• WAHMSWAHMSAs a WAHM (Work at Home Mom), there are many things I get to do in the home office that probably wouldn't fly in an actual office. For instance, I bet people who work in an office rarely have co-workers hiding under their desks or trying to lick them because they think it's funny.

    Many things wouldn't work in an office, here's proof:

    1. Wearing pajamas all day. -- "I know there's a dress code, but these Paul Frank flannels pants are so darn comfy."

    2. Breastfeeding -- "Joan, you look hungry. Are you sure you don't just want to suckle at …? No? Well, if you change your mind."

    3. Stopping work to do laundry. -- "Tony, Jeff, Kate, Tom, Leslie, Bill, Joe, Jose, Sara, Amy, Beth, Stacey … anyone have anything that can go in on hot, I'm doing whites?"

    4. Taking business calls while locked in the bathroom. -- "Excuse me Samantha could you refrain from flushing, I'm on a conference call. Great, thanks."

    5. Constantly shushing the people around you. --"Seriously guys, I'm trying

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  • That's pulled pork stuck to her face. It remained there the entire meal. (Photo: Erin Zammett Ruddy)That's pulled pork stuck to her face. It remained there the entire meal. (Photo: Erin Zammett Ruddy)I had my third child in November and, as expected, it’s a very different experience than with my first and even second. The baby is simultaneously spoiled and deprived, both doted on more and ignored more. In some ways I feel like she’s getting the best of me. In other ways, the worst. Though there are many reasons, it basically boils down to the fact that this time around — which is my last time around — I’m more confident, capable, and calm about the whole thing. I’m also way busier and, occasionally, more overwhelmed.

    As a result of all of this, the third is already proving to be different from my older two, who were only two years apart and got a fairly similar parenting style (centered on strict naptimes and bedtimes and well-rounded, scheduled meals). At least once a day I say, “Well, she’s the third child!” Sometimes it’s after I let her sleep in my bed (something the other two still have never done to this day). Other times it’s after taking her out in public wearing a

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  • By Andrea Fowler, REDBOOK.

    Jennifer Goodall is 41 weeks pregnant, and after delivering her first three children via cesarean section, would like to proceed with a vaginal birth for her fourth baby. However, a Florida hospital has threatened to report her to the Department of Children and Family Services and perform a c-section on her without consent if she is admitted there.


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    A press release from the National Advocated for Pregnant Women (NAPW) explains that on July 10, Goodall received a letter from the chief financial officer of Bayfront Health Port Charlotte stating these facts.

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    "My decision to allow labor to proceed before consenting to a surgical intervention is based on years of research, careful consideration of the risks to me and my baby, and my family's needs," Goodall says in a statement shared by NAPW. "All I want is to be able to go to the

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  • Stock image of baby(Newser) - Two weeks before she gave birth to her fourth child, a Florida hospital threatened to force a C-section on 29-year-old mom Jennifer Goodall "with or without [her] consent," Jezebel reports.

    Goodall wanted to try delivering vaginally before agreeing to what would be her fourth cesarean-if it was necessary. But Bayfront Health Port Charlotte also threatened to call the state Department of Children and Families because, the hospital said in a letter to Goodall, a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) could lead to "death or serious injury" to the baby, reports the News Press.

    "My health care providers have made me fear for my safety and custody of my children. I know I'm not the only one to go through this; I'm speaking out because pregnant women deserve better," Goodall says in a statement. She delivered Friday … by C-section, NBC News reports.

    The courts didn't back her up. A federal judge earlier this month sided with the hospital, saying the mom-to-be had no "right to

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  • By: Ivy Jacobson for TheBump.com

    Jaime King via InstagramSupermodel and Hart of Dixie actress Jaime King welcomed her sweet son James Knight last October with husband Kyle Newman, but nobody could have guessed just how painful and heartbreaking her road to childbirth was.

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    In a now-deleted Instagram post from Friday, Jaime made her private struggle public by opening up to moms around the world to let them know they're not alone with their fertility issues.

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    "For all the struggling women & moms out there that think they are alone - This is the truth about conceiving my son and struggles after. 8 yrs of pain and undiagnosed PCOS & Endometriosis."

    She continues:

    "9 doctors until Dr. Randy Harris diagnosed me & saved my life from a severe ectopic, 5 miscarriages, 5 rounds of IVF, 26 IUI's, most with no outcome, 4½ years of trying to conceive, 26 hours of brutal labor, early delivery b/c of

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  • Playpens: Love 'em or hate 'em? (Photo: Erin Zammett Ruddy)Playpens: Love 'em or hate 'em? (Photo: Erin Zammett Ruddy)Last week I posted this photo (left) on Facebook. It’s of my three children hanging out in the baby’s new playpen. The caption: “Unfortunately, only one of them doesn’t know how to get out.” I was just making a joke, obviously, but the post sparked a conversation about parents and playpens and it came to my attention that there are people out there who do not and would not put their kids in one. I did a little web research and, yup, apparently some feel like using a playpen is cruel — akin to sticking your child in cage. Interesting.

    I’m very familiar with the breast-versus-bottle debate and I know there’s a co-sleeping camp and the baby-wearing-is-best thing. There are even people who don’t believe in strollers. But I didn’t realize that placing your baby in a little fenced-in play area with a bunch of fun toys for a few minutes so she doesn’t choke on a rogue Lego or crawl on top of the TV stand was frowned upon. Of course, in this day of nothing-you-do-is-right parenting, I’m not

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  • Josh Duboff

    The Royal FamilyThe Royal FamilyWe know George can sell out clothes; babies have devoted their entire, nascent lives to imitating him; Justin Timberlake has shouted him out (George was no doubt too busy to return Justin's texts). So it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise that the young royal, who just turned one, now seems to be saving entire animal populations.


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    O.K., "saving entire animal populations" might be a little strong, but George is giving at least one a major assist. The bilby, a "rabbit-like Australian marsupial species," received one of the largest P.R. boosts an animal species has likely ever received (second perhaps to Britney Spears's 2001 V.M.A.'s performance) when the prince visited the Tarongo Zoo in Sydney in April and met his namesake, George the bilby, in one of the Australia-New Zealand trip's most reproduced images. George gave the animal a smile that seemed to say, "Hey, kid, I know the weight of the world can be Read More »from Prince George is Single-Handedly Reviving Endangered Species
  • By Brie Schwartz, REDBOOK.


    We love ogling Instagram photos of A-listers posing with their adorable babies, but what the super-cute selfies don't reveal are the fertility struggles that can happen along the road to having those children. According to the American Pregnancy Association, miscarriages occur in one out of every four to 10 pregnancies. However, they're rarely discussed in the media.

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    That's why we owe Jamie King a special show of support. This weekend, the Heart of Dixie star and mom to 9-month old James Instagrammed a photo, which has since been deleted, with the following words typed out:

    "For all the struggling women & moms out there that think they are alone - This is the truth about conceiving my son and struggles after. 8 yrs of pain and undiagnosed PCOS & Endometriosis. 9 doctors until Dr. Randy Harris diagnosed me & saved my life from a severe ectopic, 5 miscarriages, 5 rounds of IVF, 26 IUI's, most with no

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  • Mother of 2 Goes Missing After Getting Gas

    The missing persons flier.(Newser) - Jennifer Huston fueled up her green Lexus LX-470 at a gas station in Newberg, Oregon, around 6pm Thursday, and hasn't been seen since.

    The Dundee mom of two was wearing black and pink Nike shoes and yoga pants at the time, and was caught on the 76 station's surveillance video, apparently alone in the car. Her husband became alarmed when she hadn't come home from running errands by 10pm that night; KOIN 6 reports her phone has been turned off since she disappeared.

    "She's potty training our two-year-old, this is not something she would do," says her husband, Kallen, adding that Jennifer has no history of mental illness. Her father agrees with him: "Her boys are her world, she would not leave them unattended." He also says there was no trouble at home, KGW reports. The 38-year-old's family has started a Facebook page to share information, the Oregonian reports. (In New Hampshire, a 15-year-old girl is back home after going missing nine months ago.)

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  • Dear Readers - (Day 16 at Camp Lenox)

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    Call me insane, but I'm spending the summer at a sleepaway camp (Camp Lenox) in the Berkshires. It started with me pitching a humor series called Jenny From the Bunk -- I Followed My Kids to Camp, Now What? I thought it would be interesting to see if I could survive being out of my "mommy" element and routine. Could I break out of the mom rut... but I've realized that it's become so much more than that. I'm learning things about myself I truly never anticipated.

    One of the things I'm constantly questioning at camp is my coolness. I don't mean that in a popularity kinda way, I mean it in a, 'Can I hang with people who are younger?' way, specifically those who haven't had that whimsical childlike spontaneity sucked out of them and replaced by worrying about the whimsical childlike spontaneity of their own kids. As a somewhat neurotic mom, I often wonder if I've lost my energy, my spark... my ability to have fun.

    When you're young, you like to tell yourself to never grow up. You say things like, Remember, never to be like that parent, that teacher, that authority figure. Remember never to punish your kids for such and such. Remember what it feels like to be yelled at to be talked down to... to be made to feel guilty and swear you won't do that to your own children. Pinky swear. It's like a note-to-self to never grow up.

    The truth is, we all grow up, whether we want to or not. We realize why certain actions need punishing, we lay guilt from time to time, we get frustrated with our children and yes, we use phrases we swore we would never say like, "because I said so," and "Don't make me turn this car around."

    Yesterday at camp, I saw a reflection of myself that was not pretty. It looked like this.

    One of the things I'm constantly questioning at camp is my coolness. No, I don't mean that in a popularity way, I mean it in a, 'Can I hang with people who are younger?' specifically those who haven't had the ability to do stupid things sucked out of them and replaced by worrying about your kids doing stupid things. Have I lost my ability to have fun? Do I currently have a stick up my arse? As a neurotic mom, I often think that I've lost my spontaneity, my energy, my spark.

    When you're young you like to tell yourself to never grow up. You say things like, remember, never to be like that parent, that teacher, that authority figure. Remember never to punish your kids for blank. Remember what it feels like to be yelled at to be talked down to … to be made to feel guilty and swear you won't do that to your own children. Pinky swear. It's like a note-to-self to never grow up.

    The truth is, we all grow up, whether we want to or not. We realize why certain actions need punishing, we lay guilt from time to time, we get frustrated with our children and yes we use phrases we swore we would never say like, "because I said so" and "Don't make me turn this car around."

    Yesterday, at camp I saw a reflection of myself that was not pretty. It looked like this.

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