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    Affected.

    Something’s changed. I was listening to an audiobook and I was at an important scene where one of the main characters tells the story of when her baby drowned. I was surprised at how I much more it affected me now that I’m a mom. I could feel myself wanting to shed tears for a fictional baby’s death. It’s not that I ever was OK with stories about babies getting sick or dying, but now, it’s different.

  • Babby Hardeman,  parenting

    Five Months Old

    Your second tooth. I can’t believe you have two now. Your impressive ability to entertain yourself with just about anything. Like when we were at a restaurant the other and gave you a coffee sleeve and you turned it over and over in your hand curiously. Your super-speed feedings. You had a lot of issues with breastfeeding in the beginning, but now you have it down, plus you speed through meal time.

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    Maternity Leave: Tips for Returning to Work

    Going back to work last week after maternity leave wasn’t easy, but having the support of lots of moms–both online and off–has really helped. I made it through the week and actually really enjoyed it, aided by the fact that I love my job and was excited to see my coworkers again. I think this working mom life suits me.

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    In Praise of Grandmas

    I knew early in my pregnancy that I wanted both grandmas to be present at Judge’s birth. He’s the first grandchild on both sides, and there’s just something about having so much maternal wisdom around–I knew it would be a special time.

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    My Breastfeeding Story

    Every mom’s experience with feeding her newborn is unique, just like pregnancy. But I wanted to share a little about mine, in case it speaks to any other moms out there. During my pregnancy, I never thought a lot about my birth plan. In fact, when I filled out a simple, multiple-choice questionnaire at my doctor’s office with my birth plan preferences, I found that I was very nonchalant about it. Did I want the lights dimmed? Did I want lots of people in the room, or just me and my husband? So when I had to schedule a c-section, I was cool with it. Not in “the plan”? Not…

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    New Mom Treats

    After giving birth, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all of the things you need/want for baby. Don’t forget to Treat. Yo. Self, mama. Here are a few items to get you started. 1. 1820 signature candles (I got the verbena and lemongrass scent.) 2. Gap denim popover dress (This style is a little edgy, but perfect for my post-baby figure. I feel very “Japan Street Style” when wearing it.) 3. Betsy & Iya vous et moi stud earrings (Dangly earrings are no-no when carrying a grabby infant. Betsy & Iya is my favorite jewelry maker. Check out their shop in Portland.) 4. Gillian & O’Malley nursing bra from Target (Seriously comfortable…

  • Babby Hardeman,  parenting

    New Baby Essentials

    I could make a pretty long list of the stuff that’s been useful to have during our first month as parents, but I thought I’d stick to just a few items that have truly been essential. See the details below the image! 1. Boon Naked Collapsible Baby Bathtub (Great when your small-apartment sink isn’t suited for baby bathing.) 2. Summer Infant SwaddleMe Adjustable Infant Wrap (Seriously easy to put on and keeps baby straight-jacketed through the night.) 3. Skip Hop Pronto Changing Station (I have the all-black version, but the chevron print’s pretty snazzy.) 4. Johnson’s Nursing Pads (I’ve tried another disposable brand and a washable version. Johnson’s simply makes the best ones!) 5.…