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Melanie Monroe Rosen is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer and mom of two boys, ages 3 and 5, who is currently expecting her third (and very much final) baby in early 2013. A former senior editor at Parenting.com, Melanie was surprised to discover that all of her experience breastfeeding, homebirthing, babywearing, co-sleeping, and cloth diapering actually counted as professional experience. She’s a big fan of reading both Scandinavian mystery novels (to herself) and favorite chapter books from her childhood, like those by Roald Dahl (to her kids).

Teasing and Bullying… in Kindergarten?

Earlier this week, my 5-year-old son came home from kindergarten rather upset. When I asked how his day had been, he said that it...

What Scares You the Most About Giving Birth?

I've got about three months left until I'm supposed to get this baby out of me somehow. Given that it's my third child, I'm...

Pregnancy Exercise (or Getting Off My Butt at 26 Weeks)

We’ve all had it drummed into our brains by now that the appropriate weight gain for women starting pregnancy in a healthy weight range...

Whether to Push for a “Push Present”

Okay, so the name sounds completely ridiculous, and the idea kind of is too—a present for pushing a baby out (although c-section moms surely...

Why We Switched Our Toddler Car Seat Back to Rear-Facing

With our first son, like so many parents, my husband and I were excited to switch our son’s car seat from rear- to forward-facing...

Arkansas School Peanut Ban Leads to Major Controversy

By now, we’re all aware of the seemingly ever-increasing peanut allergies in our kids (according to the CDC, now 1 in 25 kids suffer...

Let’s Be Real about Losing the Baby Weight, Jessica Simpson!

I’ve got to applaud Jessica Simpson for hitting her weight loss goals in a healthy way—through Weight Watchers—and she looked phenomenal on Monday, debuting...

Deciding Who Can Attend a Birth

I’m somehow already entering my seventh month of pregnancy (where does the time go?), and I’m starting to give some thought to who I’d...

What Do You Need for a Winter Baby?

As a soon-to-be mom-of-three, you’d think I’d have most parenting questions down (at least regarding the 5-and-under set)—but I’m still struggling with some unknowns....

Pregnant Halloween Costumes

With my kids headed back to school this week, somehow it seems time (already?!) to turn my thoughts to Halloween. My kids’ minds have...

Transforming a Boy’s Room into a Baby Girl’s Nursery (or Vice Versa)

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve got some big things on my pre-baby to-do list (thanks for the reminders that I need...

Tackling To-Dos Before the Baby Comes

As of today, I’ve got 18 weeks left until my due date. A whopping 126 days, give or take, to accomplish everything I need...