baby weight I have an obnoxious confession. For years I have been one of those women who never talked or worried about weight. Yes, I would go 5 pounds up or down on the scale depending on the time of year (hello, Thanksgiving) but I have been blessed with a wonderful metabolism, so if my jeans ever got tight I would just eat well for a couple weeks and be fine.
Did I lose you? Are you thinking right now about how annoying I am, bragging about my skinny ass? FYI, I am not that woman anymore. I got smacked in the face with a blunt reality stick, in the form of my third pregnancy.
I honestly don't know what made my last pregnancy different from the others. I ate healthy foods and tried to exercise. I didn't do as much yoga as usual, but I made up for it by chasing my 3 and 5 year-olds around. I gained the same amount of weight with all three of my pregnancies (30 pounds). And yet…when I went for my post-partum checkup in august and got on the scale I was shocked (and depressed) to discover I had
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- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Thu, Sep 26, 2013 11:46 AM EDT
baby weight I have an obnoxious confession. For years I have been one of those women who never talked or worried about weight. Yes, I would go 5 pounds up or down on the scale depending on the time of year (hello, Thanksgiving) but I have been blessed with a wonderful metabolism, so if my jeans ever got tight I would just eat well for a couple weeks and be fine.Read More »from My Stubborn Post-Baby Weight and the Time a Cashier Thought I was Still Pregnant
When my baby was two weeks old, my husband came home from work to find me in trance on the couch. My newborn had finished a particularly large feed and had fallen asleep with his little head on my shoulder, his mouth open as he gently exhaled his warm, milky breath right onto my face. With every exhale I felt a luscious sense of bliss wash over my body. I was inhaling each time he breathed out, literally swallowing as much of his smell as I could. My husband smiled and said, "You OK?" and I informed him I was positively drunk on our newborn.
At the time I knew in my gut there was some kind of science behind this. I assumed it was hormonally driven; no matter how little sleep I got or how much he cried all I had to do was shove my nose in his neck, inhale, and I was butt-crazy in love again.
According to NBC News, a new study published in Frontiers in Psychology showed a newborn's smell taps right into the pleasure center of a mother's brain. So cool! The study took two groupsRead More »from Research Says New Baby Smell Makes You Feel Drunk
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Thu, Sep 26, 2013 10:54 AM EDT
Just days after saying "I do," Jordan Linn Graham, 22, reportedly began feeling doubts about her union with Cody Lee Johnson. The two argued, according to an affidavit. Then they decided to go for a hike in nearby Glacier National Park. They argued some more. When Johnson grabbed Graham by the arm to stop her from walking away, Graham allegedly turned and pushed Johnson, causing him to tumble face first down a cliff. He died.
Stories like this make us all sorts of uncomfortable because they challenge the stereotypes that keep us blissfully in denial.
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Wedded bliss lasts at least a year, right? Not for everyone.
Women don't harm their spouses. That's what men do, right? Um, wrong again. Women make up 40 percent of the defendants in spousal murder cases.
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On a beautiful, crisp afternoon earlier last week, I had NPR on the radio while making lunch, with Felix building LEGOs near my feet. As I smeared peanut butter on a slice of bread, I kept an ear tuned to the interview on the air - Samantha Geimer telling about how director Roman Polanski sexually victimized her in 1977, when she was thirteen. Familiar with the story, I was interested to hear her speak, but I also listened for anything that might be too explicit for Felix's four-year-old ears.
But while the r-word kept coming up, and the story was certainly unsettling, Ms. Geimer spoke in a calm tone, and I didn't think that Felix would really understand what she was talking about. That is, until he said, "I don't like this, Daddy. The radio is making me feel crazy. I want you to turn it off."
And that was the end of that.
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- Babble.com | Beauty – Thu, Sep 26, 2013 10:53 AM EDT
I bought the September issue of InStyle a week ago and found almost every page inspirational. I started ripping out pages to create a mood board and bookmarking tip after tip. I don't know if it's the style and beauty editing or the fact that I am so over summer, but any hint of burgundy and plaid sends me straight into autumn heaven. Their nail art ideas were very classy, understated, and great for every day wear. I don't want my nails to overpower my outfit. I want them to complement my look. This Oxblood Manicure is perfect for all of my weekend plans. It goes great with a pair of jeans or a cocktail dress! - By Rachel Matos
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- Babble.com | Beauty – Thu, Sep 26, 2013 10:53 AM EDT
Full disclosure: eye makeup is kind of not my thing. I mean…I like it, but usually end up looking like I got punched in the eye. Not cute. That said, I was sent some pretty new Urban Decay eye shadows and linersto try out, so I decided to get brave and try a smoky-ish eye for date night with my husband and I rather like the end result. It's not pro status or anything, but then again, that makes it pretty perfect for those of you who are just venturing out into the wonderful world of eye makeup like myself. This is date night eye makeup that is totally doable for even a novice! I should've titled this "Date Night Eyes For Dummies", because it's seriously that easy - basically like Pre-K finger painting on your face. You've got this ladies. - By Lauren Hartmann
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- Babble.com | At Home – Thu, Sep 26, 2013 10:45 AM EDT
Now that you've taken all those Instagram photos on your phone, display them! I love Instagram because it's an easy way to capture memories and have them saved and uploaded in real time… not to mention the square format makes for endless project ideas. There are so many ways to display Instagram photos using various apps, materials, and designs. Here are some of my favorites that I've found:
-By Ashley Hackshaw
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Sep 26, 2013 10:39 AM EDT
As a middle schooler, me and my friends would listen to rap almost constantly. Today, I still listen to and love hip-hop, and so does my four-year-old son, Felix. I can't listen to rock for too long before he says, "put on something with a bigger beat." But like most kids, he's all ears, and so I censor some of what I play. No matter how infectious I find the sample, I avoid songs that are way too explicit. Songs that drop an f-bomb or three, that's okay. We live in New York, and it's impossible to walk down the street without hearing curse words. But sexually explicit lyrics are something I feel the need to keep from him for now. This got me thinking. What were some of the things that I used to do as a kid, but which I now worry about as a parent? Listening to explicit rap music is one. Click on to find out more… -By Brian GreskoRead More »from Hip-Hop Music ... And 6 More Things I Loved as a Kid but Worry About as a Parent
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- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Wed, Sep 25, 2013 12:53 PM EDT
Even though, biologically, I am indeed a man, I felt like I fell far short of the cultural paradigm of masculinity. I don't watch or play sports. I prefer yoga, pilates, and running. While I enjoy a good hike every now and then, my heart lies in the city, which I rarely like to leave. Mowing the lawn aggravates my allergies. I love cooking but hate grilling. I'm not great with tools or machinery, and I don't especially enjoy driving. Shopping, on the other hand, I can get into. Some of my closest friends are women, with whom I discuss my emotions, and books. Real men don't really talk like that, do they? Don't they just tell jokes and grunt?
So I thought, anyway.
I blame my background, as I often do, because these insecurities must have started somewhere. No one chooses to be anxious about their sense of self-worth, right? That toxicity is buried in childhood, before the ego's defense mechanisms have kicked in, when theRead More »from Gentleman? Ironman? Breadwinner? What it Means to Be a Man Today
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Sep 25, 2013 12:47 PM EDT
Moments ago my daughter returned home from school. I greeted her with my standard "How was your day?"
She plopped down on the couch and began telling me a story about a big assembly they had at their school today and how horrible it was.
They brought someone in to scare the kids about social media.
Keep in mind that this is a room full of middle school kids.
The assembly was asked how many kids had Instagram accounts and most of the kids raised their hands.
Instantly they were told of the "dangers" of Instagram and how posting a photo of themselves anywhere can be dangerous because now people know what you look like and they can come and find you.
Plus, if they were to post photos of themselves anywhere but at home someone might track them down. They were even given the good old example of the "dangers" of posting family vacation photos since instantly anyone who wanted to rob their houses would know they could.
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