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    The lovely and extremely likable Drew Barrymore is currently expecting her second child in a few months. The actress gave birth to a daughter, the insanely adorable Olive Barrymore Kopelman, last September. Right now, Drew's excited, glowing, and can't wait to give her little cutie a sibling.

    Also, Drew just had her second baby shower. Is that a little weird?

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    It's a gloriously summer-feeling spring evening and the setting sun has filled the street with golden light. There are five -- no, six, seven? I can't keep count, they're moving too quickly -- little boys playing in the quiet suburban neighborhood. Basketballs fly back and forth, squirt guns are deployed, somebody has a double-bladed plastic lightsaber and is making that bszzzzew, bszzzzew sound. My 8-year-old runs by with a neighbor boy, my 6-year-old is giggling with his younger cousin. They're filled with so much electric joy, it's pouring off them in visible waves.

    I'm sitting with the adults, watching this scene unfold. It's a suburban dream: kids playing, grownups chatting, everyone just a few steps from their own home. I'm thinking about our own neighborhood, and how it's nothing like this.

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    Like many parenting issues, cosleeping is one of those parenting choices that's as divisive as religion or politics. Some feel it helps them bond with baby while others feel it creates a bad habit for both parents and children. We'll likely never all agree on this. But something most parents would agree on is putting kids first when it comes to divorce. A child's world is turned upside down when Mom and Dad split up. Shouldn't both parents do anything and everything to make the process as comfortable as possible for the kids? Even if that means cosleeping?

    A newly single mother asked a therapist in an advice column if she thought it was okay that she coslept with her baby after splitting up with her partner. To which she was told no.

    I know.

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    Interesting news for us working mamas today! Apparently, less and less mothers who work are feeling guilty these days. Awesome. As we shouldn't.

    But while I fully support mothers who work and am obviously one myself, I can't say I personally fall into this category.

    Not feeling pangs of guilt when my daughter is sweetly waving bye to me when I leave for the office? Or when the sitter texts photos to me at work (dagger to the heart!)? Ha! Laughable.

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    What's the difference between a parent and a babysitter? As a former sitter, who spent a large portion of her teenage weekends caring for the neighbors' kids, I can tell you the one clear distinction: you parent your own kids and babysit others.

    Yet time and time again, we've seen fathers "babysitting" their children. So let's get one thing straight. Whether you're a mother or a father, you're never "babysitting" your children. You're "parenting."

    One of our favorite mommas, Kendra Wilkinson, shared some wise (and slightly naughty!) words on Twitter earlier today:

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    Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis and his 26-year-old girlfriend, Abbey Wilson, are expecting their first children. I say children because, yes, Abbey is pregnant with twins. According to reports, Francis and Wilson opted to get pregnant via IVF because they wanted to be able to choose the sex of their baby: They're having girls. Francis said, "We chose to have girls. I believe people will finally understand my love, respect, and admiration for women. I love girls." Oh. Okay.

    Thus far, there had been no indication that Wilson wasn't able to have children naturally; the couple simply wanted healthy babies that were female. "We both wanted girls and we wanted them to be healthy and free of genetic diseases so we chose to do IVF," Wilson told Us Weekly.

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    Big news for nursing mamas today! A new study has determined that it's okay for breastfeeding mothers to take anti-depressants. The study from the Danish National Birth Cohort in Denmark claims that the health benefits of continued breastfeeding greatly outweigh any perceived risk to the baby from antidepressant medication. The study also concluded that new moms taking antidepressants are more successful at nursing their infants if they stay on the medication as opposed to those who stop out of concern for their babies' health.

    Dr. Luke Grzeskowiak, one of the study's authors, feels that breastfeeding, regardless of whether or not a woman is taking medication, is best for both mom and baby. He said, "The amount of antidepressant medication that finds its way into a mother’s breast milk is very low."

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    A new study has come out that claims that parents today are more aggravated than parents ten years ago. It's somewhat ironic, given that women and men today tend to be more emotionally in-tuned and spiritually-enlightened than they were a decade ago, but moms and dads are reporting feeling frustrated with their kids these days.

    Wanna guess why?

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    There comes a point in everyone's life in which they find going through the car wash cool. But until that point, the car wash is flat-out terrifying. It's a lightless, noisy machine of a room where giant floppy, sudsy monsters try to get into your car so they can swallow you whole. Horrifying.

    Most kids are freaked out the first time they go through the ol' car wash, despite the fact that mom or dad go with them, and one dad, Max Gibbons, happened to catch his adorable daughter's reaction on film.

    No, she didn't like it. Yes, there were tears. And yes, her parents put it on YouTube.

    Check it out:

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    Twenty-seven-year-old Katheryn Deprill made headlines over the past month after her hunt for her birth mother went completely viral. Dubbed the "Burger King Baby" (because her mom had left her behind in the restroom of a Pennsylvania Burger King), Katheryn finally met her birth mom last month. And today, Katheryn and her biological mom, Cathy Pochek, made a special appearance, along with Katheryn's adoptive mother, Brenda Hollis, on the TODAY show. 

    The result was emotional and required tissues galore. And although you'd think the trio would have already hit their quota for surprises, they shared one of the biggest shockers of this saga so far ...

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