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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I Wrote Down 15 Things I Love About My Body. Your Turn!

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When I was younger, with the flat-as-a-pancake stomach of youth, I was critical of my perceived bodily flaws. It seems foolish now, because as I've gotten older and so much wiser, I've come to feel comfortable in my own skin and accepting of my body --- appreciating it so much more for what it can …
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Getting Dog Ready for Baby: 7 Ideas I’m Trying

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When you're preparing for your first baby, there is SO much to do. Now that I'm just a few weeks away from being full-term (ahhh!), I feel like my husband and I have been so busy getting things ready for our little girl. There have been birth classes to attend, books to read, carseat checks, 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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New Year’s Resolutions and a Daily Fit Bottomed Challenge

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I didn't make a very specific New Year's Resolution this year. Something about that third baby has caused my brain to go a bit missing --- and a toddler who has been throwing overnight tantrums isn't really helping that out. But I do have some vague resolutions. I know, goals should be specific, but …
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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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