It All Started with a Meatball The Klay Family Blog

Of course you can stick with the standards -- "Twinkle, Twinkle" and "Hush, Little Baby" still work just fine -- but sometimes it's nice to try something a little different. Heck, the secret to calming my oldest daughter's colicky screams was repeated refrains of the Oscar Mayer songs (My baloney has a first name ... AND Oh, I wish I were an Oscar ...

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As a parent, it sometimes feels like every day is much like the one before. The same routine of feeding and changing, and trying to get little ones to sleep so that you can get ready to feed and change, and you do it all over and over, again and again. And while the moments in between can be pure magic (have you heard a baby giggle lately? Or ...

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Often, in those early days of infancy, in between the feedings and the changings and the sleepings, it’s easy to wonder “What do I do with this baby?” Especially for caregivers who aren’t familiar or comfortable with the baby phase, how to keep an infant entertained can seem a daunting challenge. ...

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I recently finished reading the complete Harry Potter series with my daughter. It was a wonderful adventure for the two of us to share, and I found – as we read – that I saw the books and the characters through new eyes this time around. The first time I read the books it was ...

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You're having a baby. You are absolutely certain/pretty sure/kind of thinking you want to breastfeed. That's great! One of the great benefits of breastfeeding is that you can do it without making a single purchase. Plenty of women across the world and far back through history have successfully nursed their babies ...

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I loved being pregnant. Don't get me wrong, I hated parts – morning sickness, I'm looking at you! – but overall it was a great experience for me, and one that had me feeling better and more comfortable in my own skin than I had been since I was the baby myself. Of course, eventually ...

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It sometimes seems that people are intent upon sharing with new parents-to-be only the best or worst predictions about their future now that a baby is on the way. You'll love every minute! (You won't. There will be minutes where you wonder what made you think this parenting gig was a good idea.) You'll never ...

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So, some of you are already thinking that I'm a crazy woman, telling you not to hide sex from your kids. You're thinking of all the ways that sounds inappropriate, right? But let me explain. I'm not saying not to value the privacy and intimacy of the sexual relationship. ...

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You're pregnant. Food aversions, the discomfort of clothes and shoes, and the fact that staying awake past 9 feels virtually impossible tend to limit your options for planning a night of fun. Chances are it might just be feeling like another hang out on the couch with snacks and a movie kind of night. Believe ...

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When you’re expecting your first child, there are so many questions. Will I be a good parent? Will I be able to stay home/work/balance what I want? Will my baby be cute? (Admit it – you wondered it at least once!)

When you’re expecting your second child, there is one question that causes great concern. Will I love this child the ...

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