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Mason’s Speedy Unexpected Arrival

Mason’s Speedy Unexpected Arrival

Mason’s Speedy, Unexpected Arrival Mama: Tracie H. Stats: 5lbs 13oz, 19.5 inches Type of Birth: Vaginal Birth Location: Hospital Primary Care: Obstetrician I’m a teacher in Montgomery County, Maryland. We had just gone on a field trip where I hiked three miles in the woods with my class, and I was just about 33 weeks [...]

Reese’s VBAC Birth Story

Reese’s VBAC Birth Story

Reese’s Birth Story Mama: Kelly G. Type of Birth: Vaginal, VBAC Birth Location: Hospital Primary Care: Obstetrician In April of 2012 I went to the doctor for my yearly well-woman exam. I spoke with the doctor and told her that we would like to try for a second baby, and we got the green light [...]

Having a Baby and a Dog

Having a Baby and a Dog

Our lab, Mackie was 13 months old when our daughter, Elizabeth, was born. Since my husband was deployed for most of my pregnancy, Mackie became very protective of me. He slept at the foot of the bed, was always next to me, and became very accustomed to daily trips to the dog park, as well [...]

Triplets: Shannan and Tom’s Story

Triplets: Shannan and Tom’s Story

Parents Names: Tom and Shannan Cunniffe Baby Statistics: Triplets What did you do when you found out you were pregnant? Were you together when you found out? I think we both went into shock. After having gone through IVF, we knew there was a chance we would end up pregnant with multiples, but you never [...]

What You Should Know About Tongue-Tie

What You Should Know About Tongue-Tie

Happy National Breastfeeding Month! In celebration of my own 14-month breastfeeding journey, I’d like to share a little bit about the struggles I had breastfeeding my daughter. I hope that spreading the word about tongue and lip-tie might help someone else avoid some or all of the obstacles we faced in the beginning. Have you [...]

Balloon Gender Reveal Photoshoot

Balloon Gender Reveal Photoshoot

When Real Mama Amy Pina found out she was having her second baby, she knew right away she wanted to announce the gender of the baby with a cute reveal. She first found out the baby’s gender, hired a photographer and had her husband and son participate in a photoshoot, releasing blue balloons. She revealed [...]

10 Tips for Bottle-feeding a Breastfed Baby

10 Tips for Bottle-feeding a Breastfed Baby

All too often I go in to a doctor appointment or partake in a survey related to my child-rearing processes and get asked the question: “Is your baby breast-fed or bottle-fed?” My response is always the same, “Well, both… he doesn’t get formula if that’s what you’re asking.” Breastfeeding and bottle-feeding are not necessarily two [...]

10 Ways to Support a Friend Dealing with Infertility

10 Ways to Support a Friend Dealing with Infertility

No matter how long it takes a couple to conceive a child, if it doesn’t happen by surprise or within a couple of months, doubt starts to creep in. And let me tell you, having to actually try to get pregnant can really suck. It doesn’t matter if it takes four months or four years; [...]

The Coolest Things About Breastfeeding

The Coolest Things About Breastfeeding

Let’s face it, breastfeeding is hard! It’s not always fun and sometimes it hurts and it certainly is not always easy. But is it worth it? That answer, of course, will vary from mama to mama. Many mothers cannot breastfeed for a number of reasons, but for a mother who is willing and able to [...]

How I Survived the 4th Trimester

How I Survived the 4th Trimester

Even though being pregnant for nine months is quite enough (ask any pregnant mama), babies would really rather you be pregnant for a full year. For the first three months of their life, it’s completely normal for babies to want to be held all the time, rocked to sleep and then only sleep on your [...]