From the category archives:


Baby shower game for hostesses who aren’t crafty

April 23, 2014

Thanks to for sponsoring this Rookie Moms post. At my sister-in-law’s baby shower, we played a new-to-me game that everyone seemed to enjoy. At least, I thought it was a clever way to pass the time with a lot of women I didn’t already know. Bonus points that this hands-on activity didn’t require anyone […]

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Flashback Friday: Whitney was my pregnant bridesmaid

April 18, 2014

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

April 3, 2014

Rachel is our newest contributor. She and her partner Heather are expecting their first baby. We asked her to introduce herself by way of reflecting on the countdown before her maternity leave begins. Here is her first post. I have a stressful job, and it’s no one’s fault but my own. I’m pretty sure there […]

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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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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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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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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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How many pregnancies are accidental?

June 27, 2013

The word I’ve most frequently been exposed to, or embraced using myself, to discuss unplanned pregnancies is “surprise”. In fact, on Facebook a month or so ago, I asked you guys if your pregnancies were planned or surprises and about half of you said “surprise”. I think there is a bit of a misunderstanding there, […]

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Lessons from Finland: Babies can sleep in boxes

June 7, 2013

Did you guys see this BBC article circulating the other day? Rookie mom Yasmeen in Pune, India sent it to us. Thanks, Yasmeen! Pregnant women in Finland receive a starter kit from the government that includes this large box, suitable as a newborn sleeping station (includes a mattress), packed with baby necessities from cold weather […]

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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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The night I talked to 500 pregnant women

April 8, 2013

As part of a partnership with Philips AVENT, I attended a super amazing event in Los Angeles last month. The Biggest Baby Shower is an expo-style event where attendees pay for tickets to access a beautiful room stuffed to the gills with the stuff a pregnant woman needs to know about in her first year […]

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