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Real stories of night weaning

My baby boy is 14 months old, and our nursing relationship is still going strong. I don't have any plans to wean at this point. His nursing sessions are brief and are primarily used for comfort when he is hurt, tired, or when he wakes up in the middle of the night. None of my children slept through the night during their first year of life. Sure, there were a few random nights here and there when I woke up in a panic in the early morning hours with full breasts and a racing heart because my ...

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When my doctor told me that I needed to have an induction with my fourth child, I admit that I was fully unprepared.

Sure, I knew what an induction would entail and yes, I had seen many mothers go through them just fine, but it's a different feeling, knowing you'll be going through it yourself. And along those lines, I will say it's a completely different experience going through an induction myself rather than just taking care of patients who are being induced.

In fact, having ...

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There are so many places to look for inspiration to find the perfect baby name for your child-to-be. You can choose from family history, culture, literature, and everything in between. Choosing your child's name is one of the most fun and sometimes scary choices we make as parents, and oftentimes, one of the first big ones.

There are other major things to take into consideration, too. The name has to be more than "just great" before you sign the certificate, giving them a name forever. ...

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Why is it that kids like the summer break? I would venture to say that it is because homework is non-existent during those blissful months.

Why is it that parents like the summer break? I would venture to say that, as the actual doers of the homework, parents get a three-month-or-so break from dragging their kids to the kitchen table to get their science project that's due the next day started. (And you thought you were done with homework once you graduated. HA!)

So, yes, the ...

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15 toddler approved fall activities

"Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons." ~Jim Bishop

Fall is my absolute favorite season. The smell of burning leaves. The crunch of a freshly picked apple. The warmth of a hand-knit hat. The golden hue of yellow, orange, and red that falls upon the trees. What is there not to love about fall? Fall is even better when spent with your family, making lasting memories. Here are my favorite toddler-approved fall activities.

Throw rocks into a pond or ...

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epic pregnancy meltdown

With huge levels of luteinizing hormone (LH) , follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), hCG, estrogen and progesterone coursing through your body for 40 weeks, it's no wonder that pregnancy can sometimes cause a few hormone-induced temper tantrums. During my two pregnancies, I had my fair share of brain hiccups, violent screaming spells, inane arguments, and buckets of tears. Buckets!

Looking back, they are funny. At the time? Not so much.

My worst pregnancy meltdown happened when my ...

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Super hero room DIY

The Dudes are obsessed with super heroes.

I know, totally cliche: little boys who like super heroes, big surprise.

But, whatever, they are fans of all things Marvel (and, to be fair, many things DC too) at the moment.

I think it's awesome because it's still such a boyish thing to love. And I fully support anything that keeps them young and childlike.

Plus I love coming downstairs to one (or all) of them clad in a super get up of some sort. It reminds me that, even ...

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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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Starting solids with my baby is not my favorite milestone for a few reasons: people food versus breast milk makes diaper changes more offensive to the nose; babies are learning how to eat, which is messy to say the least; and it means my baby is growing up, which is a good thing, but it's strange how fast it comes.

My 8-month-old started really eating solids just a few weeks ago. I didn't really anticipate starting as early as this (though doctors say it's OK to start solids at 6 ...

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How to Create An Evening Routine

One of the best ways to feel organized as a mom is to have in place a set of routines for the morning, afternoon, and evening. When you have these routines in place for yourself as well as for your family, it becomes so much easier to get the things done that you'd like to accomplish--prepare healthy meals, get ready quickly and easily so as to get out the door on time, keep an orderly home, get the kids to bed at a reasonable time with minimal fuss, etc.

I've shared with you my ideas ...

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