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The baby formerly known as…

While expecting her second baby, Courtney Owens of Los Angeles thought long and hard about what her daughter-to-be’s name should be. She wanted a moniker that honored her late grandfather and his adventurous spirit, and she wanted it to fit … 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 … Continue reading

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A shameful story about poop

Now that I’m on my fourth kid, I’m really bad about carrying a diaper bag with us when we go places. I’m lucky if I remember to grab a diaper as we run out the door to whatever event we … Continue reading

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Introducing my daughter to autism

When I was 10 years old, my younger brother was diagnosed with autism. At the time, I didn’t understand what that meant or just how much autism would affect the lives of everyone in my family. My parents (and grandparents) … Continue reading

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Let it go

Parenting is a worrisome sport. Caring for a tiny human is stressful. Is he warm enough? Will he starve if I don’t set my alarm to wake him for that 2 a.m. feeding? (Please say no.) But in case those … Continue reading

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It’s that time of year

It’s October, and that means we’re really close to the time of year every parent steals from his or her children. Yes, of course, it’s Halloween! Kids don’t really need 15 pounds of candy, do they? They don’t even know that … Continue reading

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One story about each kid

As summer winds down, I find myself ready for a change in the weather.  I’m tired of being hot! Fall is my favorite season. Fall means cooler weather, and it also means football. I love both of those! At breakfast … Continue reading

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How to establish a sleep routine

Little ones are highly attuned to repetition. The familiarity is comforting in this big new world, and that includes getting ready to catch some Zs. Following a bedtime routine will help your babe wind down and let her know that … Continue reading

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Focus on hypnosis

During pregnancy women spend nine months envisioning what childbirth will look like, but they often spend far less time preparing for the days and years after. Once you’ve taken the plunge into parenthood, though, many new moms soon realize it … Continue reading

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Keeping it all together (not at all)

These days I find myself giving out unsolicited parenting advice. You didn’t ask for it, but here it is: Don’t have four kids. That’s not really parenting advice though, is it? It’s more like life advice. Well, whatever it is, it’s … Continue reading

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Who am I, now?

Motherhood gets real as soon as that sweet baby is born into this world. That sweet baby comes with needs—lots of them—and I am convinced they aren’t too happy about leaving their perfect world (aka the womb) to enter ours. … Continue reading

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On a roll

I mentioned that Austin has begun rolling over in my last post, but I neglected to add that the rolling over thing came within days of moving him into his crib. Talk about a pain in the butt (for a few … Continue reading

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Three-month milestones

According to experts, there are tons of milestones you should expect when your newborn reaches 3 months old. In Austin’s case, those three months total 92 days, and today marks his entrance into infanthood, because apparently he’s an infant now. Whichever way … Continue reading

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Good for me

It’s no secret that being a mom is hard. It’s not just the physical labor that makes it difficult at times, either. It’s the fact that it’s 24-hours, 7-days-a-week and always on-call. Even during “downtime” while the kids are napping, … Continue reading

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Summertime hours

Summer is here, and with that, most parents seem to have a hard time convincing their children that it is indeed bedtime even though the sun is still shining. Fortunately, Nolan and Graham have relatively no issue heading to bed … Continue reading

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Mother hover

Little ones genuinely require a lot of attention and assistance—they need your help eating, bathing, changing clothes and even getting to sleep. But there are times that you can be a bit more hands-off—and if you start letting your baby … Continue reading

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Constant state of panic

Recently I came across an old blog post that I wrote a couple years ago. I usually enjoy reading old posts about the thoughts that were swimming around in my head in the past.  This particular blog post, however, was … Continue reading

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Week 38: My contribution

In the wake of last week’s mass shooting tragedy, I had a personal revelation. As details of the event slowly unfolded and we learned the names, the faces and the families of each victim, I was truly broken by the … Continue reading

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The energizer, the hellion and the sleeper

Nolan, Graham and Austin. There’s my empire; there’s the three title characters for this post. And with summer all but here, they’ll be on display all day, every day. Nolan is done with school this week, which means it’s the … Continue reading

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Baby’s first-year bucket list

Things I was annoyed by while pregnant: throwing up everything I ate, waiting 45 minutes to see my time-challenged gyno, my newly acquired cankles, and my husband saying that we were having a baby. (Um, did you gain 45 pounds … Continue reading

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To-do list

Going from two to three is exponentially easier than going from one to two. There. I said it. We have two kids in diapers including a 2-year-old who doesn’t really display any interest in learning to use the toilet. That … Continue reading

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Week 33: A Bellamy belly

My one and only sister got me a Mother’s Day gift this past weekend. Out of everyone I encountered that day, she really made an effort to celebrate me, and I was so touched by her gesture. What struck me … Continue reading

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The shape of life to come

It’s been less than two weeks since we were able to head home with our newest member in tow, and a lot has changed. To take a quote from Jim Gaffigan (one of the funniest men on the planet), “You … Continue reading

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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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