Baby names: Do you let friends, family sway you?

For some reason, my husband thinks it’s his “turn” to name the next baby.First of all, I’m not pregnant—so, Mom, if you’re reading this, remain calm. Second of all, I can assure you, I never agreed to this arrangement and was unaware that we were alternating the naming of our children like some kind of household chore.Let me explain.Naming our first-born was easy. My husband’s a Junior who’d always dreamt of having a Third to gloat over. The “Thurston Howell” …

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Feeling down? 5 ways to feel your best during pregnancy

Remember that old adage, "When you look good, you feel good?" Well, it's both an apt statement and a tall order in the first months of pregnancy. In those beginning weeks, while you and your partner guard your little secret, you're most likely keeping your news under wraps. You don't have to tell us how you feel, either, what with morning sickness, fatigue and an onslaught of blemishes. All that being said, we hear you - any help you can get looking and feeling your best, you'll take. Here's …

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New Quiz: Can you separate pregnancy fact from fiction?

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1 step to resolve relationship conflict

Relationships fail because couples lacks the skills to talk about the hard things in life. Fortunately, this one simple practice is something any couple can do and makes a huge difference. Being able to talk to our partners about the really difficult subjects and resolve hard conflicts is the difference between relationships that thrive and those that fail.If we can’t really talk, it often leads to fighting or distancing. Our attractions shrivel and we can’t remember why we once felt …

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Why I won’t eat organic while pregnant

Am I a bad mother if I let my unborn baby eat Junior Mints?Would my IQ, happiness, and A cup breasts have been different if my mother ate only organic foods? Everything we read these days tells us that we’re harming our unborn children if we eat anything that contains aspartame, refined sugar, or processed cornstarch. Buying as much organic food as possible makes sense, but it’s just not realistic for me to eat only organic when I’m pregnant. Here are three reasons why...1. I …

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Help your sister become the best auntie

When my sister told me she was having a baby, I was just getting over the fact that she’d bought a house with her husband and turned 31.I’m the younger sibling, so when monumental things happen in her life, I can’t help but look at my own timeline. I’m not married, not even 30, and own only clothes. My sister and I lead very different lives, but with her belly getting bigger, our daily conversations revolve around the same thing, Baby E.As I watch my sister go through her …

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Why date nights fail and how to revive your marriage

Date nights are supposed to be the nectar that feeds our relationships in the face of our busy lives and consuming kids. Unfortunately, they are often a disappointment and leave us wondering if we can ever experience the joy we once knew.This week’s video explores the reasons why date nights fail and what you can do instead to revive the joy and love in your relationship.Watch more videos at Full Frontal Fatherhood.Here's a transcription if you'd rather read: Date nights …

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The moments I’ve enjoyed most as a new mom

Being a mom is filled with ups and downs. From snuggling your newborn to sleepless nights, a mother's duty never ends - even after everyone else has gone to bed. But it seems that no matter how tired you are or how bad you smell because you can't remember the last time you took a shower, these moments are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. When your little one is all grown up, you'll want moments like these all over again.There was a lot of anticipation leading up to Audrey's birth. Of …

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5 tips on crib safety for new moms

As a first-time mother, one of the major considerations you'll need to make - especially in the final trimester - is selecting a crib for your little one. While at first glance, this may seem like a purely aesthetic choice, picking out a bed for your baby is about more than finding a design that complements his or her nursery.For help finding a crib that will keep your baby safe as he or she grows, consider these five tips. 1. Make sure it meets safety standards Beginning in June 2011, …

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10 baby girl names inspired by amazing women in history

Give your newborn baby roots and a sense of story by taking name inspiration from one of these historical figures. Below, you’ll find the names of women who’ve left their mark through music, science, dance, and more:Annie: A winning sharpshooter made famous as a teenager in the early 1900s, Annie Oakley is remarkable for breaking out in a male-only field in a time when women were confined to home.Clara: Clara Barton was a groundbreaking Civil War nurse who founded the Red …

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