Can you prepare for the second baby?

I know that question just sounds ridiculous. From having one kid, I know that. Sure you can prepare the nursery and wash the clothes and get the diapers ready…. but that’s not what I’m talking about.

I’ve been spending lots of time thinking back to Ryan’s first few days, first few months… and remembering the crazy we’re about to go through once again. I’m so used to Ryan’s one nap a day… one poopy diaper a day… him being able to talk and tell me what he needs… he’s only 2, but I feel

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my baby boy is two years old

Dear Ryan,

You’re TWO! Mama can’t even believe it, where’d my baby boy go? That picture seems like yesterday and so do all of my memories of our first two years together. It has flown by… please, please, please don’t get any bigger!

You are quite the chatterbox now! You repeat everything you hear and you say and learn something new every day. You name things that I’m not even sure where you heard the word before! And you say some super cute things too like “oopsie

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Just say NO! to crib bumpers

I know, they’re adorable. Crib bumpers make the bedding set. They’re cute, pretty, decorative, fun, soft and comfy…. except that they’re not. They’re dangerous. Believe me, I know how much it sucks to admit that–you want to love them, you want to find the perfect set, you want your baby’s nursery to look perfect!

But at what cost?

There was an article on CNN (posted Oct 18 2011) about the new crib bumper guidelines released by the American

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Structured play for a toddler? HELP!

I need advice from other moms or people who know more about child development than I do. Should a toddler (Ryan is 2o months) have structured play and be expected to listen and follow directions? Or should he be free to explore and do as he pleases?

Here’s the deal…

We’re taking a parent-tot tumbling class at the local gymnastics academy. We went to our first session this past Friday and it goes all the way through December. The class has about 6 kids I think and they’re all around Ryan’s age. One I

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ALL your problems can be solved!

…………………….. with WHY CRY! Are you ready for this? I was out shopping and this package on the shelf with the picture of a baby caught my eye. I mean, I’m pretty familiar with every baby product possible, so what could this be?!

Originally $120?! With a recent sale price of $80… and now only $17.99?! It’s a baby crying analyzer. So NOW you will know why your baby is crying. This fancy little thing even has a temperature and humidity detector.

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How has the internet changed motherhood?

If it weren’t for social media, I can tell you with 100% certainty that we would not be cloth diapering. Would I have made it breastfeeding this long? Would I have found ICAN and started my own chapter? Would I have found support after my cesarean or would I have continued feeling completely alone?

Who knows. But I do know that the internet and social media have drastically changed or assisted motherhood for me and I’m sure for many others. It’s the first place I go with a question–who better to ask than other

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Before I was a Mom…

I got an email from my mom today about being an awesome mom (aww, thanks mom!). It made me think of my life before Ryan…. before I was a mom…

…picking someone else’s nose was DISGUSTING. Now, I hunt those boogies down.

…I showered every day and took my time (ya know, 20 minutes) getting ready and putting on makeup. Now I’m lucky if I brush my hair and leave the house without food stains on my pants.

…I rocked out to my favorites all the time (Aerosmith, The Who, Phil Collins, DMB, The

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