Bad Bedtime Behavior: He Climbed Out of the Crib!

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Recently, Evan and I were in Chicago visiting my family and he slept in a pack-and-play next to my bed. I woke up to him calling for me, and my heart fell when I didn’t see him in there. I quickly started to scan the still-dark room. My mister was holding the door knob, wanting to leave the bedroom. …
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DIY Wax: Our Not-So-Scary Experience and Tips for Smooth Success

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Home waxing has always made me nervous. I have sensitive skin and have heard horror stories. The image of microwaving wax and spilling it all over my hardwood floors kept running through my mind. But a mama doesn't always have time to get to the salon for professional treatment, so when I received a …
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An Easy Way to Power Up Your Family’s Dental Health

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This is post brought to you by Philips Sonicare For our sponsored post policy, click here.  I'm one of those strange people who love to go to the dentist --- and love to brush and floss. There's nothing better than the feeling of clean teeth, I say! But, I know. I'm a freak. Most people dread the …
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Beauty in the Trenches

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Motherhood doesn't feel particularly glamorous. You have moments during pregnancy when your round belly prevents you from being able to tie your shoes, and shaving and DIY pedicures are out of the question. Then once the baby arrives, you're sleep deprived and tired. Your boobs are leaking milk all …
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What Pregnancy Workout Modifications Look Like

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When you get pregnant, it can throw you and your workouts for a loop. You might feel so sick and so overwhelmingly fatigued that you can't fathom a workout. But on days you feel up to working out --- or once you get your energy back --- you likely want to keep up with your workouts. But what is safe …
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Are You Suffering from Postpartum Depression?

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Within a day of giving birth, I was filling out a postpartum depression screening form at the hospital. It asked how I was coping, if I was still seeing the bright side of things, and whether I was crying more or less than usual. It always strikes me as a little funny because I can't imagine …
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Why Mom Friends Are Essential When You’re Pregnant

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Ever since I found out I was pregnant, Erin has been my unicorn mom friend. She was --- and continues to be --- this constant source of magical information of all things pregnancy, babies and motherhood because, well, she's done it three times. And that much experience makes for one hell of a mom …
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What Diastasis Recti Looks Like During Pregnancy

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When I was pregnant, I got a cold and a terrible cough. I coughed so much one night that my abs were actually sore the next morning. When I mentioned it to my husband (a super-smart scientist, by the way), he said, "You have abs?" And he didn't mean it in a snarky way because I looked like I had a …
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5 Kegel Exercises to Do Post-Baby

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Kegels, kegels, kegels. If you're a woman --- pregnant, with kids or trying for kids --- you've probably read how great kegel exercises are. But why? And what kind of variations of kegel exercises can you do? To find that out, we got the best kegel exercises from Andrea Speir, who has an extensive …
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