10 Things You Can’t Live Without (for Newborns)

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By: Heather Somaini There are a ton of things you need when you have a newborn and they’re all necessary and worthwhile.  These 10 things were either a surprise or I had to be talked into them.  Be smarter than me and get them right out of the box.   1. Orbit Baby Car Seat […]

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I Adopted My Own Children

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By: Heather Somaini Yes, you read that correctly. I adopted my own genetically biological children. As same sex marriage continues to evolve in our great state of California and across the country, you might think that just having children and then getting your name put on their birth certificate would be everything a parent would […]

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An Interview with Heather Somaini

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Interview with Heather Somaini by The Next Family The Next Family thought it would be fun to begin conducting interviews with our writers to get to know them a bit better. If you have any questions of your own, feel free to ask Heather in the comments section.  TNF: How has it been blogging for […]

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The First Year With Babies

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By: Heather Somaini I’ll be honest…I don’t have much to write about our babies’ first holidays. Nothing spectacular really happened. But if you’re like me, you love the holidays. It truly starts around Halloween, winds through to Thanksgiving, peaks at Christmas and finally goes out with a bang on New Year’s. I love the smell […]

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Why Won’t Those Babies SLEEP???

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By: Heather Somaini Once we decided to have kids, life changed – incrementally at first and then in large swings into uncharted territory. No matter what we thought kids and parenting were about, we were wrong. That’s the one thing no one really tells you. The moms tell you all about the cute parts like […]

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Margaritas Are Your Friend

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By: Heather Somaini I know you’re asking yourself what a picture of two babies floating aimlessly in a pool has to do with margaritas or more to the point, why margaritas are your friend.  But trust me, they are. Tere nursed the twins for about seven months.  I use the term “nurse” loosely because she […]

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Change Happens!

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By: Heather Somaini Change happens. Sometimes it happens when it’s least expected and sometimes we plan change only to find out it happens much differently than we planned. I sort of love change. It forces me to constantly evaluate my life which can be a big pain but it almost always results in something better. […]

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Same Sex Marriage in Vermont Gone Wrong

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By: Heather Somaini I read an article the other day by Karen Hartman in the New York Times. It chronicles her very unusual situation. You see, back in 2000, Karen and her girlfriend drove from their home in Brooklyn up to Vermont to get hitched under that state’s more favorable same-sex marriage laws. I have […]

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