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breastfeeding

Breastfeeding my babies has been one of my favorite parts of motherhood. I've been blessed with breastfeeding success: 18 months with my son and two months (and counting) with my daughter. However, we all know breastfeeding isn't for everyone, and not every mother has a positive experience with it.

Celebrity moms seem to love breastfeeding for many reasons (although I suspect many do it for the "weight loss" associated with nursing your baby!). Check out some quotes from a few ...

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We all know the typical television plot line: You see a main character act out of character and she becomes more emotional than usual. She starts crying after watching a relatively tame commercial on TV or she starts yelling because the barista didn’t put the right amount of foam on her latte. The next thing we see – her standing in the washroom holding a pregnancy test with a surprise look in her eyes.

Yep, she’s pregnant and the key to knowing before that test showed the two ...

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happyfeet

Parental stress levels are on the rise. Although many people enter the world of parenting with preconceived notions about how wonderful and rewarding the experience will be, it doesn’t feel rewarding every single day. Some days are hard. 

Each stage of child development brings amazing new milestones, but each stage also brings new challenges. Just when you get that sleep thing under control, teething begins. Every. Single. Time.

And even though parenting is ...

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baby_birth

In a story I found to be a little more than shocking, it turns out that giving birth may not be the unpleasant, horrific sensation that I've been dreading doing again for the fourth time. 

Just kidding. 

It's still unpleasant. 

But surprisingly enough, giving birth 10 times may reduce your risk of cancer. 

I had a hard time believing this one when I read it, but the word is out: giving birth 10 or more times doesn't make a woman crazy, but it can make a ...

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With everything we have to do on a daily basis, family photo albums sometimes get shoved aside for a while. And by a while, I mean years at a time. With our smartphones and cameras constantly on hand, we also have more photos to sort through than ever before.

When my daughter was born, I had several goals for our family photos:

Capture and retain the milestones and “baby book” moments. Share some of our day-to-day life (good and bad) so my daughter, when older, would ...

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Maple cake on stand

Living in the Northeast, I always believed that maple syrup season happened during the fall, just as leaves began to turn from green to red and orange, the air grew cooler, and pancake making was in full swing, right? Not so! I just learned that spring is actually the time to harvest the syrup of the gods, which I guess makes more sense—trees begin to soak in the warmth of the April sun and weep out sap that has been stored after a long, cold winter. To celebrate this newfound knowledge, I ...

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Unless my son decides to appear on his own, I have, at most, eight days left of being pregnant for the last time, ever (well, that’s the plan, anyway!). Knowing that this special time as a woman is coming to an end for me, supposedly forever, has made me look back and think of all the things I’m going to miss.

I know, some of you are staring at the screen, as you try to keep your morning sickness at bay, and thinking, “Um, lady, are you crazy?”

No, I’m absolutely ...

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favorite finger foods

It’s hard to believe that my third child, Ryker, will be a year in just a few more months. This first year has certainly flown by! As a third child, he has met most of his milestones far earlier than my first two. He is also my biggest baby of the three. My first son struggled with weight gain and had a difficult time transitioning to solid foods. My second son was on the small side, too, yet he started eating table food at 6 months. We did a combination of baby food and solid food when ...

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second trimester

The second trimester is a huge time of growth for your little one. Here's a sneak peak at what's going on in there!

Your baby has doubled in size. 

Since the first trimester, your baby has more than doubled in size. Which, when you think about it compared to our growth as adults, is absolutely mind-boggling. From a tiny embryo invisible by the eye, to nearly 10 inches long by the fifth month, your baby is making some astounding strides in the growth department. 

Your ...

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bento

My mom always made sure to introduce new, healthy foods to my sister and me when we were little, which is how we learned that strange-looking foods like starfruit, pomegranates, and artichokes are delicious. She made trying new things and eating healthy things fun. I want to instill healthy eating habits in my kids while they're young so that they don't grow up shunning food that is good for them. So lately, I've been revisiting Japanese eating habits—the ones I learned when I was little ...

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