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Mom uniform

People with important jobs wear uniforms: Police Officers, Firemen, Baristas at Starbucks, and me. According to Oprah I have the most important job in the world, and who wants to argue with her? I am a Stay-At-Home Mom. I have … Continue reading

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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls

Our last trip to the library netted us a book about a pig. I won’t name names, but let’s just say this female protagonist has a very precious item destroyed. Her mother tells her they can fix it, knit a … Continue reading

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Rollin’

I’m behind. I haven’t written in my baby journal for months (well, since the baby was born, really). I’ve missed jotting down those all-important milestones. I keep believing that I will have time later, and suddenly later arrives and I … Continue reading

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Valuable lesson

I recently went away for a couple days. Not in a metaphysical or transcendent sense; in a very real, concrete, out-of-state kind of way. I was gone a total of about 54 hours, just enough time for things to go … Continue reading

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Breaking up with sleep

Dear Mr. Sandman, Since you won’t see me anymore, I’ve decided to write. I know you may not read this, but I really need to tell you some things, and this seemed to be the only way to get through. … Continue reading

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Time management

INT—Kitchen, pre-coffee time ME: So you’re cooking the kids breakfast there, huh? WIFE: Yeah, it’s almost ready. You want an egg? ME: No, thanks. (Ideas percolate madly in his semi-comatose brain for several seconds) So, uh…you guys are going to … Continue reading

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Safety Shmafety

I clearly remember a conversation my wife and I had with our landlord (and father of two) shortly after Bub was born. It went something like this: US: Hey, do you think you could maybe install some of those covers … Continue reading

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Telltale signs

Remember the song “Lightning Crashes” by Live? It came on the car radio yesterday, and as is my M.O. for any song produced roughly between 1983 and 1996, I started singing along. The kids were abnormally quiet in the back; … Continue reading

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Who’s your mama?

You love babywearing, breastfeeding and co-sleeping. That automatically makes you an attachment parent, right? Not necessarily. You can create a unique parenting philosophy that works for your family—and buck the standard (and stress) of having to “choose” a path. The … 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: 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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A day in our life

A day in our life at 5 ½ months: 7:30 a.m.-  Isaac starts to stir. He “talks” to himself for a few minutes until Mom can tell he’s getting frustrated. 7:45 a.m.- Mom stumbles into the nursery and fetches Isaac from … Continue reading

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Touch (Part I)

Note: So I was going to write this whole gooey thing about the joy of touch, and soft baby skin and all that. That shall henceforth be known as Touch (Part II). Because this stuff just happened, and it’s on … Continue reading

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Bear hunts

You know when you get sort of desperate and you try everything you can to get your child to go to sleep? Enter the “bear hunt.” Every day Matilda and I go on two bear hunts. We go on one … Continue reading

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Basic instincts

What’s happening to me? I want to lash out irrationally whenever I sense a threat to my child’s well-being, and when I tell my baby, “I could just eat you up!” I almost mean it. Have I completely lost my … Continue reading

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Tear-filled farewells

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

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Sick and sicker

If and when to take your child to the doctor is always a topic of debate for new parents. You don’t want to be too reactive and knee-jerky, but you don’t want to take any chances, either. So you’re often … Continue reading

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Edited for content

I’ve never been a huge reader, but having kids has rekindled my love of the printed word, albeit, yes, the kind with pictures. And with dozens of library armfuls, a dazzling mastery of lifty-flap books, and approximately three-quarters of the … Continue reading

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The baby room questions

With the help of my sister-in-law and a multi-lingual instruction manual, I built a crib this weekend. Some of my friendly readers might point out that I technically assembled a crib from parts manufactured somewhere in the United States. They … Continue reading

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Second child syndrome

“HP’s nose is bleeding,” my wife said the other morning. I was working in the front room, really on a roll, too. “Did you hear me?” she asked. “Yeah,” I said. “Well, don’t you think that’s a problem?” “Well…define bleeding.” … Continue reading

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Growing and changing

Isaac has been getting cuter and cuter every day. He’s also been getting bigger. Today, I cut the tags from all his 6-month clothes so I could wash them and we can start transitioning his wardrobe. For those of you … Continue reading

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In defense of parents

We’ve all seen the darling at Target going full Chernobyl on his hapless parental unit(s). And we all stand there, looking at the parents like WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOUR KID?! Discipline that little monster, you epic fail of a … Continue reading

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I’ll never do that

Alright, major confession time. I thought we’d play a fun game of “What I said I’d never do once I have kids” and the real hard facts. This should make some of you laugh and hopefully not horrify the rest … 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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Finding order

I recently hit a low. Reached rock bottom. Fell face-first into a big pile of disaster—well, a big pile of laundry really. It happened on a run-of-the-mill Thursday night. I had called my family to the dinner table, placed our … Continue reading

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Mother lover

Transitioning from eager couple to tired parents can be tough on even the strongest partnerships, so don’t be surprised if your relationship takes a turn for the tumultuous when baby makes three. Not only are you trying to figure out … Continue reading

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Shifting gears: Back to work after baby

When it came to making child care arrangements for our soon-to-arrive firstborn, my husband and I spent the third trimester dutifully following the advice of every tip sheet we could put our fingers on. We interviewed, we inspected, and we … Continue reading

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Homegrown traditions

This year, make sure your tree isn’t the only green thing in your household. Follow these five easy tips and you’ll be well on your way to three new family traditions: reducing, reusing and recycling. Give up store-bought gifts Sure, … Continue reading

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A common thread

Name: Erin McKenna Occupation: Founder and owner of BabyCakes NYC Age: 35 Residence: New York City, New York Favorite holiday: Fourth of July Strangest pregnancy craving: Beer (Don’t worry: She doesn’t drink it, just craves it.) Best way to spend … Continue reading

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Back to class: Why parenting is like high school

It has been said that you never really leave high school, and we’ve unfortunately found that to be true. The same cliques and insecurities that plagued us in our teenage years are found all too often in playgroups and parks … Continue reading

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Rule breaker

Babies bring a great deal of joy to your life, but also a great deal of unsolicited advice. Well-meaning friends and family members will no doubt make gentle (and not-so-gentle) suggestions as to how you should do things—and a great … Continue reading

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Around the world in 280 days

Babies are conceived and born each day all over the world. While most of us are familiar with childbirth norms and traditions in ourown country, we often know very little about customs and practices in other countries. Within every culture, … Continue reading

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A cultured approach to child rearing

When my son was 4 months old, I wrote myself off as a parental failure. Why? I couldn’t get that kid to sleep for anything. The only time he’d drift off was in my arms, and as soon as his … Continue reading

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Play it safe

Let’s be honest: Parenthood is terrifying. Being responsible for another human being’s safety and well-being is a big job, and it scares the heck out of all new parents at one time or another. Luckily, the statistics are on our … Continue reading

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Au naturel

When I was 4 years old, I distinctly remember my great granny whipping up a black concoction that was thick like maple syrup with a taste that resembled a rubber tire. “You’ll be better in no time,” she assured. And … Continue reading

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Roll call

Don’t be surprised if your friends list—and we’re not talking about the one on Facebook—gets a little shaken up once baby begins a-brewin’. Having a baby is a life-changing event (to put it mildly), and it’s normal to sometimes drift … Continue reading

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Between Us

No one was around to see it, but that didn’t keep me from feeling a little self-conscious the first time my daughter and I curled up with a book together. She was just a newborn, far too young to understand … Continue reading

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Companies that care

California Baby California Baby founder and developer Jessica Iclisoy talks about the inspiration behind her business. P&N: How did California Baby come to be? JI: California Baby was born out of necessity almost 20 years ago when I set out … Continue reading

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Go lightly

I gave birth in a hospital, but I used a midwife. I vaccinated my child, but I considered each immunization carefully and postponed several. I use disposable diapers, but I buy an eco-friendly brand that decomposes. I wear my baby … Continue reading

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Decoding organic

Between cultivating your compost pile, changing cloth diapers, and perfecting your recycling schedule, you may not have had time to research the basics of going organic. But there are some things you should know before you buy. Allow us to … Continue reading

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Day tripper

A lesson all new moms quickly learn: Sometimes a girl just has to get out of the house. And let’s be honest—no matter how much you enjoy shopping, you can hit the mall only so many times in a month. … Continue reading

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Habitat-healthy habits

Delicious produce, extended daylight hours and warm weather make summer one of the easiest seasons during which to make and keep eco-resolutions. Adopt one planet-conscious routine at a time until your baby steps add up to a great, green leap … Continue reading

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Simple ways to clean up your act

Saving the planet doesn’t have to be an all or nothing venture. There are dozens of small changes you can integrate into your daily routine that will leave you feeling like being good to Mother Nature has finally become second … Continue reading

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Mothers Earth

Since the advent of Earth Day in April 1970 and its spread to international recognition in 1990, the movement to go green has become much more than a trend—it’s an ever-increasing shift toward a more sustainable way of life. And … Continue reading

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And baby makes four

For many parents expecting their second child, there’s a concern bigger than the pregnancy itself: the baby they already have at home. Whether a 1-year-old or a 7-year-old, the firstborn is likely the center of mom’s focus as she figures … Continue reading

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Facebook frenzy

Family and friends may as well give up on that anxiously anticipated phone call from the hospital—baby’s arrival is likely to be announced via status update long before the new parents start dialing. And don’t expect today’s mom to keep … Continue reading

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