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Week 39: Keeping myself entertained

Thirty-nine weeks, wow! Guys, honestly, what can I say at this point? Every day is filled with the highest anticipation and tons of texts and phone calls saying, “I am so ready for you to have your baby. Why is it … Continue reading

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Constant state of panic

Recently I came across an old blog post that I wrote a couple years ago. I usually enjoy reading old posts about the thoughts that were swimming around in my head in the past.  This particular blog post, however, was … Continue reading

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Medela Pump in Style Advanced Backpack

The Medela Pump In Style Advanced is an outstanding breast pump. It is effective and easy to use, and for a busy mom who has little free time, easy and effective are key! The instructions are clear and easy to … Continue reading

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Traveling with three

I’m talking three kids. Three total people? Please, that’s child’s play. Traveling with three kids (and a dog), however, is no easy feat. Every summer, we head to my MIL’s place on Martha’s Vineyard, and despite recently adding Austin to … Continue reading

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Growing pains: The birth of Annelise

I had a pretty uneventful pregnancy—just your run-of-the-mill horrible hip pain at night, occasional leg cramps, nonstop eating and general misery. My first baby is 8 months old now. She is precious, but that last trimester of pregnancy is rough! The weeks … Continue reading

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Week 22: What a might good man

This past Sunday I made sure to include my husband in the Father’s Day festivities. Even though his daughter hasn’t been born yet, he’s been an amazing father since the day we got a positive pregnancy test. The morning after … Continue reading

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DockATot

We received a DockATot Deluxe when our son was about 2 weeks old. We had never used anything like it with our older son, so we were excited to give it a look! The DockATot came promptly in a black … Continue reading

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Father’s Day weekend

We did it! We’ve finally moved into our new house! Granted, there are still boxes everywhere, we still don’t have any appliances, and our bathrooms are just barely functional—but we are in!! We are still sleeping with our mattress on … Continue reading

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Week 38: My contribution

In the wake of last week’s mass shooting tragedy, I had a personal revelation. As details of the event slowly unfolded and we learned the names, the faces and the families of each victim, I was truly broken by the … Continue reading

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Finding a way to be kind to myself

I hate my fat disgusting body. I don’t think I’m supposed to say that. I’m supposed to love my body no matter what it looks like. But the truth is that I don’t. I’ve tried; believe me.  But I can’t. It’s … Continue reading

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Evenflo Aeris BabySuite

The Aeris BabySuite by Evenflo is exactly what you’d expect in a mid-range sleeper. It is reliable and sturdy, and it gets the job done—all at a reasonable price. Upon the arrival of the Aeris BabySuite to my doorstep, I … Continue reading

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Double the love: The birth of Deacon

We found out we were pregnant with baby No. 2 a couple of weeks after our first child’s first birthday, which was also four days before we departed for our family vacation to Hawaii. From the very beginning of this pregnancy, I … Continue reading

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Six-week milestones: Big and small

Every child reaches benchmarks at different ages. Some speak really early, while some take so much time you think they might be part caveman because of their minimal vocabulary and constant pointing and grunting. In the first month of life, however, … Continue reading

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Week 21: Hello, pregnancy brain

I get asked how I am feeling a lot these days. I can honestly answer that as far as my health goes, I feel pretty good. I’ve got a good amount of energy, an overzealous appetite, and aside from some … Continue reading

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Big boy

We were hoping to move into our house last week, but as it turns out, there was still some work to be done. That’s the way it goes with a home renovation, right? We’ve since changed locales and are really … Continue reading

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Diono Dreamliner Travel Bassinet

Our family loves to travel, but while packing before departure, we always find ourselves contemplating sleep arrangements—the most difficult of that being our newborn. Do we haul our oversized, heavy pack ‘n play? Will it fit in the car or … Continue reading

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Week 37: I can feel her head!

At my most recent appointment, my doctor decided to check me for the first time after I told her I was experiencing contractions (woo!). It was the same appointment as the, ahem, lovely swab test, so I was already feeling … Continue reading

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Not so little anymore

Time moves too quickly. I remember in elementary school when the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas seemed like an eternity.  Now I feel like entire years pass before I even know what’s happened. This week the 6-year-old learned to ride … Continue reading

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How I’ll stay/get fit … again

I’m guessing you’ve all heard of the trend that was sweeping the nation a few months ago called “dad bod,” which basically implied that dads have a specific body type best defined as “softly round,” according to Urban Dictionary. I … Continue reading

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Laughing matter: The birth of Anani Pearl

Saturday morning, June 1, I woke up with this crazy urge to pee. I got up, or rather rolled out of bed and headed to the bathroom. (I was in my 38th week of pregnancy.) Everything went normally, so I headed back … Continue reading

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Week 20: Little milestones

Pregnancy is all about the milestones … getting past that first trimester, hearing your baby’s heart beat for the first time, discovering the sex of your baby, feeling that first kick. These little milestones are what keep us sane. These are … Continue reading

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Osprey Poco AG

My husband and I first bonded while hiking together. We now have a little one, but we still love to get outside to hit the trails as often as we can. We were delighted to put the new Osprey Poco … Continue reading

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Week 36: Am I leaking?

I cannot believe June 2016 has finally arrived. It feels like yesterday I had a full-blown meltdown over realizing I was having a baby come summertime. The hot heat of Atlanta makes me happy to know this process will come … Continue reading

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New mom support group

I know I’ve talked about it before, but I’m back again to talk about nursing and how very, very hard it is for me. With all four kids I’ve given it my best effort, and all four times I’ve spent … Continue reading

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Peace and quiet: The birth of Sophia Shehabi

While waiting to pick up my prescription glasses, I felt a hint of a backache—my first during the entire pregnancy. At that point I was at 38 weeks. Early the next morning, at 4 a.m., I felt a trickle of … Continue reading

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Thule RideAlong Mini

As two very active people, my wife and I planned to continue our activities and outdoor adventures when our boy came along. We loved biking—whether as an activity in and of itself or as a means to get to the … Continue reading

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The energizer, the hellion and the sleeper

Nolan, Graham and Austin. There’s my empire; there’s the three title characters for this post. And with summer all but here, they’ll be on display all day, every day. Nolan is done with school this week, which means it’s the … Continue reading

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Week 19: Can you hear me in there?

I’ve been talking to my belly since around eight weeks, when I first saw the little embryo during an ultrasound. At first, it wasn’t more than a random thought here or there or occasionally some words of encouragement. After that … Continue reading

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Summer is here

With Memorial Day behind us, the unofficial start of summer is here. And with that, are the long, hot days and balmy nights. Over the weekend, our neighborhood pool opened up to accommodate everyone with a cool place of respite, … Continue reading

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Into the woods

Treat your baby to a few creature comforts in the nursery.  1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15 … Continue reading

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Celebrate good times

I use baker’s twine for everything from wrapping sweet treats to attaching gift tags. —Lacey, Editor in Chief The Twinery gold shimmer twine, $15 This letterpressed banner comes in a boy version, too. —Ciera, Editorial Intern Thimblepress banner kit, $24 … Continue reading

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Say cheese

Store your monthly memories in a petite brag book. Pinhole Press brag book, $25 Keep the focus on baby by setting up a simple background—removable wallpaper makes it easy! A basic bodysuit paired with a ready-made sticker pays tribute to the … Continue reading

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Shorts notice

Garden variety. Billie Blooms, $34 Flock this way. Rocky Racoon, from $22 High and dry. Blush Baby Boutique, $16 Too hot to trot. Sweet Pea Closet, $18 Spot on. Little Maggie Moo, $22 Oh, the suspense. Thief & Bandit, $48

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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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Swim team

Dive into summer gracefully with a sophisticated swan inflatable sized just right for your little duckling. Sunny Life baby inflatable swan, $30; Beach Ball 4 Fun beach balls, $30 for 12; Boon bath toy set, $13 Keep that adorably bald noggin covered. San Diego … Continue reading

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The first trimester blues

Early pregnancy isn’t all plus signs and happy secrets. Although the first trimester is filled with excitement and anticipation, it’s also infused with its share of aches and pains. But common mom-to-be woes can be survived with a few proactive measures. … Continue reading

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Rules to eat by

There is a whole lot of advice on what pregnant women should eat and not eat—most of which sounds pretty straightforward on paper. But when it comes to real life, all the suggestions can be tough to remember—let alone stick … Continue reading

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Choose a child care provider

Whether you’re searching for a full-time nanny or an occasional babysitter, choosing someone to watch your little one is an important decision. “A caretaker is an extension of the parents’ eyes, ears and heart,” says Florence Ann Romano, nanny expert. … Continue reading

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The more the merrier

Although there’s appeal in purchasing a do-it-all stroller—a less jam-packed garage and fuller wallet notwithstanding—it’s not the best choice for every family. Depending on your lifestyle, you might want up to three strollers. Newborn-friendly In the early days when your … Continue reading

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Week 35: Our new home!

Wow. That’s all I can say after this wonderful long weekend. What a truly memorable time I had creating new memories—most notably, creating a space for Bellamy in our little loft apartment. This was a long time coming and a … Continue reading

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Burn, baby, burn

Keep everything in pace during your cardio circuit, but maintain quick nursing access for when your wee workout buddy needs to quench her thirst. Belabumbum mesh nursing bra, $51 Get your sweat on with two hours’ worth of mix-and-match workouts for … Continue reading

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Formula 1(01)

In the intense, early days of parenthood, conflicting information, a lack of discussion on infant feeding options, and misconceptions about formula can make mixing a bottle seem like a graduate-level chemistry course. But even if there’s more to it than … Continue reading

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The best stroke

Island time An ensemble that speaks to her away message. Kate Mack bathing suit, $48; UV Skinz hat, $20; Carter’s sunglasses, $10; Jack Rogers sandals, $49 Rendezvous on the riviera A tiny vacationer’s sophisticated getup. Rad Revolution Kids swim trunks, $25; Appaman hat, $31; Babiators sunglasses, $45; Salt … Continue reading

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Eating for conception

After a positive pregnancy test isn’t the time to start eating more healthfully. You should take a closer look at what you’re piling on your plate long before there’s a baby in your belly. “Certain foods can help to balance … Continue reading

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June 2016—Ella’s Kitchen giveaway

Bites and delights Five hungry munchkins will win a $100 prize package from Ella’s Kitchen, featuring delicious and nutritious eats for the pint-sized crowd.

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A look inside

The physical process of giving birth might be universal, but it’s no secret that the customs and care surrounding it can be vastly different worldwide. To shed light on the disparities and help improve the dire circumstances in undeveloped countries, … Continue reading

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Life’s a picnic

Pack a basket with light bites and tasty drinks, then sprawl out on a luxurious leather mat that’s as sumptuous as it is sensible (think waterproof, easy to clean and compact). Picnic Time picnic basket, $85; Gathre bonded leather mat, $120; Gift Republic … Continue reading

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Come on over

This wooden puzzle comes with a felted case. (No more lost pieces!) Tinyme puzzle, $32 A cozy place to play peekaboo, blocks to stack and a cute cat to snuggle…sounds like a recipe for success. Giggle play tent, $175; Modern Burlap reversible blanket, … Continue reading

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2016 June and Registry Guide Free Stuff

We have more than $4,000 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs! Click below to view the giveaways for our June issue and Registry Guide. You can enter all contests once daily. June 2016 Registry Guide 2016

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