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Having a Baby

A Letter to My Unborn Child

Kiri Westby | Posted 12.10.2014 | Parents
Kiri Westby

While you will face people who wish you harm for the passport you hold, the religion you follow or the color of your skin, you will also know many people who wish you nothing but happiness and success. It turns out, there is a dark side and a light side to humanity, and the battle is raging.

6 Things New Parents Need To Stop Doing Before They Lose Their Minds

JJ Keith | Posted 11.24.2014 | Parents
JJ Keith

We are all a messy conglomeration of strengths and weaknesses, with none of us having it totally down and none of us being completely inept. No, we're all just partly inept. Welcome to parenthood.

Baby: Yes, No, Maybe?

Wilamina Falkenhagen | Posted 11.20.2014 | Women
Wilamina Falkenhagen

Thirty, engaged, house, dog, plans for a baby -- isn't that the dream? Wasn't I living the life most young women are searching for? Maybe not.

12 Things That Did Not Happen When I Became A Mom

Heather Spohr | Posted 11.19.2014 | Parents
Heather Spohr

I did not stop having interests. Some of them have evolved, and some might have dropped away, but I still find things other than my kids to care about! Imagine that.

50 Reasons To Have A Baby

Kimberly McLeod | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Kimberly McLeod

Throwing up because you're building a baby, not because you had one too many tequilas the night before.

15 Signs You May Not Be Ready For Kids

Megan Morton | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Megan Morton

You think only surgeons are capable of pulling a craft fuzzball out of a toddler's nose with tweezers while scanning through the DVR.

The Woman Formerly Known As

Jessica Rapisarda | Posted 12.02.2014 | Parents
Jessica Rapisarda

There is no malice in "mom." I've used the m-word many times. But "Jessica," my dime-a-dozen first name, is shorthand for something much more complex.

View From The End Of A Pregnancy

Catherine Naja | Posted 11.29.2014 | Parents
Catherine Naja

Dear Baby, Here are my promises to you, our family, and myself at this bittersweet junction in our story. As the clock ticks away the moments until you arrive, I have committed to stop and savor every last drop of this pregnancy.

6 Ways Toddlerhood And Pregnancy Are More Alike Than You Think

Catherine Naja | Posted 11.24.2014 | Parents
Catherine Naja

It may not make sense to the outsiders, and it may terrify onlookers at the grocery store, but our feelings are both very real and very big.

Are You Ready To Be A Parent? Answer These 4 Questions First

Posted 12.15.2014 | Dr. Phil

Ask yourself these four questions to help determine if you’re ready to become a parent.

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.

The Deep End Of Love

Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis | Posted 10.28.2014 | Parents
Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis

Maybe life was easier before Ella, but it wasn't full, or anywhere near complete. Going back could never satisfy me as it had before, because once you experience the deep end, shallow waters aren't the same.

The Wrong Way To Support Your Wife's Breastfeeding

John Kinnear | Posted 10.13.2014 | Parents
John Kinnear

Yes, I am proud of my wife's decision to breastfeed. But, if I am being honest, I am more proud of what we learned before her milk ever came in.

Dear Friend (A Letter To First-Time Expecting Moms)

Kate Baer | Posted 10.08.2014 | Parents
Kate Baer

In some ways I envy you. I envy your big round belly, constant admirers, and excuse to eat ice cream for breakfast. I envy your time, your naps, your organized nursery and neatly folded baby clothes. I envy your ignorance -- your wonderful, pregnant, pre-baby ignorance.

Please Don't Make Summer Pregnancy Any Harder

Sara Goldstein | Posted 09.10.2014 | Parents
Sara Goldstein

If you feel the need to utter these words to a pregnant woman in your life, or, God forbid, a woman you've just met, please know that she's calculating just how far she can reach beyond her belly to strangle the life out of you.

10 Surprises From The First Days After Delivery

Meredith Bland | Posted 09.07.2014 | Parents
Meredith Bland

Almost every mother I know lost her shame at the hospital, and it's a darn good thing because you can't afford to have much of it when you're a mom.

What It Feels Like To Hold A Baby For The First Time, Summed Up By One Little Boy's Face

The Huffington Post | Mandy Velez | Posted 07.21.2014 | Parents

Let's be honest, holding an infant for the first time -- no matter how old you are -- is nerve-wracking. For Reddit user sho3's nephew, holding his ba...

Jimmy Kimmel Gets A 6-Year-Old's Advice On Changing Diapers

The Huffington Post | Emma Mustich | Posted 06.20.2014 | Parents

Jimmy Kimmel has two grown-up children -- but since his wife is expecting a baby, he needs to "brush up" on the basics. For instance, changing a diape...

I Never Thought My Marriage Would Look Like This

Natalie Thomas | Posted 08.12.2014 | Women
Natalie Thomas

I thought her statement was harsh. And that she needed anger management or couples counseling. I actually feared for her marriage -- and her husband. Fast-forward five years and I completely understand.

How To Prepare For Parenthood In 11 Easy Steps

Bunmi Laditan | Posted 08.02.2014 | Parents
Bunmi Laditan

Call all of your friends without children. Tell them it's been lovely knowing them, but you're going away. Let them know you'll see them on Facebook.

15 Things About New Motherhood That People Are Too Nice To Tell You When You're Pregnant

Claire Zulkey | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Claire Zulkey

From my point of view, there's a little too much sweet myth to what new moms are supposed to feel and do with newborns.

A Letter To Pre-Dad Me (Without Any Parenting Advice)

John Kinnear | Posted 06.24.2014 | Parents
John Kinnear

You are going to fail so beautifully at so many things in the next four years, but your love for your family will not fail you once. It will pick you up. It will straighten your path. It will make you whole again.

6 Things I Learned From Having 3 Miscarriages

Emily Kaye Lazzaro | Posted 06.22.2014 | Parents
Emily Kaye Lazzaro

The worst thing you can imagine happens someday. And what do you do? Maybe you think you can't go on or you won't make it. But then you do go on, you do make it. Because what are the other options?

10 More Realistic Milestones For Your Baby Book

Raquel D'Apice | Posted 06.17.2014 | Parents
Raquel D'Apice

Having a child is nothing if not a roller coaster full of bodily fluids and emotional trauma. So why are we recording the day he tried solid foods and failing to commit to paper the first time we had a panic attack because we almost dropped him?

6 Things Your Ob-Gyn Won't Tell You (Unless You Ask)

Napala Pratini | Posted 06.14.2014 | Parents
Napala Pratini

With the prospect of huge costs, you will want to control expenses without sacrificing quality of care -- which means that choosing both a high-value pregnancy provider and the right hospital for giving birth is important.