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A betting game: The birth of Declan

On my last day of work, which was just a little over a week before my due date, my husband Adam drove me to and from work—knowing that this day would be bittersweet for me. That evening, we went out … Continue reading

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Her next big leap

I’m trying not to think too hard about the fact that our baby will be a 1-year-old come mid-July. Gulp. Instead, I’m focusing on all the big things happening around here this summer—standing practice, pool time and maybe even her … Continue reading

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Win it: Stuff 4 Multiples

There’s an old saying that there are only two things in life we are never fully prepared for: twins. Luckily, Stuff 4 Multiples is here to help you manage the (many!) tasks that come with bringing up babies. This week, Stuff 4 … Continue reading

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The First Years Quiet Expressions Plus Double Electric Breast Pump

I am a first-time mom and wanted to try pumping to help increase my milk supply between feedings and store breast milk for when I go back to work. While searching for the right breast pump for me, it was important … Continue reading

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Week 30: Decision dosey doe

Sunday I had a glorious, full day off. I slept in, had brunch with friends, and excitedly headed to Home Depot where I bought two cans of paint—one light green, one pale yellow. It was warm out, but there was … Continue reading

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When the cat’s away, the mice will play

I am missing my wife and baby terribly right now. They are both away on a trip, so my wife can visit her sister. They are gone for an entire week. Before you imagine me playing video games late into … Continue reading

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Joovy Hook

There are highchairs—huge, plastic, a drag for traveling—and then there are hanging highchairs—the kind that hook right onto the table or countertop. The Joovy Hook falls into the second category, with a few extras thrown in that make it stand … Continue reading

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Room service: Sam’s nursery

Meet Sam Baby Sam enjoys avocados, books and dancing to funky music. His designer mom, Maria Sabbah, crafts clever art and room accessories for her online shop, Tellkiddo, and she managed to sneak a few of her signature items into … Continue reading

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July 2015 Free Stuff

We have more than $1,800 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our July issue! Click on each image to enter for your chance to win that prize. You can enter all contests daily. Contest closes July 31, 2015. Charlie Banana … Continue reading

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Little linguist

Because I speak English and my husband speaks Dutch, raising a bilingual child was a no-brainer. But when we shared our decision with others, the response was a mixture of admiration and concern. What a great opportunity for our daughter, … Continue reading

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Little wonders

When the nursery is tiny, every inch counts. light / art print / clock / cart / mail organizer / mobile / dresser / rug / crib / cloud cushion / rocker / pillow

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Watered down

Watermelon As its name implies, this fruity favorite contains plenty of H2O. It’s the perfect summertime treat, so go ahead and savor a wedge (or three). Iceberg lettuce This leafy pick is often overlooked for darker, more nutrient-dense greens, but … Continue reading

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Choose your own adventure

If you’re pining for a quiet town with charm for days… Try: El Colibri in Cambria, California This artisan-built accommodation echoes the peaceful demeanor of its coastal community. Dig your feet into the cool sand as you watch the elephant seals … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Body image

Q: I’ve read about women thinking of their stretch marks as tiger stripes and their sagging tummies as reminders of the miracles they grew, but when I look in the mirror, I just feel unattractive and ready to crawl into a … Continue reading

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Room service: Delia’s nursery

Meet Delia Baby Delia is a big fan of two things: milk and her big brother, Silas. Her mom, Lindsay Wilkins, is a blogger at HelloHue and the handywoman and creative brains behind her daughter’s not-too-pink nursery. On straying from the … Continue reading

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Star power

Factor it in SPF stands for sun protection factor. “It tells you how much longer you can stay outside without burning,” explains Janet Prystowsky, MD, a New York-based dermatologist. With a thick coat of SPF 50, for example, you should … Continue reading

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Mindful birthing

Walking outside on a warm spring day, my insides constricted and pain radiated across my lower back. I closed my eyes and focused on the humid air as it made its way through my nostrils to the walls of my … Continue reading

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Travel with baby

Jet-setting with junior might be an intimidating undertaking, but it can be well worth the effort for a breath of fresh air (whether literal or figurative). Family-oriented travel company Kid & Coe rents kid-friendly residences around the world—think Airbnb but … Continue reading

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Baby Delight Snuggle Nest Surround

The first thing I noticed about the Snuggle Nest Surround was how compact it is! It is so lightweight and easily foldable, which means I will still be able to make my bed every day and simply store it out … Continue reading

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Born in the USA

1. Little Hip Squeaks blanket, $22 This bright and bold blanket is just the ticket when it comes to wrapping up your tiny tot. 2. Gräf & Lantz weekender, $425 Roomy yet refined, this high-quality weekender makes for a perfect a … Continue reading

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Water baby

Soak it in Studies show early exposure to water and swim lessons offers many advantages, including physical, cognitive, social and linguistic, says Kathy Hubbard, infant and toddler committee chairman of the U.S. Swim School Association. “The soothing benefits and sensory … Continue reading

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A little time for me

What in the world did I do with all my time before I had Graham? I’m so busy being a working mama all of the time now; it seems I must have had endless hours of luxurious downtime before motherhood. … Continue reading

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Room service: Willa’s nursery

Meet Willa Baby Willa likes to grin while arching her eyebrows as if to say, “Wow, that’s so incredible.” Fortunately, her photographer mom, Sarah Hebenstreit, has just the skill set to capture the sweet expression on camera, as well as … Continue reading

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Sex ed

“Do you know what you’re having?” It’s a question the expectant crowd grows accustomed to hearing again and again throughout pregnancy. While query-weary moms-to-be might be tempted to retort, “a human,” they could know the desired answer to the boy-or-girl … Continue reading

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Room service: Leo’s nursery

Meet Leo Baby Leo’s favorite toys are his hands, and he’s very good at rolling over—as long as no one is watching, that is. His mum, Belinda Nihill, is an interior designer with a knack for balancing whimsy and sophistication, … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Interacting with baby

Q: My newborn seems a little young for toys or games and isn’t especially interested in anything other than sleeping and eating. When will she become more interactive?  A: You are absolutely right: Your baby is still very young. For … Continue reading

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State of mind

From fast-paced cities to laid-back small towns and everywhere in between, the places parents choose to call home while bringing up baby are chock-full of differences. But whether you carry a metro card or drive a minivan, when it comes … Continue reading

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Don’t leave home without ’em

1. Skip Hop lunch bag, $14 Stash bottles and snacks in this insulated cutie. 2. NüRoo nursing scarf, $30 Wrap this striped scarf around your neck, so you have a little extra coverage on hand during public breastfeeding sessions. 3. Little Tikes … Continue reading

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Week 33: King of Pops

Father’s Day felt different this year. It was different in a good way. The kind of different that feels good because there’s a change that involves everyone in the family and evolves us to be even closer than we already … Continue reading

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Definitely a biter

Almost two months ago, I wrote about our little biter. I mentioned how she was digging her little tooth into just about everything, and that she’d managed to get me, too (ouch). I looked up tips for dealing with biting … Continue reading

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My turkey baby: The birth of Savannah

As my 39-week check wraps up, I put a hand on my enormous belly and decide to ask my OB about nudging labor along. “If I still haven’t gone into labor by next week’s appointment,” I ask cautiously, “Would you … Continue reading

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Win It: RaZbaby

The scene is all too familiar: With baby in one arm, you carefully reach down into your diaper bag and fumble for her pacifier. Then, as if in slow motion, you bring your hand up only to see the pacifier slip through your … Continue reading

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Hola España!

From the age of 14, when I went to Greece with my family for a vacation, I have been a keen traveler and have liked nothing more than packing a light bag, grabbing my well-worn passport and hopping on a … Continue reading

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Week 29: Letting it (gladly) go

Ladies, I wish you could see me today. I’m a hot mess. My dress is wrinkled, my hair is frizzy, and my face is naked. I have on no jewelry and skipped a belt for my blue dress … which has belt loops. I have … Continue reading

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Thule’s Sapling Elite Child Carrier

Opening the big box containing Thule’s Sapling Elite Child Carrier, I was impressed by the size and sturdiness of the carrier. It is huge and amazingly still lightweight. I could tell that it was designed for serious hikers and backpackers. It … Continue reading

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It wouldn’t be Father’s Day without them

So, Father’s Day happened a few days ago. I’d be remiss if I didn’t say something about it here as part of the “Dad’s Eye View.” For starters, I must confess that I generally have a very apathetic attitude about … Continue reading

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Baby’s first cold

Our sweet boy is suffering from his first cold. I noticed yesterday that Graham seemed extra fussy and that his voice was starting to sound a little husky. Last night at around 12:45 a.m., I was awakened by the sound of him … Continue reading

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Week 32: Baby fever

A heat wave has swept the City of Atlanta this week with temperatures peaking in the very high 90s. Nobody is happy about it, but at least we have a pool in our neighborhood where I’ve been able to find … Continue reading

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Kelly Moore A Beautiful Mess Bag

I’m the mom who is always chasing her kids around the playground with her DSLR camera while everyone else is snapping pics with their smartphone. I can’t help it; I love “real” photography. Something about the feel of a camera … Continue reading

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Back to the back doctor

This time last year, I was a month out from giving birth. I also had a standing date with my chiropractor every single week. She’d adjust my neck, a few spots in my back and always, always my hips because … Continue reading

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Win It: Twingaroo

  This competition is now closed. Congratulations to Annalyn (NJ)! It’s safe to say that most parents are pro multitaskers. But when you have as many tots as hands (or more!), then feeding, diaper-changing, and just get out of the house can … Continue reading

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Daddy’s boy: The birth of Elijah

I gave birth. That alone is a crazy enough experience to change someone’s life, but now we have a precious little boy who has in fact changed our lives forever. The Lord blessed us with getting pregnant basically as soon as … Continue reading

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Evenflo Deluxe Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump

The Evenflo Deluxe Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump is an excellent product that is worth every penny. For first time moms, deciphering the world of pumping can be awfully daunting, but Evenflo makes it much easier with their simple ‘how-to’ … Continue reading

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Week 28: Parts of us

While sitting at the dinner table, I casually asked Darrin what he thought I should write about this week, half serious and half making small talk. Being the insightful guy he is, he answered the question very seriously and sincerely. … Continue reading

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Baby’s first bike ride

Summer is a great time to be outside exploring and experiencing the world. For a baby, most of these experiences are brand new. So, there are many “firsts” that happen during the summer. We recently had baby’s first camping trip. … Continue reading

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Ingenuity Moonlight Rocking Sleeper Deluxe

I don’t know who loves our Ingenuity Moonlight Rocking Sleeper Deluxe more—my little girl or me. Right now, it’s pretty much the only thing she will sleep soundly in, apart from her mama’s arms, but we all know that that isn’t … Continue reading

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Week 31: Sweet babymoon

In my last post, I talked about how important it is for me to stay true to my children, my husband and most especially, myself. So to honor that, we decided to celebrate our final mini-break before we have this … Continue reading

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Babyproofing

Knocking on 11 months—unbelievable—and the world, or at least our house, has definitely become her oyster. Despite her crazy method of locomotion, she’s fast and into everything. So cue the babyproofing, and quick. We need to lock this place up … Continue reading

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A rookie delivery: The birth of Caroline

I am in awe of my body. I am amazed at what it’s done over the last nine months—and especially what it did on November 1st and 2nd. My due date was Monday, November 3, and for several weeks we’d … Continue reading

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