There is a growing trend these days to use once only thought of surnames as baby’s first name. Check out these 25 unique names that started out as last names but are growing in popularity for first names. Your little bundle of joy is sure to stand out with one of these unique baby names. Included are gobs of unisex name options to boot!
Tracy Brennan is a working teacher mom to a precocious daughter born November 2009. She is the creator and manager of the blog Liberating Working Moms, where she has created a community of like-minded bloggers sharing the trials and tribulations–alongside all the joys! –of being a working parent. Tracy has utilized her Journalism background, as well, and has been published on BlogHer and ParentMap, a Pacific Northwest publication. She’s also been featured on Huffington Post Live chatting about all things “working momma.” She and her family are ecstatic to be growing their brood as they await Baby #2, due early December 2013.
My first daughter wasn’t much into pacifiers when she an infant. She took a soothie for a bit, but once she was able to nurse she couldn’t care less about a pacifier. But as I’ve come to terms with the differences between my pregnancies, it’s dawned on me that baby sister could very well be the opposite, and very much into pacifiers. So I decided to ask some other experienced mommas what binkies they liked the best for their kiddos. Here are my findings: 7 baby-tested and mom-approved pacifiers for babies!
We all know the ebbs and flows of pregnant life. Sometimes hard, yet sometimes hysterical. Here are a few thoughts on the matter from pregnant mommas past and present via their tweets. You’ll be nodding your head along with them and giggling to boot!
When I got pregnant the second time around I considered myself a bit of a veteran since I remembered all the ins and outs of round one. From the moment of conception, however, so much of my second pregnancy has been completely different—and I’m making different decisions to boot! Check out 10 ways this second pregnancy has been unique.
Besides recalling those first words, parents can’t help but remember when their baby said something that came out entirely wrong. Or, you know, when they get a little older in the toddler years and just don’t have the right words to explain what’s going on. These fledglings just look at us, perplexed, not getting why we are laughing hysterically at them. For me, I pack these little gems away in my mind for future embarrassment. It’s my job as a parent to do this, right? To celebrate World Babbling Day, October 21st, moms laugh over some babbles from their little ones that they couldn’t help but want to share with the world!
Need a parenting hack? I use my smartphone in so many ways to help parent my daughter—and I’m not afraid to admit it. Check out how! Plus a couple ideas from other mamas to boot.
Four years ago, while perusing a pregnancy message board, I had no idea that I’d end up meeting one of my closest friends. Diana and I had our daughters about three weeks apart and quickly bonded over being new moms and our adventures in blogging. The first time we ever spoke on the phone there was never a lull in conversation. And our daughters, who are now almost four years old, have even had virtual play dates while their mamas try to squeeze in their own chatter via Skype.
About 20 months ago, though, I truly realized how deep our bond was rooted. Diana lost twins at close to 20 weeks of pregnancy. I listened to her cry and tried to comfort her the best I could, despite the many miles that separated us. And I cried. Though I’d never gone through such a tragedy as hers, my heart was breaking for her.
One thing having a toddler has taught me is to pick my battles. And when it comes to picking out clothes, well, it’s not a battle I’m going to fight very hard. You’re only young once! This is why I’ve nurtured my daughter’s talent for making amazingly unique fashion statements. Here are a few that I’ve managed to capture—along with some other mamas who embrace and celebrate their toddler’s unique style!
About four years ago, four days after Halloween, I gave birth to my daughter. Thinking about dressing up for the holiday wasn’t even on my radar. I was already on maternity leave, living in my husband’s pajama pants. This time around, though, I’ll be 36 weeks pregnant and decided to give dressing up a shot. After all, Halloween is a pretty festive day when you’re a teacher. Adults and students alike get into the spirit. But as I began searching for costumes, all I could do was laugh. Maternity clothes in general have come a long way, but those designing maternity Halloween costumes need a wake-up call. There are some pretty darn ridiculous costumes out there for expecting mommas. Here are 16 of them, including ones that poke fun at the pregnant momma. I dare you not to laugh!
I have high hopes for my second chance at nursing my baby sister. After not having much breastfeeding success with my first daughter, I’ve already begun researching how I can do more for our second. Medical problems complicated my nursing experiences with Abby, which was further hindered as I struggled to pump at work. I’ve made it a top priority, as a result, to find out what I can do to not only succeed as a breastfeeding mom, but also as a working mom who will be relying on pumping to nourish my new little peanut. With about nine-ish weeks to go before baby sister arrives, I’ve found 13 tips to have an easier time pumping at work. Some tips are to help promote a good supply, while others are about making sure I feel comfortable and am prepared.
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