What It is Really Like: A Baby in the NICU

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*What It Is Really Like" is a new Baby Gizmo series of guest posts about what it is really like to be something, do something or experience something. It is a way to give our audience a voice and allow them to share their stories. If you'd like to submit an article/post to our What It is Really Like series, email us your story with "What It Is Really Like" in the … [Read more...]

What It Is Like To Be A NICU Parent

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This is a guest post by Julian Reyes.Our journey begins a few years ago, as my wife and I agreed in the summer of 2011 to try to have children.  We also got married that summer.  However, it wasn't easy for us and we tried IVF.  On our first try, we were successful.  We decided to go with 2 embryos, and those embryos decided to become 3 babies - yup we were having … [Read more...]

Cloth Diaper Myth Busters

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BY: Shannon Griffith, owner of Green Diaper Babies, cloth diaper delivery service of Chicagoland.I’m sure you’ve heard it come up in your group of friends: CLOTH DIAPERS.  You know your “hippie” friends who have tried it and loved it; but there are also your friends who are clearly not interested.  Perhaps you find yourself deterred from trying cloth diapers or are just … [Read more...]

Sh*t People Say to New Moms

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Being a new mom is hard work. First, you have to carry the baby for 9 months and actually have the baby which is no easy task! Then you have to accept that having a baby basically changes your body, mind and soul forever and gives you lifetime membership to the best club in the world - motherhood.There are so many great things about being a new mom from the cuddles to the … [Read more...]

Things Our Kids Say… And Our UNSPOKEN Responses

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I think horrible, awful things sometimes. When my kids ask dumb questions, repetitive questions, or just act ugly and get on my nerves. I have unfiltered banter in my own head to help keep my cool under the demands, pressure, and tomfoolery of raising children. Sometimes I’m truly in awe of how many questions they can ask in a single breath, and how truly ungrateful they can be … [Read more...]

To The Mom Who Takes Over Her Preschooler’s Crafts

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I'm a little confused. I just got back from a mommy and me session for 3-5 year olds, in which the kids were making a really sweet keepsake gift their Daddies for Father's Day. Except that out of everyone there, I think 40% were kids were making the gift, while the other 60% were the moms.I had to double, triple check- did I walk into some kind of parallel universe … [Read more...]

Top 10 Worst Playdates

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 My kids want play dates more than they want candy. After a long day at school the first thing my son asks is, "Can I have a playdate?” It's also the first thing out of his mouth at 8am on a quiet Sunday morning. “Can you call Tommy’s mom and ask if he can come over?”  Play dates are a mom’s tool for free sitter time. Time when the kiddos are preoccupied and I can get … [Read more...]

12 Reasons Moms Should Marry Their Best Girlfriend

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 I like men. Especially their lovely chests and shoulders, which aid in their super human abilities such as opening the pickle jar and moving the couch in a single bound. Husbands can be wonderful additions to our lives and great role models for our kids. They have many lovely qualities, but sometimes (if we’re being honest) they just don’t get it.I’ve wondered … [Read more...]

Letting Go Of Bedtime Drama

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Bedtime hasn't aways been easy at my house. Truly, I wouldn't even consider it "easy" now. We have our nights with many wake ups, stalling and crying over brushing teeth (I mean, how dare I try to do that dreaded task twice a day!) - I think it comes with the cards. The cards of parenting where there are always surprises and learning curves. Many, many learning curves if you're … [Read more...]

8 (Stupid) Modern Parenting Trends

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Warning: This article is part of "The Edge" series and may not appeal to those without a sense of humor or those who are completely opposed to any and all swear words. :)I was born in the 70’s. There was a lot of smoking and no car seats during that decade. My Halloween masks were plastic (not BPA free!) and it was hard to breathe out of them. I made mud pies on … [Read more...]

Why Five is the Best Age Ever

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My littlest guy is five years old, and although he would be quick to correct me that he is 5 AND A HALF, I think he is at the best age ever.He is my 3rd so I’ve run through the gamut with all ages up to ten years old so I have a little experience with which ages are good and which are a little more…shall we say, challenging. Hello, 9 years old!As I was dropping off my … [Read more...]

10 Tips for Soothing a Newborn

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When you bring a baby home from the hospital, we like to joke that it is a "stunt baby" for the first two weeks. The baby is barely awake, and since you are in new mom bliss, you wouldn't mind that adorable little newborn cry anyway. After the two week mark, babies wake up...and they let you know it. If you are blessed with a perfect angel of a baby, lucky you, but most of us … [Read more...]

Motherhood Is…

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Motherhood is a work of contradictions. It is a unique and solitary experience in many ways, but it’s also universal and common among us. We are painting our own pictures with various techniques and brush strokes, but each canvas shows families, struggles, triumphs, failures, and consumed hearts. We comprise the unique working parts in a machine of continual progress that … [Read more...]

Want to make labor easier? Exercise during pregnancy is the answer!

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By the editors of Pregnancy Magazine.You're going to gain weight during pregnancy, its inevitable, but you can exercise to help keep you in shape, make labor easier and avoid packing on too many pounds.According to the Mayo Clinic, exercise during pregnancy can help to ease or even prevent back pain as well as other discomforts youre bound to experience, boost your … [Read more...]