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Mom’s the word: Alison Faulkner

This year marks Pregnancy & Newborn’s fifth annual feature profiling five fascinating moms. The list is hardly comprehensive, but it’s a humble nod to the impressive talent, inspiring outlooks and important work of mothers. We hope you find their stories refreshing, … Continue reading

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Mom’s the word: LaTonya Staubs

This year marks Pregnancy & Newborn’s fifth annual feature profiling five fascinating moms. The list is hardly comprehensive, but it’s a humble nod to the impressive talent, inspiring outlooks and important work of mothers. We hope you find their stories … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Providing comfort during shots

Q: My baby is due for her first round of shots soon, and I’m a nervous wreck. How can I make my little one as comfortable as possible both during and after the appointment? A: Before heading to the appointment, calm … Continue reading

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Mind the gap

A high school teacher in Clarksburg, Maryland, and contributor to the parenting blog Diary of a First Time Mom, Kerrin Torres-Meriwether understands the long and short of sibling age gaps more fully than most. She and her twin sister were … Continue reading

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Mom’s the word: Emma Straub

This year marks Pregnancy & Newborn’s fifth annual feature profiling five fascinating moms. The list is hardly comprehensive, but it’s a humble nod to the impressive talent, inspiring outlooks and important work of mothers. We hope you find their stories … Continue reading

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Mom’s the word: Anna Bond

This year marks Pregnancy & Newborn’s fifth annual feature profiling five fascinating moms. The list is hardly comprehensive, but it’s a humble nod to the impressive talent, inspiring outlooks and important work of mothers. We hope you find their stories refreshing, … Continue reading

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Mom’s the word: Courtney Adamo

This year marks Pregnancy & Newborn’s fifth annual feature profiling five fascinating moms. The list is hardly comprehensive, but it’s a humble nod to the impressive talent, inspiring outlooks and important work of mothers. We hope you find their stories … Continue reading

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Let’s take a drive

I have no ability to comprehend how eight weeks have already gone by. On the one hand it seems like just yesterday I was writing blog posts about how I was going to be pregnant forever. And on the other … Continue reading

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Newborns vs. older kids

With each new baby, the newborn phase has gotten less and less terrifying. With Baby No. 1, everything was new. We had no idea what we were doing as we desperately tried to learn how to be parents. The fear … Continue reading

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Out of office

Before becoming one myself, my experience with stay-at-home moms was limited to watching TV matriarchs like Marge Simpson and Lucy Ricardo. My own mother worked, and I’d always assumed that I would as well. But when I got pregnant with … Continue reading

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Time well spent

After getting her 4-year vaccinations at her most recent check-up, Anaïs came down with a fever as she typically does. It’s a “normal” reaction to getting shots, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less easy to watch your child suffer … Continue reading

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Getting down to it

We’re roughly seven weeks from becoming a family of five. Seven week from no longer fitting at a square table for four at a restaurant (if we find time to go out to eat as a family). Seven weeks from … Continue reading

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Drinking buddies

Breast or bottle, milk or formula … after all giving birth to baby boys within six months of each other, four New Jersey moms quickly found that there’s plenty of room at the table for everyone to belly up. “Having … Continue reading

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Snow days

The East Coast finally got snow! Significant snow. Up where we live, we got around 6 inches of powder, which was perfect for sledding! I shoveled—with the help of N—the first two inches or so before it got dark. His help consisted … Continue reading

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Tame the tension

You’ve spent months waiting for your little one to arrive, and although her birth day will be one for the books, the weeks after can be a rough ride for new parents. You’re at the constant beck and call of … Continue reading

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The attention grab

Having two kids means figuring out a way to spend time with each of them so that neither feels slighted or left out. Adding another one to the mix—one that will simply eat/poop/sleep/cry for roughly five or so months—is only … Continue reading

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Choose your battles

Give a little grace when you walk down Aisle 5. If you proceed slowly, you’ll see a woman fitting this description: oily hair shoved into a bun, sleepy body covered in spit stains, and grimy hands wrapped around an itty-bitty … Continue reading

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A world of difference

DOING IT RIGHT 4 things that make us want to give America a high-five. Doctored up The more prenatal checkups you have, the better your odds of having a healthy baby—because doc can make sure things are on track and … Continue reading

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Holiday firsts

The holiday season was so much sweeter with our little one this year. Making Christmas magical for little Graham was the goal, and I think we made it happen. I know the presents shouldn’t matter much, but I’ve always been … Continue reading

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The other parent

This past weekend I left little Graham and his daddy behind as I joined my best girlfriends for an out-of-state bridal shower. I was so excited to have a little getaway with my friends—to eat out sans highchair, have some … Continue reading

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Kids: awesome and insane

L and I knew we wanted children—she wanted five, and I was good with two. We settled on three. This past week has once again proven that kids are both awesome and insane. Sometimes at the same time, sometimes on separate … Continue reading

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A good team

Oh my goodness, is there anything cuter than a 9-month-old? Every time I start to think Graham can’t get anymore fun, he proves me wrong. Our little boy is crawling and walking around holding on to furniture; he can get … Continue reading

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Taking time

There are days when we all need a break. Whether it’s an overbooked calendar, a pressing deadline or a chaotic household, it isn’t unheard of to feel a little more than overwhelmed. Before having children, I was no stranger to … Continue reading

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L(N+G+3) = Me

So, when I initially decided to write for Dad’s Eye View, I knew that it’d be tricky for me to provide weekly material for a post—not for lack of material but rather lack of time. (For the sake of maintaining a … Continue reading

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Learning together

Your bitty tears break my heart. Little puddles form in your hazel eyes, and I want to kiss them away, one by one, until your smile returns. You’re famous for your glittering grin, but when the tears come—those mysterious tears—they … Continue reading

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Balance is best

“Oh, how I miss those sweet suckling sounds.” The cold bathroom tiles send shivers up my hands, but I readjust my position in order to see the shoes of the woman speaking. They look like the easy-walking flats that my grandma … Continue reading

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Into the gray

The little man didn’t sleep well last night. He had trouble going down, acting restless and fidgety as I tried to rock him in is dark room, squirming and arching his back against my cuddling and “talking” instead of settling … Continue reading

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Motherhood milestones

“Ahem! Mom? Why isn’t she saying hi?” Max raises his bitty eyebrows and ponders the Target employee ringing up our diapers, string-cheese and Shout! My 2-foot man flirts with abandon, and he welcomes (errr … craves) the attention of neighbors … Continue reading

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The working mom’s handbook

It’s estimated that around 65 percent of mothers work outside the home. Parenting in and of itself is a full-time job, so when you add a “real” full-time job to the mix, things can get sticky. From readjusting after maternity … Continue reading

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Mama tribe

What’s my best advice for a new mom? I’ve been asked this question a number of times, and I’ve given all kinds of answers: “Buy the Mama Hook, and don’t look back,” “Be pro-active dating your husband,” and “Laugh about the … Continue reading

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Week 14: An ode to my husband

As I was sitting down to draft this post, I said to my husband, “I’m not sure what I should write about this week.” He immediately responded, “Probably how great husbands are.” I laughed my obligatory laugh and then started … Continue reading

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Nights off

Before we had the baby, when it was just the three of us, Jesse and I would take turns having nights “off.” Each of us would pick a night during the week where we were free to have time solely … Continue reading

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Social from the start

When your recent addition is around 6 or 8 weeks old, near the peak of fussiness, she will smile at you for the first time—a rainbow breaking through the clouds of your exhaustion. “That first social smile is the most … Continue reading

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Week 19: The one where everyone does their best

A couple of weeks back I wrote a post about how I think moms do a big disservice to one another by not being honest about how challenging parenting can be. I am not going to take that statement back because … Continue reading

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Week 17: The one where I’m honest

I feel like moms do a big disservice to one another by not being honest about what being a mom (or a parent in general) is really like. I mean, maybe there really are people whose kids never lie down in … Continue reading

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Missed connection

I had always prided myself on not becoming one of “those” moms. The ones who refer to themselves as “Mommy” at dinner parties (“Mommy’s getting tipsy!”), who listen to kids music 24/7 and whose relationships with their husbands don’t exist … Continue reading

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Parenting predictions

Before becoming a parent, I knew exactly what kind of mom I was going to be. I knew I would have it all under control. How hard could it be? No little 10-20 pound person was going to get the … Continue reading

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One-woman show

I had a serious case of new-mom jitters when I brought my firstborn home from the hospital, but I quickly found my groove. In fact, I was so confident in my ability to care for my newborn that I basically … Continue reading

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Little linguist

Because I speak English and my husband speaks Dutch, raising a bilingual child was a no-brainer. But when we shared our decision with others, the response was a mixture of admiration and concern. What a great opportunity for our daughter, … Continue reading

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State of mind

From fast-paced cities to laid-back small towns and everywhere in between, the places parents choose to call home while bringing up baby are chock-full of differences. But whether you carry a metro card or drive a minivan, when it comes … Continue reading

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Week 30: Keep it 100

Well, we’ve made it to 30 weeks, folks. With roughly 10 weeks left in the game, it feels like a countdown before baby boy’s arrival is upon us. That said, Jesse and I have been spending more time together—just the two … Continue reading

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I wonder

To say the day I discovered I was pregnant was shocking would be an understatement. My husband and I viewed parenthood kind of like a vacation destination that we’d like to visit. Sure, we thought we’d have kids someday. But … Continue reading

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Confessions of a bottle-feeder

I was the picture of preparation. I had attended the breastfeeding class at my local hospital, stocked my cupboards with breast pads and lanolin, and met with the on-staff lactation specialist within hours of delivery. Breastfeeding was the obvious way … Continue reading

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Parenting in the digital age

Not so long ago, life was lived without many of the conveniences we rely on today. Our moms didn’t have smartphones or WebMD; they had to make lists on real pieces of paper, ask neighbors to help identify a rash, … Continue reading

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Let the training begin

Our little guy has gone mobile. I don’t mean that he has a data plan or that we’ve downloaded his app. I mean that he can move himself around now. It’s not exactly crawling yet, but if you can imagine … Continue reading

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Let it go

My daughter never got the memo about rolling over. There she was at 6 months, seemingly unaware that it was possible to flip from her back to her stomach. While she was lying there too content to move, I was … Continue reading

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Five things worth worrying about

There are plenty of things new moms fret over—Why isn’t my baby rolling over yet? Shouldn’t she be sleeping through the night? Is it normal to cry whenever strangers try to hold her?—but most aren’t worth a second thought. (She’ll roll … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Budget date night ideas

My husband and I are on a tight budget, so hiring a babysitter for date night is out of the question. How can we make a night at home feel as special as a dinner out?  A: It can be … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Discipline

My 8-month-old loves to play the drop-a-toy-and-watch-mom-pick-it- up game on repeat while sitting in her highchair. I tell her “no,” but she giggles and drops it again. Is she too young to understand that I want her to stop? I’m … Continue reading

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Sitting tight

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 … Continue reading

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