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Home for the holidays: The birth of Zander

Written to my love, Alexander “Zander” Calvary Zuperku, who was born on Friday, November 21, 2014. The day started out pretty normal, I woke with contractions, which was nothing serious because I had been having contractions since the last week of … Continue reading

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It gets better

I want to shout from the rooftops of the highest point, because I am so thankful and happy! We seem to have finally transitioned out of the 4-month sleep regression, and I can confidently say we are all sleeping better … Continue reading

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Week 12: Workout shakedown

I’ve had my eyes opened this week as I’ve been working on an upcoming article for P&N. It’s about prenatal fitness, especially the mental benefits of exercise during pregnancy. This is something I believe in wholeheartedly. I’ve been working out … Continue reading

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It’s card time!

It’s December, and that means it’s time for Christmas cards. I send Christmas cards. I don’t send holiday cards. You don’t celebrate Christmas? That’s cool. I do. You should send whatever kind of cards you want. I will send Christmas … Continue reading

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My mom fear

Marriage and motherhood have both been the most refining processes of my life. Once I entered into each, there was a moment I realized this is “forever,” and my innermost vulnerabilities cringed at the idea of being seen by another … Continue reading

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The time is now: The birth of Orion Joe

On August 11, 2016, I had a scheduled OB appointment around 1:30 p.m. I was 39 weeks and five days pregnant. Once I arrived they took my blood pressure, and it was elevated. (It had been the past few visits.) After … Continue reading

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Week 11: First tri symptoms

Compared to many of my friends’ experiences, my pregnancies are super easy. So I really can’t complain. … Kidding, of course I can complain! I have had the good fortune to reach 11 weeks without once overturning my stomach’s contents, … Continue reading

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Six months out

When I woke up this morning, it dawned on me that I have a 6-month-old. My daughter has been out of the womb for six whole months. We’re HALFWAY to having a 1-year-old! Some days I think to myself, how … Continue reading

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Sharing a moment with Mickey Mouse

For the second year in a row, we loaded into the car and headed to Southern California for Thanksgiving. Our sights were set on Disneyland. The 2-year-old LOVES Minnie Mouse, so we figured this would be a perfect opportunity to … Continue reading

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An uphill battle: The birth of Lily

As I sit here typing with my 3-week-old daughter sleeping on my lap, our 32-hour struggle to bring her into this world seems so surreal. As if out of a movie, my contractions started around midnight during the only thunder … Continue reading

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What it’s like

A very common question a new mom receives postpartum is, “So, how is it being a mom?” This question mainly comes from people without children because the ones with children know it can be a complex question to ponder, let … Continue reading

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Week 10: The last first appointment

Monday’s OB appointment felt so much like my last one, almost a year ago. Both appointments were for a first ultrasound and initial pregnancy exam. Both times, I knew I was well into the first trimester. Both times, I’d experienced … Continue reading

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Board meeting

From varieties produced on family-owned farms in Vermont to international picks from as far as Israel, Brent Delman, founder of The Cheese Guy, knows his fromage. So, who better to give you the inside scoop on what pregnancy-safe options are … Continue reading

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Babyspace: Deck the walls

Road trippers. Creative Thursday VW print, from $45 City smarts. Lolo Print Co. Chicago alphabet print, from $30  Get a head. Fiona Walker England elephant head, $165 Modern history. Parade and Company RAWR canvas art print, $29 Shelf life. Pillowfort … Continue reading

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Gift guide: Gifts for caretakers

Because her knowledge of children’s books never ceases to amaze you. Out of Print tote, $20 Because no one needs to know whether it’s water or wine inside. Still House bottle, $40 Because it looks festive at home or in … Continue reading

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Special order

Navigating the seemingly endless do’s and don’ts of pregnancy can sometimes feel like a full-time job, right? No matter what you’re doing or where you’re going, there’s a constant nagging inside that nudges, Is that safe for my baby? Food … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Coats and car seats

Q: Do I really have to take my baby’s coat off when she’s riding in her car seat? A: The short answer is: yes! Why is it necessary to take baby’s coat off? If you don’t, the harness might not … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Preventing diaper rash

Q: My infant seems particularly prone to diaper rash—what could be triggering it, and how should I treat it? A: Most babies will experience a case of diaper rash by age 3. If your baby is particularly prone, it’s important … Continue reading

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December 2016—Baby Blanket Music giveaway

One music lover will win a Baby Blanket Music gift certificate, so she can download the entire collection of lullaby arrangements of songs from artists like Elton John, The Beatles and Lady Gaga.

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Ask the Experts: Pumping

We tapped Helen Anderson, MSN, BSN, RN, CLE, founder of Milkies and chief lactation officer at Fairhaven Health, to answer your top questions on pumping breast milk. How soon after baby is born should I start pumping? It depends. Pumping during … Continue reading

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Gear that’s worth the splurge

Every family has a budget, but sometimes scrimping can cost more in the long run. Save your sanity and skip the hassle by investing in quality products where it counts. 1. Carrier Babywearing can be a serious godsend when it … Continue reading

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The baby formerly known as …

While expecting her second baby, Courtney Owens of Los Angeles thought long and hard about what her daughter-to-be’s name should be. She wanted a moniker that honored her late grandfather and his adventurous spirit, and she wanted it to fit … Continue reading

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Gift Guide: Gifts for dad

Because pulling his weight in the kitchen is one of the many reasons he’s a keeper. Chez M’Lain half apron, $83 Because adventure awaits. Herschel Supply Little America backpack, $100  Because the woodsy, tangy scent of his well-groomed facial hair … Continue reading

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December 2016 Free Stuff

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to: Kelly (FL), Julia (TN), Whitney (VA), Heather (OH), David (CO), Will (WI), Katharine (FL), Jennifer (OH), Cierra (GA), Viv (NY), Margaret (MI), Alexis (TX), Stephanie (WI) and Vicki (CA)! We have $2,150 worth … Continue reading

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Road Test: Parent-approved diaper bags

BLACK IS THE NEW BLACK Storq Carryall, $115 “After trying what felt like a zillion diaper bags, I was drawn to the simplicity of this classic backpack. Its understated style fits both my aesthetic and my partner’s, and its smallish … Continue reading

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4 things to consider when choosing a baby name

1. What does the name mean? While some people don’t put much stock in meanings, others wouldn’t dream of saddling a kid with a name that means unfortunate (Mallory) or bitter (Molly). 2. What will baby’s initials be? Abbott Sailor … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: First steps for treating diaper rash

Q: What should I do at the first sign of diaper rash on my infant’s bottom? A: Diaper rashes are common, but they can be one of the most frustrating problems to treat in a pediatrician’s office. That’s because they … Continue reading

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Prep your pooch for baby

When a newborn moves in, it’s a big adjustment for everyone in the family—there are startling sounds, new gadgets and unusual sleeping patterns. It’s a lot for any pup to get used to, which is why Sarah Hodgson, dog trainer … Continue reading

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December 2016—MAM giveaway

One tiny cutie will win a MAM Infant Basics Gift Set, including anti-colic bottles and more.

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December 2016—Naturalmat giveaway

One sweet snoozer will win a Naturalmat Spring Mat complete with a removable, washable quilted cotton cover.

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December 2016—The Boppy Company giveaway

Five lucky moms- to-be will win a Pregnancy Prize Pack from The Boppy Company, featuring a full set of Boppy Bloom Skincare and a Total Body Pillow.

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December 2016—Preggers.com giveaway

Two fashion-conscious moms-to-be will win a $100 gift card to Preggers.com, so they can shop for chic support to wear throughout pregnancy and beyond.

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December 2016—PacaPod giveaway

One style-conscious mom will win a PacaPod Firenze leather changing bag in pewter, so she can look good and stay organized wherever she goes.

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Understanding RSV

Like the flu, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) often begins with symptoms such as cough, fever, and runny or stuffy nose. And, like the flu, it’s highly contagious.  In fact, nearly all children will have been infected by RSV by the … Continue reading

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December 2016—Cassidy’s Cradle giveaway

Three nursing mamas will win a “Hello World” gift set from Cassidy’s Cradle, featuring a nursing pillow and cover, nursing cover-up and two burp cloths.

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Big decisions

While expecting, moms- and dads-to-be will need to ask themselves a lot of questions about how they want to bring baby into the world and how to care for her once she’s finally here. Some decisions (like a color for … Continue reading

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Pushing through

A quick look down at your burgeoning belly makes it all too obvious that your body is undergoing some pretty remarkable transformations in preparation for baby’s debut. Although the bump is the most obvious change, what’s going on inside—and out … Continue reading

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Eat your way to fertility

A healthy diet is a must when you’re trying to get pregnant. “Boosting our fertility is really about boosting our heath overall, so that our bodies—specifically, the uterus, follicles and eggs—are primed and ready for growing a healthy baby,” says … Continue reading

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The top products of 2016

Bumbleride Speed, $549 Speed3 steering allows the front wheel to swivel 360 degrees for everyday errands, be locked into place for long distance runs or swivel just 30 degrees for jogs around the neighborhood that require more twists and turns. … Continue reading

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Babymoov Glober Bag

Pockets! The Babymoov Glober Bag has pockets galore! Two pockets on either side—one of them the perfect size for my wallet and phone—and a multi-pocket organizing section on the front, with two outer velcro pockets. I like to keep baby’s … Continue reading

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2016 December and Buyer’s Guide Free Stuff

We have more than $5,150 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs! Click below to view the giveaways for our December issue and Buyer’s Guide. You can enter all contests once daily. December 2016 Buyer’s Guide 2016

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Gift guide: Gifts for big siblings

Because a stuffed ball can cause far less destruction than a real one. Oeuf plush ball, $48 Because giant books are where it’s at. Candlewick Studio oversized book, $22 Because boys like playing with dolls, too. Candy Kirby Designs doll, … Continue reading

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Gift Guide: Gifts for mom

Because a diaper bag that makes her feel pulled together even when the baby is crying and her hair hasn’t been washed in three days is worth its weight in gold.  cee cee & ryan Stef baby bag, $98 Because … Continue reading

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Try, try again

Now that your firstborn is getting older and you feel like you have gotten the hang of motherhood (finally!), you might be ready to expand your family once again. But, after months of negative pregnancy tests, you begin to wonder: … Continue reading

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Gift guide: Gifts for baby

Because handmade toys feel extra special. Manzanita Kids rattle, $16 Because it could easily become an heirloom. Blabla knit blanket, $84 Because a tiny kitty with an even tinier kitty is the cat’s meow. Kata Golda plush pal, $48 Because … Continue reading

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TWELVElittle Companion Backpack

Are you tired of being awkwardly weighed down by a messenger style diaper bag? Or lugging a heavy diaper bag on your stroller with fear of it tipping over? Are you sick of incurring a sore back or shoulders due … Continue reading

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Breathing easy

Of all the routinely recommended inoculations for children, the flu vaccine is the one they’re least likely to be current on, according to a 2015 report by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. Although the reason why isn’t clear, it … Continue reading

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WavHello Bellybud Giveaway!

BellyBuds® is a specialized speaker system that gently adheres to your belly and allows you to safely play memory-shaping sound directly to the womb. Whether it’s a soothing tune or a bond-forming voice message. BellyBuds is a safe and effective … Continue reading

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40 weeks in, 40 weeks out

When I started writing these blog posts as a Knocked Up blogger, they were done by which week I was in my pregnancy. And when I started as an Adventures in Motherhood blogger, I thought that it would be easy, … Continue reading

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Easy traditions

I would like to think for many families the topic of family traditions gets brought up regularly around the holidays. This is true for Matt and me, and it has become especially exciting to think about now that we have … Continue reading

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