My first-born is a boy. He’s now 11, but when he was a baby and toddler, and we’d hang out with my friends who had girls I would always hear the same thing. “Guuuurrrll. You just wait until you have a daughter.” What did that mean? Well, they tried to tell me, but I have an idea all my own now that I have a 17-month-old daughter. Of course, everyone’s children and daughters are different and unique, and much of the way they are is shaped by their environment. Here are 11 ways my daughter is different than my son was at her age.
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You know what was missing from my maternity wardrobe? Geeky maternity shirts. I’m loving the increase in geeky baby clothes, but there is a need for more maternity clothes that reflect an expectant mama’s geekiness. Here are 8 of the best ones I found.
Toddlers. They are, how do I say it? Busy. They are non-stop with endless amounts of energy. Though I’m all for being a flexible parent and taking my toddler with me to most places, there are some places that I find are just a recipe for disaster. I try to avoid these places as much as possible, so that I can avoid a meltdown from my toddler, as well as from myself. Here are 7 of them.
How long we’ve been trying: 302 days
Number of pregnancy tests to date: 29
How many times we’ve had sex: 91
The strategy: Preparation
Trying to plan your life while unsure of whether or not conception will happen is like rehearsing for a play without knowing that you have a stage. It feels like everything is on hold, from home décor decisions to financial commitments and travel. My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for almost a year. That’s almost a year of questioning: Should we buy the five-seater or the van? Should we plan to hike the Grand Canyon, or opt for a more pregnant-friendly resort trip instead? Will the spare guest room become a nursery?
I’ve learned that in terms of capacity, it’s always best to size up whenever possible. Buy the bigger car and the house with that extra space if you can afford it. It’s always good to make room for more people and more love in your life. Whether your life gets filled in the form of a child or a friend, all the spaces in your heart and your home will eventually be brimming. Be prepared.
Boys and girls present unique challenges in every area of parenting—and potty training is no exception. Though girls and boys take roughly the same amount of time to train (eight months on average), there are many differences between boys and girls throughout the process. Jan Faull, Potty Training Partner, shares tips on helping your little lady or lad master potty training.
Choosing the provider who will be present at your birth and support you throughout your pregnancy is a personal decision and key to the type of birth you desire. The likelihood that everyone around you will want to weigh in on the topic is a given, but at the end of the day, it is your decision.
As Mad Men kicks off its seventh and final season, what better way to commemorate your love of this classic show than by giving your baby one of these retro cool names? Dick Whitman approves!
It may seem like there isn’t much Dad can do for Baby in the early newborn days, but there are plenty of ways to help Mom. My husband took a few weeks of paternity leave with our first child and at least a week with our second baby. Initially I didn’t know what I needed from him, but I was grateful for his assistance. Also, it was a great way for him to begin being a hands on parent too. Click through for ideas on how Dad can assist Mom while on paternity leave.