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My C-section experience: The birth story of David

I knew that I would, in all likelihood, be having this baby via C-section quite early in my pregnancy. By 30 weeks he was still breech and happy about it. It was around that time that I started talking to … Continue reading

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Breastfeeding and the ACA

No matter your insurance, tucked away within the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a clause that is revolutionizing breastfeeding for new and expectant mothers. Now more than ever you have support and services at your disposal, and it can change … Continue reading

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Zooper Tango Smart

Thank you, baby product heaven, for the Zooper Tango Smart Double Strollerr! As a first time mom to 6-month-old twins, adjusting to going out in public has not been easy. Our original stroller met basic needs but was very bulky … Continue reading

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Win it: Bump Boxes

Every mama-to-be deserves some first-class pampering during her nine months of bumphood—you are, after all, making a wee human in there, and that’s hard work! We’ve partnered with Bump Boxes to send one lucky lady a custom-built gift box filled with health … Continue reading

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Mom brain

People talk about pregnancy brain, but what about mom brain? Is it a thing? Because I think I have it. I am completely reliant on my calendar and list apps on my phone to keep me current on things to … Continue reading

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Week 29: “Natural” childbirth

Considering an epidural? Have to go the C-section route? Induction being scheduled? Are you hesitant because the rumor mill says none of those count because it’s not “natural” childbirth? Well, the only way your baby isn’t coming naturally is if … Continue reading

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Two realities of life with a new baby

I’m not sure how this happened, but the calendar says our youngest is officially 2 months old today. The last eight weeks have been a total whirlwind, and now that the dust is settling a bit, here’s the rundown on … Continue reading

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My beautiful wife

Oh, beautiful wife of mine, you are a miracle worker! Together, we conceived a new life, and then you lovingly and tenderly nurtured that fragile little life into a fully developed human. It took a little while. It took a … Continue reading

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Making mom friends

Every phase of life comes with its own set of social pressures. School years are the prime time for girlfriends and sleepovers; married life means making couple-friends and organizing supper clubs; and motherhood automatically ups the ante to join a … Continue reading

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Rosie Pope’s advice for Kate Middleton: “This too shall pass”

Rosie Pope is not only an actress, she’s also a household name in the parenting world. Pope, 34, is the founder of Rosie Pope Maternity, MomPrep and Rosie Pope Baby, as well as author of Mommy IQ: The Complete Guide to … Continue reading

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Week 36: Pregnant girl observations

Being pregnant for the first time has been a strange experience. I often find myself comparing my experiences to what friends have told me about their pregnancies and what I’ve seen in movies, but in the end, you really have … Continue reading

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Win it: FuzziBunz

Drab diapers got you down? FuzziBunz cloth diapers are here to keep your little cruiser looking chic, comfortable and, most importantly, dry. FuzziBunz one-size cloth diapers are specially designed to contour to your baby’s body. The adjustable button-hole elastics give your child … Continue reading

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Mamas and Papas Armadillo City Stroller

When this review was initially arranged, I spent loads of time looking at other Mamas & Papas products available on the company’s website (holy cuteness!) because this stroller wasn’t even out yet and I wanted to get a feel for what to expect. I started … Continue reading

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Losses and gains

The closer Rowan gets to his first birthday, the more reflective I become. The year has gone by faster than I thought possible. It’s definitely bittersweet—the cliché about each stage being more fun than the last is true (so far), … Continue reading

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Our darling: The birth story of Poppy

It all started Saturday night (January 18) … David and I had been doing everything we could to try to bring on labor for the past few days, so after having a super spicy dinner we decided to go out … Continue reading

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Week 28: The third trimester of doom

This week marks the start of the third trimester [insert confetti, horns, kazoos, whatever]. The beginning of the end. The last leg of the race. Well, a race where you want to hit the wall, but you can’t because you’re … Continue reading

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Spit up, spit up everywhere

During my pregnancy, I lived in sweats, tank tops and zip-up hoodies until it was warm enough to ditch the hoodie and trade in the sweats for maxi skirts. I have two, and they got old. Quick. I so looked … Continue reading

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RECARO Performance Denali

After researching the Performance Denali online, I learned that it is the first stroller RECARO has developed, and I believe the company has done an excellent job. As a first-time mom, I’d never assembled a stroller until I tackled the RECARO Performance Denali. As … Continue reading

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Little mama

I’m happy to report that our new little blessing has successfully completed his first week of life outside the womb. Not only that, but our whole family has successfully completed its first week as a family with five kids. We didn’t … Continue reading

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Thule Urban Glide Sport Stroller

The Thule Urban Glide Sport Stroller is a great choice for active urban or suburban dwellers who want to bring the little one along on their daily run or walk while looking trendy. It’s no secret that the most important requirement … Continue reading

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A new routine

At 20 weeks, Bea is a nifty little person. I know she’s still tiny and unskilled in the grand scheme of life, but compared to the sleepy newborn from just a few months ago, Andy and I think she’s a … Continue reading

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Week 35: Not ready

Thirty-five weeks?!?! Um, wasn’t I just introducing myself to you a couple weeks ago? How am I EIGHT months pregnant? Sometime after I hit 20 weeks I must have entered a time-space continuum. I don’t how it happened, perhaps some … Continue reading

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My natural birth: The birth of McKayla

I hadn’t dreamed of having a natural birth. My mother’s experience with my big brother and I involved constant painful contractions with no breaks. She taught me early that I would need an epidural and, as a redhead, I should … Continue reading

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How this mom does it

“How do you do it all?” I’m often asked this question by friends, neighbors and acquaintances when they see me pushing Rowan’s stroller and holding Finn’s leash simultaneously. Or when I’m loading groceries and holding the baby. Or doing any … Continue reading

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Graco Ready2Grow Click Connect LX Stroller

With my first daughter, I used a variety of single strollers. We had a stroller for use with her infant car seat, a jogging stroller for neighborhood walks, an umbrella stroller for quick trips, and a traditional stroller for trips … Continue reading

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Win It: Pacidoodle

Flu season is coming soon, and there’s nothing worse than passing germs from baby to baby (or should we say, paci-ing them around?). Keep your mini happy and healthy with personalized pacifiers from Pacidoodle—so you always know whose is whose, … Continue reading

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Boobs & bottles

A little update on the whole breast pump situation—it’s no longer freaking me out. Now, it’s judging me and my pathetic ounce and a half after 20 minutes of pumping. How does this happen? There has to be more than that … Continue reading

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Week 27: Push presents

This is a thing? How did two kids exit my uterus and I not know that this was a thing? Push presents are also known as: A push gift A baby mama gift A baby bauble An “I’m so glad … Continue reading

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That escalated quickly

If anyone out there needs a midwife, give me a call. It turns out that I’m actually pretty good at midwifery. I had the immense pleasure of delivering my 5th child this past week. How did I do that, you may … Continue reading

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Svan Baby-to-Booster Bentwood High Chair

I must start by saying that the Svan Baby-to-Booster Bentwood High Chair is very attractive. I am starting my review on this point because so many of the child seats out there are made of plastic and have a really … Continue reading

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Breaking my prebaby rules

You know how some people fervently swear that whenever they have kids, they’ll never do certain quintessentially parent-ish things? They’ll never go in public with a screaming baby, they’ll never drive a minivan, or they’ll never, ever leave the house … Continue reading

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Week 34: I’m tired

How do I miss thee, caffeine? Let me count the ways. I miss the energized, alert buzz that follows the second strong cup of coffee. That peppy, fueled-for-the-day feeling that makes me feel like I can conquer my inbox and … Continue reading

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Bump into action

If you are new to the pregnancy game, your mind is likely being pulled in a million directions at once. You’re blissfully imagining a beautiful babe in your arms while at the same time panicking about everything from weight gain … Continue reading

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First flexes

Even from day one, you can see signs of your tot’s muscle control in her newborn reflexes—which also give moms a peek at the developmental road ahead. But it’s only a brief glimpse because most are seen for only the … Continue reading

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Lily Jade Anna

Having a good diaper bag is a must with a new little one. Before having my daughter, I never realized just how much I would have to carry with me every time I left the house or how much I … Continue reading

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Glam jam

Sophisticated elegance is right at home in the nursery.   1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11  

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Worklust

I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for about 11 months now. I love spending time with my little boy: overseeing his naps and meals, watching him explore his environment, and bringing him out into the world. Lately, though, the thought of … Continue reading

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Natural inductions

Midwife Vicki Nolan Marnin reminds us that women are not machines and that a due date does not necessarily mean a baby is ready to be born. However, she adds that after 39 weeks of pregnancy, there are some methods … Continue reading

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Food + your mood

When you’re pregnant, your body undergoes immense changes—and so does your mood. You may be over the moon about impending mamahood one day and a bump-bearing basket case the next. Keeping your emotions under control at all times is next … Continue reading

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Bottle prep

To ensure baby’s meal is prepared properly and safely, follow these simple steps from Pam Price, PhD, RD, CNSC, a child nutrition expert at Abbott Nutrition and prior neonatal nutritionist at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland. Get the … Continue reading

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Give ‘em a boost

By two months, your little is already leaps and bounds ahead of where she was at birth. With a few playtime tweaks from here on out, you can give her a leg up on those upcoming milestones. 2 months in … Continue reading

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Sweet sixteen

Want to lighten the mood on labor day? Add these not-too-serious, actually kind-of-hilarious songs to your playlist for the big day. 1. “I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eye Peas 2. “I Wanna Be Sedated” by The Ramones 3. “Can’t Fight This Feeling” … Continue reading

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7 ways to be a happier, healthier mom

Motherhood can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to let it get the best of you. Follow these seven steps to find some balance, maintain your sanity and keep on smiling in your new role as mom. Take time to … Continue reading

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Safety first

Your baby’s well-being is more important than anything. In fact, you’re biologically built to feel anxious about your child’s safety and respond strongly when he’s threatened. (Hello, mama bear!) While it’s impossible to foresee and defuse every potential danger, it … Continue reading

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These are a few of our favorite things

We’re not making it up! Each of these beauty products can really, truly be found in our staffers’ cosmetic bags. Pink cheeks! Don’t leave the house without ‘em. -Lauren, Executive Editor Trish McEvoy blush, $22 Made with volcanic clay, this face … Continue reading

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Animal farm

1. Donna Wilson plate, $35 Dinner is the cat’s meow. 2. Skip Hop backpack, $20 Your tot will look so fly when she carries this pack into daycare. 3. Sugarbooger by Ore’ mini bib set, $13 Everybody knows farmhands wear bibs. 4. Clavis … Continue reading

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Win it: ooYoo Brooke Dotes Black Satchel

When you’re carrying the ooYoo Brooke Dots Black diaper bag, no one will guess you’re toting wet wipes and pacifiers—until they see your mini, that is!   This eye-catching carry-all flies under the diaper bag radar, so you can load up … Continue reading

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Meet your makers

Who should you be thanking for that chic maternity dress and comfy-yet-flattering pants you’re sporting? Allow us to introduce the brains behind the brands… Meet Ariane Goldman of HATCH in New York City What HATCH is known for: A cool … Continue reading

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An inconvenient truth

When Roslyn Jin was pregnant with her second child, she thought long and hard about the best way to give birth. The mother of two in Ontario, Canada, had a less-than-ideal first birthing experience, which began spontaneously but ended in … Continue reading

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Worth waiting for: The birth of Leo

Leo Robert Coghill entered this world Tuesday, February 25 at 10:09 p.m. He was 8 pounds, 21 inches long and the sweetest baby from the instant they laid him on my chest. But let’s start at the beginning … I … Continue reading

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