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The feed

I am a true believer in the benefits of breastfeeding—I’ve interviewed experts and written articles on this topic—so it is with some shame that I confess … I am a formula feeder. With each baby, I have tried breastfeeding only … Continue reading

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Week 26: Pregnancy brain

Remember that time, one measly week ago, where I wrote all about the heat during my 26th week? You guys—the heat fried my brain! Last week was week 25, and this week is week 26!Lesson learned. Do not travel to … Continue reading

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Week 35: Nursery hustle

We’ve had 35 weeks now to work on Miss Penelope’s room—do you think we’ve taken advantage of that time? Nope! Of course, we have pretty much waited until the last minute. Cue the anxiety attacks, and stock up on the … Continue reading

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Not a bad way to get my attention

We’ve had a lot going on this summer, and Roland is such an easy baby that it is too easy to let him blend into the background of daily life. He is now 3 months old, and all I can … Continue reading

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bloom nano highchair

The nano highchair from bloom has been a breath of fresh air when it comes to cleaning up after mealtime! My daughter just turned two years old, and while we work hard to keep meals from ending up everywhere except for … Continue reading

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In a vacuum

It is my belief that a mother is made not during pregnancy, labor or even delivery, but in the first weeks home with her newborn. These weeks rewrite her identity and redefine her priorities. This phase of intense bonding—call it … Continue reading

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Week 25: Holy hot!

You guys. It’s hot outside. Have you noticed?  I don’t think I’ve mentioned the temperature yet. It’s hot outside. No really … it’s scorching.We had a busy week visiting my in-laws out in the Permian Basin in Texas. (Friday Night … Continue reading

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Week 34 : Why it doesn’t suck to be pregnant during summer

On a frosty morning in early December, I found out I was pregnant. With snow flurries starting to fall and Christmas music full blast on my car radio, the last thing on my mind was how I would be 7, … Continue reading

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Grandma to the rescue

My husband has been sick now for over two weeks, and he’s been hospitalized for eight-going-on who knows how many days. Staph infection is not something to take lightly though, and I trust that the doctors are doing their best … Continue reading

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Get out of town

Tomorrow marks the first day of our first family vacation! We will be packing the car and heading to the beach for some much needed rest and relaxation. A long time ago before my bambina was involved, I didn’t believe … Continue reading

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Seeing it all: The birth of Carlos

I am the mother of a beautiful 6-month-old baby boy! I would say that my baby is the most handsome and perfect, but in reality, all babies are. All babies are wonderful and all mothers play a very difficult role … Continue reading

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HOLD by Nest Designs Ayla Tote

One word popped to mind when I pulled the HOLD Changing Bags by Nest Designs Ayla Tote from its box: gorgeous. I’ve never had any bag this nice, much less a baby bag! I couldn’t wait to load it up … Continue reading

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Week 24: Happy terrified-dogs day!

It’s Independence Day celebration time! I don’t know about your neighborhood, but these fireworks have been going since Saturday and have no signs of stopping. We may have a firework ordinance, but the city doesn’t seem to be too strict … Continue reading

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Week 33: To Lamaze or not to Lamaze

I’ve been at this third trimester party for a little over five weeks now, and it’s the most exhausting party I’ve ever been to. It’s uncomfortable, draining … and did I mention uncomfortable? With this bump growing at a steady … Continue reading

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It could always be worse

It’s been pretty rough around here, but it didn’t start out that way. Recently, we were at the lake with family, considering ourselves lucky that a forecast of showers had turned into sunshine. My husband was having fun tubing, and … Continue reading

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Just 30 feet away

Every night, my husband and I do a bedtime routine with our daughter, Bellamy. We were never routine people, and we just started the process of her sleeping in her own room. Although she’s been a pretty good sleeper from … Continue reading

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STATE Bags Wellington tote

I’m pretty critical of diaper bags. I’ve had dozens in my 10 years as a parent, and they’ve all fallen short in some way or another. Either I bought a trendy pattern that I grew tired of in 6 months, … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Deciphering diaper rash

How can I tell the difference between a yeast diaper rash and a regular diaper rash? A: Diaper rash affects most babies at one time or another. The most common cause is known as contact dermatitis. This rash develops when … Continue reading

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July 2017—PRIMO giveaway

One outdoor enthusiast will win a PRIMO Play Yard Cabana, complete with a waterproof padded bottom and removable sunproof cover.

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Prime capsule

If you’re pregnant, you should be taking a prenatal vitamin. In fact, even if you’re just thinking about becoming pregnant you should be taking one. But what is it about these specialized pills that makes them so pertinent? The F … Continue reading

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Hats off

Skipping that ubiquitous pink-and-blue striped cap could be a boon for both you and your brand-new bundle. Saved by the smell Moms and babes are biologically programmed to recognize each other by their scents, but if you’re nuzzling your nose … Continue reading

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Dressed for success

Thanks to generous friends and family, you’ll likely end up with a dresser full of pint-sized apparel for your babe. But beyond frilly pink dresses and itty-bitty bow ties, there are a few practical pieces you’ll want to have on … Continue reading

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15 products every new mom needs

It’s no surprise that you’ll need a surplus of diapers and wipes (and that all-important infant car seat) prior to baby’s debut, but that’s not all that’s essential. We’ve rounded up our favorite can’t-live-without-’em products for moms who will soon … Continue reading

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Beat the heat

Pregnancy isn’t without its fair share of discomforts any time of year, but toting a baby bump during the summer months can be especially problematic. Your higher-than-normal body temperature makes the steamy weather seem even hotter, and, let’s be honest—those extra … Continue reading

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A wonderful surprise: The birth of Nora

We weren’t sure if we wanted children. My husband, Chaz, and I met when we were freshmen in college. Our relationship began as friends which quickly grew into a lot more! We were married young and very in love. This … Continue reading

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Taking to bed

Jessica Hanley was 19 weeks pregnant and feeling great when she went in for a routine ultrasound. “I had no reason to think I would be in the hospital that afternoon and not leave for a week,” recalls the San Diego … Continue reading

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July 2017—Bambo Nature giveaway

One fortunate family will win a six- month supply of Bambo Nature diapers—an eco-friendly, chemical- free option that’s designed with baby’s sensitive skin in mind.

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July 2017 giveaways

We have $1,620 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our July issue! Click on each image to enter for your chance to win that prize. You can enter all contests daily. Contests close July 31, 2017. Gathre bonded leather highchair … Continue reading

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Eye on the prize: The birth of Katalina

I have decided to share my birth story because the day before I was induced, I was desperately searching for a similar story to help me prepare. While no story could have truly prepared me, I hope mine will help … Continue reading

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Chicco Polly Progress Relax Highchair

When we were looking to register for our baby shower, we didn’t even consider adding a highchair. My thought process was we wouldn’t need or even use one until the baby was older. However, my more experienced mom friends recommended … Continue reading

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Bottles up

1 | It’s easy as one, two … that’s it! With only two parts to assemble and clean, this BPA-free feeding vessel is a dream. Born Free Breeze bottle, $7 2 | Sterilize up to six bottles in full-size mode, … Continue reading

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July 2017—Gathre giveaway

 Three mini munchkins will win a Gathre bonded leather highchair mat, so cleaning up after mealtime is hassle-free.

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Ask the Experts: Back to work

I’m two weeks away from returning to work, and I am already starting to get anxious about how I’ll juggle day care drop-off, my responsibilities at the office, pumping and actually spending quality time with my baby. How can I … Continue reading

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Natural healing: The birth of John

One year ago today, I experienced a natural, unmedicated birth for the first time, as I brought our son—and fourth child—into the world. The memories of his birth are still so vivid; I literally cannot grasp how this year has … Continue reading

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A healthy browmance

All relationships take work, and our eyebrows are no exception. Umbreen Sheikh, founder of Wink Brow Bar in New York shares her tips for keeping very angry caterpillars at bay. A fine line Have a brow specialist at your favorite … Continue reading

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Go figure

When I left the hospital with my baby girl, I had already lost about half the weight I’d gained during pregnancy, and I felt pretty darn good about that. I was a postpartum champ. Then, I tried to wear clothes. … Continue reading

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Road test: Parent-approved travel beds

Bed buddy SwaddleMe Deluxe By Your Side Sleeper, $60 For families who prefer to stick together, this compact choice allows you to safely share the bed, so you can console and nurse your tiny roommate without ever slipping out from … Continue reading

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Baby steps

Ready to introduce your bitty babe to Mother Nature? Here are a few tips on how to get started. Go for a walk. Buckle baby into the stroller or slip him into a carrier, and take a few laps around … Continue reading

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First things first

If your doctor recommends that you go on bed rest, don’t hit the sack before you … Study up. While there isn’t a ton of research on bed rest during pregnancy, the studies that have been done suggest that bed … Continue reading

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July 2017—Fasten Swim giveaway

 Three cutie patooties will win a piece of Fasten Swim UPF 50+ swimwear in their style and size of choice. The hidden magnetic closures make diaper changes a breeze.

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Make due

Planning for a birth can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Think of your birth plan as more of a wish list than anything else: a layout of how you’d like things to go, with plenty of room for … Continue reading

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July 2017—Boppy giveaway

Four lucky mamas will win a mommy must-haves prize package, featuring a Boppy Baby Chair, Boppy sleeper, Beau & Belle Littles reusable swim diapers and Motherlove nourishing creams.

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July 2017—Needham Lane giveaway

  Two deserving moms will win a pair of Needham Lane gingham shorty pajamas— because if you’re going to be wearing them all day, they might as well be adorable.

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Timing is everything: The birth of Deacon

It was Saturday night, June 17, and expectations were low. Although my due date was less than a week away, my OB had reported very little progress in the last month. I fully expected to put in my typical effort … Continue reading

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Leaf the nest

Ana-Maria Klizs, a cybersecurity consultant and blogger in Toronto, Canada, welcomed her third son, Henrik, in March. She learned a thing or two with the first two nurseries she designed—such as her fondness for a changing table with open shelving … Continue reading

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How-to: Budget for maternity leave

Although some employers offer paid leave, it’s not mandatory in the U.S., which means the time you spend at home after your baby arrives could come with a significant pay cut. Whether you’re planning to take eight weeks or 18, follow … Continue reading

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Outside your comfort zone

Nature doesn’t exactly come babyproofed. For new parents, this fear of the uncontrolled and unknown can be scary, especially when you’ve just been entrusted with a new little life to take care of and keep safe. But according to experts, … Continue reading

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Back to work

As much as any mama loves an excuse to cuddle with her baby, it’s not always feasible for mom to be there ‘round the clock, ready to nurse. Whether you’re heading back to work, your partner wants to take a … Continue reading

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Week 23: Keep in touch

Whoa, y’all. It is getting mighty warm down here in The Lonestar State. We had our first 100 degree day already. This usually happens in mid-July and then stays that way until close to September. I’m a little nervous as … Continue reading

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Week 32: The whys of pregnancy

In rounding the corner to week 32, I find myself continually experiencing not only new symptoms but reoccurring ones as well. It’s like the first trimester is coming back to haunt me with random, extreme fatigue and food aversions. This … Continue reading

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