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Missing the firsts …

Before I begin, I have done it! I can change a nappy and sing at the same time, if you have no idea what I’m on about read: The queen (and joker) of multitasking. … I said I’d let you … Continue reading

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Win it: Difrax

Every mama and baby is different, but no matter your preference’s (or your tot’s) there’s specially designed gear to fit your family. This week Difrax is offering one lucky winner a Baby Essentials set, which includes a 3-Stage Pacifier System and duo-pack of Smart … Continue reading

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The perfect baby age

Six months old might just be the perfect age. This is the beginning of the Gerber baby stage, so we’re talking max cuteness. She’s a-freaking-dorable with those cheeks and Disney-sized eyes and chubby starfish hands. No one in a 10-foot … Continue reading

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Natural bliss: The birth of Mia

My husband and I wanted to have a natural birth from the very start, although I was unsure of how I would handle that, having never given birth before. I am a very sensitive person, a bit neurotic and very … Continue reading

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Week 24: The nesting phase

My energy is like a roller coaster these days. One day I have so much I feel like I could run a marathon, but the next I feel like I was run over by a train. I’m two weeks away from … Continue reading

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Brudders

He’s almost 5 months old now, and we can see the sibling bonds growing strong already. He smiles big for all of his siblings, but he gets an extra dose of love from his older brother. There’s a good reason … Continue reading

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The most important part of my day

I’ve found that my day goes a whole lot smoother if I can wake up before Bea. Even if it’s just a 20-minute buffer—time to brush my teeth, wash my face and grab a cup of coffee—it’s enough to prevent … Continue reading

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Week 32: Picking a pediatrician

A month or so back my OB happened to ask me if I had decided on a pediatrician yet. Hmm … about that … no I hadn’t. “Well, it is best that you figure that out prior to the baby … Continue reading

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Learning to trust my little man

My little man has been here for a month now, and it’s left me feeling very reflective over the past four weeks. A common tread throughout that time (as well as the months leading up to his arrival) were my … Continue reading

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Don’t share with the baby

So this is a funny thing. We’re big on sharing around here, and now we have to regularly remind our three oldest kids that it’s not OK to share with the baby. I already told you how our 6-month old (gulp) … Continue reading

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Win it: Cathryn A. Fisfis

With bottles and burp cloths and diapers and wipes (and let’s not forget those extra changes of clothes for blow-out emergencies), it’s easy for the diaper bag to turn into a deep, dark black hole where keys and cell phones … Continue reading

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Third time’s the charmer: The birth story of Theo

I probably should’ve known something was up when I found myself scrubbing the bathroom floor with my go-to “Grace means business” bathroom cleaner (baby wipes) at 4:30 in the morning on Sunday, December 30. I was 37 weeks and one … Continue reading

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Week 23: Date nights

Like all other parents my husband and I get completely consumed by our children. Of course we love it and wouldn’t have it any other way, but we all know parents need a date night every now and then. Our … Continue reading

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Let the teething begin

Our little guy has been drooling more than usual lately. He’s also been more difficult to soothe and can take an hour to fall asleep and stay asleep. These signs point to one inevitable conclusion: He’s teething. Don’t worry, we’re … Continue reading

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Letting go of mommy guilt

It’s easy to get tunnel vision and think there’s a right way and a wrong way to approach all-things-baby-rearing. However, if centuries of humanity have taught us anything, it’s that this obviously isn’t the case. (Hey, if previous generations survived … Continue reading

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Week 31: Progesterone ponderings

I feel a bit like a ticking time bomb. I’m out of town visiting my family, and all I can think about is getting another week further along in my pregnancy and keeping this baby inside my belly. Most women … Continue reading

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Win it: Culver Cutie

Whether the baby girl in your arms grows up wanting to be a petite princess, tip-toeing around the house like a ballerina or putting on concerts like an itty-bitty rock star, you’ll find a bag that suits her personality and … Continue reading

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Against all odds: The birth story of Jonah Charles

The birth story of my son was a wonderful, crazy, unexpected 24 hours! It was a Tuesday, and I was 38 weeks along and helping out at my dad’s retail store. I had been having random Braxton Hicks contractions all … Continue reading

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The baby goes everywhere

Maybe it’s because I work from home and we’re never, ever apart, but I’m totally that mom who takes her baby with her everywhere. From our friends’ annual holiday cocktail party to the rare dinner out with my husband when our … Continue reading

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The queen (and joker) of multitasking

We are now into the third week of little man being here and my partner is beginning to feel more like herself again, which is a relief, as seeing someone you love struggle is not something you enjoy, and all … Continue reading

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Week 22: Embrace it

It’s official—2015 is here, which means we have about four months left until we meet our sweet little man. I know there are so many women who claim to love being pregnant, and I promised myself in September that I … Continue reading

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Enter now to win Lansinoh’s  New Breastfeeding Starter Set and Breastmilk Storage & Feeding Starter Set!

Enter here for your chance to win both sets! Take the guesswork out of breastfeeding with a collection of best-selling breastfeeding accessories. Everything mom needs to start her breastfeeding journey!  Good luck!

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Words matter

I am convinced that words are powerful. A word well timed and well spoken can incite men to bravery, calm an angry mob, even bring nations into existence. Words this powerful live in infamy. Consider, for example, the words, “We … Continue reading

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Snowy days

Every year around January, Andy and I start to question why we live in Colorado. Nine months out of the year, we’re in love with our picturesque town that’s nestled in the foothills of the mountains. Spring, summer and fall … Continue reading

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Week 30: Three-quarters pregnancy crisis

Somewhere around a few weeks ago I started getting this weird feeling that I’m sticking out a bit more than I’d like, in several ways. I think it first hit me when I mentioned to someone that I still have … Continue reading

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Win it: Olie

Between bottles and binkies, spare clothes and car keys, it’s easy for things to get lost or left behind in the constant shuffle that is getting baby out the door. For winter warriors, that often means mittens that like to go missing or … Continue reading

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Ingenuity InTrust 35 Pro Infant Car Seat

When I first received the Ingenuity InTrust 35 Pro Infant Car Seat I was drawn to its style and comfy look. The seat is black and grey with white outlines and stitching. My eyes immediately found the four lime green … Continue reading

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I wish I had some military training

It’s week two of my little man being here, and I think two things regularly: Firstly, I think he is getting more handsome as each day passes—the little lady killer, and secondly, I love him more than yesterday although yesterday … Continue reading

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Looking ahead

A letter to my sweet baby girl. Little lady, today is January 1. An entire year stretches before us, and I can’t help but stare down the road at the many, many things to come. I call them milestones, but … Continue reading

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A gut feeling: The birth of Emery

Hi my name is Marjorie Iglesia. I’m 25 years old and from Fort Smith, AR. I gave birth to my son on July 8, 2014—right on his due date! Like all new expectant moms, I was very anxious on that early morning … Continue reading

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Week 21: The five-minute workout

I wish this post was about this amazing five-minute workout that keeps your body totally hot during pregnancy. This post is far from that. It’s about the fact that I am trying extremely hard to keep up with my workout … Continue reading

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Head to toe

An all-in-one balm to treat scrapes, rashes and chapped skin. Zoe Organics balm, $16 An intense moisturizing cream to relieve severely dry, itchy patches. AVEENO Baby eczema cream, $15 A soothing before-bed wash complete with lavender, chamomile and bitter orange extracts. … Continue reading

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The big O

Whether you’re trying to conceive or quite the opposite, knowing when you ovulate can help. “Ovulation is best determined by counting backward after a period begins,” explains Mary Jo Podgurski, RNC, EdD, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and past president of … Continue reading

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Take leave

With your due date just days away, it can be tempting to make a mad dash for the delivery room the moment you feel contractions kick in, but—as ready as you are to meet your babe —knowing when to head … Continue reading

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Joovy Zoom 360 Jogging Stroller

I’m a first-time mom of a one-year-old, and while I’m not back to running half marathons, I do take my two large dogs and my little one for walks and light jogs around my neighborhood (couch-to-5k anyone?). Over the past … Continue reading

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Fisher-Price Auto Rock ‘n Play Sleeper

Ask any new parents what their goal is for the first months of their precious little one’s life, and they would be lying if the answer is anything but figuring out a way for the entire family to get as … Continue reading

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Sole mates

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Baby’s best friend

If you’ll soon be introducing your four-legged pal to a new two-legged sibling, follow these tips from Heidi Ganahl, CEO and founder of Camp Bow Wow, to ensure a smooth and safe transition. Get schooled Sign your dog up for … Continue reading

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Howdy, stranger

Much of your baby’s demeanor is decided genetically before he’s even left the gate. Still, the impact of his home environment and family dynamics can’t be overstated. Nature and nurture combine forces to uniquely influence the individual your baby will … Continue reading

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January 2015 Free Stuff

We have more than $3,000 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. Contest closes January 31, 2015. … Continue reading

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Don’t worry, be happy

1. The unwritten thank you notes Buying stationery, hand-writing a note, finding a stamp and remembering to stop by the mailbox—if only! When you can’t find the time to snail mail a card, send a grateful text instead. (Include a … Continue reading

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BOB Revolution Flex All-Terrain Stroller

When the BOB Revolution Flex All-Terrain Stroller arrived, I was expecting the set up to be equivalent to an IKEA purchase, but luckily it was as simple as popping the wheels on with the help of the instruction manual. The … Continue reading

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Bank on it

As an expectant mom, you are constantly making decisions that will affect your babe-to-be’s future. One question that could potentially have the greatest impact on the health of your newborn—and family members—is whether to bank baby’s cord blood. This choice … Continue reading

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Save the date

Each night I write a short one-liner about what happened during the day, and next year, I’ll cycle through the cards again doing the same thing. I can’t wait to see what changes—and what doesn’t—over time. —Lauren, Executive Editor One … Continue reading

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Toying around

From helping your growing sprout master her fine motor skills to facilitating her mental development, playtime is more than just fun and games. In fact, according to Stuart Brown, PhD, a pioneer in play research, it can improve mood and … Continue reading

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Ingenuity ConvertMe Swing-2-Seat

When we got the Ingenuity ConvertMe Swing-2-Seat out of the box, my husband and I were a little overwhelmed. There were lots of parts to look at, and it seemed like it might be a bit daunting to put this thing … Continue reading

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Graco DuetSoothe Swing + Rocker

The day our Graco DuetSoothe Swing + Rocker arrived, it could not have been more welcomed. Our son was going through his 3-month-old growth spurt and had not been napping more than 15-30 minutes at a time. I opened the … Continue reading

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Beating winter blues

Seasonal slump A type of depression, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) typically crops up during wintertime. The exact cause is unknown, but researchers believe it’s closely tied to the lack of sunlight that colder months bring, which disrupts your circadian rhythm … Continue reading

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Signs of life

It’s a new year, and we’re headed into it with a new family member (he’s 4 months old now, but I still consider that new.) We’re knee deep in all that comes with this new life. There’s the crying, midnight … Continue reading

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Appetite for energy

Most moms-to-be are all too familiar with all-out energy drains—that exhausted feeling that breaks you down mentally to the point where the only activity you can fathom is watching TV with a carton of Ben & Jerry’s. While many people … Continue reading

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