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When tensions arise

In the postpartum period when emotions are running high and sleep is practically nonexistent, it’s easy for feelings to be hurt and tempers to flare. Research by relationship expert John Gottman, PhD, has shown that the first three minutes of … Continue reading

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When life gives you lemons

Lemons are an excellent addition to any mom-to-be’s grocery list—and here’s why: Citrus is a common home remedy for quelling the all-day quease that many pregnant women experience. Add a few slices to your water glass to keep nausea in … Continue reading

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Levi’s nursery

When a task feels like too much to take on, sometimes your best bet is to outsource. So mom of two Alexandra Evjen, blogger at AVE Styles, reached out to Annalisa Thomas, founder and head designer of nursery brand Oilo, … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Swaddling safety

Q: I’ve heard swaddling can increase my baby’s chance of SIDS—is it true? my little one sleeps so well when she’s swaddled, I’d hate to give it up if we don’t have to. A: Initially parents were told swaddling could help prevent … Continue reading

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Pregnant or PMSing?

With similar symptoms, it can be tricky to tell whether it’s a bundle of joy or Aunt Flo on the way. But subtle differences can point to gestation or menstruation. Mary Jane Minkin, MD, clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology and … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Secondhand baby gear safety

Q: We’re on a tight budget and are trying to buy baby gear secondhand when we can. What precautions should we take to ensure the products are safe? A: When having a baby, receiving hand-me-downs from family and friends and … Continue reading

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Tour guide

(Above: A labor and delivery room at Northside Hospital Forsyth in Cumming, Georgia.) You might have visited your local hospital in the past—to see a relative, attend a scheduled appointment or take a prenatal class—so you may already be familiar … Continue reading

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Love notes

Whether that wee babe was a total surprise or an eagerly planned addition, one thing is for certain: A newborn changes just about everything. Any semblance of routine that you had prebaby will need to be tweaked to work around your … Continue reading

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A world of difference

Travel the globe and you’ll soon see that everywhere has its own way of helping families ease into life with a newbie. We’ve rounded up postbirth customs from France to China (and a few destinations in between) to give you … Continue reading

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How-to: Introduce your tot to new foods

At around 4 to 6 months old (and with your pediatrician’s OK), your little one will be ready to begin exploring the world of solids, per the American Academy of Pediatrics’ guidelines. But the milestone doesn’t have to mean detailed … Continue reading

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A day date with the bigs

We have four kids. We like to group them into groups of two based on their ages. Doing so gives us three groups: The Bigs, the Littles and the Middles. I don’t know what we’d do if the oldest and … Continue reading

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A birth story of sorts: The birth of Scout

con·trac·tion kənˈtrakSH(ə)n noun 1. the process of becoming smaller.            a shortening of the muscles occurring at intervals before and during childbirth.   Scout, as we know him, had his first contraction in a corner table … Continue reading

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Oh, dada

Well, my intuition served me WRONG! No twins for us! I don’t want to say I am “relieved” because we would welcome any child(ren) into our home, but my wallet is probably sweating fewer bullets. Aside from the baby bloat, … Continue reading

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Week 18: A bell pepper to add to the mix

According to the world wide web, at 18 weeks, baby is close to the size of a bell pepper: 7 ounces and 5.5 inches from head to rump. I feel him/her moving all the time now, but I can only … Continue reading

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Week 18: Was that what I think it was?

The other day I texted my husband from the opposite end of our house to “Come here! Hurry!” (I can be rather lazy when I want to be, and pregnancy isn’t helping matters.) Anyway, I heard him rush from the … Continue reading

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Us in a nutshell

It sometimes happens that I have all these great ideas for things to write about swirling around in my head all week, and then when I sit down to actually write, I can’t remember a single thing I wanted to … Continue reading

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Right on time: The birth of Vivian Rose

My husband Clay and I were ready for baby Vivian to arrive. Besides being pregnant ALL summer—a rite-of-passage on its own—we had taken a birth class series, signed up for a breastfeeding seminar, and even attended a doula meet and … Continue reading

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Break out the folic acid (again)

Surprise, surprise! We have a big announcement: After a long six whopping months of parenthood, we are somewhat shocked to announce we are pregnant with baby No. 2! Wow! Let me address the initial questions in your head. No, we are … Continue reading

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Week 17: Countdown to doughnuts

The gender reveal party craze has totally taken off since I had my first. I blame Pinterest. And other social media. But mainly Pinterest. Every pregnancy, I’ve gone to my 20-week-ish ultrasound, found out the gender, and then let family … Continue reading

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Charlie Crane LEVO Rocker

The LEVO Rocker from Charlie Crane is one beautiful piece of baby furniture! I was impressed with how it looked online, but it’s even more stunning in person. My husband was able to assemble the rocker pretty easily within a few … Continue reading

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One and done?

It seems like from the moment my daughter came out of the womb, family, friends, and more often than not, total strangers have been asking when we’re going to have another one. Just, stop right there.  Why is the size … Continue reading

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Week 17: The makings of a bump

Growing a bump, much like growing—well—anything, is a slow process. Until this week, the bulk of my expansion has been about 6 inches north of my belly. I was beginning to wonder if my baby mistakenly migrated to my boobs … Continue reading

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The birthday date tradition

Our oldest turned 7 on January 1. I can hardly believe that she is 7. I’m pretty sure I’ve said that every year since she turned 1. Not that I couldn’t believe that she was 7. I didn’t say that … Continue reading

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Perfect timing: The birth of AJ

A baby is a blessing for an entire family, a new link in a long chain of love. In my family, the oldest and most precious link has been our Nana, who lovingly nicknamed me “Chickie” (saying I looked like … Continue reading

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Because I’m a mom

Because I’m a mom, I take the night shift AND the day shift. Because I’m a mom, I forgo the good kind of sleep, for now, and I listen to you babble your own baby language while you claw my … Continue reading

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Week 16: Prego makeover

Sometimes, when your skin is going crazy but you can’t do much for it, and your waistline gets a little thicker every day, you really need to get your hair done! And seriously, isn’t makeup wonderful? I thank heaven I … Continue reading

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New Year’s cold

Last week I reported that my tiniest girl had a fever and a bad case of yeast in her diaper region. We’re still battling the yeast. I’m thinking I’m going to have to call the pediatrician and tell him that … Continue reading

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Best day ever: The birth of Claire James

On Monday, August 22, 2016, I was excited that my 40-week doctor visit was the next morning. (I should mention that August 23 was my estimated due date.) I had no expectations she would actually come on time. The week before, I was … Continue reading

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Week 15: Second tri

At 15-ish weeks, I’m officially in the second trimester! I’m feeling more secure about the pregnancy, slightly more energetic, and definitely more pregnant than I have so far. I sometimes find myself holding my back and walking like a big … Continue reading

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Week 16: Morning, noon and night sickness … still

As soon as I saw the positive pregnancy test, I knew it was coming. I am the person who always finds a way to get sick, so there was no way I would make it through the first trimester unscathed … Continue reading

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A sad butt and a fever

My tiniest girl, who is 10 month old now (How is that possible? She’s not a tiny baby anymore. She stands on her own. She cruises around. She crawls like a speed demon and can climb! What is happening?), has … Continue reading

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Team effort: The birth of Topher

For more than nine months, our prayers (and the prayers of so many for us) were for a natural delivery of a healthy baby. At 20 weeks, that prayer evolved to a natural delivery of a healthy baby BOY. From the … Continue reading

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Speaking life

I want to address something too many of us have fallen victim to or been a part of as parents. Whether you’re on the giving or receiving side, shaming in any way shouldn’t have a voice within our society. The … Continue reading

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Fisher-Price Smart Connect Soothing Motions Seat

The Fisher-Price Smart Connect Soothing Motions Seat arrived days before our second child was born, and we were anxious to know: Is a high-tech entertainer really worth the price tag? The heavy box arrived on my doorstep containing many seemingly complicated … Continue reading

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The homeschool of life

Now that you’re responsible for raising a tiny human, you not only want to keep her safe and healthy, but you also want to see her thrive and reach her fullest potential. Thankfully, children are biologically built to learn (and … Continue reading

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January 2017—Lorena Canals giveaway

Two cool clans will win a Lorena Canals rug in the size and style of their choice. The eco-chic floor coverings are hypo-allergenic, all-natural and—perhaps best of all—machine-washable.

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January 2017—Celebrity Baby Trends giveaway

One starstruck sweetheart will win a Celebrity Baby Trends gift basket, featuring goods and gear from babybay USA, Whimsical Charm, The Sucklebuckle, The Balancing Stork, Little Fishkopp, Widgeon, My Baby’s Keeper and Highchair Bib.

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Better together

Tomatoes and basil, peanut butter and jelly, cheese and crackers … they’re the Batmans and Robins of the culinary world—they just “go” together. It turns out there are plenty of food pairs that aren’t just tasty, but when they hook … Continue reading

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January 2017—Everly Grey PR giveaway

One lucky crew will win a gift basket from Everly Grey PR, including a selection of items from Willowee, Seni Naturals, Little East Threads, Cherished Creations, Little Pigs, Logan and Alice, NomiLu, Promise Prenatal and Getting Sew Crafty.

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Ask the Experts: Weaning

Q: Our son is approaching his first birthday, and I am struggling with the breastfeeding/ weaning issue. I am starting to feel myself getting annoyed with his demands, but because it is something he enjoys and a way we bond, … Continue reading

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Open sesame

After feeding, bathing or carrying baby, open up your chest with these poses from Karly Treacy, certified SmartFLOW yoga instructor and mom of three in Venice, California. Lazy boy chest opener Make a “recliner” by propping up a bolster with … Continue reading

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It’s complicated

In researching this article, I interviewed a number of moms who experienced complications during their pregnancies. Each had her unique perspective, but one point came up in every single discussion. Every mom I spoke to gave this advice: Ask questions! … Continue reading

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Why didn’t anyone tell me?

After months of pregnancy and hours of labor and delivery, many moms are left with a body they barely recognize. In your early weeks with baby, strange new happenings can leave you feeling confused and more than a little concerned … Continue reading

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On a whimsy

When Kendra Henderson welcomed her youngest child, Winnie Wilde, to the family, she combined her love of bold type and graphics (she’s a designer by trade) with vintage-style furniture to create a nursery that any little girl would be lucky … Continue reading

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Evenflo ExerSaucer World Traveler Triple Fun Saucer

I have to admit, my excitement about the arrival of our Evenflo ExerSaucer World Traveler Triple Fun Saucer did quail a bit when I opened the box and saw how much assembly was required. However, it wasn’t as bad as … Continue reading

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January 2017 giveaways

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to: Uttaran (MN), Lori (VA), Norma J (IL), Dolores (FL), Aaron (CO), Stephanie (CA), Gilda (PA), Megan (IL), Chad (CA), Shelley (WI), Linda (NY), Hillesha (IN), Susan (FL), Caroline (GA), Lauren (AL) and Michaela … Continue reading

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Summer Infant Soothing Waters Baby Bath & Spa

We were excited to receive the Summer Infant Soothing Waters Baby Bath & Spa. Who doesn’t deserve a spa day after childbirth? The product seems to have solved all of the challenges of baby bath time: a handheld shower for … Continue reading

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How-to: Make resolutions you can keep

Anyone else guilty of making a mile-long list of resolutions, only to give up on exactly all of them within a couple weeks? Trying to conquer a host of new habits at once often leads to frustration and failure. But … Continue reading

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January 2017—DockATot giveaway

Three fortunate families will win a DockATot Deluxe, a multifunctional lounging, playing, resting and snuggling dock for baby that can go anywhere.

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January 2017—IsabelleGraceJewelry.com giveaway

Four doting mothers will win a personalized Starry Sky Name Bar necklace on either a sterling silver or 14 karat gold fill chain from IsabelleGrace Jewelry.com.

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