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Fawn Design Diaper Bag

I am completely head-over-heels for this diaper bag! It is so stylish, classy, completely functional … and does not feel like an old gym duffel. I chose the rich brown color, which is constructed with a faux leather that could … Continue reading

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Little laughs

Linds has a thing she does that always gets Nolan and Graham to smile—no matter how ornery they are or how defiant they seem to be. She says, “I can make you smiiiiile!” And poof! They smile, sometimes begrudgingly, but a smile … Continue reading

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No time to waste: The birth of Brixton

My first real contraction came at 1 a.m. At least the first one that I felt. I woke up to that deep almost period-like pain in my abdomen, and I was almost positive that it was going to be the day. My husband … Continue reading

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Miscarriage matters

Before I was a mother, I do not think I was a very sensitive person. I could politely deliver sympathies and have a heart-to-heart without skipping a beat, but I rarely truly mourned with others when experiencing something difficult. Pregnancy … Continue reading

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CYBEX Cloud Q Infant Car Seat

Two things I know for certain: You can identify new parents by the deer-in-headlights look on their faces when attempting to install a car seat for the first time (I have a college degree and still stared at this contraption … Continue reading

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Chicco KeyFit 30 Zip Air Infant Car Seat

Upon the arrival of our Chicco KeyFit 30 Zip Air Infant Car Seat, we immediately opened it and fell in love. Once out of the box the whole car seat was pretty lightweight with a very gender neutral color. It also includes an infant … Continue reading

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Baby Jogger City Go Infant Car Seat

Upon taking the Baby Jogger City Go out of its box, I first noticed the material. To me, it resembled the look and feel of a high-quality life jacket, which in my mind translates to “easy to clean” should spills … Continue reading

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Week 31: The final countdown

This pregnancy is going by so fast that every week when I sit down to write this post I second guess how far along I actually am. I struggle to remember what week my Bump app says I’m at, and … Continue reading

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Maxi-Cosi Pria 70

This car seat has been such a pleasure to use! We’re on our fourth baby now, so we’ve owned more than our fair share of car seats in the last six years. Between our two cars we’ve owned one infant seat, four … Continue reading

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Week 27: Planning a shower for baby No. 2

So, it’s officially the last week of the second trimester. If my experience this time goes anything like before, these next 12 weeks will somehow fly by. That is, of course, with the exception of the last week or so … Continue reading

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Keeping it all together (not at all)

These days I find myself giving out unsolicited parenting advice. You didn’t ask for it, but here it is: Don’t have four kids. That’s not really parenting advice though, is it? It’s more like life advice. Well, whatever it is, it’s … Continue reading

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Why the crying?

I get that Austin might get upset because he’s hungry or needs a new diaper or just has a little gas. Those things would make me want to cry, too. He can’t communicate besides crying or cooing or smiling or just chilling out, so … Continue reading

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Sweet relief: The birth of Leah

On Friday, September 12, I woke up not feeling well. I was just over a week away from my due date, and—this being my first baby—I was sure I had at least another week to go. But I had no idea … Continue reading

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How to feel like a winner

We made it to the 6-week mark, yay! Like magic, life starts to get a little bit easier around this time (everyone tells me to hold out for 2 months). Bellamy sleeps so well at night, and I have been catching … Continue reading

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Week 30: Things you should never say to a pregnant woman

I’m well into my seventh month of pregnancy, and I’m pretty sure my belly can be seen from space. OK, I know that’s dramatic—but that’s how it feels sometimes, especially when I frequently get comments about how big I look. … Continue reading

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RECARO Performance Rally

The RECARO Performance Rally convertible car seat is touted as safe, comfortable and convenient. And I can’t think of three words to better describe it! Safety is obviously top priority when it comes to a car seat. The Performance Rally has … Continue reading

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Joovy Nook

We were lucky to receive the new Joovy Nook highchair about the time our 6-month-old was starting to sit up and eat solid foods. We have had other Joovy products in the past and have always been impressed. The quality … Continue reading

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Week 26: Loving your pregnant body

I’m starting this post with a bit of honesty. Like the average American woman, I have struggled most of my life with loving my body. You know, the overcritical thoughts, the frustration of trying on five outfits just to feel like … Continue reading

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They make us laugh

Kids are funny. They do funny things. They say funny things. And I always find myself thinking that I’ll never forget the funny things they say and do. But we all know that’s not true because I can’t remember anything … Continue reading

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Transitions

Now that Linds is back at work Monday through Friday, we’re transitioning Austin to more bottle feeds. Despite my wife’s ire for pumping thrice a day behind a closed, locked door, she’s doing an awesome job maintaining the supply. We’ve got … Continue reading

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Slow to start: The birth of Cora

I was three days past due with my daughter and extremely uncomfortable to say the least. I was trying to avoid any medical intervention and just let nature take its course, but with this being my first child—and with spiking blood … Continue reading

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BOB 2016 Revolution FLEX Duallie

We have had a single BOB stroller since our first son was a newborn. Like most BOB owners, we have loved it. With our second son now more than 6 months old, the time was right to graduate to a double stroller. … Continue reading

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Breast and bottle

In my world, breast and bottle are friends, not enemies. I arrived at the decision to use both forms of feeding over the course of much trial and error. Having gone through every form and combination of feeding more than … Continue reading

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Week 29: Third trimester goodies arrive right on schedule

I know every pregnancy is different and that those body changes and symptoms broken down month-by-month are more like guidelines. Even so, I’ve been surprised at how textbook my pregnancy has been thus far. My first trimester symptoms were typical … Continue reading

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Evenflo Platinum SafeMax All-in-One Car Seat

My prayers were answered when I received the Evenflo Platinum SafeMax All-in-One Car Seat. It is the FIRST roll-over tested car seat, and it can be rear-facing, forward-facing and used as a booster! The recommended weight range is 5-120 pounds. … Continue reading

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The first trip around the sun

In just a few days, my baby will no longer be a baby. He will have completed his first trip around the sun, and we will be celebrating with friends and family alike. And to be honest, it’s breaking my … Continue reading

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Week 25: Surviving the second trimester

The second trimester is supposed to be the sweet spot in pregnancy. You’re out of the morning sickness phase but not quite into the final stages where you are dying to get the baby out of you any way possible. Luckily, … Continue reading

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8 Random thoughts in my head (everything from babies to nicknames to nail polish)

Sometimes I have a cohesive idea for things I want to write about and other times there are just a lot of little thoughts swarming around inside my head.  Today it’s the latter, so I’m just going to go with … Continue reading

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Who am I, now?

Motherhood gets real as soon as that sweet baby is born into this world. That sweet baby comes with needs—lots of them—and I am convinced they aren’t too happy about leaving their perfect world (aka the womb) to enter ours. … Continue reading

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Baby Einstein 2-in-1 Neptune Activity Gym and Saucer

The Baby Einstein 2-in-1 Neptune Activity Gym and Saucer is perfect for my 5-month-old. She loves grabbing onto the different toys attached to the saucer, and she can entertain herself for a good half hour while in it. She likes … Continue reading

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On a roll

I mentioned that Austin has begun rolling over in my last post, but I neglected to add that the rolling over thing came within days of moving him into his crib. Talk about a pain in the butt (for a few … Continue reading

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Answered prayers: The birth of Francis

I prayed every night of this pregnancy while putting my sweet son, Buddy, to bed. After voicing lots of hopeful feelings—for comfort and rest for him, for protection and a bright future—we would pray for the baby in my belly.  … Continue reading

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Week 28: Sh*t is getting real

I was so excited to finally get those milestone alerts from the pregnancy apps on my phone detailing everything I wanted to know about week 28. I gleefully told my husband, “We are officially in the third trimester.” The hype … Continue reading

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Back into the swing of things

Getting back on routine after nearly two weeks of vacation is no picnic. While it’s comforting to return to our home and sleep in our own beds, it’s also a reminder that summer is quickly coming to a close and … Continue reading

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Week 24: Registering, round two

Registering the first time around was right out of the movies. My husband and I blissfully strolled down aisle after aisle taking our time to scour the list of store suggested items. We giggled and scanned and giggled some more … Continue reading

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10 Reasons I’m a giant ball of anxiety

As I sit here and tear off my previously perfectly manicured fingernails until there’s nothing left but bleeding stumps, it dawns on me that I’m feeling overwhelmed. What else is new? Here are the top 10 reasons I’m currently wadded … Continue reading

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August 2016 Free Stuff

We have $3,700 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our August issue! Click on each image to enter for your chance to win that prize. You can enter all contests daily. Contests close August 31, 2016. Vilah Bloom Harbor ToteBamboobies prize packKiinde … Continue reading

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How your partner can help with breastfeeding

It can be hard for a co-parent to know how to help when mom’s exclusively breastfeeding, but there are plenty of ways to get involved. Amy O’Malley, RN, MSN, director of education and clinical services at Medela, Inc., and David … Continue reading

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The big picture

Anything but garden variety. Le Top bathing suit, $34 The little man and the sea. Rosie Pope bodysuit, $32 for set of five Put on a happy face. Kira Kids top, $39 Turtle power. babysoy gown, $19 Anchors aweigh. Egg … Continue reading

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Sore nipples—what’s normal and what’s not

Worries about poor latches and nipple pain top the list of expectant moms’ breastfeeding concerns, according to a Lansinoh survey of over 13,000 women. The good news is that pain is not an inevitable part of breastfeeding.“Pain is not normal,” … Continue reading

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The importance of vitamin D

Upping your intake of foods high in vitamin D during pregnancy could reduce your budding babe’s risk of developing seasonal allergies (aka hay fever) later in life, according to a recent study from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. … Continue reading

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Back to nursery school

TO THE LETTER Grab your lasso! This wild-West-inspired primer teaches tots their ABCs with a bit of American history and a lot of fun. Yeehaw! V is for Vittles: A Wild West Primer, by Greg Paprocki, $10 YOU NAME IT Inside … Continue reading

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Closer together: The birth of Bellamy

I think I can sum up my first birth experience by quoting my husband: “I am reduced to tears over the birth of my daughter, Bellamy.” We experienced tears of joy, tears of pain, of fear and relief. Every moment … Continue reading

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Label of love

For expressed milk and homemade purees Reusable dry erase stickers are best for items with an expiration date. Mabel’s Labels, $21 for 27 For daycare goers Stretch-to-fit bands spell out which beverage belongs to baby. Inchbug, $13 for four For … Continue reading

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Control issues

I recently shared a laugh with a close friend as we discussed a new fitness class that’s hot in our area. It’s a fast-paced cardio dance class with upbeat music and instructors who look like they leapt off the pages … Continue reading

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August 2016—Bamboobies giveaway

LIQUID ASSETS Seven nursing mamas will win a Bamboobies prize pack, including washable nursing pads, bamboo disposable nursing pads, organic nipple balm and a chic nursing shawl.

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Ask the Experts: What to do when baby cries

Q: It breaks my heart to hear my baby cry, but sometimes I’m not sure what it is she wants. Is there a protocol I should run through to make sure her needs are met? A: There are few things that inspire a … Continue reading

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August 2016—Backstage Bag giveaway

BAG O’ SWAG One fortunate family will win a Backstage Bag celebrity baby basket, complete with goods and gear from Disney Baby, Caldrea, Fisher-Price, Jane USA, Diono and more.

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August 2016—Preggers.com giveaway

Cool compression Three fashion- conscious moms will win a $150 gift card to Preggers.com, so they can stock up on maternity and postpartum support products.

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August 2016—PRIMO giveaway

NO BATHTUB? NO WORRIES! Three clean beans will win the PRIMO Charli Chair. The baby shower chair solves the conundrum of bathing a wee one when there is no bathtub available.

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