From the category archives:

Prenatal

Getting ready for baby. Remember, a little denial is a good thing!

6 really weird things I only do when I’m pregnant

March 11, 2014

I am about 30 weeks pregnant for the second time, and man, I have been doing some strange things. Luckily none of them is self-destructive or harmful, but I feel oddly compelled to share them in hopes I’m not alone. I’m not alone – right? 1. I have been obsessively eating ice. I can’t stop […]

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5 things I can’t wait to do on maternity leave

February 27, 2014

I am expecting our first baby, a girl, any day now. Heather asked me to share the things I can’t wait for, so here goes: Drink a beer Or maybe a margarita. It’s not so much the alcohol I’ve been missing, as much as the ability to bond with my husband over a drink. It’s […]

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Getting ready for baby. Remember, a little denial is a good thing!

Maternity clothes that don’t suck

January 28, 2014

Aside from seeing my baby bump grow and change each and every week, a favorite part of pregnancy these past 9 months has been dressing my belly. Showing off my bump has been a fun fashion challenge throughout my pregnancy. From the minute I found out I was pregnant, I was on bump watch – waiting […]

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Activity #131: Decorate baby clothes with fabric paint

January 23, 2014

This picture might look more glamorous than our lives really are, but these are actual bodysuits made for Holden at Heather’s baby shower, which I hosted. My college friend Meg, an advanced mom and author of The Rug Merchant (link provided for those who are looking to read quality fiction that is not about babies), […]

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Getting ready for baby. Remember, a little denial is a good thing!

Activity #326: Find your celebrity baby match

January 21, 2014

Are you pregnant right now? Like, at the same time as Kerry Washington? If so, then you will forever be linked (in your mind, sorry!) as celebrity baby matches. So, if you are obsessing over the Kimya baby or have memorized more than the normal person’s share of information about Kate Winslet’s third child, we’re […]

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Most popular baby names of 2013

December 3, 2013

BabyCenter.com released the results of its annual Baby Names Survey and the Top 100 Baby Names of 2013, based on the names of 555,000 babies born in 2013 to moms registered on the BabyCenter website. Since my brother is expecting a baby TOMORROW (induction scheduled for tonight) and the baby’s planned name is Jaxon, I […]

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Getting ready for baby. Remember, a little denial is a good thing!

Is it safe to paint a crib?

November 20, 2013

Really cool furniture rarely comes at really cool prices. As much as I enjoy drooling over candy-colored modern furniture for children, I rarely splurge on such things. (Caravan Crib by Kalon Studios above is $695.) When I shared Baby Guy Jamie Grayson’s advice about IKEA cribs, I did a bit of research and found that […]

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Find a friend to do all these things with you on your baby’s due date

October 10, 2013

Around the time of my estimated due date (EDD), I found it harder and harder to make real plans. What if I went into labor? I didn’t want non-refundable theater tickets or to be someplace terribly remote. Not only that, I was super uncomfortable and didn’t really want to deal with my huge c’ankles and […]

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Getting ready for baby. Remember, a little denial is a good thing!

All the things I learned from The Baby Guy at Gearapalooza

October 9, 2013

I went to an event for new moms in San Francisco, hosted by The Bump Club and Beyond, and the guest speaker was Jamie Grayson, aka The Baby Guy. Jamie’s job is being a baby gear expert and he makes a living on speaking engagements, consulting, and endorsements. He’s like the Anderson Cooper of the […]

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Activity #24: Attend a special event for new moms

September 17, 2013

When I asked my Mom’s Group facilitator — a woman whose own daughters were over 20 years old — how the conversation amongst rookie moms had changed in the 20 years that she’d been hosting support groups for new mothers, she told me that my generation talked a lot more about products. Guilty as charged. […]

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Getting ready for baby. Remember, a little denial is a good thing!

Do It Yourself: the easiest ever baby shower gift

September 4, 2013

{originally posted in 2010} My friend Deb is due to have a baby next month. It’s her first; she will be a rookie mom. Since the gender of the baby is a surprise, shopping was more challenging than I had imagined. I settled on a Bumbo Baby Seat because I think it’s a clever invention, […]

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Tech Tuesday: Start a rookie-mom meetup

July 30, 2013

Somewhere in Connecticut, totally unbeknownst to us, a pregnant Jessica Rich started looking for some peers and pals having babies around the same time and created the first ever Rookie Moms Meetup. By the time she had her baby, she had gathered 18 moms to be her tribe. These new mamas got together for strollercize, […]

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