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Growth and Development: 4 to 6 months

Between 4 and 6 months, your baby will continue to grow at a fast rate and you will begin to see more of your baby’s unique personality.

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Growth and Development: 7 to 9 Months

Between 7 and 9 months, your baby will become more mobile and will develop an even greater response to their environment.

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Growth and Development: 10 to 12 Months

As your baby approaches their first birthday, their growth will begin to slow.

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Owls All Over at Hands-on-Habitat

Hello friends!

Owls are residents of Fontenelle Forest all year long. December is a great time to discover these wonderful birds as they do not usually migrate and can be seen even in winter.

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Fall Sugar Cookies

Decorated sugar cookies usually show up around the winter holidays, but there's nothing stopping us from making fall sugar cookies! With a little cocoa powder in the frosting, you can create the perfect fall inspired cookie.

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Moving Your Toddler from a Crib to a Bed

One of the biggest changes to your child’s daily routine will involve the move from a crib to an actual bed. By age two, most children are ready and big enough to sleep in a bed rather than their old crib. 

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Fall Ramblings of Old-Fashioned Romantics

Can I tell you something? I'm a romantic. Particularly in the fall. You probably knew that, though, with my penchant for phrases like "kindred spirits" and "tea time."

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Work at Home Parenting: A Survival Guide (Part Two)

If you caught my previous post, you might remember me tossing out tips about work-at-home-parenting. If you'd like to go back and read it, please do. If not, just know that working from home while also staying home with your kids can be a difficult jungle to navigate.

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Overcoming Anti-Gay Harassment

Identifying Harassment Before It’s Too Late

Gaining the acceptance of your childhood peers can be extremely difficult when you are perceived as different. More often than not, children use bullying and ridicule to perpetuate the notion that being different is a bad thing.

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Relearning the Art of Unwinding

Until I had kids, I didn't know how easy it was to forget how to unwind.

Recently my husband and I were at a French restaurant, tiny votive candles flickering in front of us, reflecting off the rows of wine bottles lining the walls. We had been looking forward to this evening for weeks. The grandparents had come to town to see the children and it gave us a chance to get away for a date without the kids.

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Stormy's November Update!

Hello friends!

Happy November! Wow that is hard to believe.

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How to Make an Acorn Gem

Fall is here! It's been so nice, but now we're in a cold front. Dig out those fall coats, and go on an acorn hunt. 

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Protecting You & Your Baby This Flu Season

Understanding the value of flu vaccinations is crucial for expecting mothers. The typical flu season lasts from October through May. The best approach, pregnant or not, is always to get vaccinated earlier rather than later.

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Outbreak Incoming: What's New With The Flu

If you are a parent, then you understand that the only predictable thing about raising your kids is that things change. Being prepared is the best defense for dealing with change–especially during flu season.

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Coping with Colic and Excessive Fussiness

The incessant crying from colic is challenging for parents to cope with. Many parents may blame themselves if their baby has colic. It is important to know, however, that colic is normal and that there are certain steps you can take to soothe your baby.

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