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Year in review

A worthwhile investment Break open those piggy banks, parents! By the time a child turns 18, the United States Department of Agriculture estimates that middle-income parents will have spent an average of $241,000 to raise her. (That number doesn’t account … Continue reading

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Holiday hankerings

With the holiday season comes its delectable December treats. Indulge in your favorite festive cravings with these delicious cookie recipes from around the web. Be warned, though, they are so delicious you might not have leftovers for Santa or your house guests! If baking … Continue reading

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PRIMO EuroBath

We were looking to replace our cracked bathtub and were happy to have the opportunity to use the PRIMO EuroBath. The bathtub is well built, large, spacious and sturdy enough for transporting. Due to its build quality, it is extremely durable, … Continue reading

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Home birth in a hurry: The birth of Eldon

My due date was May 26, so I was late as per my usual—as I had expected to be. On the morning of June 1, I woke up a bit before 6 a.m., and I was feeling some pretty decent … Continue reading

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Holiday gift guide: For baby

Picture perfect A personalized picture book for the new addition who’s still learning the names and faces of his nearest and dearest. Pinhole Press custom photo book, $50, pinholepress.com Food for thought A meal-making machine for the petite eater who … Continue reading

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The First Years Sure Comfort Deluxe Infant to Toddler tub

I’m a mom of two messy boys, so bath time is a must around my house—and we can really put a tub through the wringer. My 4-month-old and I wanted to test this one out because he was outgrowing his … Continue reading

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Baby bear

Bring some rustic lodge love to the nursery. For the full design, pick up the December copy of Pregnancy & Newborn magazine, on stands now! 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 … Continue reading

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Holiday gift guide: For big sibling

Food for thought An adorable mug set for the little who would sip hot cocoa and nibble on cookies all day if you’d let her. Wee Gallery mug set, $40, weegallery.com Give a little A tote-ally cool bag for the … Continue reading

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timi & leslie Dawn

I ordered at least twelve diaper bags before settling on the perfect one. The look on my hubby’s face every time a new Nordstrom or Amazon box arrived was pretty comical: “Another one? Really?” The bag I finally settled on … Continue reading

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Holiday gift guide: For mom

  Picture perfect A collection of photo strips for the wistful mama who can’t believe her babies are growing up so fast. Print Studio custom photo strips, $10, printstud.io Give a little A caffeinated offering for the mommy whose wish for … Continue reading

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The great wait

Well, as you can tell by the title he hasn’t arrived yet, and at this point I should be talking about the arrival of our little boy, but instead, we find ourselves in the middle of … … The Great … Continue reading

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Bright Starts Zippity Zoo 3-in-1 Around We Go activity center

As a working mom of two boys, having a hands-free moment when they are entertained is a rarity. With the littlest one, the entertainer is a must to try and get through the morning rush, and a necessity to get … Continue reading

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Week 39: What I won’t miss about pregnancy

My miracle of pregnancy is preparing itself to become the miracle formerly known as pregnancy. I can’t help but look back and say, “See ya” to all the things I didn’t like this time around: Pillows to sleep. A pillow … Continue reading

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I’d take a bullet for him

Our little guy is 13 weeks old now, and he’s encountered another first. It’s his first stuffy nose. It’s nothing life threatening. The only noticeable consequence of it has been that he’s a bit more wakeful at night because he’s … Continue reading

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Seven things I’m thankful for

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is already here! That means it’s time to add to the zillions of other “I’m Thankful for Everything!” lists that are floating around the Interwebs. But my list is special! I’d like to think it’s like … Continue reading

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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

The contest is now closed. Congratulations to; Bethany (CA), Eidy (CA) and Tabitha (TX)! 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 … 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

The contest is now closed. Congratulations to Bokhyun (CA)! 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 … 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

The contest is closed. Congratulations to Alexis (IN)! 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 … Continue reading

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Win it: Knocked-Up Fitness

This contest is closed. Congratulations to Kinga (CA), Jada (VA) and Tamara (WI)! 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 … 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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