Are you a first time mom celebrating Mother’s Day this year? Well if so, you’ll be sharing it with the following new celebrity moms. Happy Mother’s Day to all of you!
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How long we’ve been trying: 309 days
Number of pregnancy tests to date: 29
How many times we’ve had sex: 95
The strategy: Relaxation
You’ve likely heard of honeymoons and babymoons; it’s not an unfamiliar idea for couples to get away from it all to focus on enhancing their intimacy. But what about timing a vacation with ovulation to increase your chances of pregnancy? We’ve all heard stories of couples who have gone on vacation and come back pregnant—from honeymoon pregnancies to spring break babies—so it’s no surprise that many couples nowadays plan a retreat to kick off their conception attempts.
The latest trend in baby-making is seeing couples take off on a travel adventure to see if a little relaxation can boost their relationship and get their baby engines roaring. I’ve seen a lot of friends use this tactic to escape the everyday stresses of life (many babymakingmooners work full-time jobs and already have kids at home) and the success rates are surprisingly high.
Potty training is pretty exciting in the beginning. But what to do when the thrill is gone; when it’s not so exciting to interrupt a fun activity to go to the potty; when wearing diapers seems to be as easy as anything else? There are plenty of activities to maintain your child’s interest in training and other techniques to keep them aiming for the “Big Finish.”
There are kids who sail through potty training without ever looking back. Others lose interest after a week (or two or three) and then step back into the ease of the diaper and forget all the excitement of those early potty training days. These kids may need a bit more fun surrounding the process to keep them interested in potty training until they’re proficient.
Would you name your baby after a popular television series? Celebrity influence on baby names isn’t a new thing. A quick Google search for “celebrity baby names” will tell you that, but how often can a name’s rise in popularity be clearly attributed to one source?
I’m a fan of unique names. From video games to various fandoms, I find lots of inspiration for baby names. Some names have a stronger character association than others, which can affect how others receive the name as well as how baby will feel about it when they are older.
What’s fascinating to me, is seeing how popular shows such as Game of Thrones influences baby names. Several names on my list of 20 baby girl names inspired by fandoms were from Game of Thrones, including Arya, Daenerys and Khaleesi. The name Arya was around prior to the books the show is based on, however, the popularity of the name shot up since the first season debuted in 2011. While it’s hard to say for certain it’s because of the tough Stark girl, two other names have risen in popularity in the last couple of years. Daenerys and Khaleesi haven’t registered on the Social Security Administration name reports prior to 2010 (There must be at least five children born within the year registered with a name for it to be included).
Feeling cooped up and need to get the kids out of the house, but exhausted all your outing ideas? The simplest places sometimes hold the greatest wonder for little ones, and a backyard might be the only thing you need for your next adventure. Here are 15 places your toddler will be thrilled to explore—and none of them require tickets or a suitcase.
When I was told I had to go on an elimination diet while breastfeeding, I was committed to doing whatever it was I could do to keep allergic colitis flare-ups at bay while continuing to nurse my daughter. At first, it was difficult and I was sometimes in tears as I struggled to find foods to eat, especially as I needed to eat enough to keep my supply up. At three months on an elimination diet of eating no dairy, eggs, nuts, fish, or shellfish, I’ve finally got the hang of this eating thing that is full of variety and taste! And really, I’ve found it a blessing in disguise for me as I’m probably eating the healthiest I ever have in my life. Here are 13 of my go-to elimination diet foods.
When these celebrity parents say, “eat your veggies!”—they really mean it! Here are seven famous moms (and a dad!) raising their children as vegetarians and vegans.
There’s some kind of magic with the simple “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” lullaby when it soothes Baby. This small ditty has made a resurgence in my home, soothing baby sister just as it soothed big sister before. Check out how this song casts its enchanting spell and some amazing baby products that tap into this lullaby’s miraculous abilities.