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As I am writing this, it's a perfect Saturday afternoon. 

It really couldn't be more picturesque, really. The wind is softly blowing, the sun is shining gloriously without being too hot, and the promise of fall and adventure is in the air. 

Except for me, the only "adventure" I have going on in my day is a couple loads of laundry to look forward to. 

You see, I'm a stay-at-home mom whose husband works a lot of weekends. And while it feels like most of the world is off ...

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Ever wonder what compliments mean the most to the women in your life? I want to go straight to the source and asked 11 women just that. And their answers? Are perfection. ...

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I am not a fan of baby showers -- not as the guest of honor or the attendee. When it comes to crowds of people, being the center of attention or having to interact with too many people drains my energy and can leave me feeling exhausted, so it's not my favorite way to celebrate a new baby or mom-to-be.

It's not that I don't love celebrating new babies or mothers, but because I'm an introvert, large, energetic crowds are not my thing. It's worse that I am also what I consider to be shy ...

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Celebrity mamas seem to "do it all". We are inundated with pictures of one celebrity mom after another in her svelte pre-baby-body shape, holding a Medela pump in one hand, a script in the other, and a baby on her hip -- usually leaving a gym -- and believe she can do it all. But are you skeptical? Just a bit? You should be! The fact of the matter is, Hollywood moms often have hired help behind the scenes in the form of nannies and personal assistants. 

Let's take a peek at the real ...

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When it comes to being the lady of the house, the only competition I have comes from the four-legged diva we adopted three years ago.

While most of my life as a DudeMom has been spent learning to navigate the grimy boy-infested waters, I've decided that being the lady of the house has its definite perks. Here are my top 10 reasons raising boys as the only chick in the house is sort of amazing ...

10 Things I Love About Being the Only Girl in the House

They call me the ...

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I once worked with a kid who never stopped moving. He was funny, bright, animated, and kind, but he truly never stopped moving. He couldn't. He had his best ideas when jumping up and down or kicking a ball or throwing something against my office wall. Movement, although distracting to his classmates, helped him focus. Movement kept him engaged.

It took some trial and error to find strategies to help him get his fidgeting out without disrupting his class every few minutes. A stress ball ...

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Looking back at the four times I have given birth, I have to say that there's only one thing that's certain about labor and delivery: it's never predictable.

But, there are a few things that I wish I would have known along the way about giving birth, such as ...

That my water breaking would not be like in the movies.

When I pictured my water breaking, I envisioned a dramatic scene like in the movies: a tidal wave of fluid followed by a mad dash to the hospital, where I ...

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4 Tips to Make the NICU Feel More Homey

Sunday, September 21st, 2014 by from Baby Steps

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Before my son was medically flown to a children's hospital on his twelfth day of life, I had never set foot inside of a neonatal ICU.

Ever.

We've never had any relatives with premature babies, or friends, or knew anyone with children who had major medical concerns at birth.

So, being there for the first time because of something wrong with our child made the place seem incredibly scary, despite the doctors' attempts to mask the fear the acronym ICU conjures up. The walls ...

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After the birth of a child, most, if not all mothers struggle with certain aspects of caring for a new baby.  Some moms find it difficult to recover from birth, while others battle breastfeeding woes, including cracked nipples, mastitis and engorgement.  I had a very tramuatic birth experience with my first child.  Recovery was difficult but I was in such bliss over having a new baby so I just got through it without complaining.  As the weeks passed by after his birth, I physically ...

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By now, we are all pretty familiar with the fact that drinking during pregnancy is a no-no. 

Not only can it cause serious birth defects, but it can harm a developing fetus, cause premature labor, and lead to life-long learning disabilities. And while many women hear the advice that an occasional glass of wine or beer during pregnancy is perfectly safe (look at the French!), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists stands by its stance of a zero-alcohol policy during ...

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