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Week 35: The nursery

Blake and I have been slowly putting our baby girl’s nursery together for months now, but it’s been a side project for the most part due to a busy summer full of bachelorette and bachelor parties, bridal showers, weddings and … Continue reading

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Let’s talk about mom guilt

Throughout my pregnancy, I imagined the birth of my first child as being nothing short of a miracle. I would picture myself looking down at her for the first time, overcome with joy as the tears rolled down my cheeks. … Continue reading

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Week 31: Why I chose to take family maternity photos

When I was pregnant the first time around we were certainly preparing for a big family change, but then my family was made up of myself, my husband and our miniature schnauzer. Even though we’d be losing sleep and making … Continue reading

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A girl on the go

A few weeks ago I cited the fact that the 6-month-old doesn’t do that many awe-inspiring things as my reason for not writing her monthly letters like I did for her sisters and brother. The truth is really that I am … Continue reading

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Cosatto Supa Dupa

One of the many life lessons I have learned as a mom is that all kid gear is not created equal. When it comes to strollers, the right one can either make that trip to the zoo seamless and comfy … Continue reading

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Twist my arm

I am writing this while my daughter sleeps on me, draped over my lap in total satisfaction. Most of this post will be typed one-handed because she desires to feel my touch and is happiest when she has that sense … Continue reading

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Style the bump

Guess what, mamas? Pumpkin spice lattes are back at Starbucks, and fall fashion is staging a style takeover! With chilly mornings and shorter evenings in the cards for the not too distant future, it’s time to start switching out your … Continue reading

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High risk, high reward: The birth of Jade

This was many months ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday. I went into the OB/GYN office on October 19, as scheduled to do a final check and listen to the baby’s heartbeat. My due date was the … Continue reading

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WavHello SoundBub

After using the WavHello SoundBub I have to say it’s a mama must-have! My littlest one nods off faster and sleeps more soundly when his SoundBub buddy is around, which means mom can rest easy, too. It’s a win-win! As … Continue reading

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Week 34: Pregnant AF

Holy crap! I was so not prepared for how hard the last trimester would be. It’s not that I didn’t read about the details in the pregnancy books or listen to third trimester warnings of the pregnant women who have … Continue reading

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WavHello SoundBub Giveaway

Complete the form below for your chance to win WavHello’s adorable SoundBub, a travel-sized Bluetooth speaker/soother. SoundBub provides two white noise tracks, connects with any Bluetooth-enabled device to play your favorite music and lets you record personal voice messages through its VoiceShare … Continue reading

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Wanted: Mom friends

As I enter into my third month of motherhood, I’m realizing that I’ve kinda gotten the hang of this whole “mommy thing.” OK, I can’t even say that with a straight face, but I DO feel like my life isn’t … Continue reading

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Skip Hop Highline Convertible Diaper Backpack

Y’all, this bag. This. bag. I don’t just love it. I loooove it. This bag looks so stylish, not too trendy that it will be old news any time soon, and not mom-ish at all. And if you didn’t think … Continue reading

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Week 30: What the stretch marks?

Stretch marks, the unwanted battle scars of carrying a child. Let me say that yes, after my first pregnancy I came to terms with what I had because anything was worth it to get that sweet little pink baby bundle. … Continue reading

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When the in-laws are in town …

My in-laws are in town this week. I’m sure for a lot of people that’s a frightening statement but not for me. You see, I have the best in-laws in the world. I lucked out. I really did. I hit … Continue reading

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Four-month sleep regression

Myth: There’s no such thing as a sleep regression. Fact: The 4-month sleep regression is real. And it’s horrible! Austin was sleeping well, day (naps) and night. Key word: was. Then he turned 4 months old, and it’s been a roller coaster, mostly … Continue reading

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Three’s company

I started noticing how many pictures I have of Bellamy and me in our bed. This is because she would take over our bed if I let her! It never fails; she will cry her sugary sweet, pitiful cry if … Continue reading

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A gift from above: The birth of Sebastian

Those close to us know about the complications that led me to five months of bedrest (six of those weeks were in a hospital), an unexpected delivery at 32 weeks, and an additional five weeks in the NICU for our … Continue reading

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Week 33: Back to school

I’m no genius by any means, but I’ve always considered myself a fairly intelligent person— that is until I got pregnant. As a first time mama, this pregnancy has me feeling like a first grader in a fifth grade class. … Continue reading

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Week 29: Dear Sleep, I miss you

Oh sleep, sweet sleep. It’s something that I took for granted for so many years. If only I could go back and take all of the naps that I grumpily protested as a kid. I’ve mentioned before that my last … Continue reading

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Forgetful mama

I used to have a really great memory. I could remember all kinds of things. I was especially good at remembering birthdays. And license plates. Not that either of those are particularly helpful things to remember, but I could remember useful stuff, … Continue reading

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The village

One of the common pieces of advice I was given while pregnant was to accept help when it was offered. When I was pregnant I wasn’t able to foresee what my life would be like with a newborn. I had … Continue reading

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​Cleanup, Register 6!

So, about that time I went to Home Depot for some water softener salt with a 4-month-old strapped to my chest while pushing Graham in the child seat … I marched over to the salt wall, waded through a salt spill due to rips … Continue reading

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Love at first sight: The birth of Ellie

The birth story of our beautiful daughter is a bit of a saga, but I want to write it all down (not that I will ever forget) because I want to remember all of the small details. Saturday, August 1, I woke … Continue reading

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Week 32: One big baby shower

My mom started planning my baby shower early on in my pregnancy. Not only was she excited and eager to get started, but we had to nail down a day among a summer filled with weddings, weekend getaways and family … Continue reading

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Road Test: Parent-approved travel beds

THE BASSINET Graco Dream Suite Bassinet, $150 “The Dream Suite has done double-duty in our house—first as a sleep space in our bedroom and later as a nap spot and changing center downstairs. The top seamlessly flips back and forth … Continue reading

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Road Test: Parent-approved monitors

VIEW FROM HERE Philips Avent uGrow Smart Baby Monitor, $240 Capabilities: audio, video, smart device compatible “We just welcomed our first baby and are so pleased with the uGrow. It allows us to keep an eye on him from our … Continue reading

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Mad (little) men

Sputnik and Eames and sunburst, oh my!  dresser / art print / shelf / throw blanket / When properly secured, a bar cart can make for stunning diaper storage. / mobile / changing pad / sputnik light / swaddling wrap / Eames elephant / … Continue reading

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September 2016—Claessen’s giveaway

Rise and shine Ten cool kiddos will win the Claessen’s Kid’Sleep Moon, an all-in-one night- light, sleep trainer and alarm clock.

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VTech Safe&Sound VM346 Full Color Video Monitor

Up until now, video baby monitors have all looked the same: small, white and black cubes or spheres, generally aesthetically boring and sure to clash with most nursery decor (unless you have an outerspace theme in mind). VTech, with their … Continue reading

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Buyer’s Guide 2016 Free Stuff

We have $3,000 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our 2016 Buyer’s Guide! Click on each image to enter for your chance to win that prize. You can enter all contests daily. Contests close December 31, 2016. Baby Einstein 2-in-1 Lights … Continue reading

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Eat the alphabet

If you’re looking to boost the health of you and your babe, here are 26 tasty ways to make it happen. A is for avocado Everyone’s favorite guacamole star is chock-full of three big pregnancy players: potassium, which is important … Continue reading

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Road Test: Parent-approved carriers

THE WOVEN WRAP Babylonia BB Slen, $119 From birth-40 pounds “After almost a year of wearing my daughter (and trying every carrier under the sun), I couldn’t wait to use the BB Slen. Because the fabric doesn’t stretch, it took … Continue reading

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Back to basics

One-piece wonders Solo performers making getting dressed a hit. (first image) Mainio organic sleeveless romper, $38; NatureBaby organic henley romper, $40; KicKee Pants footed romper, $32; (second image) Milkbarn organic footed romper, $30; E=MC2 romper, $20; Joules romper, $38 Body builders Stay-put suits mean keeping pudgy bellies … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Caring for baby’s teeth

Q: How do I care for those first baby teeth? A: Caring for a baby’s teeth is a very important step to promoting good health and limiting cavity-causing bacteria. When that first tooth appears, you can introduce baby-safe tooth- paste. … Continue reading

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To epidural or not to epidural

There is no single way to birth a child. Because no two labors and deliveries are the same (from how long they last to how they feel), what works for one woman might not for another. But many people—mothers and … Continue reading

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Summer Infant 3Dtwo

After having our second beautiful child, I worried, Will doubling the amount of kids mean double the amount of gear?! Not necessarily, thanks to convenient products like the Summer Infant 3Dtwo Double Convenience Stroller. The 3Dtwo arrived in slim tall package. … Continue reading

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Road Test: Parent-approved breast pumps

CUSTOM FIT Evenflo Feeding Deluxe Advanced, $140 “Deciphering the world of pumping can be daunting, but Evenflo makes it easier with a simple instruction manual that even spells out how to adjust settings (for speed and suction) based on whether … Continue reading

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How to swaddle baby

When using a swaddle, always do so safely. Should a blanket come unwrapped, it becomes a suffocation hazard, so baby shouldn’t be left unattended. Put him down to sleep on his back—and wean him off the wrap before he learns … Continue reading

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September 2016 Free Stuff

We have  $2,600 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our September issue! Click on each image to enter for your chance to win that prize. You can enter all contests daily. Contests close September 30, 2016. Babyhome VidaPlus Stroller Claessen’s Kid’Sleep Moon … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Protecting against Zika

Q: I recently found out I’m pregnant and am nervous about contracting Zika virus.What can I do to protect my baby on the way? A: Zika is a virus spread by the bite of an Aedes species mosquito that has the … Continue reading

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40 and pregnant

I peeked at my chart—scrawled across the top was the ominous phrase “advanced maternal age.” The OB handed me a referral to a high-risk clinic. “Is there something wrong?” I asked. Without looking up he said, “We refer all our … Continue reading

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UPPAbaby VISTA and G-LINK

Friends, the UPPAbaby team knows strollers! We’ve struggled to find the best double stroller for our 6-month-old and toddler. I’ve read about and tried many others with little success. But with the UPPAbaby VISTA and G-LINK, we now have two strollers that keep … Continue reading

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September 2016—The Stationery Studio giveaway

Paper pusher Five deserving moms will win a $100 gift card to The Stationery Studio, so they can stock up on sweet baby shower invitations, adorable birth announcements and more.

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September 2016—2 Red Hens giveaway

It’s in the bag One lucky mama will win a 2 Red Hens Coop Diaper Bag and Toy Nanny, so she and her babe can stay stylish wherever they go.

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September 2016—Arm’s Reach giveaway

Together is better One co-sleeping crew will win an Arm’s Reach Ideal Ezee 3-in-1 bassinet, featuring bedside sleeper, freestanding bassinet and play yard modes.

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September 2016—pediped giveaway

If the shoe fits One happy household will win a $200 gift certificate to pediped, so they can treat baby’s feet to footwear designed with proper development in mind.

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September 2016—Babyhome giveaway

Stroll with it One chic family will win a Babyhome VidaPlus Stroller, a handsome set of wheels that promises comfort and versatility.

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September 2016—Fridababy giveaway

Mommy’s helpers Five little munchkins will win a Fridababy FeverFrida and Bitty Bundle of Joy gift set, featuring the NoseFrida, Windi, NailFrida and Fridet.

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Focus on hypnosis

During pregnancy women spend nine months envisioning what childbirth will look like, but they often spend far less time preparing for the days and years after. Once you’ve taken the plunge into parenthood, though, many new moms soon realize it … Continue reading

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