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I am currently mother to a baby who is not fond of naps. 

You know the type, right? Your baby is energized with a refreshing assortment of 20- to 40-minute "cat naps," never sleeping for a longer session and just giving me a tantalizing taste of time that I may accomplish anything at all with more than one hand. 

It's a frustrating place to be, not only for doing anything crazy like eating or feeding my other kids, but also because napping isn't just a nice little indulgence ...

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There's nothing quite so exciting as the love you feel when you finally meet your very own baby! And what kind of love will you find with your February baby? Looking to sources from astrology and the farmer's almanac to scientific research, here are some of the characteristics attributed to February babies.

There are quite a few things that make February a unique month. It is the shortest month, with only 28 days, until a leap year arrives and brings 29 days.

The name February ...

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'Tis the season for love -- and pregnancy announcements!

What better way to announce your little one than with a love-themed pregnancy announcement this Valentine's Day? Get in the spirit with these heartastic ideas from couples who have announced their big news with the theme of love.

This adorable Valentine's pregnancy announcement from The Modern Pilgrim has it all -- perfect little red Toms, a cute-and-crafty heart-themed onesie, and a balloon to "pop" the ...

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How to Create a Kitchen Command Center

One of the reasons that many moms feel unorganized is because they don't follow the golden rule of "a place for everything and everything in its place." And nowhere does that mantra hold more true than where it comes to paperwork. A seemingly constant influx of paperwork comes into our homes -- mail, catalogs, invitations, bills, school/daycare fliers, forms that need to be completed. The stream is almost endless.

A seemingly constant influx of paperwork comes into our homes -- mail, ...

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4 valentine's day recipes to cook with kids

My boys, ages 5 and 3, love to help in the kitchen. Although it is never a neat process, it's important to teach them the basics of cooking. There are so many things they can learn while helping, including sequencing, measurements, time, and the names of the ingredients.

Much like me, they love scrolling through all the pictures on Pinterest, but who can really blame them! This Valentine's Day, my boys and I will be creating a few fun treats that they specifically picked out on ...

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Caught In the Act

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 by from Mom, Myself, & I
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You and your partner finally have all the kids tucked into bed after a long day.  You've checked them twice, and then decide that now, while all is peaceful, might be a good time to get intimate with your partner. As the two of you sneak into the bedroom, tip-toeing as quietly as possible as not to make the floorboard creak, you feel like school kids sneaking out of their parents' house. 

A few minutes later, it's on.  Then - suddenly - you look down at the foot of your bed and see ...

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Miscarriage is not easy to talk about, but I believe it's an important conversation we should be having. It's not easy to hear about miscarriage either because it's not a happy topic, but again, I believe it's imperative to listen. You can learn a lot about how to support the women and families who have been through miscarriage and talking can be a big aid in the grieving process.

I've been pretty open about my multiple miscarriages. I've shared many times about where I am in grief, ...

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As it turns out, my son is a bit of a hot commodity in kindergarten. I wouldn't have called it. He's aloof and introverted on a good day, and he doesn't crave tons of attention from peers, girls or boys. But he's very sweet and caring, and he always stops to help others. He's also a bit of a floater -- he doesn't need a super best friend to keep him company. He just likes to play.

While I hear from the moms that his name comes up often in conversation, I'm not sure that he knows ...

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When it comes to baby food, we may think that homemade is always best, but there could be a very important instance when that is very, very wrong:

Homemade baby formula.

In an effort perhaps to make formula a healthier choice, some parents are turning to do-it-yourself homemade baby formula kits or are looking up formula recipes online, some of which include buying ingredients like raw cow's milk, bacteria, liver oil, and yeast. There has even been some talk of the bioengineering ...

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Last week, my husband asked me what I wanted to do for Valentine's Day, and I looked at him, my eyes full of need, and whispered, "Take a nap." He laughed, I laughed, and together, we decided the only thing to do was cancel Valentine's Day.


Not forever, but possibly, at least until the youngest is potty trained and can sleep through the night. That's where people lose me when they tell me I have to keep the romance alive in my marriage after kids. Are you kidding? I'm ...

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