Rookie Moms wedding; Whitney was Heather's good luck charm

Whitney is about six-months pregnant in this picture; I’m sure she could tell you the exact number of weeks and days. Little did I know that two weeks later I would be pregnant, too!

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I used to do these link round-ups all the time but sort of fell off the wagon. Forgive me.

* I was charmed by the appearance of this new book, Petit Collage, which provides instructions and templates for 25 home decor projects like this adorable mobile.

Craft book: Petit Collage

How to make a mobile

* Baby Mum Mums, which I loved to let my babies snack on, now come in toddler and big kid versions. You can buy them in bulk on Amazon. My kids like the big kid version in Apple Cinnamon.

* Post by Honest Toddler that made me giggle at my desk: Reward Chart for Daddies

* Some cute-as-heck stuff at Gymboree, starting at $11, they claim. I see a $14 swimsuit that needs to get in my cart.

* Chelsea Clinton is pregnant

* These teething toys look poised to rival Sophie the very famous giraffe. Don’t you want to shove that thing right in your mouth? No? Well what if you were 7 months old? By Mayapple Baby.

teething-toys

* Cute birthday tees from typebaby

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* LotusBumz has some really cute cloth diaper cover patterns. Perhaps scoring a bunch of diaper covers on Craig’s List will give you license to splurge on a couple of these.

* A really good story about a little girl who shaved her head in solidarity with her friend who was enduring cancer treatment.

* Save 35% on custom photo phone cases on Shutterfly via this link.

* 10 things I would tell my pre-baby self

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