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  • candice.

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    Are you planning to cloth diaper? With all the precautions you’re taking I can’t imagine you’d want the chemicals of disposable diapers anywhere near your kid’s private bits. Especially if you have a boy…

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    • Elena @ Art of Making a Baby

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      Candice, yes, so far I’m planning on cloth diapering. I haven’t done the research though yet so I don’t know the benefits, but I’m sure once I do, I’ll be a big cloth diapering proponent ( based on everything people are saying about it)

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      • Stacey T

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        I was just thinking the same thing. It’s AMAZING. I didn’t cloth diaper for my first two, but I am with my daughter and I love it. Knowing her little bottom is not sitting on a bed of chemicals and on soft fabric is great. Plus, VERY eco-friendly and good for the earth.

        It’s really not as bad as it seems. The new modern cloth diapers are great. Jennifer from earthycrunchymama.com has a newborn diaper rental so you can test several kinds out. I did this and HIGHLY recommend it. There are also several online retailers that will let you try them out and if you don’t like them, you can send them back for store credit. Be careful… it can be addicting. So many kinds to choose from and so many cute patterns.

        Tip… OS diapers don’t really fit until about 15 pounds (although they claim they can be used from birth). You might want to try out FuzziBunz XS or BumGenius Newborn for now.

        Good luck and I hope you grow to love cloth diapering as much as I do.

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  • Jesi

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    Hey! just letting you know (i hope its okay) I blogged about your blog :) \

    http://simplyjesis.blogspot.com/

    I just posted about how often I come to read it and get photo inspirations.

    Have a great day!!
    - Jesi

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  • 08221904373652539331

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    Can you tell me what camera/lenses you use? All your photos are SO lovely.

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  • Irina Goldman

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    Hi Elena
    I came across your blog and found it very interesting. Just like you, I am originally from Russia but prefer to stick to colder area, thus I am in freezing NY :)
    I noticed that you are very health conscious and plan to raise your baby in an organic environment, which is the best start you can give him. I wish we knew as much about the cotton and other pollutants when I was raising my kids. I have an online Organic baby boutique http://www.mynaturalbabyboutique.com that I thought you might be interested in. We offer everything you need for a new babies as well as a gift registry set up for new moms.
    I was wondering if you would be interested in reviewing any of the products we carry?

    Thank you
    Irina

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  • Anna

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    Elena,
    I wonder how you are keeping your furry friends out of the crib and how you plan on dealing with cats and the baby. I also have 3 cats (and spoiled), and I’m only about to start the nursery, but I can imagine how the crawl into the crib and into the stroller and leave tons of fur there… Shaving them is one option… (just kidding! :P)
    Regards, Anna

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    • Elena @The Art of Making a Baby

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      Hey, Anna!
      We did let our cats “explore” a bit to get their curiosity out of the way. They weren’t too interested to be honest. And we washed everything again.
      From what I hear, cats tend to stay away from babies so we’ll see!

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  • Lauren

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    Hi Elena, I’m a recent finder of your blog and I must say it is lovely! You and your husband look very happy together – But I was wondering all your photos are fantastic and currently I am in the market for a new camera, could you tell me what camera you have? Thank you

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  • elizabeth

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    i just wanted to say that you inspired me to buy an organic mattress for my son. i had no idea that all of those chemicals were in it. we had one that claimed to be chemical free, but it was still fireproof sealed, and not organic. it already ripped, so it was a good time to replace. my son is 2.5, but in a toddler bed, so he still uses the mattress. and we can use it for our next baby too. we got the same one you had. thanks for writing about it!

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  • Kirsten H

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    have been having such a great time reading about your own experience with pregnancy. We have just now reached 12 weeks so we are on the opposite side of the spectrum. My husband is in Russia at the moment for 6 months for work so I am doing most of the research solo at the moment. We are health conscious as well and would really like to look into organic clothing and diapering etc. Which is an avenue neither of us know much about. Do you plan on doing updates about what clothing and diapers you find to be your favourite? Thank you for your great blog entries!! :)

    I hope Alexis’ birth goes as wonderfully as beautifully as possible.

    Kirsten

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  • Kate

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    I love your birth plan, and actually copied and pasted parts of it into my own. Only major difference is we are having a boy, and I don’t want circumcism done (I believe it to be barbaric lol).
    I might be too late (hopefully you are living out your birthplan as we “speak!”) but I wanted to know how you plan on vocalizing your plan to the nurses. I am so so afraid that I will go in and no one will listen to me, and I will end up tethered to the bed, stuck all over with IV’s, getting all sorts of drugs, because the nurses “poo poo” me. What is your plan?
    Good luck, and thanks for all the baby links! Our nursery is owls!

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    • Elena @The Art of Making a Baby

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      Hahahahaha, I really can’t answer to all comments right now (takes too long), but I had to reply to yours re: vocalizing (you put it so funny and so true). I am taking the easy way out and having my husband deal with all that. Mostly it’s because I’ll be doing hypnosis for relaxation which means I won’t be able to really talk much, but it’s a nice bonus that I won’t have to be the one standing up for what we want!

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      • Kate

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        I was just talking to my husband about that- that he will have to be my advocate. I don’t want to be a jerk to the nurses, or make their jobs more difficult, because I may find that I really need them, if you know what I mean, but I believe that they hook you up to machines, drug you, and basically tie you to the bed because it makes for an easier patient, not an easier delivery. I want to be very emphatic but at the same time very nice.
        I plan on using nature sounds (particularly whale sounds) during delivery to help sooth me, and I have been “piping” the sound into the womb for Owen’s benefit lol, hopefully the sound will be comforting to him as well!

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  • Elyn

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    Like you I was planning a non-medicated birth but I went 15 days past due and was scheduled for an induction via pitocin. Knowing my desires to avoid medications my OB suggested a foley balloon induction to start off. I highly suggest looking into this method if you make it to your induction day. It worked for me and I was able to avoid the need for pitocin. Here’s a quick description http://pregnancy.about.com/od/induction/f/foleycatheter.htm

    Happy Baby! :)

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  • franc

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    Congratulation for your Alexis,It’s really nice baby! Remember me when I was walking with Julia and I was asking you when will be baby.?..
    You said me Alexis is delyed thre days later….A hope to meet us again on the street….franc, grand father of Julia

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  • Cathy

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    Hi there, Congrats on Alexis and getting the sleep situation figured out!! We shared a bed from day one and it was miraculous in allowing us and baby (now 5) to get enough sleep. Now baby #2 is on the way and we plan to do it the same way, unless… baby doesn’t do well with it, of course.
    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog in helping me get back into the mindset for another baby. I have done many things the first time around the way that you are doing them now, and some things I learned at some point in the past 5 years as I strove to continually make things the healthiest they could be (while keeping us sane) for the family.
    Two tips for you that might help:
    If baby wants to nap with you and not in a bed, try the Baby Bjorn or the Ergo w/ the organic infant insert. I used the Bjorn for the first 5 months, and nursed, worked, walked, and generally lived with him in it. He loved it, I got more done, and we were all happy.
    Next, the Iphone has high amounts of microwaves emitting from it when it is not in airplane mode. I have had it checked through a machine that detects levels, and they can be extremely high. Also, microwaves bounce off of things like metal, so in your car, they will be bouncing all around, and occasionally off of you and your baby. This also counts for bouncing off of the protective clothing that is supposed to save you from them, the waves get in where the clothing is not covered and then just bounce off of the inside of the garment. Or so says an expert I consulted with recently during this most recent pregnancy (I had our new house checked for electromagnetic waves & microwaves, luckily all were at good or decent levels). Just a tip I thought you would like to know based on your postings. :-) I hope it helps. You may be able to type w/ it in airplane mode and then copy & paste with the ‘waves’ turned back on, but keep it far from baby’s head, the most susceptible part of the body. And try not to carry it on your body or in car unless in airport mode. (I say this with the caveat that this is ONLY if you want to reduce the exposure to such things. If you don’t mind or care, then please ignore this. Sort of like with all advice. :-)
    Lastly (so there were three things… whoops), if you use wifi in your house, it’s good not to have the box near baby at all, ever, and to turn off when not in use to reduce waves. We didn’t do this at first with our now 5 year old, but as some countries have banned wifi in schools (France?) and some cities have banned this type of ‘e-smog’ throughout, it may be the sort of thing we’ll be the last to be ‘told’ to do by the people who tell us such things, so better to get a head start and follow our intuition.

    Hope you are well and you continue to get the hang of things so quickly! Many blessings!!

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    • Elena @The Art of Making a Baby

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      Oh wow thank you- good to know about iPhones I’ve been turning airplane mode as much as I can but not as much as I’d like to!

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  • Anna

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    Elena, could you recommend any material on baby carriers recommended by orthopedics? I know in the US newborns are carried upright in mei tais and wraps, however I have heard so many opinions that a baby who doesn’t sit should not be carried upright (slings only till 6 months). Any recommendations? Thanks in advance and regards, Anna

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    • Elena @The Art of Making a Baby

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      From what I heard (and I didn’t hear much), they shouldn’t put any pressure on their tailbone. But smth like a moby in a tree frog position is safe since they’re not actually sitting on their butt.

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  • Jodi

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    Where did you get the owl pillow?? LOVE IT

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  • Clair

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    I am going to link to you in my new blog. If you don’t want me to let me know and I will take it down.

    Thanks,
    Clair

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  • Stacey D

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    Just want to say I really enjoy reading your blog. I have a 6 1/2 month old and relate to a lot of what your going thru. Becoming a mother simply is the best thing ever. Do you live in Florida?

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  • Holly Bellebuono

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    Hello Eleni!

    I am an herbalist and wanted to share with you my all-natural baby and family products at Vineyard Herbs Teas & Apothecary. I have a mother-and-baby line as well as award-winning hand-crafted herbal medicines.

    My book The Essential Herbal for Natural Health: How to Transform Easy-to-Find Herbs into Healing Remedies for the Whole FAmily has just been published by Shambhala/Random House, and is packed with more than 200 recipes for making herbal medicines. It shares guidance on how to choose herbs to create wholesome and valuable remedies for every age, and I’d be happy to email you a digital version if you’re interested in reviewing it for your website.

    Thanks so much and take care,
    Holly Bellebuono
    Vineyard Herbs, holly@vineyardherbs.com

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  • Miroslava

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    Hi Elena,

    I noticed you got the Team Red Mutsy stroller…which one exactly? The 4rider, 4rider light or urban rider? Are you happy with it? I’m between the Mutsy 4rider or the Peg Perego modular set. Did you get it with the carrycot?
    I appreciate any comments regarding this subject.

    Thank You.
    Miroslava

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    • Elena @The Art of Making a Baby

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      Miroslava,

      I love my Mutsy! Definitely the breast freaking stroller out there. I have the 4rider. It’s not light or won’t work well on narrow streets, but if you live in the suburbs, it’s absolutely perfect. I’ll be blogging about it! I do have the carrycot but Alexis never liked being on her back, so we barely used it.

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      • Miroslava

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        Thanks Elena for such a prompt response. I’m looking forward hearing more about it as I am at the point of getting one myself. I love the active or cargo colours, manily the active coffee. Although the Team Red was my initial ‘Go’ colour. I live in Lima, Perú, where you hardly see any carrycots, not like in Europe. I come from Czech Rep. and all my friends are saying, that I got to have it, what if he doesn’t like it? Like Alexis for example, she doesn’t. Here, the fashion is to carry the baby in your arms or simply in a carseat. I’m torn as what to do. I guess I just get it and hope for the best. But the Peg Perego set is cute as well….
        Well, dear Elena, enjoy your sweet little bundle of joy, I’m so looking forward meeting my son soon.

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  • Anne

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    Great posts! Don’t you need some new Nursing Bras? Have you looked at our selection lately?? :)
    lmk!

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  • Kirsten

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    Hi Elena,

    Your recent posts about your nursing experience so far has been wonderful and so helpful as I have so many questions before our little girl arrives in August. I know that you said you are going to review different products but one I am really wondering about is your experience so far with cloth diapers. I know you wrote that you were going to try different brands and I am looking so forward to hearing what your opinion is on the subject. :) Thank you!

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  • Sam

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    I saw in a post you mentioned wanting the MamaRoo infant seat. I have one, and since Alexis is already 3 months old, I’d say you are probably better off not spending the money on it. It was great for my daughter to take naps in when she was really little. She did not like being in it when she was awake because it moves rather slower and she would rather be kicking around on an activity mat or going outside for a stroll. I only used it for the first 3-4 months. Just an FYI! :)

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  • Claudia

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    Hi Elena, i am a mom of a beautiful baby girl. She will be 1 soon on july 15. Time flies, i still can’t believe it!!! I am a stay at home mom with a busy schedule since i also opened my own online baby boutique Petit Joujou after a few months of giving birth. We have really cute stuff for your little ones, from tutus, tiaras, fairy wings, bloomers, hair accessories, soothers, sophie the giraffe, earth mama products…also have organic products. I also offer local pick up for you everyone who wants to save on shipping. Please come and check it out and if you like us please share it with all your friends and family.
    Don’t be shy to contact me if you have any questions.
    Always new stuff coming. :)

    Claudia
    petitjoujou.ca

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  • Margot

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    I think I MAY be one of the organic baby clothes winners? If so, how can I claim my prize? Would most like to receive the giveaway from Polan O. Pyret, Nosilla or Nohi Kids. Will you be emailing the winners?

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      • Margot

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        Hmmm, not seeing any email! DId you send it to margot.mackay@gmail.com? I’ll check my spam right now.

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        • Margot

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          Yup, just double checked, and didn’t receive an email. Maybe you accidentally misspelled my name? Pretty easy to do that! :-)

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  • Anastasia

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    Hi Elena,
    I have a question – in your most recent post you mention for the 2nd time about how if your daughter wants to be a model you will support her and go with her to NYC. But you have put so much effort into enhancing her cognitive development, making sure from conception she is smart and healthy. It just seems like you would want her to shoot for the stars – to go to Harvard or Yale, become a doctor or a scientist, find a cure for cancer…just do something so much bigger and more meaningful than modeling. I know you don’t say you want her to be a model, but you don’t talk about other possible career paths either. Am I off base here?
    -A

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    • Elena @The Art of Making a Baby

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      Hahaha I see where you’re coming from. I guess to me it’s SUCH an obvious fact of life that she will be going to college (hopefully ivy league) that I’m more focused on wondering what her hobbies would be. No way would I consider modeling as a career path for her, but simply as an experience. The only reason it’s even been brought up is because occasionally I talk about her future height or my modeling past.

      I was a straight A student all throughout high school and college and would expect the same from her. It’s not something I even need to wonder or muse about.

      Also I feel like talking about how I think she’s so smart and how she’ll find a cure to cancer (what mother doesn’t) is kinda pretentious. Talking about how she’ll be tall so she might want to model (a lot of tall girls at some point considered it) isn’t, since genetically she WILL be tall.

      That being said, there’s absolutely nothing that I HOPE she will do, except for whatever makes her happy. (well and be an excellent student, which is non negotiable)

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  • C

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    Hi Elena,

    I was just wondering where you got the black and white striped dress you’re wearing in your post on the nursery reveal. It’s really cute and ive been looking for something like that. Is it hard to nurse in though? Also, I just recently found your blog because of the 0-6 months post, I really enjoy it and like how you give info on the products in your pictures. I’m definitely going to get those tethers here soon (I have a 3 month old).

    Thanks!!!

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    • Elena @The Art of Making a Baby

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      Hi, C!

      It’s actually a nursing dress by a company called Boob Design, so it’s super easy to nurse in. The top has a flap that opens up. I think it was a summer item, but you might find it in their outlet. I do know their fall styles have a similar dress in other colors.

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      • C

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        Thanks so much!!!

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  • Amber

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    I love your blog and I read it from start to your conception in one night. I have stopped there as I’m waiting until I get pregnant to follow you in your story. But I wanted to let you know that you inspired me (a blogger about wedding and events) to start a new blog focusing on motherhood. Along with three of my friends, we write about being moms, having babies, trying to conceive, fertility issues and more. I’m looking to share our blog as a resource with others, so if you know of how I might get it out to the public, I’d really appreciate it. It’s thebabystepsblog.com. Thank you and thank you for being such a wealth of knowledge to me as I try to get pregnant.

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  • Ellie

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    Can you do a post on co sleeping? How you do it? Safety? Thanks!

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  • shandi

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    HI Elena,

    How are you? I have been reading your blog religiously since I was like 4 months pregnant. I have a son that’s a month younger than your beautiful Lexi. I have put comments every now and then. Anyway pleeeeeaaaaase tell me where you got that great colorful blanket that Lexi has her gym on? I really want something like that instead of those awful toxic playmats. Please let me know or do a post about it AAASSSAAP!

    Thanks so much,
    Shandi

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  • starla

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    Hey Elena – I’m a long time reader :) I wanted to get your opinion on the Wonder Weeks. I was going crazy trying to figure out why my LO was acting funny, started researching and came across it. It’s a pretty interesting phenomenon and I’m surprised more people don’t know about it. Have you noticed any of this with Lexi?

    Here’s a link to my baby blog where I summarize all Wonder Weeks (I just finished reading the book). We’re still on Wonder Week 8 :)

    http://www.howtobabyblog.com/wonder-weeks-week-by-week/

    xoxo Starla

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  • tatum baleina

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    Dear Elena – please, do not give your infant baby carrots. They are a huge choking hazard. I nearly had a heart attack looking at the pictures!!! I know someone whose 2 year old died choking on a carrot.

    Please, please, don’t give your infant or toddler baby carrots or anything else the perfect size to plug a little esophagus.

    That’s all. I love your blog.

    Sincerely,

    Tatum

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  • Jackie hill

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    Can I get some information on having you review a baby product? Or offering one for a giveaway?

    Thank you,
    Jackie

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  • Summer

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    Hi Elena,

    I just stumbled upon your blog and must tell you that I am super appreciative of the information it contains. I am not pregnant yet, but have been getting my health and body up to speed in preparation of TTC in December. Like you, I have done tons of research, which is exhausting – - since the second you think you have found the perfect solution, you find out it has a herb or unnatural chemical that is POTENTIALLY harmful :( I wanted to ask you what you are using for face wash? I had settled (after months of research) on Belli Skin Care, thinking that it was the only pregnancy skin care line out there that did the teratology screening on dangerous chemicals and how they linked to birth defects. When I read the ingredients, I was scared, but tried to reassure myself that they were backed by this research. But after reading your blog, you are making me second guess my decision and perhaps I should go back to the drawing board. I had surrendered to Belli because it was the only product line to help my terrible acne that developed after going off the pill (which I had been on for more that 15 years). I was excited that Belli worked. But like I said, I am rethinking my decision here. I see that you use/used the Weleda face cream, but I would really like to know what you use to wash your face and any other products you put on your face — during pregnancy.

    BTW, have you ever used or looked into Argan Oil? This is what I have been using as a moisturizer and I love it. But I only use it during the day, not at night. I am concerned about aging as I am 32 and have stopped all my old retinoid products that I used to love.

    Thanks so much for help, I appreciate it!

    Summer

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  • A.W.

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    Hello,
    I am wondering what you suggest for hardwood floors.. My daughter is learning to crawl and is bumping every part of her body.. I recently came upon this site http://www.getrung.com/10mm.html and I am wondering if you know or have heard anything about this product :). I also love your photos and would like to know what lenses you use. Thank you kindly :)

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    • Elena @The Art of Making a Baby

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      As long as it is made of EVA foam not polyurethane foam, it is fine.
      Lenses: canon 50mm 1.8 and tamron 18-55mm 2.8

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  • Jen

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    I just wanted to let you know that the first time I go to your blog each day, it re-directs me to an add to purchase a computer for just pennies. I never had an issue with the old site, just the new one. I’m not sure if this is happening to anyone else, but I thought I would let you know.

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  • Ines

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    I love your blog! I’m 5 months pregnant and I’m learning a lot reading your blog. Thank you!
    Do you offer any coaching sessions?

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  • babycsmommy

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    Hi Elena,
    I just read your post about your shallow latch problem. I have had exactly the same experience, and I just found out yesterday that by son has a lip tie. Just wondering if you ever had your little one checked for mouth problems? I wish it had been caught sooner so I wouldn’t have had to go through the last 7 weeks of torture!

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