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Week 23: The time has come

When I find myself resorting to the old rubber band trick, I know it’s time to pull out the maternity wear. I sent Shawn up in the attic for my big box of maternity clothes, not really remembering what was … Continue reading

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Week 22: Up close and personal

The highlight of this week was without a doubt my second trimester ultrasound. (That’s the big one!) Lee and I got to see some seriously amazing close-ups of our bitty bean. Honestly, I think I was in awe the whole time, … Continue reading

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4 Reasons why I love the newborn stage

Before Lydia was born, it seemed like everyone Hannah and I talked to stressed all the things we wouldn’t be able to do once we had a baby. Comments like, “Say goodbye to your sleep!” and, “Forget about having time … Continue reading

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Childcare crunch

While pregnant with my daughter, childcare was a topic I said I would “get to eventually.” I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to return to work after maternity leave, so the bulk of weekly hours were taken care of. … Continue reading

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Early arrival: The birth of Carter Blake

It was a hot September day in Kentucky when I unexpectedly went into labor with my second precious little man at my mother’s house. I had been anticipating the arrival of my sweet Carter Blake for nine long months. My … Continue reading

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The “I’m done have babies” feeling

As baby No. 4 nears her first birthday, I am faced with the reality that I’ll never have an infant again. The other night as this thought passed through my mind, I looked at my husband and shouted at him … Continue reading

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Week 21: The old and the new

I’m having my third boy in a row, so you might think I already have all the boy supplies I could possibly need. Like Ariel, “Wouldn’t you think I’m the girl; the girl who has … everything?” And I do … Continue reading

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Jumping the gun on parenthood

“Wait, is that one line or two? I can’t tell.” “I don’t know; there is definitely one line and maybe a faint second?” They say you’re supposed to let the pregnancy test sit for a few minutes before reading the … Continue reading

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Week 21: Piece by piece

This pregnancy is becoming a lot more real. I finally have a bump that’s basically impossible to ignore. We have boxes and boxes of baby stuff arriving on our doorstep on the regular. And—to make room for all this stuff—Lee … Continue reading

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A self-dressing miracle

Our mornings are hectic. Like, really hectic. Neither my husband nor I are really morning people, which means we’re usually both trying to avoid getting out of bed until the last possible moment. And although the kids are more than … Continue reading

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Mr. Mom

Although I didn’t go back to work after having my daughter, I never lost the desire to learn and use my brain for things outside of my mom role (though that’s plenty!). I started an internship a few weeks ago … Continue reading

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Drunk in love: The birth of Ben

It was a beautiful day spent visiting my sister and her family three hours from home. My husband had a boys weekend near my sister’s house, but he was worried about being away from me because I was 37 weeks pregnant. … Continue reading

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Week 20: The bedtime buffet

Every pregnancy brings its own unique challenges. This time, I’m keeping it fresh with a health complication I’ve never experienced before: anemia. Fortunately, this one seems pretty easy to remedy! I had not experienced anemia inside or outside of pregnancy … Continue reading

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Earth’s Best giveaway

P&N and Earth’s Best are teaming up to give three lucky moms a three-month supply of Earth’s Best diapers, wipes and formula—plus a Ju-Ju-Be diaper bag to haul it all! Diapering and feeding your new arrival just got a lot … Continue reading

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Week 20: Happy halfway!

It’s official. I am halfway through this pregnancy, and I still can’t believe it! In honor of this special milestone, I’m sharing 20 things about life at 20 weeks. Here we go … The kicks are coming more frequently. What … Continue reading

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The good in the world

People often ask what it was like going from three kids to four. I know the experience is different for everyone, but for me, going from three to four was totally overwhelming. Before we had the fourth kid, I felt … Continue reading

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Mama Bird Box Giveaway!

Win a 3 month subscription to Mama Bird Box! With boxes packed for her particular month, each full of handpicked items – it’s an absolute treat!

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No time to wait: The birth of Rose

At the last OB appointment my wife, Terry, was dilated 1 centimeter and was having no regular contractions. Frustrated at the lack of progress, we resigned to another week before meeting Rose. (This was my first baby, but it would be her … Continue reading

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Week 19: It’s a …

… nother boy!!! The kids bit into their blue-filled Krispy Kremes Wednesday evening and exhibited mixed reactions. My 3-year-old boy was simply excited. My 6-year-old boy said, “I really wanted a girl so the girls and boys would be even, … Continue reading

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Safe place

This is going to sound like a big, fat “DUH!” But until this week, I didn’t realize how much a mother represents safety to her baby outside of the womb. After my daughter’s very first “boo-boo” occurred the other morning, … Continue reading

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Choking hazard

We officially have a crawling, talking, giggling 8-month-old! Life has gotten a lot more interesting in the new year. The transition to baby mobility is amazing, albeit exhausting. If she’s not making a beeline for the dog food, she’s climbing … Continue reading

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Delilah’s nursery

Tiffany Johnson, a wedding photographer in Laguna Nigel, California, went pretty in pink when crafting a room for her fourth baby, Delilah. She opted for a theme but kept it from becoming overpowering by sticking to subtle touches and a … Continue reading

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Chicco Fit2 Car Seat

When I was pregnant with my third child, a dear friend and mother of 3 gave me a piece of advice, “Buy her a good car seat because she will practically live in it!” I had no idea how true … Continue reading

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All the feels

Google “What does being pregnant feel like?” and you’ll get upward of 12 million results. No surprise there. After all, pregnancy is an intensely physical experience, one that is utterly unlike any other. It’s a time of excitement and wonder—and … Continue reading

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Summer Infant Pop ’N Jump

When my daughter turned 5 months old, I knew it was time to start researching different activity centers (or “jumpy-things,” as her dad calls them). Thankfully, it didn’t take long for me to stumble upon the Summer Infant Pop ’N Jump. … Continue reading

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Week 19: The wild world of pregnancy dreams

Prior to my baby-baking days, I would have odd dreams on occasion. I might even remember one when I woke up, but as unlikely as many of them were to happen in real life (like a break-in at our home or … Continue reading

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Grin and tonic

Go nuts Swish coconut oil for 5 to 20 minutes a day, allowing the natural lauric acid to remove the bacteria that results in discoloration. Go red Paint a crimson pout to give the illusion of whiter teeth. the blue … Continue reading

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Hitting the snooze

Do you ever wish you could get a parenting do-over? I would apply my free pass (all right, one of my free passes—I would need a small stack) to go back and attend to my second baby’s sleep habits. Because … Continue reading

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Drink responsibly

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 800,000 illnesses affect children under the age of 10 in the U.S. each year, and infants and young children are particularly susceptible to foodborne varieties, thanks to immature immune systems. To minimize … Continue reading

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February 2017 giveaways

We have $7,160 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our February issue! Click on each image to enter for your chance to win that prize. You can enter all contests daily. Contests close February 28, 2017. Earth’s Best prize package Marque … Continue reading

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Chicco Walky Talky Walker

The Chicco Walky Talky Walker is easy to assemble and store away between uses or to throw in the trunk of your car to take with you on a quick trip. For a person who is often impatient and struggles … Continue reading

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February 2017—fitlosophy giveaway

Fifteen fit moms will win a fitlosophy fitbook mama2b journal and fitfuser water bottle.

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Augustine’s nursery

New mom and blogger at M Loves M Mara Ferreira worked with online design service Havenly to fashion a sweet spot in which her son Augustine can grow. Ferreira stuck with neutral colors for all her “big” items, then wove in pops … Continue reading

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February 2017—Backstage Bag giveaway

One lucky family will win a fabulous baby basket (just like the ones celebrity moms are gifted) with items from Jane USA, Little Tikes, Summer Infant, Baby Magic, Vitamix, JetKids and more, courtesy of Backstage Bag Celebrity Baby Baskets.

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February 2017—Boppy giveaway

Five moms-to-be will win the entire Boppy Pregnancy Comfort Collection—including a Slipcovered Multi-Use Total Body Pillow, Pregnancy Wedge, Pregnancy Support Pillow and Bump & Back Support Pillow—so they can catch some extra Z’s.

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Onya Baby Pure

Everyone always claims to have a big baby, but let me tell you, I have a BIG baby. Our loveable squish is currently rocking 18 to 24 month clothing at just 8 months old. When it comes to hauling her … Continue reading

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Chicco BravoFor2

We’re really glad to review Chicco’s BravoFor2 Stroller. My 3-year-old son is the stroller’s biggest fan! He requests to use it for our adventures and loves having the option to ride when his legs are tired. After a few months, … Continue reading

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Tips for negotiating parental leave

While the United States does not mandate paid parental leave, you may be able to work with your employer to come up with a situation that suits you both. Talk to your boss. It’s often much easier to work with … Continue reading

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February 2017—Marque Communications giveaway

One happy household will win a selection of goods and gear from Ju-Ju-Be, Munchkin, Diono, Ergobaby, 4moms, Chatbooks, Corolle, Orbit Baby, Loved by Hannah & Eli, Mabel’s Labels, Muck Books, SmartTrike and ZoLi, thanks to the generous team at Marque … Continue reading

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February 2017—Chewbeads, Gunamuna and Diaper Dude giveaway

Three cool crews will win a Chewbeads Design Your Own 2 Necklace Gift Set for mom, Gunamuna Gunapod Premium Luxury Duvet for baby, and Diaper Dude Courier Style Messenger III for dad.

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February 2017—O-Cal Prenatal giveaway

Seven expectant women will receive an eight-month supply of O-Cal Prenatal vitamins, so they can give their babies a healthy start.

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Deconstruction zone

Grazing between meals will not only keep hanger and nausea at bay, but it’s a brilliant way to sneak in more nutrients, too. Before you hit the kitchen and start building these tasty eats, let’s break down why they’re so … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Free mobility and baby’s development

Q: Between lounging in his swing, commuting to daycare in his car seat and being swaddled for naps and bedtime, my little guy spends a lot of time on his back and relatively stationary. Is there a chance this could … Continue reading

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Mountain Buggy Terrain

I was so excited to get the Mountain Buggy Terrain stroller and try it out. We have four kids and have owned several different strollers. My husband likes to joke (although I guess it’s not really a joke if it’s … Continue reading

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Thule Urban Glide

I have to admit I was not well versed in jogging strollers before reviewing the Thule Urban Glide. Baby equipment adds up, so I initially only acquired a regular, everyday stroller. My husband and I try to make health a … Continue reading

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Road Test: Parent-approved entertainers

Fun on the run Summer Infant Pop ’N Jump, $70 “Moms and minis will jump for joy, thanks to this portable playmate. It comes fully assembled (and setup takes mere seconds), so you can let the good times roll at … Continue reading

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Time after time

1 | The sweetest way to keep that tiny noggin covered. Little Pine Outfitters knit bonnet, $48 2 |No childhood is complete without a beloved teddy. Bears for Humanity organic bear, $45 3 | Linen and stripes make the tradition of … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Getting more fruits and vegetables into baby’s diet

Q: What are some easy ways to incorporate more fruits and veggies into our 12-month-old’s diet? I’m afraid she’s been filling up too much on Cheerios and crackers. A: I always recommend children have a variety of color on their … Continue reading

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When tensions arise

In the postpartum period when emotions are running high and sleep is practically nonexistent, it’s easy for feelings to be hurt and tempers to flare. Research by relationship expert John Gottman, PhD, has shown that the first three minutes of … Continue reading

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When life gives you lemons

Lemons are an excellent addition to any mom-to-be’s grocery list—and here’s why: Citrus is a common home remedy for quelling the all-day quease that many pregnant women experience. Add a few slices to your water glass to keep nausea in … Continue reading

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