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    A baby with four arms and four legs was recently born in China. The baby, who also is suffering from pneumonia and congenital heart disease, is said to have had a "parasitic headless twin attached to his torso." In other words, the babies were supposed to be twins, but one never developed properly and became deformed.

    The baby boy has thankfully undergone successful surgery and is in stable condition since the extra limbs have been removed. The father of the baby, only identified as Mr. Chen, has admitted to feeling guilty over the fact that he often chose work over taking his wife to many of her prenatal appointments.

    But. That said, the mother did have at least five routine exams at local clinics during her pregnancy. And not one -- not a single one -- indicated there was anything wrong.

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    I ran into a new, very tired mom the other day and I couldn't help but remember back to when my now almost-10-year old was a baby.

    God, she never, ever slept.

    But the more kids I added, the more I felt okay letting them cry it out a bit, and surprise, the better they all slept, which led me to believe that it wasn't necessarily her. Maybe my sleepless nights were my own fault.

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    Up until 10 days ago, I hated breastfeeding. Absolutely loathed it. I had attempted to breastfeed my now-2-year-old daughter, and the experience left me feeling deflated and depressed at a time when I should have been over the moon.

    My little girl was healthy and had a healthy appetite -- that I couldn't manage to satisfy, which just made me feel like a horribly inadequate mom. Perhaps as a result of the fact that I was induced, I produced little milk at first, and coupled with the amount of stress I and everyone around me had placed in my breastfeeding success, nursing just wasn't happening.

    I trashed breastfeeding every opportunity I got and thought of myself as a cheerleader for bottle feeding -- which I definitely felt was needed given our culture's borderline nutso obsession with nursing.

    But two weeks ago I gave birth to my baby boy and everything changed. I'm breastfeeding and loving it -- not because I'm a better mom, but because of 5 factors that had nothing to do with me.

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    Happy spring! Have you been seeing more babies lately? Maybe it's just me, but I feel like now that it's warm, they're cropping up everywhere like spring flowers ... literally, like spring flowers and peas and strawberries. Here's 16 of the most insanely cute photos of babies dressed up as spring flowers, fruit and veggies.

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    Mom, I’m going to start by saying your choice of breakfast, lunch, and dinner is driving me to do things I’d rather not: like wonder whether I’ve been adopted before I’ve even been born. Really, what was that excuse for food you sent down my tube thing the other day? Because it tasted like hummus mixed with eggs and raisins -- but that can’t be, right? I don’t know much about life on your planet yet, but surely that isn’t food meant for human consumption?

    And then there is this habit you have of only walking around during certain times of the day. What am I supposed to do when the sun goes down? It gets boring in here! I may as well lay it all on the line for you while I’m still here in your cocoon. I have a few more gripes and it’s about time someone (cough, cough) starts paying attention to them.

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    If you carry your baby in a sling, you might want to stop -- or at least read this and then make sure you're doing it right.

    The carriers so many parents use to cart around their newborns and infants are being pegged as potentially dangerous after the suffocation death last year of a 3-week-old girl in Australia.

    One in 20 babies carried in a sling has gotten hurt or has come close to being injured because parents don't always know how to safely position them.

    And a number of babies in slings in both the United States and Australia have died by suffocation, which experts say is the biggest risk.

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    Oh, new moms. We can be a crazy bunch, can't we? But who can blame us, we just want to keep our babies safe and healthy! And okay, fine, we're a little neurotic.

    Looking back at some of the things I did when my daughter was a newborn, I laugh, because wow. Crazytown, USA. But I'm happy to learn that I'm not alone in not being the only overprotective weirdo shortly after giving birth. Can we blame it on the hormones?

    I asked a group of my favorite mamas if they did any over-the-top, nutty overprotective things when their babies were first born, and boy did they deliver!

    Here are 7 hilariously crazy things new moms did (and, yes, now they're looking back and laughing!).

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    Baby eczema. It's the worst. How could something so seemingly-innocuous as irritated skin cause so much discomfort? It's heartbreaking to watch our helpless little ones suffer from this condition, which affects so many babies. We give them oatmeal baths. We put humidifiers in their rooms. We load them up with lotion 900 times a day. But still. They're uncomfy. And they want to scratch. And scratching only makes things worse.

    If your poor little sweetie is suffering from eczema, and wants to scratch, scratch, scratch, here are five clever ways to prevent it.

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    I was visiting a friend this past weekend and we got to talking about baby advice. As you might guess, with four kids, I often get asked what tips I'd give to new moms.

    Over the years, I've come up with some pretty great answers, but the advice my friend gave at a recent baby shower topped any of mine. In fact, it's so awesome, I'll be doling it out whenever I can (with credit to her, of course).

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    I'm giving birth to a baby boy, oh, any minute now. As someone who usually follows social norms, I'm really surprised by how put off I am by the thought of circumcision. Growing up in the U.S., circumcised penises seem normal to me, but I can't wrap my mind around why I'd willingly let a doctor cut off a piece of skin located on the most sensitive part of his male sexual organ. It seems bananas!

    With that said, I also don't want him to mature into a teen and realize his penis is different. I don't want him to feel more self-conscious about his body than he probably already will at age 16. Is that a good enough reason to circumcise him? Probably not. And I'm still on the fence about this decision (despite the ticking clock), but here are 24 real-life quotes from moms and dads who either chose to circumcise or chose not to circumcise their baby boys.

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