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Week 17: Countdown to doughnuts

The gender reveal party craze has totally taken off since I had my first. I blame Pinterest. And other social media. But mainly Pinterest. Every pregnancy, I’ve gone to my 20-week-ish ultrasound, found out the gender, and then let family … Continue reading

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Charlie Crane LEVO Rocker

The LEVO Rocker from Charlie Crane is one beautiful piece of baby furniture! I was impressed with how it looked online, but it’s even more stunning in person. My husband was able to assemble the rocker pretty easily within a few … Continue reading

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One and done?

It seems like from the moment my daughter came out of the womb, family, friends, and more often than not, total strangers have been asking when we’re going to have another one. Just, stop right there.  Why is the size … Continue reading

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Week 17: The makings of a bump

Growing a bump, much like growing—well—anything, is a slow process. Until this week, the bulk of my expansion has been about 6 inches north of my belly. I was beginning to wonder if my baby mistakenly migrated to my boobs … Continue reading

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The birthday date tradition

Our oldest turned 7 on January 1. I can hardly believe that she is 7. I’m pretty sure I’ve said that every year since she turned 1. Not that I couldn’t believe that she was 7. I didn’t say that … Continue reading

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Perfect timing: The birth of AJ

A baby is a blessing for an entire family, a new link in a long chain of love. In my family, the oldest and most precious link has been our Nana, who lovingly nicknamed me “Chickie” (saying I looked like … Continue reading

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Because I’m a mom

Because I’m a mom, I take the night shift AND the day shift. Because I’m a mom, I forgo the good kind of sleep, for now, and I listen to you babble your own baby language while you claw my … Continue reading

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Week 16: Prego makeover

Sometimes, when your skin is going crazy but you can’t do much for it, and your waistline gets a little thicker every day, you really need to get your hair done! And seriously, isn’t makeup wonderful? I thank heaven I … Continue reading

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New Year’s cold

Last week I reported that my tiniest girl had a fever and a bad case of yeast in her diaper region. We’re still battling the yeast. I’m thinking I’m going to have to call the pediatrician and tell him that … Continue reading

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Best day ever: The birth of Claire James

On Monday, August 22, 2016, I was excited that my 40-week doctor visit was the next morning. (I should mention that August 23 was my estimated due date.) I had no expectations she would actually come on time. The week before, I was … Continue reading

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Week 15: Second tri

At 15-ish weeks, I’m officially in the second trimester! I’m feeling more secure about the pregnancy, slightly more energetic, and definitely more pregnant than I have so far. I sometimes find myself holding my back and walking like a big … Continue reading

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Week 16: Morning, noon and night sickness … still

As soon as I saw the positive pregnancy test, I knew it was coming. I am the person who always finds a way to get sick, so there was no way I would make it through the first trimester unscathed … Continue reading

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A sad butt and a fever

My tiniest girl, who is 10 month old now (How is that possible? She’s not a tiny baby anymore. She stands on her own. She cruises around. She crawls like a speed demon and can climb! What is happening?), has … Continue reading

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Team effort: The birth of Topher

For more than nine months, our prayers (and the prayers of so many for us) were for a natural delivery of a healthy baby. At 20 weeks, that prayer evolved to a natural delivery of a healthy baby BOY. From the … Continue reading

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Speaking life

I want to address something too many of us have fallen victim to or been a part of as parents. Whether you’re on the giving or receiving side, shaming in any way shouldn’t have a voice within our society. The … Continue reading

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Fisher-Price Smart Connect Soothing Motions Seat

The Fisher-Price Smart Connect Soothing Motions Seat arrived days before our second child was born, and we were anxious to know: Is a high-tech entertainer really worth the price tag? The heavy box arrived on my doorstep containing many seemingly complicated … Continue reading

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The homeschool of life

Now that you’re responsible for raising a tiny human, you not only want to keep her safe and healthy, but you also want to see her thrive and reach her fullest potential. Thankfully, children are biologically built to learn (and … Continue reading

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January 2017—Lorena Canals giveaway

Two cool clans will win a Lorena Canals rug in the size and style of their choice. The eco-chic floor coverings are hypo-allergenic, all-natural and—perhaps best of all—machine-washable.

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January 2017—Celebrity Baby Trends giveaway

One starstruck sweetheart will win a Celebrity Baby Trends gift basket, featuring goods and gear from babybay USA, Whimsical Charm, The Sucklebuckle, The Balancing Stork, Little Fishkopp, Widgeon, My Baby’s Keeper and Highchair Bib.

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Better together

Tomatoes and basil, peanut butter and jelly, cheese and crackers … they’re the Batmans and Robins of the culinary world—they just “go” together. It turns out there are plenty of food pairs that aren’t just tasty, but when they hook … Continue reading

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January 2017—Everly Grey PR giveaway

One lucky crew will win a gift basket from Everly Grey PR, including a selection of items from Willowee, Seni Naturals, Little East Threads, Cherished Creations, Little Pigs, Logan and Alice, NomiLu, Promise Prenatal and Getting Sew Crafty.

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Ask the Experts: Weaning

Q: Our son is approaching his first birthday, and I am struggling with the breastfeeding/ weaning issue. I am starting to feel myself getting annoyed with his demands, but because it is something he enjoys and a way we bond, … Continue reading

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Open sesame

After feeding, bathing or carrying baby, open up your chest with these poses from Karly Treacy, certified SmartFLOW yoga instructor and mom of three in Venice, California. Lazy boy chest opener Make a “recliner” by propping up a bolster with … Continue reading

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It’s complicated

In researching this article, I interviewed a number of moms who experienced complications during their pregnancies. Each had her unique perspective, but one point came up in every single discussion. Every mom I spoke to gave this advice: Ask questions! … Continue reading

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Why didn’t anyone tell me?

After months of pregnancy and hours of labor and delivery, many moms are left with a body they barely recognize. In your early weeks with baby, strange new happenings can leave you feeling confused and more than a little concerned … Continue reading

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On a whimsy

When Kendra Henderson welcomed her youngest child, Winnie Wilde, to the family, she combined her love of bold type and graphics (she’s a designer by trade) with vintage-style furniture to create a nursery that any little girl would be lucky … Continue reading

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Evenflo ExerSaucer World Traveler Triple Fun Saucer

I have to admit, my excitement about the arrival of our Evenflo ExerSaucer World Traveler Triple Fun Saucer did quail a bit when I opened the box and saw how much assembly was required. However, it wasn’t as bad as … Continue reading

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January 2017 giveaways

We have $2,875 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our January issue! Click on each image to enter for your chance to win that prize. You can enter all contests daily. Contests close January 31, 2017. DockATot Deluxe baby lounger Lorena Canals … Continue reading

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Summer Infant Soothing Waters Baby Bath & Spa

We were excited to receive the Summer Infant Soothing Waters Baby Bath & Spa. Who doesn’t deserve a spa day after childbirth? The product seems to have solved all of the challenges of baby bath time: a handheld shower for … Continue reading

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How-to: Make resolutions you can keep

Anyone else guilty of making a mile-long list of resolutions, only to give up on exactly all of them within a couple weeks? Trying to conquer a host of new habits at once often leads to frustration and failure. But … Continue reading

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January 2017—DockATot giveaway

Three fortunate families will win a DockATot Deluxe, a multifunctional lounging, playing, resting and snuggling dock for baby that can go anywhere.

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January 2017—IsabelleGraceJewelry.com giveaway

Four doting mothers will win a personalized Starry Sky Name Bar necklace on either a sterling silver or 14 karat gold fill chain from IsabelleGrace Jewelry.com.

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Prenatal playlist

(Scroll to the bottom of this post to stream the entire playlist or click here.) Mood: Frustrated that even the rubber band trick won’t save your old jeans at this point but still waiting for your bump to pop Song: … Continue reading

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Ingenuity InReach Mobile Lounger and Bouncer

The Ingenuity InReach Mobile Lounger and Bouncer has been a lifesaver for me and my little guy! We were fortunate enough to have been given the 4moms mamaRoo as a shower gift, but my son absolutely hated it! Every time we … Continue reading

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January 2017—Happy Family giveaway

Five hungry households will win a copy of the new Happy Family cookbook, as well as a Happy Family “Just for Baby” gift set including snacks, pouches, a shopping bag and bodysuit.

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Ask the Experts: Product recalls

Q: Since becoming pregnant, I’ve noticed that baby products are constantly being recalled (at least it seems that way). If a product my family uses is recalled, how can I be sure I don’t miss it? A: Staying on top … Continue reading

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Bosom buddies

When I was expecting my first child in 2007, I attended a crash course in breastfeeding at the local hospital where I planned to deliver. I heard all about how important it was to breastfeed, how the practice would benefit … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Peanut allergy

Q: It seems like half of the “big kids” at my son’s daycare have a peanut allergy, and I’m really hoping my little one doesn’t end up among them. Is there anything I can do to reduce his chance of … Continue reading

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Stokke Flexi Bath

Oh the joys and terrors of bathtime! Either baby loves it, or she doesn’t. Our daughter’s first couple baths, which took place in the sink, elicited shrieks and her trying to wriggle away. The next couple, which occurred lying down on … Continue reading

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Prenatal survival kit

SEARCH AND RESCUEOn cloud 9 The cruel irony of pregnancy is that even before your bundle of sleep deprivation arrives, catching those precious Zs gets tricky. Eliminate one major issue—finding a comfortable position—by making friends with a pregnancy pillow. Your … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Setting boundaries with grandparents

Q: My partner’s parents live close by and are keen on stopping by often to see their new granddaughter. I appreciate their enthusiasm (and willingness to babysit!) but also feel the need to set boundaries, so we can have some … Continue reading

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Skip Hop Moby Smart Sling 3-Stage Baby Tub

 As a first-time mom taking my newborn daughter home from the hospital, I was nervous about many things. Perhaps surprisingly, bathtime was one of them. I’d heard stories from friends with kids who warned me that the first couple baths … Continue reading

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Week 14: Sick for the holidays

Funny: As I was quickly typo-ing the headline, it autocorrected to “sick of the holidays.” No, I’m not sick of the holidays! I’m just sick of being sick. Last week I came down with the most miserable cold. I mean, … Continue reading

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A conversation with my 2-year-old

The 2-year-old is at the stage where she repeats herself incessantly. She’ll ask the same question over and over again, even if you answer it every time she asks. Or she’ll make the same statement on repeat, like she’s a … Continue reading

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A genuine gift

As the holidays roll in, I notice a different joy in my heart that started out small and continues to grow, just like the Grinch. Although I wouldn’t compare myself to him, and I have always loved Christmas, I can … Continue reading

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Ready and waiting: The birth of Anne Louise

Our due date came and went without so much as an ache or contraction. I’d never felt better! In the words of my doctor at our last appointment our little girl was “comfy cozy” where she was, despite my eating … Continue reading

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Week 13: Maternity wardrobe DIY?

Since fall, I’ve been working on my domestic skills with my friend Janet who lives around the corner. Janet is around my mom’s age, and she is my role model! The woman can seriously do anything. Besides her full-time career, … Continue reading

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2016 Recap

We can hardly believe that another year has already come and gone. As we reflect on 2016, we’re happy to share some of the highlights… In February we welcomed our fourth baby.  She was born on February 20 at 6:23 a.m. … Continue reading

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Home for the holidays: The birth of Zander

Written to my love, Alexander “Zander” Calvary Zuperku, who was born on Friday, November 21, 2014. The day started out pretty normal, I woke with contractions, which was nothing serious because I had been having contractions since the last week of … Continue reading

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It gets better

I want to shout from the rooftops of the highest point, because I am so thankful and happy! We seem to have finally transitioned out of the 4-month sleep regression, and I can confidently say we are all sleeping better … Continue reading

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