Author Archives: pnmag

Wait list

While it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking you must have everything bought, built and sterilized before you even go into labor, that’s actually not the case. There are certain items your little one won’t be ready for … Continue reading

Posted in Baby Buzz, Buzzworthy, Homepage Slider | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Making sense

Your little one is a natural learner. From day one, his five glorious senses are sending a steady stream of messages about his new postwomb environment. Bit by bit, these incoming messages form your newborn’s understanding of the world around … Continue reading

Posted in Baby Care, Homepage Slider, Motherhood | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The sisterhood of motherhood: Tara Harvey

Every year in our May issue, we profile five fascinating moms—a handful of women with unique backgrounds, interesting careers and thought-provoking perspectives. There are times when they feel like they’ve got it all figured out and days when they’re counting … Continue reading

Posted in Homepage Slider, Motherhood, Parenting | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

A fair affair

My crew would love spinning this handmade Ferris wheel ’round and ’round. —Ginny, Contributing Editor A Summer Afternoon toy, $65 A bright, colorful garland leads the way. —Mayuko, Photographer hip hooray garland, $10 I think we can all agree: The best part … Continue reading

Posted in Baby Buzz, Homepage Slider, Stuff We Love | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Ask the experts: Budget date night ideas

My husband and I are on a tight budget, so hiring a babysitter for date night is out of the question. How can we make a night at home feel as special as a dinner out?  A: It can be … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Experts, Baby Buzz, Homepage Slider | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Ask the experts: Discipline

My 8-month-old loves to play the drop-a-toy-and-watch-mom-pick-it- up game on repeat while sitting in her highchair. I tell her “no,” but she giggles and drops it again. Is she too young to understand that I want her to stop? I’m … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Experts, Baby Buzz, Homepage Slider | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Best buds

Flowers for Mother’s Day? Yes, please. Follow these tips from Christina Stembel, founder of California-based Farmgirl Flowers, to extend the life of  your bouquet. Fresh start Once you’ve rustled up a vase, wipe off the dust, and then wash it … Continue reading

Posted in Baby Buzz, Buzzworthy, Homepage Slider | Tagged , | Leave a comment

A shocking surprise: The birth of Caleb

If someone had told me that at the age of 35 I would be having another child, I would have laughed hysterically. The thought of having another child after having two teenage boys (Alexander, 17 and Brandon, 14) at home … Continue reading

Posted in Birth Day, Blogs | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Introverts and children

It is a common misperception that introverts don’t like people. As an introvert myself, I can assure you that I like people very much. I just prefer to take them in small doses. But there are certain small people that … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Dad's Eye View | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Kiinde Twist Gift Set

As a breastfeeding mom who recently went back to work, I’ve spent a great deal of time evaluating the many options for keeping my little one on breast milk while I’m gone during the day. As you might imagine, I … Continue reading

Posted in Breastfeeding, Gear Reviews, Homepage Slider | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Thanks, mamas!

When I first started writing for Adventures in Motherhood, I wondered what in the heck I’d talk about every week. Now that it’s over, I’m still not entirely sure how I figured it out, although I can say without hesitation … Continue reading

Posted in Adventures in Motherhood, Blogs | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Week 24: What’s in a name

There are a number of things that can irk a pregnant woman. Some are admittedly maybe slightly odd, like getting enraged over accidentally stubbing your toe while making the bed (which may or may not have recently happened). Others are … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Knocked Up | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thoughts of the future

Having a baby means that certain things inevitably happen … you take more photos, you care a little less about the bags under your eyes (because now you’ve earned them), and you worry a lot more about what you eat, how you … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Dad's Eye View | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Birdling Bags Weekender

You know those women who show up to the airport looking totally put together with gorgeous luggage in tow? Or the ones you see in the locker room after spin class dropping their cycling shoes into an ubercool, probably not even stinky … Continue reading

Posted in Diaper Bags, Gear Reviews, Homepage Slider | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Sitting tight

My cousin’s baby started crawling at 5 months. Five. Months. He was walking before he turned 9 months, and now he’s a terrifying 11-month-old who can back his way off her bed and is way too interested in the stairs. And then … Continue reading

Posted in Adventures in Motherhood, Blogs | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Win it: UncommonGoods

This contest is closed. Congratulations to Natalia (NM)! When you’re buying gifts for baby (your own little one or someone else’s), it can be daunting to find something that’s affordable, adorable and unique—not to mention safe for baby and the … Continue reading

Posted in Baby Buzz, Giveaways | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

What a big boy: The birth of Eli

First I should mention that I am a Type 1 diabetic, so my pregnancy was high risk. Before even getting pregnant I made sure my body was ready. I lowered my A1C—a measurement of how well my diabetes is managed—by getting on … Continue reading

Posted in Birth Day, Blogs, Homepage Slider | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Week 37: Struggles of a “working” SAHM

37, 38, 39 … wait what? Are we really less than two weeks away from welcoming our little man into the world? The end of this week we will mark 38 weeks, and some days I still can’t believe it. Other days (like … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Knocked Up | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nom nom

As many overzealous parents are wont to do, I’d like to celebrate the passage of another developmental milestone. Our little guy has recently started exploring the world of solid foods. He’s 7 months old now, so there’s nothing too surprising about … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Dad's Eye View | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Happy first birthday, Bea!

As of Tuesday, April 21, I have a 1-year-old. That just sounds and feels and is completely crazy. Please excuse my shock. It’s just that, at the risk of sounding cliché, the time went by so, so fast. An entire … Continue reading

Posted in Adventures in Motherhood, Blogs | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Week 23: Let the wild rumpus start

So, pregnancy hormones. They’re weird and sudden, abrupt and at times, rude. On any given day, I’m pretty sure I function quite normally in my pleasantly plump state. You might even say that I actually enjoy being pregnant. But since … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Knocked Up | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Breathe easy

Attention expectant mamas: If you’ve been diagnosed with asthma, here’s the scoop—straight from the experts—on how carrying a growing babe could affect your symptoms. Risky business Past studies suggest women with asthma (especially those whose asthma isn’t well controlled) are … Continue reading

Posted in Baby Buzz, Buzzworthy, Homepage Slider, Pregnancy, Prenatal Care | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Just a quick thank you

Usually the subject of these blog posts is me either talking about the struggles and wonders of being a dad—or the amazing things my little boy does. This week, however, I want to talk about my partner. Unfortunately, to do … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Dad's Eye View | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Graco Modes Sport Click Connect Stroller

My little family recently had the opportunity to review the Graco Modes Travel System. In case you’re in the market for an affordable and versatile travel system, as well, I’m here to tell you why you should consider this option. … Continue reading

Posted in Gear Reviews, Homepage Slider, Strollers & More | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The eyes have it

I had an appointment with my eye doctor last week. I’ve worn contacts since I was 10—my vision is pretty bad. But it’s not nearly as awful as it was before I started having kids. That’s right—I’m living, sometimes bespectacled, … Continue reading

Posted in Adventures in Motherhood, Blogs | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Win it: Luv Chicken

This contest is closed. Congratulations to Ana (IL)! Watching your babe grow is one of the many joys of parenthood. But it can get a little more complicated when she outgrows her highchair but can’t quite reach the grown-up table. … Continue reading

Posted in Baby Buzz, Giveaways | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Itching to meet you: The birth of Daniel 

Cholestasis … a word that I never knew changed my life forever. Cholestasis is a condition I’d never heard of until July 2013. I was 16 weeks pregnant with my fourth child and attending my uncle’s wake. I was very close to him. … Continue reading

Posted in Birth Day, Blogs, Homepage Slider | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Week 36: Is it over yet?

Our week 35 was a little scary. I’m so thankful to be past that—and to find out that everything is fine with our little man. We had our 36-week checkup last Friday. I was two centimeters dilated and 70 percent thinned … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Knocked Up | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Infanttech Always in View Monitor

I consider myself lucky to have become a new mom in this day and age, where high-tech products like the Infanttech Always in View baby monitor are available to lend a helping hand (or extra eyes). The savvy product allows driving parents to … Continue reading

Posted in Gear Reviews, Homepage Slider, Monitors & Tech | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The key to happiness

I recently discovered the key to true happiness. I’m certain of it because I was truly happy this past weekend. I experienced moments of indescribable bliss that no smile or song can adequately convey. This happiness did not come from … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Dad's Eye View | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My dirty little darlings

This spring is shaping up to be a whirlwind for the McKinley crew! It kicked off with my sister’s wedding in Oklahoma, which was beautiful and perfect and featured the most charming little flower girl, if I do say so … Continue reading

Posted in Adventures in Motherhood, Blogs | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Week 22: And all that jazz

Greetings from New Orleans! After two days of stuffing our faces with the local fare, people watching and walking until our feet hurt, I’m writing to you on the eve of the French Quarter Festival in our cozy hotel room … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Knocked Up | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Win it: UrSoSpecial Lunch Notes

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to Ketti (KY), April (IL) and Cathy (WI)! Adjusting to a new sibling (or one on the way) isn’t easy for older tots, but there are little things you can do to show you’re thinking … Continue reading

Posted in Baby Buzz, Giveaways | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

A little bit of me

This is my 20th blog for Pregnancy & Newborn, and I cannot quite believe two things: how quickly time has gone and that I’ve found something to talk about 19 times before this blog post (although most of that talking … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Dad's Eye View | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Not just a stroller

We live right next to a huge cow pasture that has a little paved strip in the middle. It’s our go-to when the kids want to ride bikes, we need to run the dogs or if anyone wants to stretch … Continue reading

Posted in Adventures in Motherhood, Blogs | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Taking her sweet time: The birth of Avery Nicole

At my 41-week appointment, three days past my due date, hearing the words “Do you want to have a baby today?” not only caused my heart to race but my mind as well. Have a baby today? Of course I … Continue reading

Posted in Birth Day, Blogs, Homepage Slider | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

D-Link HD Wi-Fi Baby Camera (DCS 825L)

When our D-Link HD Wi-Fi Baby Camera (DCS 825L) arrived, my husband and I were stunned. This looked like a marvel in modern baby monitor technology. It was an orb with a camera that we could actually control using our … Continue reading

Posted in Gear Reviews, Homepage Slider, Monitors & Tech | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Week 35: Hospital visit No. 1

Week 35 started off like all of the other weeks. Besides the common fatigue I’m now experiencing, I was feeling pretty normal. Last Thursday I went for my checkup and told my doctor that we were planning on traveling to … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Knocked Up | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

When instinct trumps philosophy

There was a time when my wife and I voraciously consumed books and articles and advice about all the practical minutia of baby care. We were determined to have a well-researched and firm conviction about every possible parenting practice imaginable, … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Dad's Eye View | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chicco Urban 6-in-1 Modular Stroller

As a first-time mom and city-dweller, I was excited to give the Chicco Urban 6-in-1 Modular Stroller a try. I was drawn to the stroller’s hip, modern design and its versatility and on those notes, it really delivers. The Urban’s … Continue reading

Posted in Gear Reviews, Homepage Slider, Strollers & More | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

My top gear for the first year

I already mentioned the baby things that I could’ve probably done without during Bea’s first year, so it only seems fitting to highlight the other end of the spectrum: all of my most favorite gear. As everyone’s comments revealed on … Continue reading

Posted in Adventures in Motherhood, Blogs | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Week 21: Hungry like the wolf

Let’s take a moment to talk about food. Food, glorious food! We all need it to survive. There are magazines dedicated to its art form, as well as cookbooks and blogs that praise one of the very basic necessities of … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Knocked Up | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Combi F2

Can I be honest here? When I think “lightweight stroller,” I think “cheap.” And I don’t necessarily mean price. Something about the overall design and construction just feels flimsy to me, and when you combine that with a bumpy ride … Continue reading

Posted in Gear Reviews, Homepage Slider, Strollers & More | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Slow to start: The birth of Garrity

I was induced 10 days after my due date. My doctor would have let me go to 42 weeks before induction, but at this point I was 41-and-a-half weeks pregnant; I’d tried every natural way to induce labor and had … Continue reading

Posted in Birth Day, Blogs, Homepage Slider | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A tough tightrope to walk

It’s been quite a challenging few weeks since I last posted but not because of Ben, he’s been his usual wonderful self, and every day he has done something that makes me want to laugh and cry simultaneously. It’s been … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Dad's Eye View | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The biter

She has a tooth now—a single, teensy little tooth—and oh boy, is she using it. At 8 1/2 months, she’s still investigating the world mouth first, except now she’s armed and dangerous. She’s managed to dig that little tooth into everything from … Continue reading

Posted in Adventures in Motherhood, Blogs | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Win it: Burp Necessity

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to Marisol (CA) and Michael (PA)! Moms know that mealtime can be messy—and not just for baby. After feeding and burping your wee one, it’s not unusual to find yourself spattered with leftover pea puree … Continue reading

Posted in Baby Buzz, Giveaways | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Week 34: Packing the hospital bag

Is it just me or do these last few weeks of pregnancy feel like it takes a lifetime? We went for our 34 week checkup, and everything is measuring right on track. We will go again at 36 weeks … … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Knocked Up | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sounds

We just passed the 7-month mark with our little guy. There are so many fun things happening with him right now. What that stood out the most to me this week were his sounds. He has quite a few of them now, … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Dad's Eye View | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Baby Jogger City Select

Choosing the right stroller can be tough. When I began stroller shopping with my first child, I had no idea what I was in for. I purchased a travel system, tried an umbrella stroller, borrowed a jogging stroller from a … Continue reading

Posted in Gear Reviews, Homepage Slider, Strollers & More | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment