Baby’s first haircut

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Once upon a time, some eight years ago, our first baby’s first haircut was an incredible milestone for my husband and me. My grandmother gave us a sweet little silver keepsake box with “Baby’s First Curl” elaborately engraved on it,

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The little things

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I work from home as a writer and editor, and I have little pockets during the day to get stuff done. Otherwise, I’m burning the midnight oil. That means I count on naptime for our almost 10-month-old (!), so I

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Scootchin’

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Just last week, I wrote about how, at 9 months and change, our girl was showing no signs of mobility yet. Well, guess what? In a completely predictable turn of events, she figured out her very own method of locomotion, literally,

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Sitting tight

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My cousin’s baby started crawling at 5 months. Five. Months. He was walking before he turned 9 months, and now he’s a terrifying 11-month-old who can back his way off her bed and is way too interested in the stairs. And then

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The eyes have it

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I had an appointment with my eye doctor last week. I’ve worn contacts since I was 10—my vision is pretty bad. But it’s not nearly as awful as it was before I started having kids. That’s right—I’m living, sometimes bespectacled,

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Not just a stroller

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We live right next to a huge cow pasture that has a little paved strip in the middle. It’s our go-to when the kids want to ride bikes, we need to run the dogs or if anyone wants to stretch

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The biter

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She has a tooth now—a single, teensy little tooth—and oh boy, is she using it. At 8 1/2 months, she’s still investigating the world mouth first, except now she’s armed and dangerous. She’s managed to dig that little tooth into everything from

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The (non) social butterfly

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Four months on, and my part-time mama’s girl hasn’t really made any big strides in that department. She’s in love with her dad now—and I’m so freaking grateful because it makes life that much easier—but I’m still her go-to the

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Baby stages

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A friend of mine had her third baby this week, her second little boy. It was a quick and easy delivery, and as I looked at all the pictures of my proud and tired friend with her tiny new baby

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And one day, she had a tooth

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Some weeks, it seems like so much happens in my little girl’s life. In a matter of days, and sometimes just hours, she’s sitting up like she’s been doing it forever. She suddenly discovers the joy that is playing peekaboo.

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Ditching the bucket seat

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I’ve been fighting the idea for a few weeks now, but I can’t pretend for much longer. The truth is, our 7-month-old is almost out of her bucket seat. And that’s so great! It’s also not so great. First, the

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The rules (of introducing new foods)

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Is your baby ready for solid foods? Here’s how you know … Baby hold up his own little head. Baby can sit upright without too much wobbling. Baby can pass toys/keys/spoons back and forth between his own hands. Baby shoves everything into

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Never, ever put me down

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Seven months to the day, and she just made an alarming discovery. We have a little ritual a few nights a week that goes like this: She sits in the middle of the bed with some toys, and I get

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The very best highchair

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It took us four kids to finally end up with a hanging highchair—the kind that anchors onto the side of the counter or table—and I can’t believe we didn’t get one eight years ago. Well, that’s not true. I know

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The vaccine debate

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I’ve casually followed this measles thing and the fall out it’s having on the great vaccine debate, but I’m looking at it a little more seriously now that I’ve learned local health officials are investigating six unconfirmed cases of measles right

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Pumping in public

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I got a text message the other day from a knocked-up friend of mine. She’s a freelancer, and she was plugging away at a collaborative workspace for creative types downtown—lots of open seating, big windows and no interior walls. The

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The perfect baby age

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Six months old might just be the perfect age. This is the beginning of the Gerber baby stage, so we’re talking max cuteness. She’s a-freaking-dorable with those cheeks and Disney-sized eyes and chubby starfish hands. No one in a 10-foot

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Don’t share with the baby

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So this is a funny thing. We’re big on sharing around here, and now we have to regularly remind our three oldest kids that it’s not OK to share with the baby. I already told you how our 6-month old (gulp)

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The baby goes everywhere

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Maybe it’s because I work from home and we’re never, ever apart, but I’m totally that mom who takes her baby with her everywhere. From our friends’ annual holiday cocktail party to the rare dinner out with my husband when our

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Looking ahead

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A letter to my sweet baby girl. Little lady, today is January 1. An entire year stretches before us, and I can’t help but stare down the road at the many, many things to come. I call them milestones, but

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Grabby hands

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So, nothing is safe anymore. She has two capable hands, and she’s not afraid to use them. We’ve reached the stage in which holding the baby and also trying to drink my morning tea or from my water bottle or

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Baby’s first cold

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She’s 5 months old, and our busy baby girl is celebrating with her very first honest to goodness cold. She’s sporting a snotty little button nose and rosy cheeks with a hacking cough, but she’s still all smiles. It’s breaking my

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Baby differences

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Our nearly 5-month old baby girl—and I still can’t believe she’s that old already—had her 4-month well-baby visit a few weeks ago. We went through the basics (yes to sleeping on her back and the rear-facing car seat, no to

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Three reasons every mama needs mom friends

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No matter how it happens—you get knocked up around the same time, you make excited eye contact during the pre-baby hospital tour, your kids are in the same kindergarten class—having a few friends in the same parenting boat is a total

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Buying for baby

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Aren’t the holidays fun with little guys? So much anticipation and excitement—tattletale elves and Santa and all those decorations. Our baby girl is big-eyed at all the lights, and now that Thanksgiving is behind us and our Christmas shopping is

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It’s that time again

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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

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Part-time mama’s girl

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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,

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The mom club

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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

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Ditching the labels

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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

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Breastfeed where?

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We’re four kids deep, so this is my fourth go-round with breastfeeding. You name it, I’ve probably nursed a baby there. In the car, at the park and at various sporting events? Absolutely. On the beach in Hawaii? Oh yeah.

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The baby goes with everything

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Babywearing is the bomb. People still say that, right? Honestly, I don’t know how else to get anything done. Our girl is three months old already and as opinionated as ever. She declares her preference to be held loud and clear.

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Moving on up

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When our girl was two weeks old, I made a list of all the important items that made life with a brand new baby easy peasy. (Spoiler alert: It’s a short list.) Twelve weeks later, here’s what we’re still using, what she’s

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Doing (some of) it all

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I had coffee with a friend last week. She’s pregnant with her fourth boy—let’s have a moment of silence for her because you know she never gets those—and she asked me earnestly, “How do you ever get anything done? Isn’t

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Multitasking

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Having four kids is the definition of multitasking. You know what else is multitasking in its truest sense? Breastfeeding a 2-month-old while wiping a 3-year-old’s poopy little bottom. Yep, at the same time. I’m becoming an old pro at doing things

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Team co-sleep

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Have you seen that statistic about how much sleep a parent will lose during the first year of a baby’s life? Prepare yourself–it’s 44 days. That’s more than six weeks of no sleep, chalked up to nighttime feedings, nighttime crying

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Two realities of life with a new baby

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I’m not sure how this happened, but the calendar says our youngest is officially 2 months old today. The last eight weeks have been a total whirlwind, and now that the dust is settling a bit, here’s the rundown on

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Boobs & bottles

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A little update on the whole breast pump situation—it’s no longer freaking me out. Now, it’s judging me and my pathetic ounce and a half after 20 minutes of pumping. How does this happen? There has to be more than that

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Diaper duty

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When did diapers get so cute? Seven years ago, we had pretty standard options in the world of disposable diapers—white, maybe with a cartoon character, organic if you wanted to get really crazy. In all honesty, we were that earnest,

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One-month milestones

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Is baby acne a milestone? What about flaky skin? She has both adorable ailments going on, and her siblings are big-eyed with concern. “Mom! Look at that red bump! And what’s wrong with her forehead? Her skin is peeling off!

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This breast pump is freaking me out

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Baby girl is knocking on four weeks, and I’m itching to get back to a regular workout schedule. But I’m exclusively breastfeeding, so the few times I’ve managed to squeeze in a workout I can pretty much chalk up to

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Umbilical cord eeek

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Newborns and their umbilical cord stumps, ugh. Am I right? And I’m not talking about their appearance, either. They may not be the cutest part of new babies, but that’s not my issue. It’s how those scabby little things never

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New baby? Buy this Stuff!

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Two weeks in with our newborn girl, and it’s been good. She’s awesome—figured out nursing right away, doesn’t do the gagging/choking thing that two of our others routinely freaked us out with and she’s a good sleeper. For my part,

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Finally!

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She’s here, and this is what we already know about our new little girl: she’s a champion sleeper, heavy drinker and she does everything in her own sweet time. Actually, we knew that before we even met her—despite rounds and

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One day shy

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So here I am, one day short of full term. It’s my fourth pregnancy, and still being pregnant this close to my due date is new to me—and kind of miserable, to be honest. Is that why I feel like

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Update: Zip. Zilch. Nada.

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Thirty-nine weeks, everyone. So many signs of impending labor—and still no labor! No baby! I wrote recently about how I figured my chances were good for having this baby girl before the July 18 due date, and while I know

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I’ll stand, thanks

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I mentioned to someone the other day that we took the kids stand-up paddling at Tahoe over the weekend, and you would have thought I told her I went sky diving. Full on pearl clutching—“You didn’t get on a board,

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The waiting game

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I’m three weeks out from this little lady’s due date and oof. Part of me can’t help but think, given our track record, that there’s no chance I’ll go that long. My oldest, bless him, had the good sense to

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Experience Level: Expert

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Haha, no, don’t let that title fool you—I’m no expert in the parenting game. But having three kiddos under my belt does give me an edge when it comes to the baby gear game. And here’s the big secret—all that

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My new best friend

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News flash—chiropractors are like bone cracking miracle workers during pregnancy. I only wish I knew it sooner. I muscled through three and a half pregnancies with crazy lower back pain, figuring it was just part of the deal. And then,

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Tiny diapers

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Today I had the pleasure of visiting a dear friend and her 2-week-old son. He’s her third, and the only boy, and it’s the first time I’ve seen her since his birth. She looked wonderful—surprisingly well rested and content in

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