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The scariest words a parent can hear are, "We think surgery is the best option."

We have heard those words three times: once to close an opening in his abdominal cavity, again to insert his feeding tube into his stomach, and, finally - the worst one of all - for open heart surgery to close his two massive holes.

But, your child doesn't have to have heart surgery for you to be terrified. Even something a little less complicated, like a tonsillectomy, or having tubes put in their ...

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Travel strollers, infant strollers, umbrella strollers, double strollers -- there are so many strollers in my garage alone, I can barely keep them straight. (And my husband just loves tripping over them all of the time.)

I admit that I am a stroller devotee -- I like having my options open to make my life easier when I need a stroller to serve a specific purpose. Going for a jog? I need a heavy duty jogging stroller. Just making a quick trip to the mall? An umbrella is fine. Taking all ...

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dad carrying newborn

Ongoing research summarized by the Fatherhood Institute revealed that many factors related to his employer determine a father's ability to take paternity leave, especially in the United States. A survey done by the father network, City Fathers, showed that 44% of the 750 fathers they surveyed reported that their biggest challenge day in and day out was missing their child while at work. Nearly a third of them had taken no paternity leave or only took part of their entitled ...

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I have been breastfeeding my fourth child for 8 months now; and this past month I developed mastitis, twice. It was brutal and I am still trying to recover from the two weeks on antibiotics, and things left on my to-do list from doing nothing but nursing, sleeping, and resting. I have never had mastitis before, even while nursing my other children, and now having experienced it, I can say it was worse than I anticipated it being.

Breastfeeding is not easy - it takes a while to get the ...

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First day of school picture ideas

My first born son started kindergarten today-- hold me. The morning was bittersweet. He woke up with a huge smile on his face exclaiming, "I am going to school today!" Meanwhile, I was a bundle of nerves, wondering how he would manage in a classroom full of strangers. When we arrived at school, I walked him to the gym where we waited with his classmates, parents, and teachers. Then parents, students, and teachers walked to the kindergarten wing. After attendance was called and cubbies were ...

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Deep within our feminine souls, there is a powerful capacity for trickery. We are masters of deception! We can fake headaches, orgasms, hair color, personality, and pregnancies. And more often than not, this deceptiveness goes unrealized by those it's directly affecting ... with one exception: Pregnancy!

Unless you're scheming to kidnap a newborn baby on your phony due date - Highly disallowed! - you'll eventually be caught out.

A woman might fabricate a pregnancy to get ...

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dude mom life

It's hard to describe to moms without sons what raising a son is truly like.

It's different they all agree, because boys are just, um, different.

Plus, the whole never having been one is sort of a thing! I will never understand their I-have-to-touch-it-constantly-so-it-doesn't-fall-off-penis-obsession, and I don't think farts are THAT funny, or know why peeing outside is so fascinating, and mostly I hate roughhousing; I usually wind up hurt.

I asked some of my Dude Mom ...

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Growing up, I had a love-hate relationship with my non-common name. I loved it because there were no other students in my school with the same name and people tended to remember my unique name. On the other hand, I hated my name because as a young girl who had a stereotypical "male" name, which wasn't common back then, I didn't like when teachers or doctors confused me for a boy. Now, as a mother who has been able to choose the names of her own children -- the uniqueness of my name has ...

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working while pregnant

With both babies, I worked right up until my due date. In fact, with my daughter, I was getting ready for work when I realized I was in labor. Working while pregnant can pose many challenges, from planning who will cover your job when you're out. to dealing with the aches and pains of pregnancy while you're required to be upright for eight hours (all while appearing professional!). Here are a few tips I've learned from my two working mama pregnancies on how to navigate the waters of working ...

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I have loved reading for as long as I can remember -- which is as far back as 4-years old. I love how books can transplant you from your life temporarily, and into a new world, someone else's shoes, or will teach you something you didn't yet know.

When I had kids, I wanted to help foster their love for reading because it was a big memory of my childhood. Since it was important to me, I knew that I had to do what my mom did - always have books around. We had a huge bookcase from floor ...

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