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The most important part of my day

I’ve found that my day goes a whole lot smoother if I can wake up before Bea. Even if it’s just a 20-minute buffer—time to brush my teeth, wash my face and grab a cup of coffee—it’s enough to prevent … Continue reading

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Don’t share with the baby

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) … Continue reading

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Letting go of mommy guilt

It’s easy to get tunnel vision and think there’s a right way and a wrong way to approach all-things-baby-rearing. However, if centuries of humanity have taught us anything, it’s that this obviously isn’t the case. (Hey, if previous generations survived … Continue reading

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Looking ahead

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 … Continue reading

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Climbing chaos

Growth spurts are the darndest things. It’s so strange to start snapping up a pair of Bea’s recently worn pj’s, only to discover the sleeves stop at her elbows and she can’t straighten her legs. I’m still shocked every day … Continue reading

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Week 20: Shake it off

I’m usually pretty laid back when it comes to shopping, even when I decide to bring my 2-year-old. A few days ago we decided to embrace the crazy world of holiday shopping. We had pretty much all of our shopping … Continue reading

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My gift to myself

The stockings are hung. The packages are wrapped. We’re halfway through our road trip, feeling comfy and cozy and happy to be momentarily stationary at my parent’s house. And I’ve eaten enough cookies to last a lifetime (or at least … Continue reading

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Baby’s first cold

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 … Continue reading

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Mom shaming isn’t very festive

This week I witnessed something that caught me off guard. During a Christmas party, a mama brought in a plate of beautifully decorated homemade cookies to share with the crowd. While she was setting out her spread, another mom walked … Continue reading

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Three reasons every mama needs mom friends

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 … Continue reading

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Making space

Thwack. The bathroom door crashed open, revealing one of my 3-year-old daughters in all of her bed-headed glory, wearing only her underwear. There I was, brushing my teeth in all of my just-barely-squeezed-in- a-shower glory, also in my underwear. She … Continue reading

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A love like this

At four months pregnant, I found myself at an old New England artists’ colony, having chats over dinner with other fellows in residence. Maybe because I was expecting or maybe because familial lineage is a common “getting to know you” … Continue reading

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Tear-filled farewells

In the early days, you can hand your baby over to someone else, and she’ll hardly even notice. Sometime after your tot’s half-birthday, however, she might begin to wail at the mere thought of leaving your arms. While it can … Continue reading

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Swear words

Before I had kids, I was pretty sure I knew exactly how to do this parenting thing. While heavily pregnant with my first child, I encountered a rather unhappy toddler and her mother at Target. The child was screaming bloody … Continue reading

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Am I a bad mom?

I’ve asked myself the same question, almost daily, since I had my first baby—a sweet, precious baby girl named Kate—in March. Actually, it started before I’d even had her. The first time this question popped into my head, I was … Continue reading

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Part-time mama’s girl

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, … Continue reading

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The mom club

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 … Continue reading

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Bea’s first sniffles

Runny nose, low-grade fever, icky diapers … it appears Bea has her first cold. Or maybe she’s teething because it seems that just about every abnormal behavior or physiological reaction could also be a sign of a sprouting tooth. Either … Continue reading

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Confession: I’d rather be at work than at home all day with my kids

Facebook, TV shows and the media all portray how tough it is for moms to go back to work after maternity leave with proclamations of worry, guilt and accompanying tears. And the message is clear: Good parents want to be … Continue reading

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Good night, and good luck

Round-the-clock feedings, middle-of-the-night diaper changes and constantly waking to wailing are all par for the course for new parents. But after several months of fatigued days and nights spent in a total haze, you might be wondering, Will I ever … Continue reading

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A spooky realization

There are lots of reasons people have babies: Personal fulfillment, leaving a legacy, blessing planet Earth with the glorious byproduct of their unfathomably good genes … Sure, I mulled over a few of these sentimental baby-making mantras when we decided … Continue reading

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Breastfeed where?

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. … Continue reading

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Our little peanut: The birth of Lydia Simone

Peanut Watch 2013 was a very watched event! No one knew when Peanut would be coming or just what kind of peanut we would be having. Micah and I had decided not to know the sex of the baby, so everyone … Continue reading

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Busy Bea

I’m not sure why the word “schedule” is used in relation to babies. Ever. All it takes is one growth spurt, one sprouting tooth or one nighttime bout with gas for the idea of sticking to an agenda to implode … Continue reading

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Moving on up

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 … Continue reading

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New adventures

It happened. My sweet little boy turned 1! We’ve survived the first year, and I’ve lived to tell the tale week after week with you, dear readers. Pregnancy & Newborn’s “Knocked Up” and “Adventures in Motherhood” blogs allowed me to … Continue reading

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Doing (some of) it all

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 … Continue reading

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Multitasking

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 … Continue reading

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Surviving the first six weeks

Remember when you were 38 weeks pregnant and so ready to be done that you were actually anxious to push a 7-pound person out of your lady parts? Because then the pregnancy would be over, and you could relax and … Continue reading

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Worth a shot

When it comes to vaccines, there’s a lot to consider—from easing the ouch to keeping up with that complicated schedule. It’s never easy for a mama to see her babe in pain, but the short-lived sting of inoculations is well … Continue reading

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But I can’t keep calm…

Genevieve Ryczek, a mother of two in Minneapolis, experienced what she describes as a “birth high.” After a short, but physically intense labor, she was elated with new motherhood and full of energy. While recovering in the hospital, she didn’t … Continue reading

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The clash of the tights

I can’t believe fall is already here! This is my favorite season, and it’s not due to the pretty foliage or overabundance of pumpkin-flavored everything—I’m mostly just a sucker for a great pair of boots. I’ve been looking forward to … Continue reading

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Two realities of life with a new baby

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 … Continue reading

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My beautiful wife

Oh, beautiful wife of mine, you are a miracle worker! Together, we conceived a new life, and then you lovingly and tenderly nurtured that fragile little life into a fully developed human. It took a little while. It took a … Continue reading

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Losses and gains

The closer Rowan gets to his first birthday, the more reflective I become. The year has gone by faster than I thought possible. It’s definitely bittersweet—the cliché about each stage being more fun than the last is true (so far), … Continue reading

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Pregnancy & Newborn’s Annual Essay Contest

“I can hardly count the ways that being a mother has broadened my writing, deepened my connection to all other women, and galvanized my commitment to the Earth and its fate. As difficult as it is, sometimes, to find a … Continue reading

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Book Club: The Essence of a Mother

This month, Pregnancy and Newborn’s Book Club is about learning to take a step back from every day chaos and enjoy life’s moments with your children. The Essence of a Mother is a must-read for all parents. As Julie Jensen’s … Continue reading

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Book Club: Surprised by Motherhood

Pregnancy and Newborn’s April Book Club pick, Surprised by Motherhood, is about a woman who never wanted to be a mom. Then she had kids. Lisa-Jo Baker lost her own mom to cancer when she was just a teenager and … Continue reading

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Easy does it

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Get along with your MIL

According to Deanna Brann, PhD, a clinical psychotherapist in Knoxville, Tennessee, and author of Reluctantly Related: Secrets to Getting Along with Your Mother-in-Law or Daughter-in-Law, the MIL/DIL relationship is complicated from the get-go because you didn’t choose each other. You’re … Continue reading

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Bring on the macaroni necklace

There are things I know I’ll love even before I’ve tried them. Things like: white chocolate cheesecake, swimming in the waters of Fiji, or white chocolate cheesecake. There are things I know I won’t love even before I’ve tried them. … Continue reading

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Book Club: Hands Free Mama

Pregnancy & Newborn’s Book Club is starting the New Year with a new perspective, thanks to one mama’s wake up call. A few years ago, Rachel Macy Stafford was like a lot of mothers; her planner was packed and her … Continue reading

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What I’ve learned: Six months

I can’t believe it. Normally, I use that phrase when making more off-handed comments, like acid-washed jeans suddenly make a comeback or Snooki’s novel becomes a New York Times bestseller. Yet today, this phrase has all the weight and meaning … Continue reading

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My Grinch heart

I feel like the Grinch. Not because our protruding bellies match or because I’ve stolen a lot of little kids’ Christmas presents. Nope. It’s because of his heart. Without fail, at the end of that cartoon a cute dog wears … Continue reading

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Motherhood cliches

Now that I’m a mom, I’ve realized that the clichés I heard before the birth of Rowan are true. Well, some of them anyway. Others don’t quite epitomize my experience. “My child is perfect and the most beautiful baby I’ve … Continue reading

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Celebrity Baby Scoop: Snooki on being a mom

New mom Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is debuting her Snooki Couture by Nicole Polizzi line of headphones and electronic accessories in the “Fashion You Can Hear” line by iHip, available at Walgreens. The Jersey Shore star opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about … Continue reading

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The only thing constant is motherhood

The only thing constant is change—and motherhood. I’m astonished to discover that along with my pregnancy weight not magically melting away, I can’t find a single tiny moment that is just me. Even when my husband steps in to relieve … Continue reading

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Week 22: Big brother

Even though he’s our firstborn, Roo already has competition for his parents’ love and affection – our dog, Finn. This furry little companion is obsessed with his Papa (not that I can blame him). He greets him at the door … Continue reading

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Book Club: The Fourth Trimester: Understanding, Protecting and Nurturing an Infant Through the First Three Months

This month, the P&N Book Club delves into the science behind an infant’s first few months of life. In The Fourth Trimester: Understanding, Protecting, and Nurturing an Infant Through the First Three Months, long-time medical journalist Susan Brink details the importance of … Continue reading

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Giuliana Rancic on motherhood, fashion and her favorite diapers

“Being a mother is so much fun—as they get older it gets even better!” gushes Giuliana Rancic, E! News anchor and mom to 7½-month-old son Duke. As a new mother, Rancic opts for a comfortable look that doesn’t sacrifice style. … Continue reading

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