From the category archives:

Prenatal

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

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

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

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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Portrait of a homebirth

April 23, 2013

My former nanny is 9.5 months pregnant as of this writing. She posted this lovely photo of her San Francisco apartment on Facebook last week. The flags above the birthtub were made by her friends to welcome her baby.  

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

Returning to work: Stockpiling your breastmilk

April 10, 2013

This post is part of a series sponsored by Philips AVENT in support of the launch of the double electric Comfort Pump. Pumping breast milk was still a mystery to me as I made secret lists of baby names and notified my boss of my pregnancy. I learned about it when my co-worker Mimi, newly […]

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Activity #5: Keep a pregnancy journal

March 14, 2013

Did you or do you keep a pregnancy journal? Unless you count this here blog, I did not. Geralyn Broder Murray created a diary with sweet illustrations and thought starters to help you remember the agony and — in dreams with Ryan Gosling — ecstasy of pregnancy. Because those memories fade (which is why some […]

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

How to set up a very small nursery

January 21, 2013

My baby sleeps in a windowless closet. For reals. Since we moved to a bigger house this past summer, he no longer shares his bedroom with my office, but he didn’t get any more space in the bargain. Let me take you on a tour. Though it is a rather large closet, it is a […]

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How to get them to stick to your baby registry

January 7, 2013

Natalie Gordon runs an amazing resource for expectant moms and dads: BabyList (babyli.st) is a totally custom baby registry that let’s you ask for anything that you want: maid service, spare batteries, those cute hand-crocheted booties from etsy, and a crib? Yes times four. She offered us her best insight in how to get your […]

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

What to do on bedrest: Cara’s tips

December 27, 2012

Cara is a contributor to our other blog, {510} Families, and is fast becoming an expert not on “what to do with (and without!) your baby,” but rather, “what to do while pregnant and on bedrest when you have another child.”  She offered to share her lessons learned with us. At exactly 26 weeks pregnant, […]

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Throw a debate-watching party

October 18, 2012

My fellow Americans, history is upon us. It’s an election year. If you have a newborn in the house, it can be like living under a rock for several months. But you can still be in on the fun. I suggest you throw a debate-watching party to reconnect with your childfree friends. You supply the […]

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