The Breastfeeding Experience I Didn’t Get the First Time

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I have nursed a child for a combined 10 months of my life --- about 7 months with my first, and I’m 3 months in with my second. And it wasn’t until recently that I nursed in a public place. In fact, I nursed in two different bars last week (don’t worry --- they were family-friendly establishments, …
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The Indoor Stairs Workout (Or, Trying to Get My Baby to Nap in Her Crib)

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I've got a workout for you to try. The only thing you need is a baby, a crib and a set of stairs. Now that we've passed the newborn-sleep-everywhere-and-anywhere stage, I'm trying to get my 4-month-old angel of a baby on a regular sleep schedule. She's falling into a pattern and getting …
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How Pregnancy Helped Me Make an Instant Resolution

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It’s that time of year again, when everyone has New Year's resolutions on their minds. We see numerous reminders at our local gyms, on the news, in magazines and circulating on Pinterest. My resolution for the new year came to me at my 20-week ultrasound, when my husband and I learned that we were …
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9 Tricks for Containing Toy Clutter

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We had an overflow of kids' toys before Christmas. Now, things are out of control. New gifts and toys have flooded our house, and I feel like I'm drowning in battery-operated gizmos and gadgets. Even though I feel toy claustrophobia, I have a hard time getting rid of things. It's a hoarder's …
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40 Weeks: A Must-Watch Documentary for all Mamas-to-Be

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I haven’t had the easiest of pregnancies, but I've learned that no woman really does. I swear pregnant women are like snowflakes; we all have our own special brand of pregnancy and the wonderful “gifts” that come along with it. This realization was both refreshing and alienating for me. You see, …
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A Letter to My Darling Second Baby

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Dear Baby Number Two, I have to confess to you, Darling Little One, that I am much less of a mother to you than I was to your big brother when he was your age. It’s true. When he was a tiny baby like you, he had my and your father’s full, undivided attention. And now here you are, having to share …
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I Went to Take a Shower. It Didn’t Work Out.

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I rarely dump my kids on my husband as soon as he comes in the door. Sure, some days I'm peeking out the window just waiting to see the headlights coming down the street, but I can count the times on one hand when I've been all "PEACE OUT, SUCKA" and left him to deal with the kiddos. Usually just …
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My Rules for Screen Time

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When my first child was born, I really wanted to limit screen time. So much so that I would feel guilty if I was breastfeeding while multitasking on my then-BlackBerry (two phones later, I still miss that thing). And I'd tsk-tsk myself when my infant was obsessed with the bright lights of the …
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30 Thoughts I Have While Breastfeeding Baby 3

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With your first baby, you can spend hours sitting and nursing, looking into your baby's eyes. With subsequent children, it's slightly less relaxing, particularly if your older kids are still quite young. The big kids need things, and they're not afraid to tell you. I've also found that I'm so …
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