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(Re)planning for perfection: The birth of Emerson Rose

I am so excited to share Emerson’s birth story, not only because it was one of the most amazing moments of my life, but also because I am truly proud of it. I feel blessed because, although things did not … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday (Part 2)

So here it is, the second and final installment of the birth story of my beautiful son, and by telling it over two weeks it kind of feels like it’s the last book in the Harry Potter series which was split … Continue reading

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Win it: Free Like Birdie

We’ve all been there. Your wee one’s turtle onsie that was downright adorable this morning is now pretty gross, but you can’t for the life of you remember where you stuck that spare bodysuit. The Free Like Birdie Travel System keeps life’s little messes … Continue reading

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Baby’s first cold

She’s 5 months old, and our busy baby girl is celebrating with her very first honest to goodness cold. She’s sporting a snotty little button nose and rosy cheeks with a hacking cough, but she’s still all smiles. It’s breaking my … Continue reading

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Week 40: The final countdown

And so it goes, all good things must come to an end. After documenting nearly 40 weeks of pregnancy, here’s a summary of my final weeks and a timeline of my baby’s big day: Week 34: Day 6 Bye, bye … Continue reading

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Week 19: Thank you, second trimester!

I still shiver when I think about the first few weeks of my pregnancy. Addie Rivers usually comes in our room every morning around 6:30. She’s like our little alarm clock. I love these moments. The three of us get … Continue reading

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Exploring the limits of love

Let’s pretend that love is something that we manufacture somewhere in our body, as if a gland secretes it. I thought of love that way for a long time. In this view, love is a finite resource. We only have … Continue reading

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Mom shaming isn’t very festive

This week I witnessed something that caught me off guard. During a Christmas party, a mama brought in a plate of beautifully decorated homemade cookies to share with the crowd. While she was setting out her spread, another mom walked … Continue reading

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Week 27: The heart of the matter

You know that old wives tale that says that if you have lots of heartburn during pregnancy, your baby will be born with a full head of hair? Well, I have no idea if there is any truth to that … Continue reading

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iBaby M6 baby monitor

Smartphones, meet the smart baby monitor. iBaby M6 is the industry’s first 360-degree monitor camera, letting parents keep a watchful eye on their little ones, even from far away, with just the swipe of a finger. That’s the gist of … Continue reading

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Baby differences

Our nearly 5-month old baby girl—and I still can’t believe she’s that old already—had her 4-month well-baby visit a few weeks ago. We went through the basics (yes to sleeping on her back and the rear-facing car seat, no to … Continue reading

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Happy birthday (part one)

After nine and a half months of waiting, it has finally happened. Our baby has joined us in the world, and as all parents say it changed my life in the very moment I first saw him. It has done … Continue reading

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Our little blessing: The birth of Chinua

On a Tuesday evening I went to bed and suddenly had this huge “wee.” I thought, “How can it be because I just came from the toilet?” And yes it was clear water, smelling like bleach coming down. Luckily I … Continue reading

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Tula Ergonomic Baby Carrier

I’m writing this review for the Tula Ergonomic Baby Carrier with my 12-week-old snuggled against my chest. It’s her favorite place to be, and that can make getting things done a little tricky. But ever since our Tula carrier arrived, we’ve … Continue reading

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Win it: Cathryn A. Fisfis

Your diaper bag has room for all of baby’s essentials—and backups and spares and anything he might possibly need—but with such a hefty load, it’s not always easy to find what you’re looking for. Thanks to the Sloan diaper clutch and Lucy pouch … Continue reading

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Week 18: Finding out the gender

One of the main things people ask when you are expecting is, “What are you having?” Even if you aren’t far enough along to know, they always ask when you will be able to find out. I know there are … Continue reading

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No two are alike

One of my favorite things to do is to pace around the house while bouncing our new little guy in my arms. I study him and ponder life while doing this. My most recent pondering had me thinking about the … Continue reading

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Tis’ the season to babyproof

Baby mobility is a funny thing. Andy and I loved watching Bea figure out how to push herself up and wiggle in tiny, uncoordinated scoots across the floor. However, this “bumbling” phase was short lived, and now she’s crawling all … Continue reading

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Week 26: The name game

I could never go by just “Emily” in school. I was always “Emily S.” growing up because so many other girls in my grade were also named Emily. I think for a while there was even another “Emily S.,” so … Continue reading

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Big news!

Baby Ben is finally here! Stay tuned for details in next week’s post …

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This week’s Win its!

Get excited, mamas! It’s your lucky week—we’ve upped your odds of claiming a fabulous freebie with two Win its, for a total value of $295 in prizes. Click below to toss your name into the hat for a chance to win … … a GB … Continue reading

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Win it: Huggies

Tender newborn skin deserves the gentlest protection. Huggies swaddles your little one’s most sensitive spots while guarding against the messiest mishaps. This week, Huggies is putting your wallet at ease, too, and giving away a month’s supply of Little Snugglers diapers to three … Continue reading

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Right on time: The birth of Ivan

My birth story was the conclusion to an extremely difficult eight-month journey we went through; however, given the chance, I would do it all over again. I suffered hyperemesis during my pregnancy, which is one of the worst sicknesses that … Continue reading

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Win it: GB

Mamas, you are pros at juggling your infant, a much needed cup of coffee, your toddler and the overstuffed diaper bag—we know—which is why we’d like to to help simplify your life on the go, and GB‘s Ellum stroller is fit for the job! … Continue reading

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Three reasons every mama needs mom friends

No matter how it happens—you get knocked up around the same time, you make excited eye contact during the pre-baby hospital tour, your kids are in the same kindergarten class—having a few friends in the same parenting boat is a total … Continue reading

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Week 17: Oh what fun!

Hi! My name is Ryann, and I am very excited to be P&N’s newest Knocked Up blogger. I live in Columbus, Mississippi with my football coach hubby and our two littles: a sweet 7-year-old boy and a dramatic 2-year-old princess. … Continue reading

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The beginning of birth is not the end of sex

I’m a member of an online group of dad bloggers. Last week, one of the dads in the group shared an article to get some feedback from the group. The article gave one woman’s account about why she believes that … Continue reading

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Road trip recovery

After 25 hours, 1,600 miles, nine days and countless cheek squeezes, I’m happy to say that Bea survived—and thoroughly enjoyed—our Thanksgiving road trip. We’re relieved she’s such a road warrior since we’ll be turning around in a few short weeks … Continue reading

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Week 25: The dreaded diabetes test

The funny thing about the pregnancy diabetes test is that I think for most people, the anticipation of the test is so much worse than the actual thing. I remember with my first pregnancy I was so worried about the … Continue reading

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Making space

Thwack. The bathroom door crashed open, revealing one of my 3-year-old daughters in all of her bed-headed glory, wearing only her underwear. There I was, brushing my teeth in all of my just-barely-squeezed-in- a-shower glory, also in my underwear. She … Continue reading

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A love like this

At four months pregnant, I found myself at an old New England artists’ colony, having chats over dinner with other fellows in residence. Maybe because I was expecting or maybe because familial lineage is a common “getting to know you” … Continue reading

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Combi Go and Grow Walker

Walkers are fantastic inventions for little ones. It gives them the freedom to explore like “big” kids while keeping them safe—and allowing a little bit of a break for mommy’s or daddy’s back. I had been looking for a walker … Continue reading

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Puppy love

Dogs and babies have the potential to go together like peas and carrots. (We’ve all seen the toddler napping with his puppy.) But in between adorable photo-ops, it’s not uncommon for your four-legged firstborn to feel left out while much … Continue reading

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Flu fighters

Expectant women who catch influenza are more likely to experience premature labor or harm to baby. Here’s how to beat the bug before it bites. Hot shot The influenza vaccine is the most reliable form of protection against the virus. … Continue reading

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Win it: Bella Bundles

For master multitaskers like mamas, it pays to have gear that’s as useful—and adaptable as you are! The Blanket On The Go from Bella Bundles is a lot more than its name might suggest. That’s right, this single cozy cover seamlessly transitions to suit … Continue reading

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Officially unofficial

These cool carryalls may not be diaper bags in the traditional sense, but they proved to be up to the task. Plus, they surpassed the standards of even the chicest ladies with babies. Here’s what our haute mama testers had … Continue reading

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Safety 1st Custom Care Modular Bathing Solution

The Safety 1st Custom Care Modular Bathing Solution has been absolutely amazing for my household! The product is easy to use from the moment it is removed from the box. The manual leaves no room for confusion. There is little … Continue reading

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Holiday gift guide: For dad

Give a little A cool T-shirt for the papa who’s proud of where he’s from. Bonus: A portion of proceeds supports multiple sclerosis research. The Home. T T-shirt, $30, thehomet.com Fun & games A quirky instrument for the daddy whose … Continue reading

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Tear-filled farewells

In the early days, you can hand your baby over to someone else, and she’ll hardly even notice. Sometime after your tot’s half-birthday, however, she might begin to wail at the mere thought of leaving your arms. While it can … Continue reading

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Mocked up

Let’s be honest: Being the pregnant lady at the dinner party is not a lot of fun. As everyone else digs into the cheese plate and downs libations, you are likely left searching for a glass of ginger ale and … Continue reading

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Chicco Jolie Soothing Bouncer

Getting ready for work is a breeze when you have the Chicco Jolie Soothing Bouncer as a helping hand. Our 4-month-old little man loves to kick and bounce to the music while we run around doing our daily morning routines. … Continue reading

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Breastfeed during the holidays

Whether, when and how you nurse your babe are all personal choices, but they can become very public around the holidays when you’re surrounded by family. Find out how to handle the skeptics with these quick and easy tips from … Continue reading

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Swear words

Before I had kids, I was pretty sure I knew exactly how to do this parenting thing. While heavily pregnant with my first child, I encountered a rather unhappy toddler and her mother at Target. The child was screaming bloody … Continue reading

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December 2014 Free Stuff

We have more than $3,000 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our December issue! Click on each image to enter for your chance to win that prize. You can enter all contests daily. Contest closes December 31, 2014. Preggers leggings, … Continue reading

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Holiday gift guide: For anybody

Give a little An heirloom-quality blanket for the nanny who you couldn’t live without. Bonus: Swell Forever allocates a portion of proceeds to help fund adoptions and make sure every child has a “swell forever.” Swell Forever blanket, $240, swellforever.com Tech-riffic … Continue reading

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December 2014 and Buyer’s Guide Free Stuff

Click below to view the giveaways for our December issue and Buyer’s Guide. You can enter all contests once daily.December 2014 Free Stuff Buyer’s Guide 2014 Free Stuff

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The top products of 2014

1. Clek Fllo, from $380, clekinc.com Beyond its (very) good looks, this convertible car seat features GREENGUARD Select Certified upholstery, extended rear-facing use, a steel anti-rebound bar, advanced side-impact protection and an energy-absorbing safety structure. It even fits three-across in … Continue reading

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Am I a bad mom?

I’ve asked myself the same question, almost daily, since I had my first baby—a sweet, precious baby girl named Kate—in March. Actually, it started before I’d even had her. The first time this question popped into my head, I was … Continue reading

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Heads up: Infant reflux

What it is “Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) is when the contents of the stomach go up into the esophagus,” explains Suzanne P. Nelson, MD, MPH, pediatric gastroenterologist at Children’s Gastroenterology Specialists, S.C. in Glenview, Illinois, and assistant professor of clinical pediatrics … Continue reading

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Summer Infant Deluxe Baby Bather

At first glance, I was excited about the Summer Infant Deluxe Baby Bather. It came to me in a flat box, which made it great for packing for family vacations. After opening the box, I realized this packaging would be … Continue reading

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