, well, darling. An affection for llamas inspired this lovely room designed by Olive’s mom, photographer and blogger Stephanie Pollock. “As soon as we … Continue reading

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More like it

My husband and I held hands as we anxiously awaited the news of whether our fourth baby would be a girl or a boy. As the doctor spread the sticky jelly across my stomach and began to rub the ultrasound wand across, I … Continue reading

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August 2017—Boppy giveaway

Six nursing mothers will win a Breastfeeding Prize Pack from Boppy that includes a Best Latch breastfeeding pillow, an infinity nursing scarf and Bloom breast balm.

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Contours Options Elite Tandem Stroller

Upon receiving the Contours Options Elite Tandem Stroller and taking the parts out of the box, I must admit I was a bit concerned that the stroller was going to be time consuming to assemble. But, I quickly realized that … Continue reading

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Lactation tolerant

Motherhood comes with a great many fears. It’s par for the course, as they say. You worry you won’t be able to give your baby everything she needs … or you fret about being a “good” parent. As natural and instinctive … Continue reading

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On the plus side

When you’ve got a new family member joining your crew, time is precious—so you can clock some quality time with your partner, tackle that home improvement project that’s been on your to-do list for months or just sit back and relax. … Continue reading

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Jungle books: Close encounters

Make storytime a hands-on affair with books that encourage wee ones to get in on the action. Sight seeing Beyond colors and shapes, this board book teaches kiddos to use their imagination to transform a simple red triangle into a … Continue reading

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How-to: Create a safe crib space

You and your little one will both rest easy when you’re confident she’s snoozing in a baby-friendly environment. Follow these simple steps to minimize potential pitfalls. 1. Choose a crib that’s in tip-top shape. Current standards require crib rails to … Continue reading

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Anne York Everyday Tote

The first thing I thought when I saw the Anne York Everyday Tote was, Yay! Something different! This bag is unlike any other nappy sack I’ve seen before. It’s gorgeous—so gorgeous, in fact, that I’m positive I’ll continue to use … Continue reading

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Research project

Phone a friend DO ask your parenting peers for advice. They can offer valuable input on what works and what doesn’t. DON’T put too much stock in your city-dwelling pal’s stroller recommendation if your family resides in the suburbs. If … Continue reading

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