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I'm five months pregnant and heartburn is already causing me some major pain. In fact, I thought about replacing the Pez in my son's Pez dispenser with tums and carrying it around in my purse. That's how often I've been popping these tummy soothers.

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Summertime means warmth, sunshine, and lots of time outdoors. All that sunshine is glorious for kids, but if parents aren't careful, it can spell trouble in the form of sunburn, rashes, meltdowns from overheating, or even skin cancer later in life.

Since hibernating indoors isn't an option for families, there are some steps that all ...

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When I thought about writing a reflection post, in my head, I saw it as a tear jerker, forcing myself to reminisce through the harsh realities we had to come to grips with last summer after my son was born. Spending months in the NICU, watching him struggle to breathe, knowing his heart was in trouble -- it was every parent's worst nightmare. ...

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The first year of your baby's life will go by much too quickly. Before you know it, his or her first birthday will creep up. Will you throw your soon-to-be toddler a birthday party? My husband and I are big on celebrations, so we did with our first two kids and will with baby number three as well. I love birthday party planning. Between ...

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Despite all of the words that flow daily from my mouth, my children learn many lessons more quickly and completely when taught by their siblings.

I think there is an element of tune-mom-out when it comes to most things, and when it comes right down to it, they really probably only believe 50% of the things I say anyway. The other half is ...

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I have to admit that when it comes to feeding my baby, I really thought I only had two options:

1. Breastfeed her myself, whether that be through pumping or directly nursing,

or

2. Feed her formula, supplementary or in combination with breastfeeding.

Obviously, we've moved past the days of mothers feeling shame to choose ...

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Whatever your method, the act of labor hurts. A lot.

Your body’s method of shimmying the baby into position causes contractions that would make a grown man cry. And delivery, vaginal or otherwise, ain’t no walk in the park. Women are insanely tough, but regardless, that business HURTS. ...

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This simple activity is a great way to explore measurement with your preschooler. ...

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I admit that I've never ventured into the world of placenta eating, but I know of plenty of women who have. 

Leah Outten of The Grace Bond was a fellow disbeliever until she got hit hard with the "baby blues" about three weeks after her third child was born. "I thought it was gross," she wrote on her blog. But desperate for help ...

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This is the summer of social skills. I love that my son loves to compete. I believe there's a value in that kind of determination. I know that it will serve him well as he grows. But competing over every little thing? That's a different story.

He struggles to play any game without thinking in win versus loss. He doesn't have to win every ...

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