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What Wondrous Love Is This? A Reflection On The Birth Of My Son Walter

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 03.19.2015 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

I'm frequently asked the loaded question of how much I am madly in love with Walter. I mostly give the questioner what they want with a nod of assent. But the truth of my emotion is more complicated. I think maybe the problem is with how I have, up to this point, understood the word "love."

You'll Always Be My First

Amy Wruble | Posted 03.09.2015 | Parents
Amy Wruble

"You're my favorite person in the whole world" is not something you're going to hear me say anymore. Not only is it unfair to Daddy, but it really won't go over well with your baby sister, once she's born and learns to talk. For now, though, it's hard not to keep thinking it.

A Letter To The New Big Sister

Meg Owen | Posted 02.27.2015 | Parents
Meg Owen

Your little sister smiles from ear to ear when she sees your face, and always looks for you when she hears your voice. Even though I'm her mommy, I have a feeling that you're her favorite person.

10 Ways to REALLY Help Someone Who Has a New Baby

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 02.20.2015 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

I would have given a kidney if someone would have done any of these things for me after the birth of my second child. To the people who brought my family food while I was so busy with my baby, you will never know the full extent of my gratitude!

Why I Love That 2 A.M. Feeding

Rachel Toalson | Posted 02.18.2015 | Parents
Rachel Toalson

All day long, your brothers have pulled and demanded and captured my time while you have slept and dreamed and grown, little by little by little. But right now is our time, because brothers are sleeping and Daddy is sleeping and the whole world is silently breathing its way toward morning.

5 Things for New Moms to Give Their Husbands

Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC | Posted 02.05.2015 | Parents
Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC

Your husband cannot read your mind. He doesn't know that you wanted him to pick up dinner from the Thai restaurant on the corner because you've been pacing the kitchen all afternoon with a fussy baby.

To Expectant Mom From New Mom, With Love

Megan B. Baldwin | Posted 02.26.2015 | Parents
Megan B. Baldwin

Pregnancy can be an isolating experience, if only because it's your own. No one can know how you feel, because they aren't you. And you have no idea how to feel, because it's not something you've ever done before. Every day, every feeling, is new.

Traveling With Your New Baby? Here's What You Need to Bring

Lisa Stadnyk-Webb | Posted 01.26.2015 | Parents
Lisa Stadnyk-Webb

Traveling with babies and young children requires a little bit of preparation and a big carry-on bag. It may seem a bit overwhelming at first, but once you get your first trip out of the way you'll see that if you follow the Scout motto and always "Be prepared" it can be a great adventure.

Is Parenthood 'Worth It'?

Daniel Wong | Posted 12.21.2014 | Parents
Daniel Wong

It was already 1:30 in the morning, and I had to wake up at 6. Tomorrow was going to be a long day -- as if the night wasn't already long enough. I felt frustrated and defeated. Who knew that a tiny, 11-pound baby could make a grown man feel so pitiful?

Yes, Parenting IS the Hardest Job

Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC | Posted 12.14.2014 | Parents
Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC

Parenting is the hardest job you'll EVER have. I repeatedly heard folks say this before I had my first child. I had no earthly idea what they meant.

Life As A New Mom, Summed Up In A Cartoon

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 10.01.2014 | Parents

After giving birth to her first child, cartoonist Sage Stossel had a new source of creative inspiration -- the unceasing adventures of parenthood. In ...

My First Night Alone With Three Kids

Clint Edwards | Posted 11.30.2014 | Parents
Clint Edwards

I knew that just one month ago, before we had Aspen, I could've easily handled this situation, but now, trying to hold a crying baby, while caring for a puking kid and an emotionally distraught little girl, felt like too much.

When Will I Feel Like Myself Again After Having a Baby?

JJ Keith | Posted 11.29.2014 | Parents
JJ Keith

At some point after my second child made it into toddlerhood intact, I developed a kind of confidence I never had before. I am capable! I get stuff done! Our little world may be a bit of a mess on a day-to-day basis, but my husband and I can do this parenting thing.

10 Ways You Can Actually Help When A Friend Has A New Baby

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 11.23.2014 | Parents
Samantha Rodman PhD

Speak loudly in her husband's earshot about how little sex you have had since the birth of the kids. This may get him off your friend's case if he happens to think she's the only one with no sex drive. Also mention how much your husband helped out with the baby. Lie if necessary.

Never Again Just You: Becoming 'Mama'

Megan B. Baldwin | Posted 10.07.2014 | Parents
Megan B. Baldwin

From the moment I heard Emma's shrill, loud cry as she emerged into the world, I knew that I would never again feel content unless I knew she was OK. When Charlotte arrived one minute later, floppy and quiet for a moment, that feeling doubled.

3 Fears About Having a Second Baby Debunked

Rachel Cedar | Posted 08.24.2014 | Parents
Rachel Cedar

What parents on the cusp of welcoming a new baby don't realize, and what I didn't understand as I waddled in the park that day, is that so many of our fears are unfounded. Here's a few reasons to let go of those fears, and trust in the path ahead.

'Will You Send the Baby Back to the Hospital Now, Mommy?'

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 08.19.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

It is easy for little ones to love the idea of a little brother or sister, and an entirely different matter when that real baby is co-opting mommy's affection and attention.

WATCH: Woman's Unreal Reaction To Learning She's Going To Be A Grandma

The Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 05.22.2014 | Fifty

Sometimes, good news is a little overwhelming. For the mother of Lisa Englert -- who got a surprise Valentine's Day card from her unborn grandchild...

These Kids Are ECSTATIC To Find Out They're Getting A New Sibling

The Huffington Post | Mandy Velez | Posted 04.30.2014 | Parents

Judging by their faces alone, these kids just received the best news of their lives. Colorado pastors Jacob and Hannah Ouellette wanted to tell the...

'Mommy, Somebody Needs You'

Megan Morton | Posted 05.06.2014 | Parents
Megan Morton

I have to stop dreaming of "one day" when things will be easier. Because the truth is, it may get easier, but it will never be better than today.

Stop Feeling Guilty For Taking Time To Be A New Mom

Kate Fridkis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Kate Fridkis

Our bodies haven't finished healing, and we're supposed to look and act as though nothing even happened here, it's all good. It's all just the same as it was.

20 Things Your Child Needs From You When Things Change

Dr. Karin L. Smithson | Posted 12.07.2013 | Parents
Dr. Karin L. Smithson

Whether it is a new baby, a big move or Mommy's going back to work, our kids need us to help them find their way along life's tumbling, twisting path.

The Baby I Didn't Think I Wanted, But Couldn't Live Without

Karen Hart | Posted 10.27.2013 | Parents
Karen Hart

I'm not supposed to admit that when I was pregnant with my sixth, I wasn't very excited about having another baby on the way. After all, what kind of an awful person would admit something so selfish?

Friend Just Had a Baby? How to Be the Best Visitor Ever

Megan Cottrell | Posted 07.02.2013 | Parents
Megan Cottrell

Newborn baby! So exciting. You saw the pic your buddy posted in Facebook, with the kid's stats -- weight, height, gender, name. You want to visit that tiny creature and get a first hand look. But when? And how?

How To Tell A Baby-Friendly Hotel

MiniTime | Posted 05.09.2013 | Travel

Your baby might be too young for PB&J sandwiches and chicken fingers, but ask if there's a kid's menu anyway; it's a tell-tale sign that the hotel's restaurant caters to children.