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  • 10 Ways I'm Rocking Motherhood Differently in My 30s

    10 Ways I'm Rocking Motherhood Differently in My 30s

    Growing up, March was for the most part, a magical month. I felt excitement and anticipation, often counting how many times I would have to go to sleep and wake up before it was my birthday. My mother always made my birthdays special, whether it was a big celebration with family and friends where streamers abounded, or a small celebration complete with sparkly confetti, noise blowers, and party hats.

    But as I grew older, birthdays began to lose some of their sparkle. Although I was thankful for them, I struggled with the fact that I was getting older. Sure, becoming an "early mama" forced me to grow up rather quickly, but I came to love my young mom status and eventually after finding my tribe - a group of moms in college raising their little ones just like me, and years later, an amazing community via the internet. I realized that I was anything but alone in this.

    As 30 approaches, I've decided that the best thing I can do for myself is embrace it. Why resist what's

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  • Mommy Hacks! 10 Secrets for Easier Parenting

    10 secrets for easier parenting10 secrets for easier parenting

    A few months ago, I wrote about my favorite secrets for streamlining life as a parent.

    Then I realized that most of my mom friends likely had their own parenting hacks.

    I asked them for some of their best secrets and they came back with plenty of winners! (My favorite is the tip for super-fast phone charging):

    #1: Keep a sunhat in the car

    My daughter puts on her sunhat in the car when the sun is directly in her eyes. You wouldn't believe how angry that situation makes her, so that trick has been a total lifesaver, especially since she can reach it and put it on herself.

    From Monica of Stormin' Normandy

    #2: Keep those socks on

    Within five minutes of getting dressed, either my daughter's socks are falling down or her leggings are riding up, leaving a nice, big gap of skin open to the cold. We tried getting longer leggings and longer socks, neither of which seemed to help. Recently, I've started having her wear tights under her leggings instead of socks and it's

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  • 8 Tips for Choosing a Unique Baby Name

    8 tips for choosing a unique baby name!8 tips for choosing a unique baby name!

    Naming a baby is a pretty big deal. It is something that our children will take with them everywhere for the rest of their lives, so it better be a good one! Many parents these days really want to come up with a baby name that is truly unique, but it can be a pretty challenging task these days. With the advent of the internet and the sharing of information, a name can go from obscure to popular in the blink of an eye (I'm looking at you, Harper and North). So how can a parent come up with a name that really is unique? Well, here are a few things that helped my husband and I in our search for coming up with unique monikers for our little ones…

    Our daughter's name is Fern. I know that not everyone loves it, but for the most part, people think it's great. We get a lot of compliments on it, and while that isn't a reason to choose a name, it's always nice to hear that people like your kid's name. We like that her name is simultaneously unique and classic. We also like that it's

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  • Instagram It: Most Fashionable Baby Moments

    I have had an Instagram for a few years now and have come to love it so much. It is a great way to connect with other moms and share a little piece of our everyday lives. We have also come to love the world of children's fashion through Instagram. We love documenting Bay's outfits and sharing them with our friends. Here are some of his most fashionable moments on Instagram. - By Jerika Welch

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  • How Long is Too Long for Bottle Feeding?

    When Should Your Baby Stop Taking A Bottle?

    The other day I was chatting with a fellow stay-at-home mom on the phone, catching up on our respective rather routine lives. And yes, we were actually talking on the phone, not just texting on it. Crazy, right?

    As moms are likely to do, we somehow got on the topic of our baby's feeding habits. Suddenly, the other mother sounded slightly embarrassed, admitting that her baby was still taking a bottle after she had been forced to quit breastfeeding due to some medical issues.

    "But I'm planning on getting her on a sippy cup really soon," she rushed to say.

    On the other end of the phone, I was a little taken aback by the obvious implication that she somehow thought I would be judging her for the fact that her baby still took a bottle. And honestly? The thought hadn't even occurred to me that something was amiss because the baby wasn't even a year old yet.

    I'm just not a mom who worries about those kinds of thing, but maybe I should be? Is there a "right" age for babies to

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  • 5 Things Dad Really Needs Before Staying Alone with Baby Overnight

    5 Things Dads Must Know Before Staying Alone with Baby Overnight

    It's so hard when I am away from my babies. When I leave town without them, sure, it's nice to sleep through the night, but I miss my little ones so much. I don't travel much. But a few times a year, I pack up my bags, load up the fridge, and head out of town. When I'm gone, I tend to worry about leaving my husband alone with the kids for a few days. My worry definitely doesn't stem from a lack of trust, because he's great with the kids. I think my worry just stems from wondering if I've left everything he needs to manage the home and the kids while I am gone.

    I get wrapped up in all the details of the day-to-day stuff before I leave town, because I feel like the more I do to prepare things, the easier it will be on my husband while I am away. I make sure the refrigerator is loaded. I cook a few meals. I even do all of the laundry and make sure the kids' rooms are clean. But, lately, I've realized that I although my husband appreciates all of the preparation, it may not be what he

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  • 7 Ways to Feel Closer to Your Baby as a Working Mom

    For the Working Mamas: 7 Things I Do to Feel Close to My Baby

    This month marked my return to work (outside of the home). Gone are the days of working in my pajamas alongside my little one. To say I miss her terribly is an understatement. Adjusting has been no easy feat. Although my heart aches for my baby girl, I've found a few ways to help me feel closer to her even when we are apart. Here are some of the things that I do until we are reunited:

    Look at pictures - My camera roll and Instagram feed is filled with photos of my little one. Each time I look at one, I smile.

    Calling her daycare - Initially, I was worried that I would be annoying if I called my baby's daycare to check on her but I let that go well before her first day. Not only has the staff at her daycare encouraged me to call, but doing so puts my heart and mind at ease. Calling and hearing the classroom void of her cries and getting a glimpse into her day soothes my still tender heart. I know eventually my calls will be less frequent but for now I am thankful to be able to

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  • How Playtime Reveals Who My Daughter Really Is

    Seeing My Daughter's True Self Through the Magic of Play

    It's been almost 16 months since I had my little girl. Every moment has been an adventure. Lately, the adventures seem to be more magical and more telling, because as she explores the world around her, I see more and more of who she is becoming. I have to say, what I see makes me so happy and proud.

    When my little Jada enters the playroom, she is on a mission. She knows exactly what she wants to play with and she goes for it. She rarely seems confused or conflicted. She enters the playroom determined and focused. I just love that about her. It's amazing to have such a powerful and beautiful quality at such a young age. I hope it stays with her always.

    At times, she enters the playroom and goes right for her brother's fire truck. She pushes it back and forth and occasionally gives us a look that says, "yep, I am pretty good at using this thing." Her love for tools, trucks, cars, and superheroes is beyond cool in my opinion. She doesn't think of anything as off limits,

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  • How We Made Co-Sleeping with Our Baby Work!

    How we made co-sleeping with our baby work for us

    Before Judah was born, my husband and I talked at length about co-sleeping. Despite the many benefits of co-sleeping, we decided that we wanted our son to have his own space to sleep. We were adamantly against bed-sharing: we were worried about rolling over onto him, our bed is at a wonky height, we thought we'd never get a good night's sleep… all of the common hesitations many parents have about co-sleeping (particularly bed-sharing) with their baby. All of that got thrown for a loop, of course, when Judah arrived five and a half weeks early!

    Even though we swore up and down that we wouldn't co-sleep with our baby, we inadvertently started a bed-sharing, co-sleeping compromise with a slight shift in our morning routine. It all started about three months ago and now, we almost can't imagine starting our day any other way!

    At first, co-sleeping in the same room was a necessity when Judah first got out of the hospital; we were still in New Jersey and would remain there for

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  • 5 "Non-Gift-Seeking" Shower Ideas for a Second Time Mom

    Baby Shower Ideas For Second Time MomsBaby Shower Ideas For Second Time Moms

    I realize that it's not in line with social etiquette to have a baby shower after the birth of your first child, since it can come across as gift-seeking. But I am a firm believer that every baby, whether it's your first or your fifth, deserves to be celebrated! The celebration needn't be about gifts either - it can be sweet and simple and all about celebrating the mama-to-be and her impending little bundle of joy. As such I've come up with a few fun ideas that just might be the ticket if you're looking to plan a baby shower for a second time mama!

    Plan a Surprise Brunch

    I planned a surprise brunch for a friend of mine when she was pregnant with her second little one and it was a smashing success. It didn't feel like a "baby shower", more like a low key celebration with friends. I made simple little favors for guests, but other than that it was super relaxed. We ate brunch at a nearby restaurant, so I didn't have to worry food or anything other than enjoying brunch and

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