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Get royally excited -- there's another little prince or princess on the way!

Early last week, Prince William and Princess Catherine announced they are expecting their second baby. The new royal baby, who will join 18-month old Prince George, will be fourth in line for the throne (knocking poor Prince Harry to fifth!)

Princess Kate is believed to be about three months along. The announcement came as a necessity of sorts; Princess Kate is experiencing the same acute morning ...

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My daughter wants nothing to do with sleepovers. She likes her routine. She likes her bed. And she likes the overflowing pile of stuffed animals that line the foot of her bed. Truth be told, she likes predictability. In her own room, with her own stuff, with her brother in the next room, and with parents down the hall, she feels safe. She's just not ready to venture out of that comfort zone just yet, and I support her 100%.

A lot of her friends, however, are into sleepovers. ...

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Babies are hard work. I have four children, and you would think I would be used to how much work kids under 1 year old are, but here I sit with my 8-month-old and am still surprised. Yes, he wants my attention at all times of the day. If he gets sick or doesn't feel totally 100%, he will scream unless he's held--it's to be expected sometimes when you have a baby, but what does that mean for your older kids?

I have heard so many times over the past few months from my kids just how bored ...

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When we had our second daughter baptized, it was the picture-perfect ceremony I had been envisioning. The white dress, the serene baby, the smiling family members looking fondly on.

Until we all posed for the big family photo and the second before the shutter snapped, my daughter picked that moment to completely fill her diaper with the loudest explosion ever. The entire family burst out in laughter as the camera captured the moment in digital perfection forever.

Not exactly the ...

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We make plans like we actually have any control over our lives. Even when we are confronted with the reality of change, we, as a society, still continue to make plans.

This is going to happen, then this, this, and this.

It truly doesn’t work like that.

Some readers may remember that I had trouble breastfeeding my first born, and I had prepared myself better to give a stronger push for breastfeeding with my second—my now 4-month-old son. 

I had the names of ...

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Moms who just don't have the time or energy will be happy to hear that maintaining clean floors that you can eat off of is over rated and just not necessary even when you have a tiny baby. Results from a recent study published by the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, showed that a newborn who lives in a house that is extremely clean will not be as resistant to germs, bacteria and other allergens from rodents, roaches, and cats. In turn, the lack of exposure to these germs may lead ...

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After leaving my husband to tuck the kids into bed one night, I headed downstairs to indulge in my secret "me" time–walking on my treadmill at the lowest possible speed setting and watching trashy reality shows on my phone.

After about an hour of my "workout," I heard the distinct sounds of my two-hundred-and-then-some pound husband sprinting full-speed upstairs.

Never a good sign. 

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I remember when I was nearing the end of my first pregnancy - I was excited, scared, and soaking up all the information I could about the next stage: labor and birth. The idea terrified me, I'm not going to lie. It didn't have a lot of experience with this whole thing - and being the first of my friends and siblings to have a baby, I relied a lot on reading about it.

There was a big difference between what I read about labor and what it was actually like to go through it. I realized I ...

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thank you gifts

Now that school is in full gear, the next few months will be a blur. Before you know it we will be roaming the store aisles searching for Halloween costumes for our little ones; after that, the holidays creep up quickly and you are once again wandering around the stores, searching for gifts for people who are hard to buy for. From distant relatives to grandmas who truly don't need another coffee mug, nothing says "thank you" or "I love you" like a handmade craft from your child.

Here ...

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I was pregnant with my oldest son on September 11, 2001.

It’s one of those days that every American adult seems to have a story about. Most of us can easily recount what we were doing when we heard, how we found out, who we talked to first, who we lost.

It’s a piece of our history that is still difficult to talk about. But giving voice to the events and the emotions surrounding it is important, and sometimes, that voice will be heard by our children.

As a mother to a ...

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