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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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Breaking my prebaby rules

You know how some people fervently swear that whenever they have kids, they’ll never do certain quintessentially parent-ish things? They’ll never go in public with a screaming baby, they’ll never drive a minivan, or they’ll never, ever leave the house … Continue reading

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7 ways to be a happier, healthier mom

Motherhood can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to let it get the best of you. Follow these seven steps to find some balance, maintain your sanity and keep on smiling in your new role as mom. Take time to … Continue reading

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Roll over, baby

Bea has been working on rolling over for weeks now. Every day I grab her hand and help guide her onto her tummy while cheering “ROLLLLLL OVERRR BABYYYYYY” in my shrillest, most I-swore-I’d-never-talk-like-this mommy voice. She tolerates my little training … Continue reading

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No means no

Rowan’s world was turned on its side after we introduced our little mischief-maker to the word, “No.” He’s not fond of it. The cries and frustration used to be reserved solely for hunger and sleep issues. Now they’re fair game … Continue reading

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Mommy the introvert

My wife is an introvert. She needs a certain amount of time to herself in order to “recharge.” Her emotional fuel tank eventually runs dry if she doesn’t have a chance to be alone and think and pray and rest. … Continue reading

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New baby? Buy this Stuff!

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, … Continue reading

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Celebrating children

Last week, we celebrated my daughter on the occasion of her sixth birthday. This week, we will be celebrating our twins on the occasion of their second birthday. You’ll notice that I did not use the phrase “celebrated their birthday.” … Continue reading

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New mom surprises

Bea grows and changes every day. Last week, she found her tongue. This week, she’s using it to blow raspberries. It’s adorable and amazing. When I stop to think about it, I can’t believe everything she has learned (and the … Continue reading

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Babysitter jitters

Well, I did it. I decided I was ready to expand my exercise regimen beyond our evening walks, and I left Bea in the gym nursery for the first time. And a second time, and a third. Letting someone else … Continue reading

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Boy’s best friend

Our days start with the same phrase every morning, “Get out of your brother’s mouth!” They’re words I never thought I would utter in my lifetime, and now I use them every day. As soon as I place Rowan on … Continue reading

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My little companion

I’ve had a few outings sans baby lately, and each time, my friends comment on how weird it is to see me without Rowan. Maybe I should feel weirder to be out and about without him, but once I leave … Continue reading

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What’s next?

Nearly nine months into being a stay-at-home parent, I feel like I’ve got the hang of things. Rowan has a pretty good schedule going. Some people would be bored with the monotony of a baby’s schedule, but I thrive on … Continue reading

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Father’s Day reflections

Father’s Day is a few days away. Frankly, I don’t really like Father’s Day as it’s currently celebrated. Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of honoring fathers. I just don’t like the idea that we can relegate that … Continue reading

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A fear of gear

Forget about nipple confusion … in my inaugural weeks as a first-time mom, Bea and I are having a serious battle with gear confusion. Now don’t get me wrong, I love baby stuff. I. Love. It. It’s been a part … Continue reading

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Happy birthday, hero

My wife is 28 weeks pregnant. Today is my wife’s birthday. On this momentous occasion, I’d like to tell you why my wife is my hero. First of all, she conceived and carried all four of our children. She went … Continue reading

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Oh, poo

We had all of three baby-washes under our belts and my husband and I were just starting to gain a little bit of bathtime confidence when our newborn threw us a curveball. Thanks to the headline of this post, I’m … Continue reading

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Bye-bye, papa!

With all the perks being a stay-at-home mom affords me, the one downside so far is the lack of adult communication during the day. Some days are rife with companionship—play dates, lunch with friends, visiting family. The rest of the … Continue reading

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The not so newbie

Hi, my name is Adam Rust, and I’m new to Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine. However, I’m not new to the experience of pregnancy and newborns. In fact, my wife and I currently have four children, ages 7 years, 5 years, … Continue reading

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Growing pains

I’m slightly obsessed with my kid. Hopefully, this is not the kind of obsession that finds me going with him on his first date or being his college dorm RA. I just really love being around him. Sure, sometimes I … Continue reading

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Can you see me now?

You know you’re a parent when you find yourself saying, “We didn’t have that when I was growing up!” I’ve heard it numerous times over the years before I was one myself, and now I’m hearing it come out of … 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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Celebrity Baby Scoop: The joys of parenthood

Happy Mother’s Day from Celebrity Baby Scoop. In celebration of moms everywhere, let’s take a look at some of our favorite celebrity moms – including Sheryl Crow, Alyson Hannigan, Heidi Klum and Kendra Wilkinson – on the joys of parenthood and their Mother’s Day … Continue reading

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When you have kids …

“When you have kids you’ll understand,” was a phrase that would drive me to drink as a kid—drink a cold soda, that is. Really, though, I was never a fan of this particular parenting motto. I’d think thoughts like, What … Continue reading

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Best new artist

My dream as a little girl was to become the next Céline Dion, never mind the fact that I can’t carry a tune to save anyone’s life. I sang everywhere – taking a shower, driving in the car, skiing down … Continue reading

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The rush

There were things I didn’t anticipate when I visualized myself as a mom a year ago. Yes, I could clearly see the spit-up-stained clothes, and yes, I knew there might be nights I’d see the sun come up. But no, … Continue reading

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I’m no supermom

It happens a lot—my cape falling off. I’m not sure how all those super hero’s do it. I guess some of my favorites have chosen to go cape free: Captain America, Ironman, and Han Solo— and I can see why. … Continue reading

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Raising boys

“She looks so cute in that outfit!” A kind store clerk recently made this statement to my wife, referring to my son. Mrs. Rogers smiled and continued to shop as though nothing had happened. It simply was not a big … Continue reading

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Sock it to me

The dryer is a magical appliance. True, it will dry the clothes 40 times faster than I can dry them by blowing on them, but this is not why I deem it remarkable. Nope. The dryer is otherworldly because clothes … Continue reading

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A girl named Roh-Wan

Why is it that mothers of girls experience people mistaking their daughters for boys and mothers of boys experience people mistaking their sons for daughters? If you don’t know, that’s fine. Either wait for a pronoun to be dropped or … 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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Mother’s guilt

My confidence as a mother has wavered and the amount of guilt I feel has increased ever since Rowan’s sleep habits changed. As I know now, I had it easy the first four months. Or in the words of my … Continue reading

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Planning a party

My wife and I began planning for my baby’s first birthday party. Yes, this beautiful monster is turning one. I actually laughed when she mentioned that we needed to create party invitations, since I thought she was kidding. It seemed a … Continue reading

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Letter from a 10-month-old

Dear Tonilyn, Greetings. Since I am now a man of the double-digits, I shall be addressing you by your full name instead of the babyish “ma-ma-ma” to which you have become accustomed. As I am now 10 months old, I … Continue reading

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More new tricks

Before Oliver was born, I was nervous that I might find him somewhat “boring” as an infant. This sounds cruel, but I truly did think about this. I love interacting with others, and I knew that my newborn would be … Continue reading

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Sick days

I knew the day would come, and I knew it would be awful. But I still wasn’t prepared for when my sweet, darling boy became sick out of nowhere. At first I didn’t know it was happening. We had been … Continue reading

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Travel with a baby

Nearly a year ago, in this very same space, I wrote a column about my desire to travel with my future-child. I wrote about my apprehension concerning his ability to travel with us, and shared about friends that had discouraged … Continue reading

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The great sneeze

All the tension has left his face. His lips spread forward to resemble a tiny Mick Jagger pout. The Kid is finally asleep. Unless … oh no … I can feel it coming … unless I sneeze. Second only to … Continue reading

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Babies and Friends

My nearest and dearest know what a fan I am of the television show, Friends. It may have ended 10 years ago, but I still find it quite relevant and relatable. Rarely does a day go by that Arthur and … Continue reading

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Sexism and fatherhood

I recently was walking through a department store while holding my baby. As usual, we made faces at one another, shared some high fives, and mumbled back and forth at one another. We smiled often. For anyone that has ever … Continue reading

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Cool tricks

It would be easy for a stranger to assert that I had a child merely for my own amusement. This person would be wildly incorrect, and pretty brash, but it would be easy to say. I really enjoy watching my … 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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Me time

The new man in my life leaves me with very little time for the one before him—his papa. In fact, I have very little time for myself outside of Rowan. When he’s finally tucked soundly away in his crib at … Continue reading

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Mommy wars

Any girl who survived middle school and high school knows how mean other girls can be. Which is why it doesn’t surprise me to hear about something known as “Mommy Wars,” in which mothers compare other moms’ parenting choices amongst … Continue reading

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My sanity saver

Parenting brings anxiety, and I would think it takes shape in different forms as the child ages. At the newborn and infant stage, it looks like, “Is my child healthy? Is he on track for his milestones? Will SIDS strike?” … Continue reading

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Fear of heights

Oliver began standing up this past week. He absolutely loves standing up on his own. Unfortunately, he has not yet figured out how to sit down. He props himself up, looks around, and then begins to squirm. If neither of … Continue reading

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Baby brain

Before I became a preggo, I remember hearing people talk about it. They explained “baby brain” to me as a forgetful affliction that only affected mommies and mommies-to-be. At the time, being a mom of only furry, big nosed kids … Continue reading

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Well, poop

The books I read (okay, book) never really mentioned it. Now I know why. You see, once you have the baby, there’s no turning back. We mothers are already totally in love, and suddenly the grossest of things no longer … Continue reading

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Sleep regression

I’ve heard a rumor. At least, I hope it’s a rumor. Because if not, then I’m in for a lot less sleep than I’ve grown accustomed to getting. Which, frankly, was a whole lot more than I prepared myself for. … Continue reading

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Motherhood resolutions

I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions. Why wait for a fresh calendar to begin working on things you can accomplish today? It also feels like setting myself up for failure by jumping on the bandwagon just because of a … Continue reading

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