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There have been a few constants since I had children.

One, I don’t get enough sleep. It used to be because the kids woke me at night for feedings and changings; now it is because nighttime is the only time I get to read, play on the Internet, and watch TV.

Two, I can’t plan like I used to. I used to want to know exactly what I was going to do all the time. Not happening now. If I plan something these days, someone inevitably ends up sick or in need of doing something ...

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Toddlers are a lot of work -- they like to do what they want when they want to, and this age group seems to have the secret to having endless energy while never sleeping. I have been through this phase of childrearing three times, and now that I am in it again for the fourth time, I'm surprised it is still not any easier.

I know some people are wary of how much technology kids use at a very young age, but sometimes, you need a little break yourself as a parent, and that's OK. I like to ...

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When you're pregnant, the symptoms you have to deal with during your first trimester can feel like they're plaguing you. You've got the nausea that just won't quit, a new form of tired that won't go away no matter how long you sleep, and cravings and food aversions complicate every meal. While they don't happen to every expecting mother, most people expect to have some of the bad with the good.

These symptoms tend to get better through the second trimester, but until birth, having some ...

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Sometimes, when I look around at all of those mothers who seemingly never gain weight during their pregnancies -- you know, the moms with the stick arm and legs and the cute basketball bellies, or the moms who are back in bikinis weeks after giving birth? -- I wonder, maybe I'm exaggerating how hard it is for me to lose weight. 

Because the thing is, I've gained a lot of weight with my pregnancies. A lot. Over 200 pounds gained and lost so far with four pregnancies, and I'm here today ...

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The mother-in-law relationship is one many struggle with.

She gave birth to the man who helped you create the children you gave birth to.

In many ways, you get her protectiveness. You can probably empathize with her desire to be as close to and involved with the care and keeping of the babies her baby helped create.

But, also? Sometimes? You want your husband to grow a pair -- a pair that will give him the gumption to tell his mama to butt out and get a life, along with a ...

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When you bring a newborn home, and you're deep in that "I swear I will never sleep again" phase, finding the good can be hard. Getting to know a new baby, healing from pregnancy and birth, plus dealing with sleep deprivation and a total hormone overload, you can definitely say that newborns can seem totally overwhelming.

I just got out of the new baby phase for the fourth time with my youngest, now officially a toddler. Even though I had been through the phase many times before, the ...

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20 Great Super Bowl Snacks!

The big game is right around the corner! And for some of us, it's more about the snacks (and the commercials!) than it is about the game! So if you are trying to decide what festive things to serve on Super Bowl Sunday, here are 20 great Super Bowl Snacks!

These cranberry hot wings created by Amiyrah from Four Hats and Frugal are baked, not fried, making them a healthier alternative to one our favorite Super Bowl snacks!

This copycat Chili's queso is one of my family's favorite ...

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One of the things I hate about being pregnant is my need for a million bathroom breaks during the day. 

Even when I'm not pregnant, I chug water like it's going out of style, so when I'm pregnant, it's on a whole 'nother level. I feel like my entire day is spent bursting out of my skin to get to the bathroom, and even short errands become torture because I literally can not go more than 30 minutes without peeing. 

But while my pregnancy-induced bathroom break mania is an ...

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5 Tips For Photographing Newborns

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 by from Baby Steps

Contrary to popular belief, photographing your newborn baby is actually easier than you think. If you can't afford a professional newborn photography session that is so much in vogue, fear not. You can capture those early days (and years) yourself, and you don't even need any fancy equipment. All you need is a fairly cooperative baby, a decent smartphone, a good eye (which you can practice), and good lighting.

These past few months ...

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When I look through the popular baby names lists year after year, there are some names that make the cut every year: Sophia, Jackson, Aiden, and Emily are so popular right now, I'm not sure when or if they'll ever drop from their top spots.

If you take a look at some of the fastest rising names each year, you'll find inspiration in popular movies, TV characters, or new pop culture slang. It's a common place that parents-to-be look for name inspiration, but in my experience, their ...

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