Abigail Green

Abby is a work-at-home writer and mom of two insanely active young boys. She is the author of Mama Insider: Laughing (And Sometimes Crying) All the Way Through Pregnancy, Birth, and the First 3 Months Follow her blog, www.AbbyOfftheRecord.com, or on Twitter: @AbbyOTR

3 Ways to Have a Baby-Friendly (and Fun!) Fourth of July

I hate to be the one to break it to you, but holidays just aren’t the same when you have a baby. Some holidays, that is. Especially ones involving beer and fireworks. Babies and pyrotechnics don’t mix. So you might find yourself, like I did, sitting home alone with a baby on Independence Day, while... Read more

The Pros (and Cons!) of Making Your Own Baby Food

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Imagine how much easier it would be to raise kids if you didn’t have to feed them? You could blissfully go about your day without having to purée anything or push green beans on anyone. You wouldn’t have to water down juice, cool off oatmeal, or pick the raisins out of raisin bread.... Read more

5 Things I Didn’t Think About Before Picking a Baby Name (That I Wish I Did!)

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One of the most fun parts of pregnancy for me was picking a baby name. I would pour over the baby name books and stalk the latest Social Security baby name rankings looking for the perfect name for my child. During that time, however, there were a few things I never... Read more

4 Things You Should Never Say to an Expectant Mom

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Is there anything more stressful than those final few weeks leading up to your baby’s birth? Yes! Constantly fielding all those “did you have the baby yet?” queries! When I was at the end of my pregnancies, it got to the point where I stopped answering the phone and email because I couldn’t... Read more

Hand-Me-Downs: What to Take, What to Skip and What to Think Twice About

At a barbecue last weekend, I met some people who are expecting their first baby any day now and another couple who just had their second child. After congratulating them, my first thought was, “Do I still have any baby stuff I can unload on them?” because as strong as the urge to procreate is... Read more

5 Myths About Small Children — Busted!

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Anyone who’s been a parent for more than, oh, 30 minutes, knows that the onslaught of unsolicited advice is immediate and unceasing. In the beginning, it’s actually welcome. Yes, nurse, please show us how to deal with that belly button! PLEASE! But as time goes on, and the advice starts to come from mothers-in-law, strangers,... Read more

The Top 3 Lies People Told Me About Having a Baby — and One Truth

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The other day a friend mentioned she’d had lunch at a certain café in town. That made me think of the phenomenal sugar cookies they make there, which made me remember that I was eating one when I went into labor with my youngest son. And just like that, I could feel the labor pains... Read more

The Top 3 Grossest Things You’ll Get Used To as a Mom (Yuck!)

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I’m always hearing about moms-to-be who are very concerned that they might, to put it delicately, “go number two” while they’re giving birth. And many new dads’ biggest fear is that they might pass out while cutting the umbilical cord. Well, I’m here to tell you that’s just the beginning of the gross stuff you'll... Read more

The Truth About What Vacationing With Baby in Tow Is Really Like

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Summertime and the livin' is easy! Unless you're a new parent, of course, in which case the livin' is pretty hard, what with all the diapers, feedings, not sleeping... But if you're lucky, you'll still be able to get away for a little summer break, like you did before you had kids. We took our... Read more

Top 3 Simple (and Fun!) Birthday Gifts for Kids at Every Age

It’s that time of year again, when the e-Vites and pastel-colored envelopes start arriving weekly – birthday party season. If you’re thinking, “Yay! How fun!” you obviously haven’t been to as many kids’ birthday parties as I have. Listen, I like small-talk with fellow preschool parents and garishly colored sheet cake as much as the... Read more