Birthday bonanza

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In two months, I will have a 1-year-old. Where has the time gone? Toward feedings, diapers, naps, tears, laundry, doctor’s appointments, snuggles, kisses, walks, and parks. Not to mention the growth spurts and the milestones: teething, crawling, and standing. I

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What we’ve been waiting for: The birth of Ellie

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I desperately wanted a natural birth. I watched The Business of Being Born (twice), and I read Ina May’s ‘Guide to childbirth.’ My husband and I had tried very hard to get pregnant. In fact, there was doubt I was

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Win It: Pink Lining

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For moms looking for something chic, help is at hand with the Not So Plain Jane bag from Pink Lining. This bag features the Wise Owl print and is refined but certainly not plain! On the exterior of the bag

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Summer Infant Pop ‘n Play Portable Playard

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Playards are funny things. Like most baby gear, you don’t need one until you really need one… and I had reached the point when I really needed to corral my baby. Picking a playard isn’t easy, though. It seems like

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Finally!

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She’s here, and this is what we already know about our new little girl: she’s a champion sleeper, heavy drinker and she does everything in her own sweet time. Actually, we knew that before we even met her—despite rounds and

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Week 21: Gestational diabetes

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Instead of waiting until the 24th-28th week, when I have to be tested for gestational diabetes, my body volunteered to have it at 20 weeks. Thankfully, since I have a history of this, I’ve been preparing. I knew with this

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Cybex Aton Q

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My first impressions of the Q were that it looks very sleek, very minimalist, very European. And that’s just the box it came in. With its German engineering, the Cybex Aton Q screams safety and style—it’s like the BMW of

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Are You Ready?

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I was at a friend’s birthday party last weekend. I struck up a conversation with a young couple as they took turns bouncing their first baby (3 months old) on their knees. Seeing my wife walk by with her obvious

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Babysitter jitters

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Well, I did it. I decided I was ready to expand my exercise regimen beyond our evening walks, and I left Bea in the gym nursery for the first time. And a second time, and a third. Letting someone else

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Celebrity baby scoop: Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes expecting first child

Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes are expecting their first child reports Us Weekly.  A source confirmed the news to the magazine that the actress is seven months pregnant. Mendes, 40, and Gosling, 33, have been dating since the fall of 2011.  The actors played

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Week 28: Baby shower vs. bridal shower

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Last weekend my mom threw me an amazing baby shower. It was a wonderful day filled with delicious food, cute favors, adorable decorations and a room full of loving family and friends. That night, I was reflecting on the day,

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Welcoming our twin daughters: Lyla and Nixon

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The days leading up to our scheduled C-Section on February 27, 2014 were full of emotions for our little family. We spent our time finishing last minute details around the house and giving our dogs a little extra love. Despite

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Harvey’s Diaper Bag Treecycle

Sleek and stylish probably aren’t the first words that come to mind when thinking about a diaper bag; however they might when you see the Harvey’s Diaper Bag Treecycle. This diaper bag is made for fashion conscious, eco-friendly moms. It

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When to wean

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Ever since I was pregnant, and even more so since Rowan arrived, a lot of people are eager to provide unsolicited input on how to raise a child. I try to politely handle such situations; most people mean well, and

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Win It: BabyMel

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Phone, keys, wallet, bottles, diapers, toys, an extra change of clothes … Having a tough time taking everything you need when it’s time to go? BabyMel offers a stylish solution for mommies who have their arms full. The Satchel is

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Week 20: Halfway

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This week marks my halfway point: 20 weeks down, 20 weeks until a zipper on my pants has meaning again. It should be noted that in pregnancy, half-time isn’t getting a break. You don’t get to take off your belly

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One day shy

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So here I am, one day short of full term. It’s my fourth pregnancy, and still being pregnant this close to my due date is new to me—and kind of miserable, to be honest. Is that why I feel like

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Baby boom

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It occurred to me today that several of our friends are having babies within a couple months of us. The first friends that came to mind just had their twins this past week. Another couple has the exact same due

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Joovy TooQool

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Say Hello to the Cadillac of double strollers. The assembly, features and design of the Joovy TooQool Double Stroller are first rate. In the words of my husband: sweet. He took care of the assembly and remarked how nice it

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Celebrity baby scoop: Kourtney Kardashian’s barely there bump

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Reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian was spotted on Monday going to the movies with sisters Khloe and Kim—along with their mom Kris Jenner. The expecting mom opted for comfort over style, wearing a loose fitted long sleeve shirt with black leggings and

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Holy growth spurt

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It’s official: Bea is sleeping through the night! I know at some point babies sleep through the night. But, like so many other milestones, this one sort-of seemed like a faraway oasis: something you hear about or see glimmers of,

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Week 27: Meet the pediatricians

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Selecting a pediatrician for my unborn child is one of the things in life that has made me feel like an official grown up. It’s right up there with buying my first non-IKEA piece of furniture and spending a Friday

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Boy’s best friend

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Our days start with the same phrase every morning, “Get out of your brother’s mouth!” They’re words I never thought I would utter in my lifetime, and now I use them every day. As soon as I place Rowan on

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My literal labor of love: The birth story of Piper Parrish

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It’s faint, but I can still see the dot on my wrist where the IV was inserted. It reminds me of how recently I gave birth even though it already seems like a memory in my distant past. When I

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Win It: BadaBoum

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Looking for something to help your little one sleep through the night? Try out this comfortable alternative! BadaBoum’s sleep sacks are rigorously tested to meet high quality and safety standards. Lined with 100% cotton for natural comfort and filled with soft,

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Update: Zip. Zilch. Nada.

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Thirty-nine weeks, everyone. So many signs of impending labor—and still no labor! No baby! I wrote recently about how I figured my chances were good for having this baby girl before the July 18 due date, and while I know

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Week 19: Let me eat cake

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This baby is already working in sync with my other two children—one from the inside and the other two from the outside—to give me a serious run for my money. So much so, that with 20 weeks of incubation time

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Evenflo Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump

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Being a first time breastfeeding and pumping mama, the language of flange insert, diaphragm cap, and tubing seem more like birth control options I learned about in sex-education class than ways to get food for feeding my baby! Since I’m

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Preparing for change

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Whenever you add a member to your family, it sends shock waves through every part of your life. You have to adapt, change, and grow. You have to find a new “normal” on the other side of the birth. That

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Celebrity baby scoop: Over­-the-­top celebrity baby birthday bashes

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In Hollywood, celebrity parents shell out unbelievable amounts of money to throw big birthday parties for their babies. Let’s look at five celebrity tots whose birthday bashes rank among the most lavish seen in the last few years. North West

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Enough love for both

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Bea is our firstborn, but our first baby came in the form of a furry bundle of joy named Sweet Georgia Brown. Georgia bounded into our lives five years before Bea came along, and she really was (and still is)

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Week 26: Pregnancy brain

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You know the feeling when you send an email and write “please see attached” and then you forget to include the attachment? That’s what pregnancy brain feels like, except it’s all the time. Pregnancy brain begins in early pregnancy, and

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We transported our son in an infant car seat from the time he was just a newborn. Recently, however, he has gotten a lot bigger, and it is a pretty daunting task to lug him around like we did when he

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Win it: Lullabelly

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Starting around the 24th week of pregnancy, baby is actively listening and responding to sounds, so why not give him a taste of your favorite music? The Lullabelly Prenatal Music Belt makes it easy to share your favorite tunes, and you can

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Warrior mama: The birth story of Fox

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So about a week before I went into labor, Jeremy showed me a photo of a sheep giving birth. This sheep was casually laying on its side with a baby sheep head just hanging out of its vag. I thought,

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My little companion

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I’ve had a few outings sans baby lately, and each time, my friends comment on how weird it is to see me without Rowan. Maybe I should feel weirder to be out and about without him, but once I leave

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I’ll stand, thanks

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I mentioned to someone the other day that we took the kids stand-up paddling at Tahoe over the weekend, and you would have thought I told her I went sky diving. Full on pearl clutching—“You didn’t get on a board,

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Week 18: Just breathe

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I never took Lamaze classes. I was lazy and overconfident. I can breathe. I don’t need lessons. I knew the point of Lamaze was to “boost my confidence in my ability to give birth.” As if how I breathe would somehow alter

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Joovy Caboose VaryLight

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When we decided we needed a new double stroller, there were many, many strollers to choose from. We already had a full-sized double stroller, and although we love the full sized one, it was bulky for our needs. With so

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Warning: Don’t leave your kids in the car this summer

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A tragedy occurred last week, just across the street from the P&N office. After being left in his car seat in a parked car for over seven hours, Cooper Harris, just 22-months-old, was pronounced dead late Wednesday afternoon. According to KidsAndCars.org,

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What to pack in your diaper bag

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Coming down with a case of cabin fever? It might be time to pack up your sweet new sidekick and go exploring! Whether heading down the street or around the world, make sure your diaper bag is packed with anything and

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Celebrity baby scoop: Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard expecting baby no. 2

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Congratulations are in order for Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard! “I can confirm that Kristen and Dax are expecting their second child and a sibling for Lincoln,” their rep tell Entertainment Tonight. “The whole family is beyond excited.” Soon after Lincoln’s birth – they founded

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I gotta get out

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One of my favorite things to do is to load up my camping gear on my bicycle, strap a kid or two on, and hit the road for a day or two of riding and camping. There is some primal

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Thoughts from the road

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Whatcha gonna do with all that junk, All that junk inside your trunk? Will.i.am: musician, entrepreneur, philanthropist … and the man who best describes my life as a parent. Don’t worry, I’m not here to talk about my post-baby backside

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Help yourself

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Somewhere in the throes of the early months with a newborn, every new mama finds herself stretched too thin. The sleepless nights combined with round-the-clock feedings and the stress of trying to keep up with a household’s busy schedule can

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Practice car seat safety

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For car seats to meet their maximum safety potential, they must be installed and used correctly. Remember to select a model that fits your child and your car, then follow these tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and

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Air travel while pregnant

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Always check with your doctor in advance, but air travel until 36 weeks is generally considered safe if you have a healthy, uncomplicated pregnancy. However, this doesn’t mean all airlines will permit you to fly. Most allow pregnant women on

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Week 25: First time mom naivete

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As I prepare for motherhood, there’s a lot to think about. Will I be a good mom? Will my baby be happy? I’ve gotten heaps of both solicited (and unsolicited) advice on what it’s like to be a mom. I

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Patriotic palette

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Celebrate our country’s 238th birthday with a nursery in shades of red, white and blue. 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13

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At your service

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On being pregnant in uniform I have never felt slighted by my co-workers or other military members because of my pregnancy. If anything, I feel like I have gotten so much support. In the four years I have been at

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