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Yawn! Oh, I am so sorry -- I didn't get much sleep last night because, well, my 10-month-old hasn't figured out that sleep is amazing yet. I can't remember the last time I had a full night's sleep, but I imagine it was somewhere in the weeks before I found out I was pregnant.

Being a new parent is not easy -- even for seasoned parents like me, who welcomed my fourth child. There are so many challenges because each child is different and comes with their own unique issues, and yet it ...

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christmas angel peace

If you strip all the excess fat from holiday traditions like presents and candy and egg-laying rabbits and gold-hoarding dwarves and naked baby archers, holidays really share the same core:

Family.

Family is what makes eating soggy bread that was shoved up a turkey's booty at Thanksgiving palatable; family is what makes it all worth it to wake up at 6 o'clock in the morning (6 a.m. is beyond too early for me) to open presents that were left the night before by a bearded Arctic ...

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leftover halloween candy

Halloween is capping off the week, and if you're still struggling to costume your kiddo (shame on you; although, I can't really talk), we've got you covered with some last-minute costume ideas.

Once that's squared away, though, it's time to think of what's to be done with all of that candy.

Sure, all of the yummy chunks will get in your belly, for safety purposes, of course, but after you parcel out a couple of handfuls for your kids, chances are you will have a bunch of the ...

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If you ask parents about the toddler stage, chances are you'll end up hearing one thing over and over again: toddlers cry, they have tantrums, and they're unpredictable. I've seen it in the stores as I pass the parents trying to plead with their young child, and I've been that parent myself. Many times.

Looking back at those embarrassing parenting moments when my kid is throwing a fit in the grocery store because I didn't want to get a second bunch of bananas, it's funny in hindsight. ...

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7 mind blowing facts

It's time for real talk: You all have known at least one person who announced her pregnancy and you immediately did the conception arithmetic in your head. Recently, newlywed Jill Duggar, of the 19 Kids and Counting Duggars, announced she was pregnant with her first baby -- just 90 days after her wedding. The Internet grasped their pearls. After all, she was 93-days pregnant. Did that mean a little extra-marital activity on the eve of her wedding?

The truth is not nearly as ...

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daylight savings

With the fall upon us, daylight slips away from us even earlier. As much as I enjoy the fall season, I despise the time change. The extra hour of morning light does not help make me feel less annoyed when I drive home from work in the dark. A recent survey showed that on average it takes a person 3.5 days to adjust to the time change.

No matter how prepared I feel for the time change, it still disrupts my kids' sleeping schedule. As a mom of three, a full night of uninterrupted sleep ...

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Wondering what really happens behind closed doors of the labor and delivery unit?

Oh, sure. You know that a pregnant mama comes in and a baby comes out, and perhaps your childbirth education classes gave you some insight into what to expect during your labor and delivery, but who isn't curious about that behind-the-scenes action that happens every day at a hospital? Satisfy your curiosity about a birth center with some inside secrets from a former labor and delivery ...

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pregnancy tes

When you wait until you are 33 years old to try to have your first baby (and spent the better part of your 20s and 30s in full-on birth-control mode), you really have no idea how fertile you might be. When my husband and I first decided it was time to "start trying," I was all about mapping out my cycle, using an ovulation tester to understand my "most fertile days," and then, ahem, doing what it takes to ensure our likelihood of successful conception. And within two months, we saw that ...

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helpful-ways-to-get-toddler-to-eat-vegetables

So, let's talk about mealtime and toddlers. It can be a really frustrating part of parenting to combine the fierce independence a toddler craves and a parent's desire to get their kid to just try that piece of broccoli.

It's a struggle I know all too well, and I know other parents of toddlers that can relate. Mealtime and getting our kids set up to eat in a healthy way is not always simple, especially because they just seem to want to eat the same thing. (And it's probably macaroni and ...

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how well do you know your celebrity baby names?

How well do you know your celebrity baby names? Try to guess the names of the adorable tykes that belong to each of these celeb couples, and see how many you know!

First up, Rebecca Romijn (Stamos) and husband Jerry O'Connell are proud parents to ...

Twins! Daughters Dolly Rebecca Rose O'Connell and Charlie Tamara Tulip O'Connell

Interesting choice of names! I guess they'll have to call toy dollies something different in their home to eliminate confusion ... Each name is ...

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