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Second nature: The birth of Olivia

My first labor and delivery went pretty much textbook, and I was proud of myself for being able to achieve my goal of doing it without an epidural. However, after delivery I hemorrhaged pretty badly and ended up needing an emergency surgery, … Continue reading

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Fisher-Price Sweet Surroundings Deluxe Bouncer

The Fisher-Price Sweet Surroundings Deluxe Bouncer is a great seat that provides endless entertainment for a baby. While the Deluxe Bouncer requires a bit of assembly, the manual was very helpful, so it took only a few minutes to put together. … Continue reading

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Bright Starts Having A Ball Explore & Roar Activity Jumper

When the Bright Starts Having A Ball Explore & Roar Activity Jumper arrived at our doorstep, it could not have been better timing. My little one was reaching the age that waving a simple rattle in front of her was … Continue reading

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Boys will be boys

N’s after school activity of choice—regardless of temperature or precipitation and completely independent of time constraints—is running around the fields with his school friends. G tries to keep up even though all he does is run in the general direction … Continue reading

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Chicco 123 Activity Walker

Walking?! No way! Our little baby girl is our first child, and I have to imagine that (like every other new parent) it’s hard to even grasp the concept that this precious, once helpless and immobile baby will ever be … Continue reading

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Babymoov Swoon Up

I was excited to try out the Babymoov Swoon Up bouncer because we had a swing, a simple bouncer that sits low to the ground and a rocking bassinet—but nothing like this product! The promotional video I watched depicted this … Continue reading

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Week 28: A farewell letter to cheese

You guys. The time has arrived. It seemed so far away when I first found out I was pregnant, so long ago at only 5 weeks’ gestation. It felt like I had forever until I entered my third trimester. At … Continue reading

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Sleep training

Well, we’ve caved. We’ve officially started sleep training Akira. I was really hoping that we wouldn’t have to; after all, his sister was one of those unicorn babies who fell asleep without fussing within two minutes of being put in … Continue reading

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Sharing is caring

Our little one is 11 months old! As he is developing into his own little person and becoming more and more aware of himself and his individuality, he’s also becoming quite possessive. Whether it’s mama or his toys, our little … Continue reading

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Week 36: The one with no nursery

Just last week I saw a picture on Facebook of a friend’s nursery. She and her husband are having their fourth baby. (This will be their fourth girl!) The picture showed a perfect baby girl’s nursery; a beautiful white crib … Continue reading

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The attention grab

Having two kids means figuring out a way to spend time with each of them so that neither feels slighted or left out. Adding another one to the mix—one that will simply eat/poop/sleep/cry for roughly five or so months—is only … Continue reading

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Graco Bumper Jumper

As the mother of a newly mobile and curious baby, I am always looking for ways to keep her entertained and in one place. Otherwise, I would never get anything done. The Graco Baby Jumper is a classic tool for … Continue reading

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Choose your battles

Give a little grace when you walk down Aisle 5. If you proceed slowly, you’ll see a woman fitting this description: oily hair shoved into a bun, sleepy body covered in spit stains, and grimy hands wrapped around an itty-bitty … Continue reading

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Ready and waiting: The birth of Parker

My pregnancy with Parker was excellent. It went really well and was as close to perfect as it could have gotten. We were due December 22. I did not want to be induced and did not want any medical intervention … Continue reading

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Week 27: Pregnancy brain

Many of my blog posts have centered upon the “extras” you get to enjoy as a pregnant woman. Fun bonuses, such as varicose veins and dropping 50 percent of what you touch. One more of these ever-enjoyable add-ons is the side effect … Continue reading

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Dynamic duo

“Akira, did you know that I was waiting for you to come out of Mama’s belly? And now you’re here! And now you’re a big boy. I love you, but you know that, right?” Oh. My. Heart. While sitting at … Continue reading

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New year, new adventure

This time last year I was unwrapping gifts of tiny newborn clothes, swaddling blankets, car seats and more at my sweet baby showers. I was waddling around anxiously waiting for baby Graham’s due date, totally and completely unaware of what … Continue reading

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Week 35: The one where things are hard

I can tell that the end of pregnancy is drawing near because things are getting harder. Like what? Like … 1.  Putting on socks and shoes. My feet. They’re suddenly so far away! But it’s cold, and there’s snow on the … Continue reading

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Our three pregnancies

I’ve been talking a lot about the two tiny humans we have running amok at home, inadvertently neglecting to discuss in any depth the third son who’ll be joining our brood in April. I apologize—to you and D3—for treating him … Continue reading

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Max’s first crush

♬ “Know you got it bad when you’re out with someone but you keeping on thinking about somebody else …” ♬ A little throwback Usher to celebrate my bitty boy’s very first crush. Y’all, my babe has it bad: He … Continue reading

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Stuck on you: The birth of Aria

I was scheduled to be induced at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 30 (I was 39 weeks and three days) and was given three doses of Cervidil that night. I didn’t have “typical” labor pains—I felt it all in my … Continue reading

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Week 26: Excuse me

There’s nothing like pregnancy to give you ample opportunity to use the phrase, “Excuse me.” I’ve found myself using it a lot recently, and for quite a few reasons. Brace yourselves, dear readers. Here comes another Michelle Phillips Pregnancy List! … Continue reading

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Thule Urban Glide 2

Let’s be honest: Buying a stroller for one child is a piece of cake compared to choosing a ride for two. So many things to consider—do we want side-­by-­side, inline, convertible, sport style … the list goes on. After giving … Continue reading

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The best is yet to come

Can you believe it’s already 2016? The first few days of the new year brought a chill to the air in Atlanta, and it started to finally feel like winter. Anaïs came back from her Florida vacation with the grandparents … Continue reading

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Week 34: The one where I’m not done being pregnant

As this pregnancy moves along, people’s comments regarding my appearance turn to questions regarding my preparedness for the baby’s arrival. You know, all the classics: “Are you ready?” “You’re still pregnant?” “Are you sure they got your due date right?” … Continue reading

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Winter is finally here in New England …

… and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. We’ve only gotten about an inch of snow that has since melted, and the temperatures have been pretty reasonable. Despite a brief cold snap, it’s been in the 30s and even 40s most … Continue reading

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The man my baby loves most

Rockabye Maxwell. It’s 12:07 a.m., and I’m listening to my husband sing rockabye to our bitty boy in the next room. Our bean refuses to sleep, and so I rocked for an hour and then handed our little over to … Continue reading

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Coming soon: The birth of Naomi

When I found out I was pregnant with my second baby just 13 months after having my first, I knew I wanted to do things a little differently this time around. With my son, Sawyer, I was overdue and so anxious … Continue reading

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Happy Wrap

The Happy Wrap is perfect for two things: travel and hot weather. It is incredibly lightweight and is made from 100 percent organic bamboo viscose. Because the fabric is so thin, wearing it in hot climates is ideal. I recently brought my Happy … Continue reading

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Fashion fruit

Have a messy eater on your hands? Give your little one a much cuter way to wear her fare with this a-peeling attire. 1. Bananarama Bootie Patootie headband, $10 2. Watermelon baby b.haven baby shorts, $22 3. Pineapple express Marlee Ro romper, $40 4. Cherry blossom Deux … Continue reading

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Week 25: The dropsies (plus a healthy dose of emotion)

Pregnancy comes with a variety of blessings and a decent amount of curses. There are the beautiful ones: seeing your baby for the first time on an ultrasound, hearing baby’s heartbeat, feeling baby’s kicks that start as slight fluttering and … Continue reading

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January 2016—Diono and Little Tikes giveaway

Go and grow Five on-the-go tots will win a Diono RadianXT Convertible+Booster Car Seat and Travel Bag, as well as a Little Tikes Stroller, so they can travel safely in comfort and style.

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7 ways to soothe a fussy baby

When baby starts a-wailing, it’s easy to lose your grip on coherent thought. But before you plunge headlong into a panic, scroll down the list of obvious fixes: Does babe have a dirty diaper? Is she hot or cold? Is … Continue reading

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New year, new goals

1. If this pretty planner can’t help me achieve organizational nirvana, I’m a lost cause. —Lauren, Executive Editor Rifle Paper Co. planner, $34 2. Ever wonder what would happen if you prioritized sleep for 365 days? I’ll keep you posted. —Steph, … Continue reading

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A world of difference

DOING IT RIGHT 4 things that make us want to give America a high-five. Doctored up The more prenatal checkups you have, the better your odds of having a healthy baby—because doc can make sure things are on track and … Continue reading

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Neutral territory

Start with unassuming basics, then add feminine or masculine accessories after your little one’s debut.  changing dresser / art print / lighting / plush alpaca / ottoman / swivel chair / accent table / storage basket / crib / crib sheet … Continue reading

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January 2016—NotJustAnyOldDay.com giveaway

Save the date Ten sentimental mothers will win a Calendar Key Necklace from NotJustAnyOldDay.com. The eye-catching accessory is a special way to keep your child’s birthday close to your heart forever with a Swarovski crystal that marks the memorable date.

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Hunger pains

My iron stomach, bottomless pit of an appetite and endless enthusiasm for anything edible made my enviable gig as a food writer easy. I would eat anything and everything and lots of it … until one day I couldn’t. That’s … Continue reading

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On your mark, get set …

As excited as you are to feel that first contraction finally hit, you’ll spend much—if not all—of the first phase of labor in your own home. Learn how to keep tabs on your progress and cope with those first pains … Continue reading

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The power of a birth story

Ever had a friend, family member or even complete stranger eagerly tell you the nitty-gritty details of her traumatizing birth story? The answer, for many moms, is a resounding yes. But the real question is: Have you ever had someone … Continue reading

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January 2016—Boppy giveaway

Treat yourself Ten deserving mamas will win a complete set of the new Boppy Bloom skincare collection, so they can ward off stretch marks, soothe sore breasts and enjoy that new-mom glow.

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January 2016—The Wunders Company giveaway

Play it smart Ten happy households will win a trio of solutions from The Wunders Company, including the Universal Cover (which fits over any stroller, cot or car seat to protect from light, wind and noise), Buddy (a multiuse nursing … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Deciphering breastfeeding advice

Everyone from my grandma to my hairstylist has something to say about breastfeeding. What’s worth listening to, and what should I tune out? A: As a labor and delivery nurse and international board-certified lactation consultant, I’ve overheard all sorts of … Continue reading

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January 2016—Ingenuity

Rest and relax One fortunate family will win a slew of great gear from Ingenuity, including the Trio 3-in-1 High Chair, SmartBounce Automatic Bouncer, Smart & Simple Playard, Moonlight Rocking Sleeper, ConvertMe Swing-2-Seat, Baby Base 2-in-1 and InReach Mobile Lounger … Continue reading

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Make a move

Your mantra through any postbaby exercises should be this: slow and steady. The last thing you want is to push yourself too hard, too fast. Remember, it took months (10 if you’re counting) for your body to grow and change … Continue reading

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Chimparoo Trek

Either it is a happy coincidence that my daughter suddenly likes to be worn, or the Chimparoo Trek is the magical soft-structured carrier I’ve been waiting for. In the four months of her existence, we’ve explored just about every category … Continue reading

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Playdate: Making tummy time fun

Know it’s important “Floor play can be one of the most developmentally stimulating activities for babies,” remarks Bill Sears, MD, renowned pediatrician and Huggies Little Movers consultant. When your infant is awake and alert, try placing him tummy down on a … Continue reading

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Hidden gems

Hold heaps of stuffed animals in a handled basket. Serena & Lily, $148 Ditch dirty laundry in a neat canvas bin. Pehr Designs, $70 Place picture books in sight but out of the way. Home Decorators, $74 for set of … Continue reading

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Bill of health

Bringing a baby into the world tends to put the squeeze on your bank account. But just because you’re tightening the purse strings to buy a stroller or crib (or even start saving for college) doesn’t mean your diet has … Continue reading

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The Namaste way

Inhale, exhale By learning to focus on your breathing (try slow, deep breaths in and out of the nose), you’ll be better equipped to manage shortness of breath during pregnancy. These simple exercises will also come in handy during labor … Continue reading

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