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Week 24: Thankfulness

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! This is the week for family gatherings, football games and lots of food. I know there are “thankful” lists all over the place this time of year, so I don’t want to sound cliché, but I sat … Continue reading

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Date night delivery: The birth of Josie

Date night, up until I had hit the third trimester, had been my favorite night of the week. I loved the process of getting dressed up, going somewhere nice and spending some one-on-one time with my husband, Josh. I love … Continue reading

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It’s that time again

When you have kids and then you go and have a new baby, the game is totally different. It’s not half as scary, and the wisdom of experience means you know that eventually, this baby will have to sleep. That … Continue reading

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Win it: Bambinoz

Say goodbye to filling your sink with hot water while secretly wishing you could instantly warm your baby’s bottle in the microwave. Mamas, there’s a simpler—not to mention environmentally friendly—way to heat up bottles with this week’s giveaway—a Bambinoz portable … Continue reading

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Knowing the cots from the car seats

I now have just one week until the due date of my little boy, and I’m so excited to welcome him into my world. But, my gosh, there are a lot of new things to learn. It’s wave after wave … Continue reading

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Baby bump blockbusters

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Jordana Paige Quinn

Beautifully crafted. Smart design. Gorgeous embellishments. Vegan cobalt blue faux leather adorned with gold metallic hardware. My Jordana Paige Quinn handbag is stylish and functional; a must have for every mom in search of a beautiful handbag big enough for … Continue reading

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Week 38: Why I’m not writing a birth plan

I have nothing against birth plans. I think they’re great, and everyone should have one. Even me. Heck, I should have had one with my first pregnancy, then my second and probably this one too. But alas, I find myself … Continue reading

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You know what causes that?

We became a family of seven after our new little addition 11 weeks ago. I guess that makes us a “big family” by American standards. Now that we are able to go out in public more, we are getting the … Continue reading

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Crawling, teething and travel—oh, my!

This has been one of those weeks. I feel like I need a sign to hang on our front door that reads “Welcome to Crazy Town,” just to give fair warning to anyone who drops by. (And maybe, if I … Continue reading

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Week 23: Living the good life of the second trimester

Oh, the second trimester. I’ve been cruising through it for the last several weeks, and all of the sudden it hit me: This is the sweet spot of pregnancy. We’ve long since left behind the days of the gross-feeling first … Continue reading

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Part-time mama’s girl

She is 4 months old, officially, and along with graduating to size two diapers and serious mastery of tummy time, she’s become something of a mama’s girl. Sometimes. I’m never sure when. It makes me feel like a super special snowflake, … Continue reading

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Has anyone got any water wings?

This is it, the final two week countdown (hopefully) until I embrace the trauma, wonder and sympathy pains of my first child being born into the world. But, before I begin to really talk from my perspective of this soon to … Continue reading

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Our tiny tough guy: The birth of Hunter

Hunter Ray was born on April 14 at 6:27 p.m. He weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and was 21 inches. My husband, Josh, and I are super proud parents, and we think he looks like me. I got Braxton Hicks a … Continue reading

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Mamas & Papas Armadillo Flip

I never thought I would be “that” mom. The mom who got so excited to see a new stroller waiting on her front porch that she almost (I stress almost) forgot to bring her child in with the rest of … Continue reading

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Win it: The Ollie World

Although you and your little both wish you could cuddle all day and night, there are times when you have to put him down to rest. Swaddles are a perfect solution for keeping infants cozy, but many don’t stay put … Continue reading

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Darren O’Sullivan

Darren O’Sullivan is new to the Pregnancy & Newborn family and is about to embark on the adventure of becoming a dad for the very first time. He and his beautiful partner live in Cambridge in the U.K where he … Continue reading

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Week 37: My third trimester guide to picking things up  

It’s approximately 92,960,000 miles from Earth to the sun. That’s about four miles less than the distance between you and anything you drop on the floor during the final weeks of pregnancy. When it comes to picking stuff up off … Continue reading

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Smiles

Who doesn’t enjoy a good smile? A smile signifies joy and happiness. It allows the sender to say to the receiver, “Hey, I’m glad to see you,” except that no words are necessary. That’s a good thing because our 10-week-old … Continue reading

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Three-and-a-half glorious hours

Sometime during the last few weeks I feel like a calm has settled over our house. Life with a giggly and wiggly 6-month-old is proving to be pretty darn doable. It’s more than doable, actually; it’s awesome. A huge part … Continue reading

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A long-distance affair

When my husband and I were a young couple striking out on our own, the distance from our hometowns seemed temporary—an adventure, an experiment, a story about our wayfaring youth we would tell someday when we had made it back … Continue reading

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Week 22: Working on my fitness

I was reading online last week, and I came across an article about a pregnant woman who is nine months along and still running … 40 to 60 miles a week. I’ll let that sink in for all you pregnant … Continue reading

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The mom club

A friend of a friend had a baby last week, and social media being what it is, I was privy to all the details. From going to the hospital to a mid-labor update (“She’s doing great!”) to pictures of the … Continue reading

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This week’s Win its!

Get excited, mamas! It’s your lucky week—we’ve upped your odds of claiming a fabulous freebie with two Win its, for a total value of nearly $300 in prizes. Click below to toss your name into the hat for a chance to win … … a prize pack … Continue reading

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Around the world in 80 names

Last year, Sophia and Noah swept the top spots as the most popular US baby names of 2013. While we wait with bated breath for the final tally on the 2014 list—Nameberry places Imogen and Asher in the lead—take a … Continue reading

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Unexpected turns ahead: The birth of Cruz

Our precious son was born at 9:40 a.m. on Thursday, February 20. He had already taught me my first lesson of mommyhood: Be flexible. I had my birth plan written by my second appointment with my midwife: birthing tub, all … Continue reading

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Win it: Maty’s

Nothing beats nestling your newborn. Protect baby’s silky skin and make the most of your cozy cuddle time with Maty’s baby chest rub and baby ointment. The unique formula contains only natural ingredients making it a safe remedy to soothe the tiniest of tots. … Continue reading

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Win it: Knocked-Up Fitness

Looking for an easy way to stay active during and after pregnancy? Erica Ziel of Knocked-Up Fitness is here to guide you through a Pilates-infused exercise routine that’s built with your prenatal or postpartum body in mind, which means you can workout … Continue reading

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Week 36: The end is near. I think.

Back in week 15, I talked about progesterone shots and “Grey’s Anatomy.” Neither is really related to the other, but “Grey’s Anatomy” seemed like a good pop culture reference to something medical. Also, Patrick Dempsey. Week 15 seems like such a … Continue reading

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Inglesina Twin Swift

I was afforded the incredible opportunity to review the Inglesina Twin Swift double stroller, and, boy, was I excited! You see, I am the mom of two little ones: Aubrey, a rambunctious two and a half year old, and Asher, a … Continue reading

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I’m not usually a germaphobe

Sometimes I wonder how people stay alive at all. It seems like every other headline is a report about Ebola or a Pertussis outbreak or the next big antibiotic-resistant superbug or this year’s deadly flu strains or the zombie apocalypse—especially … Continue reading

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Bea’s first sniffles

Runny nose, low-grade fever, icky diapers … it appears Bea has her first cold. Or maybe she’s teething because it seems that just about every abnormal behavior or physiological reaction could also be a sign of a sprouting tooth. Either … Continue reading

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Week 21: Too cool for (baby) school?

Recently, I was looking at a pregnancy calendar app that goes week-by-week detailing what a pregnant mom should be focused on each week. It could be anything from “start a registry” to “do some light stretching to help loosen up … Continue reading

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Our second princess: The birth of Selah Faith

It was a cool morning in October, and I was expecting to do another home birth with my sixth baby. I hadn’t found out the sex, and I was waiting in anticipation to see if my only daughter would finally get … Continue reading

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Ditching the labels

I realize that things like co-sleeping and babywearing make me seem like one of those “attachment parenting” types. It’s a bummer of a label—people make the leap from the word “attachment” to “you’re raising a child who will be totally … Continue reading

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Win it: Dotty Ellipsis

As your budding brood grows and changes, family portraits are a great way to capture those precious memories. Thanks to Dotty Ellipsis, this week you have the chance to win a playful twist on the classic tradition: a cartoon illustration of you and your loved ones. These caricatures show off the … Continue reading

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PacaPod Hastings

The delivery of PacaPod’s Hastings knapsack was a pleasant surprise considering that I was only expecting to review the company’s Firenze diaper bag. As excited as I was about the Firenze, I fell more in love with the Hastings. The … Continue reading

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mountain buggy +one

I was so excited when the mountain buggy +one arrived at our door. The instruction manual was very clear and easy to follow. There were no additional tools required, and I was pleasantly surprised at how little was needed for … Continue reading

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Confession: I’d rather be at work than at home all day with my kids

Facebook, TV shows and the media all portray how tough it is for moms to go back to work after maternity leave with proclamations of worry, guilt and accompanying tears. And the message is clear: Good parents want to be … Continue reading

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Incubation consideration

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Milk composition

The composition of your milk changes to meet your baby’s needs at every age and stage. (For example, the milk a mother produces when her baby is two days old is different from the milk she produces when baby is … Continue reading

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Choking hazard

DON’T: Start too early. Baby should be able to hold her head up, open her mouth when food is near and move food from a spoon to her throat. She should weigh twice as much as her birth weight (or about … Continue reading

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Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Sling ‘n Seat Tub

The Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Sling ‘n Seat Tub comes ready to use out of the box. The tub is a four-stage convertible bath. It has a soft mesh sling for newborns and a snap-in support to be used two ways: to … Continue reading

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November rain

Clouds, rainbows, and even a touch of the sun: Bring the outdoors in with this weather-themed nursery. cloud shelf / letter U / rain wall decal / rainbow pencil wall art / bin / rocker / striped cloud pillow / … Continue reading

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Good night, and good luck

Round-the-clock feedings, middle-of-the-night diaper changes and constantly waking to wailing are all par for the course for new parents. But after several months of fatigued days and nights spent in a total haze, you might be wondering, Will I ever … Continue reading

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School of pain

They don’t call it “labor” for nothing! The moments leading up to delivery require hard, painful work. Labor is tricky to predict or even describe because every woman’s birth experience is unique. And while it’s impossible to truly understand how … Continue reading

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BOB Revolution Flex Duallie

When it comes to the three-wheeled stroller, BOB is synonymous with awesome. So does that make BOB’s Revolution Flex Duallie doubly awesome? By their nature, double strollers are big, and they can be a complete pain when you’re navigating tight … Continue reading

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Sleep busters

Sleep is essential for both you and your growing babe, so avoid these potential snooze-wreckers, which can cause you to toss and turn all night long. Processed foods A recent study in the journal Nutrition found that individuals who tended … Continue reading

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Giving thanks

No matter how hard I tried to come up with other ideas for what to say here, I kept coming back to my family. They’re my fave, hands down. Lacey, Editor in Chief Dotty Ellipsis custom print, from $15 I … Continue reading

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The lactation diet

All moms know how important it is to eat well during pregnancy, but once baby arrives, the focus on food often fades away. However, if you’re a nursing mama, what you eat now is just as important as what you ate … Continue reading

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