• 5 Surprise Skills New Moms Master

    5 Surprise Skills New Moms Master5 Surprise Skills New Moms MasterThere is so much to learn when you become a mom. You have to figure out how to put the diapers on so they holds everything in. You have to learn how to manage your sanity on very little sleep, and you are responsible for the safety and happiness for this new human that relies on you for everything.

    Motherhood teaches you a lot of intangible things, too. You learn how much your heart can grow in one moment. You learn that holding your baby while he cries is the best thing you could be doing at that moment. You learn that while things are forever changed, you are so much better for it.

    Some things we learn out of safety (like how to survive on no sleep), some out of necessity (like diapers) and other skills we learn to master out of circumstance, like these 5:

    1. How to live off just coffee

    I didn't start drinking coffee until a few weeks after my third child was born, thanks to sleep deprivation and an inability to "sleep when baby sleeps" -- that's because I have too much to

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  • Italian woman didn't learn of the December mistake for 3 months(Newser) - "Mix-up" is a word best left out of sentences involving another word: pregnancy. But the two are making headlines together following yesterday's report that a woman in Rome became pregnant with twins after undergoing fertility treatment-except the embryos she was implanted with weren't those of her and her partner. The woman wasn't alerted to the issue until she was three months along. The AFP reports the switch somehow happened on Dec. 4 at the Sandro Pertini Hospital in Rome. Four couples received treatment that day, and it's unclear whether any other improper pregnancies resulted.

    There's also no word on how the mix-up came to light, though Rome's health authority said it learned there was "genetic incompatibility" between the parents and embryos on March 27. The country's health ministry is now investigating, and no further implantations are being done at the clinic.

    It's far from the first time this has happened: In 2009 an Ohio woman implanted with the wrong

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  • Easter Egg Hunt Invitations

    A cheerful clip-art invitation sets the tone for your Easter gathering.

    Print clip art onto card stock. Cut out card, and fold in half. Join the backs of the two halves with double-sided tape or a glue stick.

    Print the Easter Egg Hunt Invitation

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    Easter Basket Tags

    Inexpensive baskets are adorned with clip art tags for kids to write their names on, so there are no mix-ups at your Easter-egg hunt party.

    Print onto card stock, and cut out. Punch a hole at the top, and thread with string or ribbon. Use open space to write a name on each.

    Print the Easter Basket Tags

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    Sticker Easter Eggs How-To

    You can use any stickers to embellish eggs. Kids enjoy the activity, and stickers offer an easy way to seal a plastic egg or designate special eggs in a hunt.

    1/4-inch round stickers (or 1/4-inch hole punch)

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  • As our technology evolves more and more rapidly, some gadgets find themselves collecting dust in the basement. The video series, "Kids React," has elementary and middle school-aged kids checking out stuff from before they were born. In the most recent episode, the kids are handed a Walkman and tasked with trying to figure out what it is. Unsurprisingly, the iPad generation is totally mystified by the machine, but one eventually figures out that there's a "play" button.

    Below, a couple of the most hilarious kid quotes from the video:

    "Ooh, a phone! Oh, wait, what is this thing?" said one very disappointed kid. Another just poked the Walkman repeatedly, waiting for it to do something.

    "You gotta be kidding me," said one boy, when told that the device could, in fact, play music.

    "I feel so judged right now," said one girl, who hasn't gotten to the 'what irony is' section of her textbook yet.

    Once the kids find out what a Walkman is, they're handed cassettes to play in them. "Are these like

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  • Josh Duboff

    Kate MiddletonKate Middleton

    Prince William caused something of a stir on Saturday when he told a New Zealand artisan, who had made a shawl for Prince George, "You might have to make another one soon." Stores in London shut down; television programs were interrupted; the Queen texted Philip, "OMFG! if it's a girl, do u think they'll name it Elizabeth?? :P" (None of that actually happened, except for hopefully the text-message part.) The woman told reporters, "The way William said it was like he was dropping a hint, letting me in on a secret." (Yes, as if Kate and William's life didn't already resemble a fairy tale enough, now a Shawl Maker's Reveal has become a plot point in their story.)

    SEE MORE: All of Kate Middleton's Looks on the Australia/New Zealand Tour

    But not even 24 hours after this development, Kate seemingly debunked any pregnancy talk, imbibing "several glasses of local wine" at Amisfield Vineyard in New Zealand on Sunday. According to reports, she said she was "really Read More »from Kate Middleton Sips Wine in New Zealand, Quashing Pregnancy Rumors
  • Why It's Important to Trust Your Motherly InstinctsLast week Macks developed a cough. Both of my girls have had a cough on and off for weeks, so I just figured that he had the same and brushed it off as a cold. Over night the cough seemed to get a little bit worse and he seemed very congested. I checked his temperature and it was normal and he wasn't acting fussy, but something deep down told me I needed to take him to the doctor.

    As soon as the doctor walked into the room I told her that I was pretty sure that I thought it was "just a cold," but I wanted to be sure because at seven weeks old his immune system isn't all that strong. She checked his ears, nose, and throat all before checking his chest to check out his breathing.

    She stayed on his chest for a while before telling me to move him onto his stomach to check his breathing from his back. As soon as she put the stethoscope on his back she immediately told me that his chest was congested and that they needed to run some tests. "Why don't you sit down and feed him, you

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  • 6 tips for dropping a second nap6 tips for dropping a second nap

    With my first child, I dreaded the drop down to one nap. My free time! All gone!

    With my second child, I've been much more anxious for her to make the switch, since having only one nap to work around will free us up a lot to do morning outings (and since my older child isn't napping in the morning, it's not like it's free time for me anyway).

    However, I'm remembering how difficult it can be for a baby to make the switch from being a twice-a-day-napper to a once-a-day-napper. Now that I'm going through it a second time around, I've learned a few tricks and secrets about what to expect and how to handle it:

    #1: Early Bedtime

    I've been putting my baby down about 30 minutes earlier most nights to help her make up for a little sleep (plus, she's exhausted by the end of the day!)

    #2: Let her have two naps every third or fourth day

    Letting her have two naps every couple of days helps hold the whole thing together. If I tried to give her two naps every day, she'd just sit

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  • By: Ivy Jacobson for TheBump.com

    Photo: HBOIt looks like the Bella Swan-naming trend from Twilight might be over, since the latest baby naming craze is all thanks to a little show called Game of Thrones.

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    If you're on the hunt for a fearless and strong name for your baby girl, Khaleesi is the top contender from the hit HBO drama, since 146 babies were given that name in 2012, according to Social Security Administration data.

    Daenerys garnered just 21, but Arya held strong at 700, since the name was popular before the show started.

    More from The Bump:
    Color-inspired baby names

    If you like the idea of giving your baby a name with a medieval twist, here are some other monikers from the show that are uniquely awesome:

    Girls' Names:

    Boys' Names:

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  • TV Free: How 4 Years Without Cable Has Changed Our LivesTV Free: How 4 Years Without Cable Has Changed Our LivesNearly four years ago, my husband and I decided to cancel our cable subscription.

    Or maybe it was satellite. I don't remember anymore.

    Whatever it was, the payment was a small fortune at the time for us. We were new parents, owned a home, and had two car payments. I found teaching nearly equaled the cost of putting our daughter in daycare, so I decided to stay at home.

    We had to make cuts, and the TV service was the first to go. The decision was fairly easy for me, having just read Susan Linn's book Consuming Kids. I was intrigued and a little shocked at what I'd read about the crazy way companies advertise to children.

    Beyond that, we realized many of our shows could be watched online. Netflix was just starting up; Hulu was as well - it didn't make sense to pay nearly $100 for TV service. Then we had to stop everything to watch a show or pay even more to record it for a time that worked for us. So off it went.

    The first few months (maybe even a year) it was hard not to

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  • Reflections on My Two-Year Fertility JourneyReflections on My Two-Year Fertility JourneyToday is my 36th birthday. Two years and two weeks ago, I had my first ever appointment at a fertility center. Tomorrow will be two years exactly that I've been writing for Babble.

    When we first decided we were going to start trying to have a family, there wasn't much information out there for us. Sure, all the medical info was available, but there were so few stories of how families like ours are formed, so few real words from other lesbian mothers - so I decided to blog about it.

    I reached out to a dear ex-coworker of mine who had tons of blogging experience. I wanted to know which site she used: WordPress, Tumblr, what? I told her my plans to share my story, and - without it ever once crossing my mind - she asked if I would want to share it on Babble. Of course she'd have to speak to the editors there, and there were no guarantees, but sure! Why wouldn't I want to?

    Babble decided to take me on. To be a platform for me to tell my story. I signed up with their Pregnancy

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