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

Baby Keepsakes – What to Save, Toss and What to Hide!

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I have a small Ziploc bag in my desk drawer containing a lock of hair from my son’s first haircut. I’m not sure exactly why I saved it (or what I’m going to do with it) but it seemed like something a mom is supposed to save. Same with other stuff I’ve kept for sentimental... Read more

Why I Let My Baby Boss Me Around

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I once heard a new mom explaining how she figured out the one thing that calmed her colicky infant was bouncing on an exercise ball. So, she did it -- 24/7. When her husband got home from work they’d trade off, not even stopping to eat. Another mom once told me her 1-year-old doesn’t “allow”... Read more

3 Fun Places to Take Baby (Plus a Few to Avoid!)

There is an outdoor summer concert series in my town. It’s a fun place to enjoy the warm weather, mingle with friends and neighbors and picnic while listening to live music. It is also Baby Central. One night I looked around and thought, “Holy moly! There are more kids here than a Duggar family reunion!”... Read more

Confession: Facebook Made Me Feel Inferior on Mother’s Day

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Did you all have a happy Mother’s Day? Mine was pretty good: pancakes and handmade cards and sticky hugs, followed by all the usual sibling squabbles, house-trashing and running out of milk and patience. Life with little ones isn’t exactly a day at the spa, you know? But I didn’t think much of it until... Read more

The Top 3 Pregnancy Perks I Wish I Had Taken Advantage Of

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I went to the doctor yesterday after a week of unexplained dizziness. “Oh, are you pregnant?” asked everyone I mentioned it to -- because that’s the go-to diagnosis for women of childbearing age who complain of anything from a hangnail to a headache. Just try telling someone you feel tired, hungry, or nauseous and see... Read more

The 5 Types of Moms We All Know

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We all know we shouldn’t compare ourselves to other moms. It’s not right to judge or stereotype. Yeah, yeah… yeah. We also know we all do it and it can sometimes even serve a useful purpose. Who among us hasn’t wanted to be a little more like that mom and a little less like that... Read more

The Top 5 Lies Grandparents Tell (and What They Really Mean!)

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Grandma and Grandpa. Nana and Pop. Ya-Ya and Goo-Ga. Whatever you call them, grandparents can be a wonderful addition to your child’s life. I was lucky enough to have two sets of them when I was growing up. One grandmother taught me how to do my nails and sew. It’s not her fault neither skill... Read more

5 Honest Realizations I’ve Had Since Becoming a Mom

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There was a moment shortly after I brought my first child home from the hospital when I found myself lying on the bed, sobbing. What had I DONE, bringing a BABY into this world? It had suddenly occurred to me that we lived in Baltimore, a city with one of the highest murder rates in... Read more

3 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Had Kids

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Someone asked me recently if there was anything I wish I knew before I had kids. It’s pretty hard these days to NOT be aware of all that awaits you during pregnancy, birth, and what comes after. It’s all chronicled for us in the tabloids, blogs, and Instagram, right? But there WERE a... Read more

Sometimes I Forget Just How Crazy and Chaotic Motherhood Can Be

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When I was a kid, I had an aunt who lived in New York City. Whenever we’d visit her, I could never sleep. All night long from her 14th floor apartment, you’d hear sirens blaring, taxis honking, cars backfiring (or were those gunshots?). I couldn’t imagine how anyone could get used to all that noise.... Read more