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  • When Maria Addison had her son, Luke, she and her husband decided to rework their budget and make some sacrifices so she could become a stay at home mom.
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  • There is a growing trend among parents to seek help from parent coaches.
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  • Click play to watch Erin O'Hearn's report from Action News at 5:30 p.m.
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  • Nightmares aren't uncommon for the little ones but, for some children, bedtime can bring an even more serious concern for parents: Night terrors.
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  • It's pretty common for friends and family to still refer to Sienna as "the baby". "How's the baby?", "Is the baby feeling ok?" "Why is the baby crying?"
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  • What? You mean they can't stay in a crib forever?
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  • For many families it is inevitable: there seems to be at least one picky eater among the bunch.
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  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children under 2 years old watch no TV at all.
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  • It's hard enough balancing the work week, but what about all the alleged "free time" you have on the weekend?
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  • Unless your toddler is absolutely exhausted, bedtime isn't always easy.
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  • It can be a confusing time for little ones who are becoming big brothers and sisters.
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  • Change is never easy... especially not for a toddler.
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  • At 13-months, there are certainly glimpses of bad behavior.
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  • It's never too early to start. In fact, toddlers need to feel good about themselves. A good self-esteem will help them try new things, make new friends and be open to new experiences (like pre-school!).
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  • Toddler biting is normal but let's be honest; it hurts!
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  • Say it ain't so! The first year is over?!
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  • You've heard of wedding planners, event planners and financial planners - but baby planners?
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  • July is a big month for our family. At the end of the month, Sienna will be one year old!
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  • Last week Sienna started walking. What a milestone that was!
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  • A few months ago I did a story on breastfeeding. The story got a lot of hits on 6abc.com and received about 50 comments. It's obviously a topic people, especially women, are very sensitive to and for good reason.
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  • Sienna is starting to get really bored when she has to be in the car for more than 10 minutes. Singing to her sometimes helps, but she quickly gets tired of my voice (and so do I).
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  • I admit, for the first 7 months of Sienna's life... I was a germaphobe.
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  • There is no doubt that 10-month-olds have their own personality... and certainly their own ideas about what they want to do. I'm pretty sure Sienna understands the word "no" although she doesn't always obey it. I've read up a little on the topic of discipline because 10 months does seem a bit early to start instituting "rules" but according to many experts, this is exactly the time in life you want to begin establishing boundaries.
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  • It's a faux pas that many parents fall into: comparing their child's development with that of other children.
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  • Let's face it, guilt is just part of being a parent. In fact according to one study I read, 94 percent of mothers feel guilty about something. Dare I say the AMOUNT of time they spend feeling guilty probably isn't far off from that number.
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  • With the hot weather lingering and more to come as the summer months approach, it's really important to be conscious of keeping your baby cool.
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  • The other day Sienna started clapping. It was a very, very exciting moment... mostly because I was so excited to see her able to express her excitement! Then I noticed as she got better at it, she coordinated the clapping with music.
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  • One more skill down, one more to keep mom busy!
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  • Eight-month-old Sienna is on the move!
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  • The phrase "going back to work" is a bit of a misnomer. Being a parent IS WORK.
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  • Erin discusses the importance of following your gut - especially when it comes to the health of your child.
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  • At the risk of sounding like I'm gloating, my husband and I have been pretty lucky. Sienna is a wonderful baby. She goes to sleep easily, she doesn't have bouts of crying or fussiness (except when she's hungry or tired, but then again, I don't know many adults who don't get fussy when they're hungry or tired). Even when she was a couple of weeks old, she only got up once or twice during the night. This is all to the surprise (and perhaps a bit to the disappointment) of my parents who very patiently put up with colic for the first four months of my life. I'm sure they were hoping one day, there would be pay back.
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  • Saturday is a big day. It is our first Halloween with little Sienna. She just turned three months old; needless to say we probably won't be trick or treating unless of course our neighbors will be handing out chocolate Similac (kidding). But we did want to get in the spirit of things and dress up the little munchkin.
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  • Parenting, like pregnancy, is a topic that often turns off people's social filter.
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  • I was pretty lucky during my pregnancy. I exercised right until the end. Given, the level of exercise waned as my stomach got bigger and my energy level got lower.
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  • Before I became a parent, I could never understand why other parents were so strict about naptime and bedtime. Often when we would invite some friends over for dinner they would politely decline unless the dinner was at 4:30. "Our daughter goes to bed at 7:30... she CAN'T miss her bedtime." I always thought to myself, "What is the big deal"? So they go to sleep an hour or two later that night... it's only one night, they'll just sleep an extra hour in the morning!
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  • I always knew I'd be a proud parent, but this past week I realized just how proud.
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  • It's that wonderful time of year where families get together and everyone gets in the spirit of giving. But there are some things families share with each other that can put a big damper on the joyous season.
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  • Erin O'Hearn finds out how to be a fulltime mom and go back to her fulltime job.
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  • In a few weeks, my husband and I may experience our best Christmas yet. It will be Sienna's first and the weeks leading up to the big morning have been like reliving my childhood.
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  • A few weeks ago, I brought Sienna to a relative's to visit. When we first got there, she was smiling and giggling... acting like her typical adorable self. But then, when our relative asked to hold her, something strange happened.
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  • It came as no surprise that traveling with a 5-month-old makes things a lot more complicated.
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  • You may remember when I first returned to Action News from maternity leave, I blogged about a very frightening time for my family when Sienna was just five weeks old.
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  • This week Sienna turned 6 months, which means she is now eligible for the vaccinations. However, the decision whether or not to vaccinate her, I felt was complicated.
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  • This week I took Sienna for her first swim lesson. It was so much fun!
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  • A few weeks ago, Sienna looked up at my husband one morning and said "Da-Da". She hasn't stopped since.
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  • Sienna is just about to turn 8-months-old. Around 4 and half months, we introduced the "excer-saucer". She loved it... but after a while it got old, so around 6 months we put her in the "jumper". She loved that even more. Even though she was stationary, she thought it was a lot of fun jumping up and down while simultaneously squealing in delight.
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  • Recently, there was a study that revealed high levels of BPA can be found in everything from liquid infant formula to cans of tuna to canned soups.
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