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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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    The minute your baby enters the world, time suddenly speeds up. That first year may seem to crawl by when it's 2:00 in the morning and you're trying to get your little one to sleep already. But believe me, next thing you know, you'll be celebrating the first birthday and wondering what just happened. So here are 30 things you should do with your baby in that first year -- your baby bucket list!

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    There is nothing quite as wonderful or as nerve wracking as taking your sweet little newborn home from the hospital for the first time. A lot of parents (myself included -- can I get a holla?) almost feel a little bit shocked that they’re letting you leave with a tiny person.

    There’s a lot to figure out with a new little one, especially if it’s your first time. I remember when our first daughter was born; I had packed this adorable little corduroy dress with ribbons and lace as her going home outfit. And tights. Yeah, I packed tights for my newborn’s coming home outfit. She ended up coming home in a hospital onesie. Hey, live and learn, right?

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    If I were honest, I would have to say I've always been a wee bit competitive. I didn't want to get "good" grades as a kid. I wanted to be at the top of the class. I didn't want to get into an "OK" college, I was shooting for one of the top schools in the country. And so on and so forth. But I never knew what the word competition meant until I became a mom.

    Since giving birth to my daughter, I've learned that mothers will take any opportunity to one up one another. Don't believe me? This week I read about parents who were challenging one another on whose baby's poop smelled better.


    Can we talk about this, moms? Specifically about how STUPID all these "mompetitions" (yup,  it's in the Urban Dictionary) make us look?

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    Just had a baby? Congratulations! How are you planning to share the news with your friends and family? You could print out a photo of your baby. OR! You could print out 3D replicas of your baby so the grandparents can hold your little darling in their arms. And it's not even creepy! Much. Actually, it's super creepy.

    A tech company will make custom 3D printouts of your baby (or your unborn child) for just a few hundred dollars. You can get that in life-size or miniature. Because what makes a better paper weight than a mini-version of a newborn naked baby? That's what I thought.

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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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