Mr.Pickles 

Are breastfed babies smarter?

One article--and one set of research--would have us think so. Perhaps this story is more the sort that would fall under "Pregnancy Fact or Fiction," as breastfeeding in general is a REALLY hot topic, but let's investigate the findings. To be honest,...

Baby gender and baby blues

A recent article on MSN asks the question: Are baby boys more depressing? Seems there is some thought out there that gender plays a role in the amount of a new mom's post-partum depression. PPD, also known as the baby blues, affects many women (10% ...

Vitamin K controversy?

Someone asked blog site Babble the other day a question that has been humming around in my mind like a lost hummingbird for a long time: What is the deal with the vitamin K shots given to newborns, and are they really necessary? I remember when Mr. ...

Does lack of sleep lead to obesity in kids?

A new study published today in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine suggests a link between lack of sleep and obesity. Researchers studied 915 children at six months, a year and two years as well as interviewed their parents to collect...

Baby animals are CUTE (just in time for Easter)

Ok, so you can call me a sap, but these pictures of baby animals are CUTE. And, know what's even cuter? The fact that MY HUSBAND found all these pics and sent them to me after I went to sleep last night so I would have something to make a gallery w...

When pregnancy is more horrifying than Saw

I remember the first time I got pregnant. It was such a fairytale, that whole experience. I felt so beautiful, so womanly. I felt so alive and energized and ready to take on the world. The transformation of my body, my outlook, my everything, was s...

Second child not as exciting as first?

Not too long ago, a good friend admitted something to me and my husband. Baby number two was on the way for him, and baby number one was on the way for us. My pal sheepishly, but honestly, admitted to me that he just wasn't as excited about the se...

On the day you were born books

Did you receive one of those "On the Day You were Born" books when your baby was born? We actually ended up with two, one of which we're saving and one which I am desperately trying to find time to fill out. See, if I don't do it now I never will...

Do you celebrate your birthday?

Now that you're a parent and all, with precious tiny babies to become overjoyed by and whose birthdays you'll celebrate with aplomb, do you even bother with your own birthday? As an adult, did you ever? When I was a kid I had the best birthdays. ...

Baby's first haircut

Now is the time, in my young son's life, and my new life as a mommy, when all the milestones of oohs and ahs are upon us. We're approaching his first birthday, the mark of one year together. It hardly seems possible that he has only been a part of ...

Dog toys vs. baby toys

Now that my son is completely mobile, he's finally able to get a hold of the things he wants the most: our dog toys. Likewise, the dogs see Mr. Pickles dashing for their toys as a green light to start chewing on his. This begs the question: is it ...

Prewashing new clothes and other oddities of the new mommy

Recently a friend who was about to give birth called to ask me if I'd pre-washed all of Mr. Pickles' clothes before he was born. She wasn't sure if she was crazy, nesting hardcore, or just doing the mommy thing before she was actually a mommy. I tol...

Playing with the big boys...and girls

Well, Mr. Pickles seems to be settling in nicely to the Infant 2 room at daycare. He's been there for several weeks now and things seem to be moving in the right direction. I had been concerned they were moving him too soon to simply make way for ...

Giving up the woobie

By the time Mr. Pickles hits one year of age, we'd like to have him give up the woobie. Woobie is what we call the pacifier. Some refer to it as a passy, some as a bobo. But we call it the woobs, and we are gearing our baby to let his go. I'm not s...

Dating for (long)-married couples

Now that you've been married, for perhaps what seems like forever, do you ever date your spouse? Just in time for Valentine's Day comes an article from the New York Times about how couples who've been together a while try to kickstart that romantic ...

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