Before I became a parent, I naively compiled a mental list of all the things I would never do as a parent: No screens until they’re older. Limited sugar. They will NOT behave badly in public. Co-sleeping is not...
I sat down to sign the permission slip for my husband to get his vasectomy. A concept I found slightly insane, considering he’s a grown adult who is fully capable of making his own decisions. This wasn’t a field...
  Preparing for a baby is expensive. Expecting twins? Twice as expensive - IF you buy two of everything. Fortunately, you don't need to. My twins, my "babies," just turned five, so I'm getting a little rusty on the baby registry...
Did your kids use a binky or pacifier or nuk? How did you wean them of it? Here's my story. My Binky Boy My oldest son, Jack, was a binky baby almost from the start. From 2 weeks to 2 years,...
When I was expecting my first baby, I had a brief desire to use cloth diapers, but being a first-time mom and already having so many things to decide, it got pushed to the backburner. When I became pregnant...
It's been over 5 years since we've been immersed in all things baby. We are expecting our third baby just in time for Christmas this year. I've always loved shopping for my girls, and this time is no exception....
August 1–7 is World Breastfeeding Week. The theme for 2018 is Breastfeeding: Foundation for Life. Find more posts about the joys and challenges of breastfeeding and pumping here.  The time has come again. The last bag of breast milk has left...
Of all topics about parenting, I was surprised that exclusive pumping gets the most blank stares or strongest reactions from fellow mothers. Exclusive pumping is breastfeeding without nursing. I only express my milk and don’t nurse. I explain it to...
“No, thank you, Mommy. I LOVE my diapers!” Those are words that can make parents of a 3 ½-year- old cringe during potty training. If your child is older than three, healthy, and not potty trained after three months of trying,...
When you become a new parent, it is amazing how many of your thoughts and conversations are about poop. Babies can’t tell you how they are doing, so we have to look for clues. Many parents are left wondering,...

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Life With Braces

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You walk out of the orthodontist’s office excited. Braces are on! You did it. Now what? Coming home after getting your braces on can...