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    When I had my first child, I wanted to do everything by the book. I was so nervous that the tiniest misstep would somehow break the baby. In fact, one of my first pieces was about how shocked I was that they just let me leave the hospital with this little being (it was tougher to get a library card), and frankly I didn't feel ready.

    But I was determined to rise to the challenge -- All toys were sanitized before they came within 10ft of my child. People were sanitized too, they were also grilled as to when they were last sick, if they knew proper baby handling techniques, and the date of their most recent TB test.

    Then came child number two, and I was racing to get her home ... it's amazing how much changes between your first and second. You can blame it on the lack of time needed to be as anal, ahem, meticulous as you were with the first, or maybe it's simply a gain in experience and confidence, but the differences are undeniable. Here are just a few of them ...

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    What’s better than a new baby? Three new babies. Especially if they are once-in-a-million naturally conceived identical triplets.

    Abby, Brin, and Laurel Hepner were born November 22 to Hannah and Tom Hepner, who were not using any fertility treatments. Just one fertilized egg split into three, and voila! Three sisters with a matching set of DNA.

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    What’s better than a new baby? Not much -- but maybe the romance of a secret wedding could contend. Want both? Then this is the story for you.

    Jennifer Love Hewitt gave birth to a baby girl on Tuesday, her rep confirmed. Another source said that she also recently married her fiancé and baby daddy Brian Hallisay “in private.”

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    A friend of mine once described the first few weeks with a newborn baby as a "beautiful nightmare." Sound familiar? It might to Kailyn Lowry, who is tweeting from the trenches to give us a glimpse of life with baby Lincoln. Happily, she and her family are doing great. There's nothing out of the ordinary going on. Even better, she's kept her great attitude and her sense of humor. You need both when you're dealing with a newborn baby! And Kailyn is definitely in the weeds with this one.

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    A new study reveals that breastfeeding has yet another benefit: it increases the likelihood that children will eat a more healthful diet filled with fruits and vegetables when they are in preschool. The study followed about 10,000 children in Britain, France, Portugal, and Greece over the course of four to five years and found that the longer moms breastfed their babies, the more good foods they consumed when they reached school-age. Comparing formula-fed babies to those who were breastfed at least three to six months, researchers found that those who were never nursed were 20 percent less likely to eat at least one veggie a day and 20 to 30 percent less likely to eat one fruit per day. 

    Unless you think a mom is nothing more than a set of breasts, I sense something very important is missing from this report -- mom herself. 

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    Whoa baby! A woman in China just delivered a 13 pound 10 ounce infant, who is roughly twice the size of the average Chinese newborn.

    As of now, both the mother and the child are doing well, though no details were released as to whether she gave birth naturally or via a C-section. (For her sake, let's hope she had a C ...)

    And while larger than normal babies aren't exactly anything new -- the reason this woman gives for why her little one is anything but little is actually pretty surprising.

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    Jaundice in Babies: What You Need to Know

    posted by Lisa Fogarty November 21, 2013 at 7:16 AM in Baby
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    A Brooklyn mom and her 6-year-old son were just awarded $25 million by a jury that found the boy's jaundice went untreated when he was born. His jaundice was found to be the reason why he is now permanently handicapped and suffers from brain damage. Despite complaining about her son's yellowing skin, the mom says her doctors and nurses dismissed it as something that would just "go away." His mild jaundice got worse and he was diagnosed with hyperbilirubinemia, which can cause brain damage and cerebral palsy.

    Wait, this is the same condition that we've been told is incredibly common and not really a big deal, right? Yes. But it helps to arm ourselves with as much information about newborn jaundice as possible in case we find our little ones need to be treated for it when they are born. Here are some important facts to know. 

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    In what seems beyond unthinkable, a mom in England had to go through the last few months of her pregnancy knowing there was a very good chance her baby would not survive. Katiya Rowe's baby's brain was not developing correctly in utero, leaving him with a condition that would make him unable to care for himself, walk, or talk.

    And after he was born, her son, Lucian, only lived for a mere nine hours. But amid her grief, Katiya still recalls being joyous over having the chance to be a mother to her son -- even though most of the time she "spent" with him was when she was still pregnant.

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    Whoa! You're not going to believe this one. After being declared dead following an emergency C-section, a newborn baby in Colombia came back to life -- 10 hours after her parents were told she was gone.

    The baby's mother was rushed to the hospital where the delivery was performed, and just 35 minutes later, doctors determined that the little girl had no signs of life. Her tiny body was placed inside a box and she was taken to the morgue.

    And then when her distraught father came to collect her remains -- something amazing happened.

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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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