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    Watching a baby take her first steps is one of the proudest moments in a parent's life. There's nothing sweeter than seeing your toddler shakily teeter toward you, arms outstretched a la Frankenstein. And while it may seem like your baby still has a long way to go before they've got the walking thing down pat, you'll soon be collapsing from exhaustion after chasing a running toddler around all day.

    "Most children wind up walking around their first birthday," says Robyn Strosaker, MD, Director of Inpatient Services at University Hospital's Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. Some children will start walking a few months earlier and others won't begin strutting their stuff until around 17 or 18 months old.

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    Up until about 9 to 10 months of age, baby's primary means of transportation is ... you. But around this time, they'll likely start crawling, which means two things for Mom and Dad: Baby is officially free to explore the world on his own (well, as much as a 9-month-old can explore the world on his own), and time to childproof! Typically, babies will learn to properly crawl by slithering around on their elbows and bellies a la army-style, but some babies may skip this adorable milestone altogether and go straight to walking. "Some babies never crawl and will move right from scooting or pulling themselves on their elbows to walking," notes Robyn Strosaker, MD, Director of Inpatient Services at University Hospital's Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.

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    Ever since Rissa was a baby it has been impossible to keep socks on her for very long.  She used to kick them off, now she yanks them off as soon as her shoes are off.

    But it’s not her socks that caught my attention the other day.

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    When we first heard Kate Middleton and Prince William had taken off to Maldives for a romantic holiday, we were thrilled the couple was able to sneak off to enjoy some well-deserved one-on-one time! But now, the royal couple may be kicking themselves for jetting off.

    While they were hitting the beach at the Cheval Blanc Randheli resort in early March, 8-month-old Prince George reportedly crawled for the very first time while staying with his grandparents Carole and Michael Middleton in Bucklebury, claims a source in the new issue of Us Weekly. Ugh.

    I can't help but wonder if whoever broke this news thought of perhaps biting their tongue, so Kate and Wills could see George do it again and be none the wiser that it was actually his second or third time? Perhaps ignorance would've been bliss, hmm?

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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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    There's something about being pregnant on New Year's Eve and day that makes you feel more reflective. Blame it on sobriety, but it's actually really nice to spend the holiday with a clear mind that gives you the power to actually make resolutions you'll want to keep. I've never been one for promising myself I'll spend more time at the gym or eat less meat after January 1 -- but I'm all for resolutions that can slowly be achieved over the course of the year.

    And so I've vowed to make 2014 the year I focus solely on goals that will make me a better mom. Talk about pressure!

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    You know the whole hindsight is 20/20 thing? The older my son gets, the more I realize just how true it is. There are so many instances where I just want to go back in time and savor all of the special moments I probably didn't appreciate as much as I should have.

    Like when he was a toddler, for example. Yes, that period in time was chaotic, challenging, and often seemed like it would never end -- but it was also so special and unique. I only wish I'd done a better job of documenting it so I could remember more of it today. (Pictures only go so far.)

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    I know this is probably going to sound pretty weird, but my son is nearly 8 years old -- and he still hasn't lost any teeth. Yep, every single one of his baby teeth are still fully intact, and as far as I can tell, none of them are the least bit loose either.

    And I feel kinda bad for the little guy. At least once a week, he comes home and tells me that another one of his friends lost another tooth -- and he asks me why he hasn't lost any and when he is going to lose them.

    Of course, I don't have the answer, so I just keep telling him that it'll happen soon enough and that he cut teeth late (11 1/2 months), which is probably why he hasn't lost any yet.

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    I'm not quite sure if a baby's first birthday is a bigger milestone for the baby or for the parents. When my twins turned 1, I remember feeling like I crossed the finish line of a marathon. There was a lot of champagne and multiple cakes -- although my girls didn't quite know what to do with them.

    Looking back on it, I wish I'd been aware of the trend that so many parents have caught on to: Set the birthday kid up with their very own smash cake, a separate, aptly proportioned confection presented without utensils for the honoree to enjoy in whatever manner they see fit.

    They can feel free to squeeze it, drool on it, crumble it, face plant in it. You name it. No one else is going to eat it but them!

    Here are a few reasons why this is an absolutely genius idea:

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    6 Things Every New Parent Should Know

    posted by Bob Meadows June 8, 2013 at 8:54 PM in Baby
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    We all know being a parent has its challenges. But here are some words of wisdom I received that have made the job a bit easier.

    “Take off the baby’s shoes and socks before changing him.” I read this in a book and it stuck with me. I never would have thought of it. But this advice has saved me several times from the odorless-until-revealed Poo Monster that occasionally takes residence in my son’s diaper. Poo and urine wipe off of skin pretty easily (most of the time); getting them out of clothes isn’t so simple.

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