Tag Archives: motherhood

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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Week 21: Labor of love

For 25 years, I observed yesterday’s holiday as not much more than that: a single day to celebrate my mom. It always involved a card with a sweet sentiment and a gift of some sort, but that’s about as far … Continue reading

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Where we stand: A look at the State of the World’s Mothers report

Today, international humanitarian organization Save the Children released its annual State of the World’s Mothers report. As its title implies, the report details how nations around the world are performing in terms of keeping their moms and babies, quite literally, … Continue reading

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His biggest fan

I’ve found myself lately, wondering what Isaac with be like as he grows up. As bittersweet as it is, I know he won’t always be a baby. I wonder if he’ll be into sports, or cars, or construction equipment. Maybe … Continue reading

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Teach your children well

It is no secret that mothers are our first teachers. From kisses and cuddles to talking and walking, they are there with love and guidance. This week is Teacher Appreciation Week and we want to give a nod to all … Continue reading

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Five fascinating moms: Naomi Davis

Name: Naomi Davis Age: 26 Lives in: New York City, New York Occupation: Blogger Partner in crime: Josh Davis Website: lovetaza.com Favorite item in her closet: A vintage pink dress that makes her feel girly and pretty Strangest pregnancy craving: She … Continue reading

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Five fascinating moms: Carmen Matthews

Name: Carmen Matthews Age: 33 Lives in: Leland, North Carolina Occupation: Registered nurse Partner in crime: Mike Matthews Favorite song: Too many, she just loves country music Strangest pregnancy craving: Slim Jims First thing she does in the morning: Brushes … Continue reading

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Five fascinating moms: Jessica Boulanger

Name: Jessica Boulanger Age: 35 Lives in: Washington, DC Occupation: Founder and designer of More of Me Maternity, vice president of communications at the Business Roundtable Partner in crime: Todd Boulanger Website: moreofmematernity.com Favorite holiday: All of them, even Flag … Continue reading

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Five fascinating moms: Emma Bing

Name: Emma Bing Age: 29 Lives in: Los Angeles Occupation: Writer Partner in crime: Russell Ali Website: whattoexpect.com Favorite movie: What to Expect When You’re Expecting Strangest pregnancy craving: Black olives First thing she does in the morning: Pees (for … Continue reading

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Five fascinating moms: Kerri Walsh Jennings

Name: Kerri Walsh Jennings Age: 34 Lives in: Los Angeles Occupation: Professional beach volleyball player Partner in crime: Casey Jennings Website: kerriwalsh.com Favorite television show: Anything on Bravo Strangest pregnancy craving: Lemonade First thing she does in the morning: Procrastinates … Continue reading

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Going the distance

When you’re stumbling along the path of early parenthood, life can become pretty foggy. Simple decisions—the blue shirt or the green? (for the baby, of course—you haven’t had a clean anything on your body in days)—become overwhelming. The normal tasks of adulthood like … Continue reading

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Small chops

I can remember the day my son got his first tooth. I woke up that morning and elbowed my husband to get out of bed and check on our little guy. For the first time ever, he had slept the … Continue reading

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Still figuring it out

Isaac turned 6 months old this week. I can’t quite wrap my brain around that. We’re half way to his first birthday already! I remember sometime around the 8-12 week mark thinking, “Okay, I’m starting to get the hang of … Continue reading

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There are no sick days when you’re a mom

As I write this, it’s 9:08 p.m. We have yet to eat dinner and I’m coughing. A week ago tomorrow, the scratchy throat began. “Oh, it’s just from sitting out in the drizzle at that soccer game,” I told myself. … Continue reading

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Listening ears

A couple of months ago I thought about having Matilda’s hearing checked. Surely, my sweet child would not just ignore me? After careful examination I realized the sad truth… it was indeed just that. She was tuning me out. Parenting … Continue reading

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Book Club: Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers

April’s Book Club selection is for writer moms (veteran or new) who could use a little kickstart when it comes to penning their motherhood memories. Kate Hopper’s  Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers is a helpful how-to that can nudge … Continue reading

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Wake-up call

At kindergarten drop off this morning, a fellow mom stopped to show me pictures on her phone. “See, I told you my niece looks just like your daughter!” she beamed. I agreed and smiled back whole-heartedly, carefully studying her friendly … Continue reading

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Holidaze

I just read this hilarious article on the craziness of holidays with kids, “let’s bring the holidays down a notch.” As if life isn’t crazy enough, with the era of pinterest upon us you feel like a bad mom if … Continue reading

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Listening

Lately as a mom I’ve been thinking a lot about listening. Such a simple idea. Only problem is that our days are filled with so much noise. There could be a baby crying in the background (sends my hormones into … Continue reading

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Calm down

As a mom, your first instinct when your baby cries is to pick her up and cover her with kisses. However, there comes a time when it’s important for your little one to learn to self-soothe, so you’re not constantly … Continue reading

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The blame game

I’ll start this off with a confession: As I write this, I am suffering from a severe case of mom guilt. It involves an adorable little boy, a case of (according to him) incapacitating hiccups, and a running-late mommy without … Continue reading

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