switched at birth, then, after three years, forced by a judge's decision to stay with the families that had been raising them. Today those famous babies, Callie Johnson and Rebecca Chittum, are 18-year-old young women, and each says she is happy to have remained with the caregivers she knew.
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“I would not go back and change it,” Chittum, living in Virginia, tells the Daily Mail. “I am very happy I was switched at birth because I love the family I am with and if that didn’t happen then I wouldn’t know them.”
Similarly, Johnson tells WTVR in Virginia (where she also lives) in a recent interview that she adores the mom who raised her. “She’s my best friend. She always has been,” she says. “And I can honestly say that.”
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switched at birth, then, after three years, forced by a judge's decision to stay with the families that had been raising them. Today those famous babies, Callie Johnson and Rebecca Chittum, are 18-year-old young women, and each says she is happy to have remained with the caregivers she knew.It was a story that captivated the nation in 1995 — two babies accidentally Read More »from Girls Switched at Birth Are Happy Where They Are
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But I'm not going to lie. As a first-time mom, I was concerned about the possibility of having a large baby.
Having large babies with rolls, dimples and irresistibly pinchable squishy cheeks used to be seen as a good thing. People used to think it was a sign of a healthy baby, but now we are learning more about the various health andRead More »from What's the Big Deal About Big Babies?
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There's more, but if I keep going this blog will never stop, and I'll never get to say this:
Thank you for being almost 83 but acting 30 years younger.More...
Thank you for helping me however you can.
Thank you for the way your face lights up when you see your great-grandchildren.
Thank you for insisting they learn your native Russian even though I've grown lazy about teaching them.
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1. Saying "you won't understand until you're a parent"
Hearing this used to make me frustrated beyond belief, and I remember feeling so patronized when parents would say it. I have a background in child development and have worked with children in a ton of different capacities during the almost 10 years before I became a parent. I had been surrounded by children for years, so obviously I could understand the plight of parents.
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If I could go back and tell myself certain things during my first pregnancy, I think I would have looked at the experience in a completely different way. I've learned so many things going through other pregnancies that I feel so much more prepared going through this one. Now that I have two little ones running around, this third pregnancy is completely different in so many ways. There is so much more to do and to get done, and hardly any time to really focus on the pregnancy like I did the first time. With very little time to sit and think about this pregnancy, I am taking the time I do have to sit and reflect on just how much different this experience is from my other pregnancies. -By Lauren JimesonRead More »from 7 Ways Pregnancy is Different when You Already Have Children
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- lap childSeveral months ago when my husband was looking at his work conference schedule for the year, he noticed that one in December would be in Washington D.C. We have a careful budget that we stick to, but we both agreed that this was one of those times we wanted to splurge a little. And so we started looking into flights. I went to Washington D.C. when I was 7 and have wanted to go back ever since, so this was a big deal to me, and I really wanted to take Eli, even if he was a little too young to really appreciate it. When it came time to book a flight, we had a big decision to make: do we get Eli his own seat? Or do we take him for free as a "lap child" and hold him throughout the flight? The lap child option is incredibly tempting, especially as a family on a budget, but something was pulling us away from that. It just didn't seem safe. And it definitely didn't seem easy, now that Eli is walking and has some pretty strong opinions. So we did the only reasonable thing we could think of: weRead More »from 5 Smart Reasons Not to Fly with a “Lap Child”
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