My Daughter Was Asked Why She Has Two Moms. Her Answer Was A Simple Shrug.

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By: Amber Leventry I am a fixer and a problem solver, sometimes to a fault. I want to provide logical explanations. I want to understand. And I want to have all of the answers, not to be right but to make sense of the world around me and ease the worries or confusion of the […]

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My Grown-Up Lettter to Santa

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By: Shannon Ralph Dear Santa: Merry Christmas! It’s been a while. I think the last time I wrote to you was when I was 11 years old. That was the year my dad died and the year before I pestered my mother so much about your existence that she finally yelled at me in a […]

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Twin Toddlers Respond To Their Mama’s Christmas List

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By: Amber Leventry We read Mama’s Christmas list. A lot of her wish list seemed to involve relief from us, her, if not perfect, very charming twin boys. We weren’t born yesterday, Santa. Mama’s suggestions were not suggestions. We’ve had 18 months to learn her suggestions are usually passive aggressive ways of making us think […]

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Lesbian Moms And Their Oops Baby

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This past Friday my wife and I did something we said we wouldn’t do. We accepted placement on a sixth child. You know how heterosexual couples are at that point where they have had as many children as they planned and then get accidentally pregnant and have their “oops” baby. This is our oops baby. […]

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The Mommy Phase: I’m Not The Mama They Want

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By: Amber Leventry Like magic, or perhaps developmentally age appropriate behavior, our twin boys started to the display signs of preferring Mommy over everyone else at the same age our daughter and first child began this phase. When all of our children were a little over a year old, they began to cling to Mama, […]

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Spotlight Series: Carey and Michele

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Spotlight Series sponsored by Quinny, a European stroller brand available in the United States.     TNF: Tell me about your family.  Are you married? Do you have kids?   CAREY: My name is Carey, my wife is Michele and our 3 year old daughter is Kaeden. We live near Portland, Oregon with our 2 dogs, […]

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The Mother’s Partner and the Breastfed Baby : Alternative Bonding Methods Beyond Feeding

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By Wendy Wright- IBCLC Co-Founder and Lactation Consultant of the 16 Minute Club Many new moms will hear the advice to allow their partner to bond with the baby through bottle feeding. While this advice is well-meaning, introducing a bottle too early can negatively affect milk supply and latching. Thankfully there are several other ways your […]

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The Miserable State Of Toddler Purgatory

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By: Amber Leventry If you were to listen to my partner, Amy, and I talk to each other while we are in earshot of only each other or overhear one of us mutter profanities and inappropriate comments about our children, you would conclude we are miserable. Or that we hate parenthood. This conclusion is not […]

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Breastfeeding Without Birth – Is It Possible?

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By Wendy Wright– IBCLC Co-Founder and Lactation Consultant of the 16 Minute Club Breastfeeding is a wonderful experience for both mom and baby. However, what is a new mom to do when she receives the blessing of a baby but never went through the pregnancy and birth process herself? Induced lactation is still an option […]

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Close to Our Hearts: Two New Moms Explore Chicago with Baby

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By Michelle Barnard The first ten weeks of parenthood have been a blur… All our parent-friends told us that life as we knew it would change, but we shook them off. WE were different. We weren’t going to be THOSE parents.  We even had a list of annoying parenting things that we would never do, […]

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