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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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Don’t throw away your pregnancy test until the three minutes is up

February 28, 2013

If you want to know the accurate results of the very expensive stick you just peed on, wait the full three minutes. Maybe even longer. Both of my pregnancies were difficult to detect with store-bought pregnancy tests. I never did get a positive test with Julian, but since I was working with a fertility doctor, […]

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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 ( 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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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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Levi’s birth story: Driving 100 MPH down the highway

December 5, 2012

Five years ago, I received two incredible emails on the same day, both from men whose wives are my friends, describing the surprising delivery stories of their children who were born the day before. Last month, we shared one of them: Sabine’s birth story, which took place just outside the doors of the hospital. I […]

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What’s funny about being pregnant?

August 13, 2012

So, this pregnant woman walks into a bar… No, no, that’s not right. But pregnant people DO walk into things all the time. Ba-dum-bum. Not funny now, but funny later. When I think about what’s funny about pregnancy, it helps to take the long-view. So many of the oddities and discomforts are actually quite hilarious […]

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Flashback Friday: Rookie-Moms-to-be

July 27, 2012

I love these pictures of us. They are in reverse chronological order. On the left, Whitney is 6 months post-partum and I am 9 months pregnant. On the right, Whitney is 9 months+ pregnant and I am secretly 12 weeks pregnant.

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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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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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Gorgeous nursing bra from Cake

November 17, 2011

Yes, you deserve a beautiful (dare I say “sexy”?) nursing bra that makes you remember you’re a curvy woman and not a cow. The thoughtful people at Cake Lingerie sent me the one below, called Licorice, and I love it. The good: The bra is super pretty, comfortable, and it has a flexible wire that […]

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Childbirth options cheat sheet

August 30, 2011

Did you know that Hypnobirthing and Hypnobabies are two different things? Uhh, we didn’t. A rookie-mom-to-be recently asked us via twitter about a cheat sheet for different child birth methods. When I answered that it sounded like a good assignment, she took it and ran with it (don’t tell her, but I meant assignment for […]

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Homebirth derailed: Jennifer walked to the hospital

August 17, 2011

Today we have a guest post (I’m on vacation) from Kindercycle founder and first-time mama Jennifer Pesetsky. Here is the birth we envisioned: We would labor at home. I would cook some kind of soup or stew, pet our cat and walk outside smelling the air, looking at the sky and touching the plants. Close […]

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