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Amy Wruble is the author of http://www.carriagebeforemarriage.com/, named a Babble Top 100 Mom Blog. Her writing has been featured in Parenting, Babytalk, Skirt magazine, Lifetime Moms, What To Expect, Pop Sugar, In the Powder Room, mom.me and the St. Martin’s Press anthology "What Was I Thinking: 58 Bad Boyfriend Stories.” She recently married her baby daddy and their 3-year-old daughter made a spectacular flower girl. You can follow her on Twitter @Cb4M or on her Facebook page.

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The Heartbreak of Weaning

(6) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 11:01 AM

I just breastfed my daughter for the last time, and my heart is breaking.

We had a good run -- 15 months -- but I wasn't quite ready to stop, and I'm not sure she was, either.

Later this week, I'll begin injecting myself with fertility drugs, which apparently is...

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10 Truths About Taking Little Ones to Disney

(23) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 11:14 AM

Maybe 3 was too young. Maybe it wasn't smart to go on Presidents' Day Weekend -- and during "Jamzilla," the closure of our main Los Angeles freeway. Maybe I should have brought a towel.

There was peer pressure, though.

For most people, going to Disney is a monumental vacation --...

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Fashion Faux Mas: 10 Reasons Moms Dress Like Crap

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 10:32 AM

There was a time in my life when fall meant fashion. I was one of those girls who worshipped the thick September issue of Vogue like it was the Bible, soaking in the season's must-have styles, then finding fabulous knock-offs from sale racks and outlet stores. Not all my get-ups...

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Secondary Infertility: When One Isn't Enough

(11) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 11:13 AM

As a mom, there are a few questions I hate answering: When are you due? Um, never, that bump is left over from the baby who's now in preschool. When are you going back to work? I don't know! I'm not ready! Are you planning to have another one? ...

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40 putadas de tener 40 años

(28) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 1:17 AM

Después de unos cuantos años de no ser capaz de leer la letra pequeña (disculpas a mi hijo por las dosis a ojo de Apiretal), me he rendido y he comprado mi primer par de gafas de cerca.

En la caja de la farmacia, era como la cara opuesta...

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What Is It With Mothers, Daughters and Hair?

(54) Comments | Posted September 15, 2013 | 11:11 AM

My 2-year-old daughter, Viv, has the most beautiful hair.

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Too bad she won't let me touch it.

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A hairbrush might as well be a machete by the...

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New Moms Don't Make Bucket Lists

(5) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 8:00 AM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

Artist Candy Chang gave a popular TEDTalk about her latest collaboration with the public: huge outdoor chalkboards that prompted passers-by to finish the sentence, "Before I die... "...

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40 Effed Up Things About Being 40

(568) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 5:41 PM

After a few years of not being able to read the fine print (apologies to my kid for the guess-the-dose Infant Advil), I broke down and bought my first pair of reading glasses.

At the drug store counter, it was like the reverse of a teen nervously buying condoms....

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Let's Move Mother's Day

(58) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 7:00 AM

Tired of lame Mother's Day gifts and cards?

Then join me in petitioning the government to swap Mother's Day and Father's Day on the calendar.

Father's Day needs to come first, and I'll explain why.

In many households, though certainly not all, it's Mom who runs the Bureau of...

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Am I Ready to Hand Down the Hand-Me-Downs?

(19) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 12:25 PM

When I was pregnant with Viv, we got a lot of thoughtful gifts, but my favorites were the boxes of hand-me-down clothes from mommy friends who had been there before me. Sorting through those cartons was Christmas morning-level exciting. Adorable playsuits, girlie party dresses, cozy pajamas and, um, something that...

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Beauty Advice for Teen Girls From the Future

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 3:20 PM

If I could go back in a time machine, this is the beauty advice I'd give to my clueless teen self. Until that technology is perfected, all I can do is share my hard-won wisdom with the teens of today. It's meant with love.

1. Cover Your Face: Girls, I...

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14 Things NOT to Give Your Wife For Valentine's Day

(127) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 10:44 AM

1. Lingerie - Unless your wife is an actual Victoria's Secret model, in which case you'll be doing your Valentine's Day shopping at Harry Winston, you don't want to navigate this minefield. Bring home a size too big and you'll insult her; give her undies she can't squeeze into and...

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Letter to My Daughter Who Is Starting College (in 16 Years)

(118) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 11:40 AM

Viv turns 2 next month, and I'm already panicked by the thought that she will not always live under my roof. To help calm my fears, I've drafted a letter full of sound parental wisdom that I plan to give my daughter when it's time for her to leave the...

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20 Things I Wish I'd Known About the First Year

(264) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 9:30 AM

1. When the baby appears to be doing math in her head, she's pooping.

2. Mirrors are magical to babies. But new moms should avoid looking in mirrors at all cost.

3. People will tell you, "It goes by so fast!" Those people do not remember what the first year...

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My Anti-Bucket List

(2) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 4:09 PM

Damn that Morgan Freeman -- the whole world is bucket list crazy. Walking through any airport bookstore, I'm bombarded with thousands of things I should be doing, seeing, reading and eating before I die.

Too many things! Can't be done! Time is precious, sure, but is turning life into an...

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Back Off, Stay-at-Home Dads

(45) Comments | Posted October 25, 2012 | 12:08 PM

Sometimes when I see stay-at-home dads being all competent and relaxed, hoisting their toddlers with one hand while making realistic elephant sounds, I feel a little threatened.

Outwardly, I'm supportive and feminist. Inside, I'm more like Kit De Luca in Pretty Woman when she confronted that hooker for encroaching...

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7 Lame Things That Turned Awesome When I Became a Parent

(101) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 4:53 PM

We all know parenthood changes a person. But did you know that parenthood has the power to transform seemingly lame things into really awesome ones? I mean, stuff I used to roll my eyes at, I'm totally into now. Check it:

1. Drive-Thru
I'm a...

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A Husband By Any Other Name

(130) Comments | Posted September 3, 2012 | 11:45 AM

If you have a toddler and are trying for another baby but still haven't gotten around to getting married, then it helps to have a celebrity role model. Mine, of course, is Brangelina.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie don't sweat being unmarried with six kids because, as Angie told...

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Why I'll Encourage My Daughter to Have Babies Sooner Than I Did

(224) Comments | Posted August 8, 2012 | 5:03 PM

I'm 40 years older than my daughter, Viv. As my mother helpfully pointed out, if Viv waits until she's 40 to have kids like I did, then I'll be 80 (eighty!) before I'm a grandma. Hmm, maybe I shouldn't be in any rush to explain safe sex to my daughter....

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