What My Baby is Grateful for this Thanksgiving

My little turkey is thankful for boobs, avocado and her favorite monkey mirror.My little turkey is thankful for boobs, avocado and her favorite monkey mirror.
I asked my 9-month-old daughter, Evie, what she’s thankful for this Thanksgiving. She clapped her hands, belched, then picked up her copy of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See and started babbling: What I’m grateful for this Thanksgiving Mommy’s boobs. A fresh, dry diaper...ahhh. The awesome orange monkey mirror hanging from my play... read more

A Working Mom’s Morning Routine

Mom hard at work
I'm still pretty new at this whole mom thing, but one thing that I've learned so far is that mornings will forever be a bit more chaotic. If I thought that getting to work on time was challenging before our baby was born, then this is a whole new hurdle to jump over. I have... read more

DIY Newborn Photography: How to Avoid Taking Bad Pictures

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Photography is one of the things I'd love to be good at. Newborn photography is so precious and such a big thing right now. I love looking up "newborn photo props" on Etsy and seeing all the things people come up with. For some reason, my husband and I went the DIY route with newborn... read more

Agreeing to Have a Baby — a Dad-to-Be’s Perspective

Photo: Getty / The BumpPhoto: Getty / The Bump
One of the most important decisions anyone can make in their lives is the decision to have a baby. I distinctly remember being woken up in the middle of the night and seeing Mrs. Daddy Nickell sitting up in bed staring at the wall. She wanted to know, right then and there, “Do I? Can I?... read more

How to Sail Through Baby’s First Holiday Season

Photo: Thinkstock / The BumpPhoto: Thinkstock / The Bump
A few of you ladies may know me from The Bump message boards, where I post under my TB login, PeonyPumps. Frequently, during this time of year, many boards see posts about navigating the holiday season with a new baby. Here are a few questions I've seen recently: Baby is only X days/weeks/months old.... read more

4 Things You Should Know About Vaginal Deliveries

mom and newborn
1. There is no normal.

When I was pregnant it seemed as if I was wearing a huge sign that said, "Please tell me all about your personal experiences with having a baby." This happened to me constantly! Whether I was at work, church, the grocery store, or a public bathroom, there was always a...

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Recall Alert! PeaPod Travel Tents by KidCo

Photo: CPSC / The BumpPhoto: CPSC / The Bump
On Friday, The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and KidCo Inc., of Libertyville, IL, announced a recall of  about 220,000 PeaPod and PeaPod Plus Travel Beds. The CPSC says, "Infants and young children can roll off the edge of the inflatable air mattress, become entrapped between the mattress and the fabric sides of the... read more

The Hangry Monster — The Real Cause of Most Toddler Meltdowns

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Picking up my three-year-old daughter, Lovie, from school at 3:30 like I do every day, I peeked into the window of her room and saw her sitting right in front of her teacher who read from a book. One of her classmates saw me and feverishly started pointing in my direction while nudging Lovie. She... read more

Urban Stroller Shopping

stroller shopping is obviously a great photo op
Last weekend my husband and I finally got to get out of our apartment after being cooped up post-Hurricane-Sandy and test drove some strollers. We'd done our fair share of online research (or if we're being accurate, my husband looked at every detail and I looked at all the color options) so we'd already... read more

Packing a Hospital Bag — What’s Different the Second Time Around

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One of the big things I did in preparation for my son's birth was to pack our hospital bag. I'm not sure how much time I put into packing my things into a suitcase, but I know I spent a significant amount of time on it.  With his pregnancy -- my first -- I'm... read more