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There is nothing wrong with embracing your status as a nerd. I couldn't have said it any better than John Green: "Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can't-control-yourself love it. [...] When people call people nerds, mostly what they're saying is 'you like stuff.' Which is just not a good insult at all. Like, 'you are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness.' "

So, if you want to check out some stuff you might like -- a lot -- for you ...

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formula need to know

So - for whatever reason you've determined you are going to be using formula to meet your baby's nutritional needs. Let me say this to you - good job, mama. Don't let anyone else (or that little voice in your head) beat you up for doing the best you can to take care of your baby. The most important rule: feed the baby.

So, since you're using formula, let's talk about some things that you might not know or think about that can make formula feeding both simpler and safer.

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15 perfect bedtime songs

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, my oldest daughter's secret to calm the colicky screams was repeated refrains of the Oscar Mayer songs (My baloney has a first name ... AND Oh, I wish I were an Oscar Mayer wiener ...). Sometimes you need to mix it up. So next time you're singing your little one to sleep, or trying to calm those fussy cries, why not try ...

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baby movies - 9 parenting movies

Ever have one of those parenting days when you start to wonder if anyone else is struggling with becoming a parent as much as you are? Want a reminder that one day you'll look back on this day when your little one's diaper explosion + the dishwasher flood + the dog vomiting on the carpet + realizing none of your clothes fit will be something you can laugh about?

Check out these films for a reminder that the ups and downs of becoming a parent can make you cry - but they can also make ...

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breastfeeding and formula feeding

Good mothers breastfeed.

It’s true. Do you know what else they do? Good mothers formula feed. Good mothers cup feed and bottle feed and tube feed. Because the thing is, good mothers know that what matters most is that they feed the baby.

{ MORE: What Breastfeeding Guarantees }

There are so many things that mothers feel judged about – that mothers ARE judged about. Go online and view the comments on any article about breastfeeding and you’ll find commenters ...

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10 Must-Watch Pregnancy Movies List

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 me - I get it.

Check out these 10 films that focus on pregnancy to see how the movie version matches up with your reality.

Knocked Up

If you're a fan of the ...

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There is no shortage of articles that will tell you how being a boy-mom leads to Legos and fart jokes and being a girl-mom leads to princesses and drama. But here is the thing - being a mom leads to a lot of those things. Period.

As a mama to boy/girl twins (plus one more) who defy and embrace gender stereotypes at random, I've seen it firsthand. And while it often happens that television and marketing , the influence of other children and adults alike, and innate desires and drives ...

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mother, twins, and older daughter

I can do it by myself.

I don’t need your help.

I want to go without you.

Parenting is hard. It just is. Not only in those moments of tantrums or tears or overtired children, but also in those moments of pure joy and beauty where you look at your child(ren) and realize that they are growing up. And you begin to think about this whole gig – a deal where you spend your entire life investing everything you have to give in another person, one who you love beyond any ...

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mother friendships

Imagine, if you will, that you’re at the park/mall/germ-encrusted restaurant playplace playing on the swings/slides/climbing tower with your toddler. Things are going well, until another child shows up and throws sand in your child’s face/shoves your little one out of the way instead of waiting turns/knocks your child down. You look around for the other mother, but don’t see anyone laying claim to this new kid. Do you:

A: scoop up your child and go ...

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5 Things Every Father-to-Be Should Know

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 sleep again. (You will. Admittedly there will be long nights when you feel like you may never sleep again, but you'll sleep. You may never sleep as well as you once did, ...

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