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10 reasons why being a first-time mom is just so freaking hard

 

by Deidra Romero posted in Parenting I didn't even go to a single child birthing or baby care class. I just assumed I could figure it all out on the fly. I had absolutely no idea what how hard being a first-time mom would be. I knew the lack of sleep would be hard, but... Read more »

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Learning to "hold space" for my baby

 

by Adrienne Hodges posted in Parenting I’m failing my baby girl. Her diaper rash has gotten worse over the weekend. Spots that look like faint chicken pox are showing up on her abdomen and thighs. We think it’s yeast because the Desitin isn’t working. I change her diaper and slather on old medication. Tomorrow I’ll... Read more »

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C-Sections may not increase obesity risk after all

 

by Claudia Boyd-Barrett posted in Pregnancy For some time now, we've been hearing that birth by C-section could increase babies' risk of becoming overweight. But a large, new study involving pairs of siblings suggests that may not be the case. Several studies have suggested a link between childhood obesity and birth by C-section. But those... Read...

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Photos of newborn babies give you something to smile about

 

by Melissa Willets posted in Mom Stories There is nothing quite like the magic of a baby's first smile. Ashburn, Virginia-based newborn, maternity and family photographer Rebecca Danzenbaker has captured many first smiles. Of course, as she told BabyCenter, "Babies don’t give you a true 'I’m happy' smile for several weeks; usually sometime around...

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Late-life fatherhood: Straight talk from a few "old" dads

 

by BabyCenter Guest Blogger posted in Mom Stories By Erik Esckilsen I was 45 on the day my kids were born. In my 51 years of life, I have accomplished exactly two noteworthy physical feats. In May 2009, I completed a marathon. Later that year, I became the father of twin girls. As I crossed the... Read more »

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10 funny and totally universal truths about family vacations

 

by Carolyn Robertson posted in Parenting We recently returned from a family vacation, a trip overseas to visit family that we've been planning for years. Everything went remarkably well: sunburns were kept to a minimum and no children were forgotten at the airport. Gold star for us! Of course, we were back for all of... Read more »

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Easy Father's Day tuxedo ice cream (no churn!)

 

by Lindsay Weiss posted in Life & Home This ice cream is a mouthwatering surprise the kids can help make for Dad this weekend. Think salted caramel ice cream with a fudge swirl running through to give it the desired tuxedo (black and white-ish) effect. And the best part? You can let the mixer do... Read more »

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Father's Day photos: This is what falling in love looks like

 

by Carolyn Robertson posted in Mom Stories “Sometimes I think my papa is an accordion. When he looks at me and smiles and breathes, I hear the notes.” There are countless great quotes about fatherhood, but this one, taken from a novel called The Book Thief, is so beautiful that it stuck with me. My girls... Read more »

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Photos: Warrior mom births 11-pound baby at home

 

by Melissa Willets posted in Mom Stories This warrior mama birthed an 11-pound baby. At home. Pain-med free. She went to 40 weeks and 6 days. Her labor was fast and furious. Meet birth photographer, doula, and mom of three, Natalie, whose third baby's gender was not only a complete surprise, but whose size left... Read more »

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My 3 year old sleeps with a pacifier

 

by Andrea Updyke posted in Mom Stories I have a confession to make. My 3 year old uses a pacifier when he sleeps. Also? I have no intention of taking it away. We've all seen the pictures of older celebrity babies pacifiers/bottle/high heels and made our judgments. We all think we will do things a certain... Read more »

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5 ways to bond with your baby (besides breastfeeding)

 

by BabyCenter Featured Expert posted in Parenting By Jill Simonian Those first few weeks with a new baby can be a trip. Who is this new person? Why is she staring at me? Man, she's tiny and cute...but she just keeps staring at me! To say I was freaked out about first-time motherhood is an... Read more »

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This dad shares how combination feeding has been a huge blessing to his family

 

by BabyCenter Guest Blogger posted in Parenting By Brent Reed Shortly after my son was born, we discovered my wife had a low milk supply. Combine that with the baby's latching difficulties and we soon had to start supplementing feedings with formula. While that wasn't our initial plan, we quickly realized that being able to use... Read...

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7 things I'm NOT feeling guilty about anymore

 

by Kerala Taylor posted in Mom Stories I’m only 4.5 months in, and I’m already suffering from the classic mommy guilt complex. We try to do it all, but we’re never doing enough. Here's what I'm starting to wonder: Do I have to feel this way? Must I accept The Mother's Burden as a new... Read more »

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How many diapers does a baby really need in the first 3 months?

 

by Sabrina Garibian posted in Pregnancy How many diapers does a baby really need in the first 3 months? About a million. When I read in my pregnancy and parenting books that a newborn will go through 7-12 diapers a day at first, I didn't believe it. I could not imagine changing that many diapers... Read more »

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Is your toddler eating too much sugar?

 

by Claudia Boyd-Barrett posted in Parenting Chances are high your toddler is eating too much added sugar, potentially putting him at risk for obesity and other health problems later in life, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Researchers with the CDC analyzed survey data from parents of... Read...

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Let your kids do nothing at all this summer

 

by Laura Falin posted in Parenting I know schedules vary around the country, but my kids have been on summer break for three weeks now. It did not, however, take them three weeks to manage to get bored. Want to know how long before I heard the dreaded Mantra of Summer? Want to guess when... Read more »

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Pregnancy exhaustion is no joke, folks

 

by Michelle Stein posted in Pregnancy When I was pregnant with my very first baby, my daily routine was highly predictable. After throwing up on the side of the road in the middle of my drive to work (and then about an hour after arriving,) I would graze on food for the rest of the... Read more »

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12 things I wish I had known as a new mom

 

by Liz Gumbinner posted in Mom Stories When you bring your new baby home, everyone says "sleep when the baby sleeps" and "breastfeeding gets better" and "get used to having puke on your clothes" and blah blah blah. But there are so many other things I wish I had really really understood and believed when... Read more »

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She's a "Daddy's girl" and I'm jealous

 

by Crissy Page posted in Mom Stories We've all heard the "Daddy's little girl" cliché, but I've never given it a lot of thought. I didn't give it much thought until my toddler, Kara, made it clear that she would knock me down to reach her daddy a little faster. Kara lights up like the... Read more »

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10 Instagram moms who remind us we're never alone

 

by Becky Vieira posted in Life Motherhood is amazing. It can also be lonely. Thankfully other moms are there to lean on when we need it. Unless you're like me, who spent the first few months of my son’s life without any mom friends.  I turned to Instagram to fill the void. And while I... Read more »

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My dog is, and will always be, my first baby

 

by Christine Bartlam posted in Mom Stories Meet my first born: He is my 4-year-old, 55 lb., Boxer baby! He is one of the loves of my life. We bought him when he was just 8-weeks old and I've been in love with him ever since. My husband has grown up with Boxers all of his life... Read more »

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Why don't more family homes have nurseries attached to the master bedroom?

 

by Michelle Stein posted in Parenting About a week ago, my family of five said goodbye to our home, packed up our belongings and moved into a new house. And by "new," I mean "new to us" because this house is actually older than our previous home. (But it's bigger, which is super convenient, considering... Read more »

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Is my 16-month-old gagging herself to get my attention?

 

by Kelly Wilbanks posted in Parenting There was broccoli in her vomit. That's what I thought as I gingerly stepped past it holding my baby to my chest. She'd calmed, but her tear streaked face was still red from screaming. She'd only lasted five minutes before vomiting on a childcare worker prompting them to come... Read more »

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