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    Get ready to hate me. Or steal my husband. Or think I’m the worst mother in the whole wide world. Or maybe you’ll admire my ingenuity!

    I am a miser of my sleep. I don’t do well when I’m tired. I get really cranky and tend to take it out on the closest person -- who would be my dear, sweet husband. He certainly doesn’t deserve it, so I always say our arrangement was made for his own good.

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    Two of my friends recently gave birth and both returned home from the hospital sharing similar, unbelievable stories: their babies had been kicked out of the hospital nursery for bad behavior. One of my friends had given birth naturally with no complications, and the other had had a difficult labor, followed by an emergency C-section. Recovery and need for sleep, be damned -- their babies were acting fussy and nurses returned them to mom in the middle of the night. 

    What's the big deal, you may be asking yourself. You're the one who actually had the baby. He or she is your baby -- so why shouldn't your baby be your responsibility? And you're right, of course. But while moms used to be able to count on enjoying a sliver of rest time right after giving birth, it seems fewer hospitals are treating use of the nursery as the norm. And, as a mom who relied on it after my first birth, I'm NOT looking forward to the peer pressure of rooming in my second time around.

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    One of the new buzz terms heard more when it comes to birth is "gentle c-section." Which is fantastic because with c-sections on the rise, we should all want women to have the most gentle one possible. Of course it would be better if cesareans were on the decline. With this gentle c-section, moms do skin-to-skin contact with baby right after birth. Seems like a no-brainer. Why wouldn't mama put baby to chest right after giving birth? Particularly after a c-section. But doctors seem to have forgotten the human element in birth and rely too heavily on the technology.

    Skin-to-skin doesn't happen as much as it should. In fact, for the first time in America, a gentle cesarean was performed in May of 2013 where a healthy triplet birth resulted in mom placing her babies on her chest right after birth -- skin-to-skin. First time? What took so long?

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    Congratulations on your child's high-school graduation, dear most people I grew up with. Hang on a second... What's that? Wow! My child just handed me a chunk of her own poop.Because I waited until age 46 to reproduce, I could be my own two-year-old daughter's grandfather. I don't look my age, which is great. (It wasn't great while trying to avoid the inside of middle-school dumpsters because I looked like a fetus with hair. But it works now.)Still, the sad fact is that I may not live to see my daughter graduate high school, much less ever meet my own grandchild. ("You never know," my wife jokes. "You could get lucky; she could become a teen mom.") But even if I do live that long, I will probably be eating dinner at 4:30 p.m., sending out mass blank emails and handing my daughter chunks of my poop. 

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    A French nurse posted the best video on YouTube -- newborn twin babies hugging in the bath. Seriously -- this is just about the cutest, most touching thing you’ll watch in a long, long time. I take no responsibility for any deaths by adorableness when you see it.

    The little ones can’t stop holding each other as the nurse cradles them in the water, and they just look so happy and content to be together that it’s easy to imagine what it was like for them in the womb. No wonder twins have such a special bond!

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    I Didn't Love My Baby When She Was Born

    posted by Lisa Fogarty November 10, 2013 at 5:12 PM in Baby
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    A lot of moms say they felt an instant connection to their baby -- some fell head over heels in love the moment they discovered they were pregnant. As the months go by, they talk about wanting to meet their little one and you can't detect even a hint of trepidation in their voices. When they give birth, they instinctively know how to hold a baby that weighs less than a house cat. Their hands cradle little necks that don't accidentally snap back. Their babies take to their breasts like they're long-lost buddies. They don't stay up for 36 hours after taking baby home, terrified they've bitten off more than they can chew. 

    They call it a maternal bond. Instant love. They make you feel like it's expected. It will just happen. It will happen to you, too.

    But that's not exactly how motherhood began for me. 

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    There are certain expectations the world has of pregnant women. As their bellies grow, so presumably must the love of that unborn child. But what happens if it doesn't? What happens if that bond never manifests? That was the brave confession of one Hollywood star. Kristen Bell says that she felt no connection to her unborn child during pregnancy.

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    If you are planning on breastfeeding your baby, odds are good you're pretty passionate about your choice. You want to do everything possible to ensure it's an easy transition and a positive experience for both you and your newborn.

    And while there is plenty of info out there to help you learn as much as you can about seamlessly getting your baby on the boob, there may be one simple thing you can do right after giving birth that will help you get off to a good start. According to a new study, skin-to-skin contact in the delivery room between mom and baby is linked to an increase in exclusive breastfeeding.

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    It took a little over a month for the first photo of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's beautiful baby girl North West to come out, and now new momma Kim is finally speaking out about life as a family. In Kim Kardashian's first post-baby interview with London's Sunday Times Style supplement, she dishes all about her desire to look good for Kanye and how the celebriparents love to style their baby.

    But the most eye-catching read? That Kim hasn't been as much of a loon about losing the baby weight as every single tabloid and gossip column has made her out to be. In fact, the new mom says that despite sticking to the Atkins Diet, she hasn't been working out a whole lot, and she'd rather be hanging out with North. 

    Oh Kim, you're a fabulous mother already -- I can tell.

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    Beyonce has shared the sweetest mom and baby photo on Tumblr! It's really a photo that all parents can relate to because of its simplicity. A playful moment between a mom and her baby girl. In this case the baby girl is the adorable Blue Ivy and mom happens to be a super star. And that's part of why this photo is so precious. No fanfare. Just the two of them innocently peeking out over the white hammock they are sitting in. And it will make your heart melt ... because, it's perfect.

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