From the category archives:

Prenatal

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

Expectant parents night out at the theater – tell your friends!

June 5, 2012

It’s no secret that Heather and I (and our husbands) are big fans of Dr. Harvey Karp. His 5 S-technique of soothing a newborn infant seemed like genius secrets we never could have come up with on our own. We recommend watching his DVD, The Happiest Baby on the Block during the last two weeks […]

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Makin’ it: Star Wars-themed baby mobile

May 1, 2012

These are the droids you’re looking for. I created this hanging R2D2 mobile after seeing this gorgeous Vespa mobile on Hey Jen Renee (please click through, pin it, love it!). For our baby brother, we wanted to make a Star Wars version, but this same idea could work for any number of fun themes. I […]

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

Dunstan baby language put to the test!

April 4, 2012

I had heard about the Dunstan Baby Language as “the woman who speaks baby talk on Oprah” several years ago. It sounded like a brilliant idea, but without my own crying baby, there wasn’t much opportunity — or drive — to test it. I flirted with the idea of buying the DVDs a few times […]

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Makin’ it: Easy photo placemats

April 3, 2012

This is a quickie craft project to turn a stack of photos, like the ones my mom is always sending me, into personalized placemats for sloppy eaters. We have several of these and they make me very happy. My cousins originally created unique placemats that were photo collages of my life and Alec’s life up […]

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

Love or shove: Maternity clothes rental?

March 22, 2012

I loathe the idea (and reality) of shopping for maternity clothes. Between the high prices, poor quality, and short shelf-life of most items, it’s enough to make a hormonal chick crazy. When I first was pregnant with Holden, I was the lucky benefactor of a large duffel bag of maternity clothes from my pal, Whitney. […]

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Makin’ it: Easy swaddling blanket

March 6, 2012

This is one easy DIY project that will give you bang for your $5. My mom created the first iterations of our family’s flannel swaddle blankets and I have sewn a few more with these instructions. I even made one large enough to wrap my five-year old when he wanted to be the baby again […]

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

What should new parents discuss before baby arrives?

February 29, 2012

My husband and I both read some parenting books before our first child was born. He enjoyed Be Prepared: A Practical Handbook for New Dads, and eventually recommended it to expectant dad friends. I will estimate that compared to him, I read five or ten-fold the amount of educational material available to pregnant people, just […]

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Stuff newborn moms should know

February 15, 2012

I think Heather and I have both been pretty honest here: We were shocked and disappointed by how boring our babies were after they were born. They never said, “Hey mom, let’s go get you some new jeans and a latte.” Spending all day with someone who has no suggestions for conversation topics or activities […]

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

My very strong opinions about nursing bras

February 8, 2012

There are many choices of bras with little hooking flaps. How does a rookie mom decide? Allow me to help. With my 30+ months of breastfeeding experience and access to a dozen different kinds of bras, I have a few strong opinions for you. At a bare minimum, you need three nursing bras. One to […]

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Having your own last name is an imaginary problem

February 7, 2012

While I understand the family pride that some might feel when they refer to themselves as “The Lees” or “The Browns”, I have not been persuaded that changing one’s last name to match her husband’s is important. I did not change mine, and my children have my husband’s last name. (My son has my last […]

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

How to: Secondhand baby shower

October 5, 2011

Christine Koh is the founder and editor of Boston Mamas and a great friend. I asked her to share her experiences coordinating (umm, I mean “being the guest of honor at”) a second-hand baby shower. Voila: After wading through what seemed to be the waters of secondary infertility for several years, my second pregnancy came […]

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Tutorials: Nursing pillows

September 8, 2011

Most breastfeeders agree that a nursing pillow is a must-have in the first months of motherhood. Whether your loyalties lie with My Breast Friend or the Boppy, you may find that you need to wash the slip cover eventually. Having an extra Boppy cover is not a bad idea. Crafty mamas — or crafty grandmas […]

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