Tag Archives: Chantel Newton

A matter of time: The birth of Arlo

The logical side of my brain knew that my due date was far from a guaranteed deadline. I tried to mentally prepare myself for going past June 23 and often joked that my baby would probably be tardy to the … Continue reading

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Color splash

“Creating a nursery is a long process. There were some weeks that I worried it was going to be boring. Then there were times I thought I’d surely gone overboard. So my advice is to try to keep things in … Continue reading

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Cleared for takeoff

As a first-timer on this life-changing voyage, there’s likely to be a lot you don’t know. But the good news is most of the folks around you—from your prenatal care provider to the labor and delivery nurses—have done this time … Continue reading

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Raring to grow

Between birth and her first birthday bash, your little sprout will do some serious growing—and not just in size. A baby’s first year is a blur of cognitive and mobile changes that occur at warp speed compared to the rest … Continue reading

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Look out below

When it comes to pregnancy, moms and their bodies take on a lot of changes. Some are thrilling, like sporting a baby bump. Some are less so, like the seemingly ever- shrinking bladder. Then there are those you’d rather not … Continue reading

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Jungle books: Setting up camp

When it’s time to turn out the light, set the tone with a sweet, slumber-inducing sendoff. Wide awake When he just can’t fall asleep, one little boy goes on a hunt for a cozy place to hit the hay, but … Continue reading

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Jungle books: On the trail

Take kiddos on an excursion into worlds unknown without ever leaving the rocking chair. Check it out Literary enthusiasts will adore this homage to the community library and the magic that awaits in every book. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, … Continue reading

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Jungle books: Close encounters

Make storytime a hands-on affair with books that encourage wee ones to get in on the action. Sight seeing Beyond colors and shapes, this board book teaches kiddos to use their imagination to transform a simple red triangle into a … Continue reading

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Nursing school

1 | Save time and never waste a single drop by pumping directly into the bag. (Fits most pumps.) Lansinoh breast milk storage bags, $6 for 25; pump adapter, $5 2 | Adjustable coverage that doubles as a stylish accessory … Continue reading

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Jungle books: Flora and fauna

Immerse your tiny explorer in the natural landscape with furry and flowery friends alike. You do you One bear loves hopping through the forest and nibbling at berries, but that’s not what bears do— then again, maybe being himself is … Continue reading

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Jungle books: Guidebooks

Trust insightful tomes to lead the way on an expedition of first words, colors and more. Name game This pretty picture book is brimming with everyday objects your bub will love pointing out. Chronicle Books, $18 Go hue Every turn … Continue reading

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Road test: Parent-approved travel beds

Bed buddy SwaddleMe Deluxe By Your Side Sleeper, $60 For families who prefer to stick together, this compact choice allows you to safely share the bed, so you can console and nurse your tiny roommate without ever slipping out from … Continue reading

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Week 39: The uterus that cried wolf

Happy summer solstice! It’s the longest day of the year, which seems only fitting because this pregnancy is winding down to an excruciatingly slow pace. I am two days away from my due date, but I’m beginning to wonder if … Continue reading

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Week 38: Four things getting me to the finish line

There are lots of things that are making these final weeks more tolerable (even enjoyable), such as my sweet and supportive husband … or the glory of afternoon naps. But this is a post about products that are making all … Continue reading

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Week 37: Oh the anticipation

It is the month of my due date. Wait. What? How did that happen? I checked the calendar, but it’s true. It’s June, and this baby will be here in a matter of weeks … possibly even days now that … Continue reading

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Over the moon: Just relax in the Hudson River Valley

Whether you want to explore a sprawling city or a glacier lake, lie back and relax or rekindle the romance, there’s a babymoon for every mom-to-be. We’ve planned out everything from where to stay to what to do—even places to eat … Continue reading

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Over the moon: Explore more in Banff, Canada

Whether you want to explore a sprawling city or a glacier lake, lie back and relax or rekindle the romance, there’s a babymoon for every mom-to-be. We’ve planned out everything from where to stay to what to do—even places to eat … Continue reading

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Over the moon: Kid around in Philadelphia

Whether you want to explore a sprawling city or a glacier lake, lie back and relax or rekindle the romance, there’s a babymoon for every mom-to-be. We’ve planned out everything from where to stay to what to do—even places to eat … Continue reading

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Over the moon: See sparks in Santa Monica

Whether you want to explore a sprawling city or a glacier lake, lie back and relax or rekindle the romance, there’s a babymoon for every mom-to-be. We’ve planned out everything from where to stay to what to do—even places to eat … Continue reading

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Terms and conditions

Fontanelle, episiotomy, meconium—oh my! With all that jargon spinning around in your head, you may feel like you’re back in grade school staring down a vocabulary quiz. And that’s not a distraction you need when you’re trying get a tiny … Continue reading

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Week 36: Hello, my baby’s name is …

Lee and I settled on our boy and girl names weeks ago, but we decided to keep them under wraps until we have a baby to introduce as so-and-so, which has annoyed our friends and family members to no end. … Continue reading

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Week 35: Let’s talk about sex … baby’s that is

If you’ve been following along on my weekly prenatal updates, you’ve heard that Lee and I decided to keep Birdie’s sex a surprise. (If you haven’t, now you know!) I already covered the reasons why way back in week 22, … Continue reading

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Week 34: Happy (belated) Mother’s Day!

At 34 weeks pregnant, I didn’t have big plans for Mother’s Day. Part of me didn’t feel like I should … because technically speaking, I’m a mom-to-be … not a mom. But my thoughtful husband snuck out early Sunday morning … Continue reading

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Week 33: Ready, set, labor

I’m curious to hear how other moms-to-be are planning for the big day (aka baby’s birth day). As a first-timer, I have been trying to set positive but realistic expectations for my foray into the labor and delivery world. I … Continue reading

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Week 32: Or maybe I should say eight weeks to go

People used to ask me when my due date was, but more recently I’ve noticed a shift in the words being used to ponder my pregnant state. Now, I am often asked, “How much longer do you have?” I’ve taken … Continue reading

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Bright young things

0-3 MONTHS With newbies, a little goes a long way. Although he won’t be reaching for toys until around month four, your babe’s reflexes will allow him to grasp rattles and other small toys in his tiny hands. Use tummy … Continue reading

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At a loss

After years at P&N, I’d heard the statistics many times: Approximately 1 in 5 pregnancies end in miscarriage. Your risk climbs with your age, but I was in my mid-20s and healthy—so I didn’t worry. When a test revealed two … Continue reading

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Week 31: Hi, I’m a mom … sort of

When I thought about what it would be like to be pregnant, to be on this path toward motherhood, I always imagined that I’d experience some great awakening inside me. That I would become a mother. That I would embrace … Continue reading

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Week 30: A little reminder

After sharing my blog post from last week, a sweet mama gave me a gentle reminder on Instagram that I needed to hear. I have a long list of things to get done in the next nine weeks—a whopping total of … Continue reading

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Week 29: The beginning of the end

I have hit the third trimester deluge, and I am definitely feeling the pressure to get stuff done. (Confession: I may or may not have gotten overly emotional after leaving the Motor Vehicle Tag & Title office because I was … Continue reading

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Week 28: Stranger things

Can I just take a minute to say that sometimes it is really weird to be pregnant? Being your budding babe’s home sweet home for the first nine months is basically the coolest thing. (Our bodies are amazing!) But all … Continue reading

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Getaway plan

With your due date just days away, it can be tempting to make a mad dash for the delivery room the moment you feel contractions kick in, but—as ready as you are to meet your babe—knowing when to head to … 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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Up in the air

Let’s be honest: Taking care of a baby is hard work—even when you’re at home surrounded by an arsenal of infant gear, a fully stocked toy box and a three-week supply of diapers. So, it’s understandable if “Let’s take this … Continue reading

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Week 27: Cause for pause, er, paws

Exactly one year and one day after we got married, Lee and I met a tiny furball with big ears and fell in love. Our dog, Fig, is definitely the baby of our family right now. She loves cuddles and … Continue reading

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Week 26: Tick, tick, tick

Just this week I realized, courtesy of my baby registry’s countdown, that there are fewer than 100 days until my due date. I am closing in on the end of the second trimester at a rapid pace, and I can’t … Continue reading

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Week 25: Waiting and wondering

At this point in my pregnancy, I’m still popping by my OB’s office every four weeks to make sure Birdie and I are A-OK. Most of the time I try to avoid doctor visits, but from the moment my appointment ends, … Continue reading

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Week 24: Camera shy

The other day I posted this photo on Instagram. It’s not the prettiest picture, but it made me so happy to see my main squeeze, my goofy dog and my bump all in one rectangle—and all piled up on one … Continue reading

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Week 23: Eat this not that

Way back when Lee and I decided to first start trying to make a baby, I took a farewell tour of all of the yummy foods I’d be forced to forego the moment a positive pregnancy test turned up. We … Continue reading

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Week 22: Up close and personal

The highlight of this week was without a doubt my second trimester ultrasound. (That’s the big one!) Lee and I got to see some seriously amazing close-ups of our bitty bean. Honestly, I think I was in awe the whole time, … Continue reading

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Week 21: Piece by piece

This pregnancy is becoming a lot more real. I finally have a bump that’s basically impossible to ignore. We have boxes and boxes of baby stuff arriving on our doorstep on the regular. And—to make room for all this stuff—Lee … Continue reading

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Week 20: Happy halfway!

It’s official. I am halfway through this pregnancy, and I still can’t believe it! In honor of this special milestone, I’m sharing 20 things about life at 20 weeks. Here we go … The kicks are coming more frequently. What … Continue reading

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Week 19: The wild world of pregnancy dreams

Prior to my baby-baking days, I would have odd dreams on occasion. I might even remember one when I woke up, but as unlikely as many of them were to happen in real life (like a break-in at our home or … Continue reading

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Deconstruction zone

Grazing between meals will not only keep hanger and nausea at bay, but it’s a brilliant way to sneak in more nutrients, too. Before you hit the kitchen and start building these tasty eats, let’s break down why they’re so … 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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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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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 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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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 the … Continue reading

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Start squirreling

The first couple weeks with a newborn are a lot like a hibernation phase for brand-new parents—except that you’ll be getting next to no sleep. Prep for your days away from the world by squirreling away easy meals and plenty … Continue reading

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