By Lexi Nisita, Refinery29
It was only seven months ago that Jessica Simpson gave birth to her and fiancé Eric Johnson's first child, the normally named Maxwell Drew - but it appears she's now got another on the way! According to Us Weekly, an inside source reports the couple just found out about the unexpected but very welcome news.
Jessica was the subject of a lot of media scrutiny regarding her post-baby weight, but we're thinking the new mom has plenty of more pressing things to worry about than haters, these days - plus, she's has been looking curvy and gorgeous these days, so really, who care? Being pregnant twice in one year is a lot to handle, so we wish her the very best.
Congratulations to the happy couple - and if you're curious to know more, pick up the latest issue of Us Weekly on newsstands this Friday!
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Helping a Grieving Child As adults, we know that eventually we must deal with the death of someone we know or love. Unfortunately, many children are forced to face it much earlier than adults would like. As a mother and as someone who lost my mother at a young age, I have compiled these tips for parents to help children cope with loss.
Much like the rest of us, children need to feel secure and significant after a loss. They don't want you to forget the loved one that has died, and they often don't articulate their feelings easily. We must acknowledge the reality of the death to be able to cope with it. Gentle, real and honest conversation will eventually help the child as they think through and feel through the grieving process.
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5 things to do with outgrown baby clothesAs I was doing laundry this week, I noticed that many of my baby boy's clothes are several sizes too small. He is nearly two years old, wearing a size 24 months or 2T, and yet, I have clothes in his drawers that are for a 12-month-old! I started setting his outgrown baby clothes aside to make room for new clothes. I will most likely donate his clothes, but there are plenty of other things you can do with your baby's outgrown clothes.Read More »from 5 Things to Do with Outgrown Baby Clothes
Many organizations accept donated baby clothes in good condition. Check your local homeless and women's shelters, particularly, as they can always use clothes for residents.
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Small boutiques or consignment stores often buy clothes to resell. You won't get as much as you paid for, but you'll be able to get a few dollars to add to your baby's piggy bank. If there are no consignment shops in your area, or you prefer to sell online, selling on eBay might work for you. Lots of parents
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Welcome to the world, baby Hashtag! (Photo: Mashable via Facebook)Crazy baby names are nothing new. In fact, in recent years they've become endemic in our culture, with entire websites devoted to bad baby names, deliberate misspellings masquerading as parental "creativity," and celebrities who go way way past "unusual" and into "Wait. What?" territory (like actor Jason Lee, who named his child Pilot Inspektor in 2003).Read More »from Hello, Hashtag? Parents Give Baby Girl a Twitter-Inspired Name
But Hashtag? As in, well, #hashtag? Really? Really.
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"Hashtag Jameson was born at 10 o'clock last nite," the proud parent announced on Facebook Saturday night. "She weys 8pounds and i luv her so much!!!!!!"
Spelling-challenged friends started leaving equally creative congratulations in the comments.
"Aww babes you finally had youre Tweetybird xxx," one wrote.
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Her theory, in a nutshell, is that women have emasculated men and stripped themselves of their quintessential "femininity" to the point of (GASP) making themselves into the proverbial UN-marriageable daughters - the spinsters of tomorrow.
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This recent report puts a new guilt-inducing twist on the old parents vs. teens saga - it turns out that unless you have a WABAC machine, it
A couple weeks ago, I instagrammed a photo of our new screen time system, and immediately other moms were asking me to share the secret. It's a pretty simple system so I thought I would share it here. This is how we negotiate screen time in our house.
How to do negotiate screen time with your kids? Are you comfortable with the amount of scree time your kids watch, or would you like to implement more controls?
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