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Week 27: Glucose testing 1, 2, 3

A couple of weeks ago I walked into the lab with a doctor’s order in hand for a one-hour glucose screening test. I chugged the sugary lime drink provided by the tech and waited patiently for one hour before having … Continue reading

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Oribel Cocoon High Chair

The Oribel Cocoon highchair is pretty, functional and easy to clean—every mom’s dream! It comes with adjustable height and recline positions. When we first put it together, my daughter was too small to sit in it upright, but the recline position was … Continue reading

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Canada (part 2)

We are finally back in Atlanta after 10 days in Canada! And what a whirlwind trip that was. For the first three days, we stayed with my cousin and his family in a suburb just outside of Toronto proper. They have … Continue reading

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Week 23: The dreaded orange drink

Chances are, if you’re pregnant, you’ve heard of the infamous orange drink. You know, the nasty super concentrated sugar water that you’re forced to drink toward the end of the second trimester? With my first pregnancy, I was terrified of … Continue reading

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This is the way we reach and pull

When each of our kids was 4 months old, we signed them up for baby swim classes, which means that Baby No. 4 and I have been attending a mommy-and-me swim class for about a month now. My husband and I … Continue reading

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Yearly pilgrimage to the vineyard

Not an actual vineyard, but Martha’s Vineyard. We drive out there every summer, across the Bourne Bridge to Woods Hole where we board a ferry that takes 45 minutes to get us to The Rock. This year, the car had … Continue reading

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Worth the wait: The birth of Saanvi

After five years of marriage came the moment I knew I was pregnant. There was happiness, but also tension because it was happening after two miscarriages. During every checkup I was worried, but after hearing the heartbeat of my child, I felt relieved. Every visit my husband accompanied … Continue reading

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little bee books giveaway

Our friends at little bee books are treating five budding bookworms to hardcover copies of both Ten Little Fingers, Two Small Hands and Ten Little Toes, Two Small Feet! These brand-new hardcover picture books feature babies exploring all the things … Continue reading

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Week 26: Party like a pregnant chick

During these past six and a half months, I’ve had plenty of reminders that life doesn’t stop just because you’re pregnant. Unless you’re diagnosed with some sort of high-risk pregnancy, it’s business as usual for the majority of those 40 weeks. … Continue reading

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Canada (part 1)

Greetings from Canada! We survived our first trip as a family of four on an airplane to the Great White North, and I’m surprised that we actually managed to pull it off. Flying with one child can be a little … Continue reading

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Baby Delight Snuggle Nest Surround XL

I originally wasn’t going to get a co-sleeper, but now I’m so glad that I have this one! Baby loves napping in it and its portability makes it convenient for moving her from room to room around the house. The … Continue reading

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Week 22: Pregnancy glow, is that you?

I am convinced that the pregnancy gods are laughing at me somewhere. You see my first pregnancy was a dream, the kind where you float on by with minimal symptoms and before you know you you’re blissfully cuddling your new … Continue reading

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How to camp with a baby

Well, we did it! We went on a three-night camping trip with four kids under the age of 7 and survived! And I even managed to have some fun. It’s like a miracle! How did we do it? We followed these … Continue reading

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Push back: The birth of Destiny

Working up to my delivery date, I asked as many women as I could about their labor and birth experiences. I wanted to be prepared for all possible outcomes—from an emergency C-section to a drop of the baby’s heart rate … Continue reading

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Week 25: Pregnant and #blessed

Yesterday I asked my husband what I should write about for week 25, and he responded by rattling off all the things I’ve been complaining about lately. I instantly felt guilty, like all I had been doing was grumbling about … Continue reading

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Good for me

It’s no secret that being a mom is hard. It’s not just the physical labor that makes it difficult at times, either. It’s the fact that it’s 24-hours, 7-days-a-week and always on-call. Even during “downtime” while the kids are napping, … Continue reading

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Ingenuity Moonlight Rocking Sleeper

My very first impression of the Ingenuity Moonlight Rocking Sleeper was, who wouldn’t want to sleep in this all day? Not only is the fabric incredibly soft, but this hammock-like sleeper also comes with really great features to encourage relaxation … Continue reading

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Camping?!?

At some point in the past … let’s call it January … a conversation started among ourselves and some of our friends about a camping trip for this summer. The discussion was about going in July. And in January I … Continue reading

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Chicco Polly Progres5

We’ve been using the Chicco Polly Progres5 Highchair for about a month now, and we love it! Our little man just started eating solids, so we’ve been testing out the best places to feed him: sitting on the ground, sitting in … Continue reading

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April Fools’ baby: The birth of Nathan

On the night of March 31, my jokester of a husband devised a plan. His oldest brother was out of town, and Dave thought it would be a hilarious April Fools’ Day joke to tell him our baby was born … Continue reading

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Three boys and Buzzards Bay

I wrote a few weeks back about how to pack your car for a road trip, in our case, Martha’s Vineyard. We’ve yet to head out there, but we recently completed—rather successfully—a trip to Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts. A little beach … Continue reading

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Week 24: The registry

This past weekend Blake and I decided to tackle the daunting task of registering for Baby Dobson. The pressure was on as my mother reminded me that the shower invitations are going out this week, and all of our aunts, … Continue reading

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The 4th

America celebrated her 240th birthday a few days ago, and we celebrated our first holiday together as a family in our new home. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. It was Akira’s first 4th of July, and although he obviously … Continue reading

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HALO Bassinest Luxe Plus

We’re on our fourth kid, and the HALO Bassinest Luxe Plus is the first bassinet we’ve tried. It was quite easy to put together. I did it myself. (Usually I don’t even try to assemble things and instead pass those duties … Continue reading

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Week 40: Airplane mode

Hi everyone! We made it! I am officially 40 week’s pregnant and still going strong! I said hello and goodbye to my due date on June 26th, shed a few tears over it and am now adjusting to the new … Continue reading

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Golden age of babies

We are officially in the Golden Age of Babies. My husband and I have agreed with all of our babies that starting at 4 months and lasting through about 18 months is when babies are at their best. And it’s … Continue reading

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Lansinoh Smartpump

When my baby boy was born, it was an important goal for me to be able to breastfeed him, and when it came time to return to work, I wanted to ensure that I was able to continue to provide … Continue reading

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Summertime hours

Summer is here, and with that, most parents seem to have a hard time convincing their children that it is indeed bedtime even though the sun is still shining. Fortunately, Nolan and Graham have relatively no issue heading to bed … Continue reading

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Right on schedule: The birth of Jethro

My husband and were actually a little stressed about when our son would arrive. We have a 4-year-old daughter, and we don’t live near family. My mom is who we chose to watch her, but she lives three hours away in … Continue reading

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Loyal blue

Little Loyal joined the Rhodes family last August, and his mom, Sarah, knew she wanted a fun, modern, fresh design for his nursery in their Phoenix home. “My goal in putting together his nursery was to create a space … … Continue reading

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July 2016—Cosatto giveaway

Sweet ride One cool kiddo will win a Cosatto Supa Stroller in the Pixelate style, so he can make a fashion statement while strolling.

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Ask the Experts: Supporting a friend through a miscarriage

I just gave birth to a healthy, happy baby boy—my third!—and of course, I’m delighted. My best friend and her partner, however, just shared news of their miscarriage. How can I support them without rubbing in my own picture-perfect pregnancy … Continue reading

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Made in America

THE WEST Table scraps Tucked away in southern Oregon is the home base of Alexandra Rose Handmade, a line of adorable burp cloths, tiny dresses, crib sheets and more. With playful patterns and impeccable quality, these comfortable pieces are easy … Continue reading

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Is this how it’s supposed to feel?

I remember when I was pregnant I would imagine holding my baby and how it would be. The happiness, the calm, the contentment that seemed to radiate from new moms—I knew that was going to be me soon. It made … Continue reading

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Sharing is daring

It’s not unusual to see a mom “clean off” a pacifier in her own mouth before giving it to baby or take a bite from the same spoon her little one is using. But these commonplace behaviors involve an exchange … Continue reading

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Get in touch with your abs again

It’s no secret that pregnancy can do a number on your midsection. Although it might be the tautest it’s ever been as you waddle your way into the hospital to give birth, it’ll likely be quite the opposite by the … Continue reading

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And to all a good night

This darling tale is like the epilogue to the nursery rhyme—you find out what happens after the bough breaks (and thankfully, it’s a happy ending). —Ciera, Editorial Intern Nancy Paulsen Books storybook, $17 Babies in pajamas are quite possibly my … Continue reading

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Minty fresh

Snuff out foul odors with an airtight pail. Playtex diaper pail, $37 Just fold, roll and clip to ditch dirty duds. Bambino Mio wet bag, $15 Hang a playful distraction over the changing table. Lavender Kay Design geometric mobile, $45 … Continue reading

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Week 23: Constipation and other fun second trimester goodies

Now that I’m fully entrenched in my second trimester of pregnancy, my body is responding with a whole new gaggle of not-so-fun symptoms. While I do feel pretty good the majority of the time, new challenges have surfaced during this … Continue reading

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Foodie from the start

Chicken nuggets or noodles and the occasional pizza: Anything else elicits a skeptical eye and a wrinkled nose from 6-year-old Sean W. “A lot of times he’ll say he doesn’t like something before he even tries it,” says his mother, … Continue reading

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Gentle C-section

Dressed in a thin paper gown, you nervously look up at your partner, who squeezes your hand as your doula leads you through calming breaths. Your playlist switches over to a Katy Perry song and you think, Yes—bring it. I … Continue reading

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What’s normal (and what’s not) when you’re expecting

From the moment you conceive, your body begins to transform from the everyday vehicle you’ve always known into an amazing, efficient (and sometimes kinda gross) baby-making machine. Some changes are obvious—a burgeoning belly, for example—while others will take you by … Continue reading

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July 2016 Free Stuff

We have  $2,850 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. Contests close July 31, 2016. Cosatto Supa Stroller Arm’s Reach … Continue reading

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2016 July and Registry Guide Free Stuff

We have more than $3,850 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs! Click below to view the giveaways for our July issue and Registry Guide. You can enter all contests once daily. July 2016 Registry Guide 2016

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Prime capsule

If you’re pregnant, you should be taking a prenatal vitamin. In fact, even if you’re just thinking about becoming pregnant you should be taking one. But what is it about these specialized pills that makes them so pertinent? The F … Continue reading

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On-the-go gear

Umbrella strollers First-class: Reclines for naptime and includes a convenient carry strap. UPPAbaby G-Luxe, $260 Economy: Boasts a lightweight aluminum frame (12 pounds!) and a fast fold. Summer Infant 3D lite, $80 Diaper clutches First-class: Sport this changing pad as a clutch, wristlet … Continue reading

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July 2016—Backstage Bag giveaway

Star treatment One fortunate family will win a Backstage Bag celebrity baby basket, featuring goods and gear from buybuy BABY, Stemcyte, Fisher-Price, Diono, Delta Children and more.

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Think outside the box

Reach + grab Your wee one practices hand-eye coordination as he reaches for playthings with tabs or textures. Toys that make sounds, like a rattle or a soft book that crinkles, can also entice your tot to make a move. … Continue reading

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Big gulp

Hydration station Good ol’ H2O might not taste like much, but it does a lot for your hardworking body and goes a long way toward having a healthy pregnancy. For starters, it … Helps your body absorb nutrients (yes, even … Continue reading

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July 2016—Weleda giveaway

Spa day One lucky little one will win a $150 gift package from Weleda, featuring the entire line of Calendula and White Mallow skin care products for baby.

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