Jamie Kenney

Jamie Kenney is basically an amalgam of Marianne Dashwood from Sense & Sensibility, Karen Walker from Will & Grace, and Tom Hagen from The Godfather: a witty, sassy free-spirit who, alas, is just not a wartime consigliere. She has two children, and she talks about them a lot on Facebook, but in a totally charming, not annoying way.

13 Signs You're A Basic Fall Mom & Not Even A Little Bit Sorry

I've come to the conclusion recently that the term "basic," which can be used to varying degrees of derision, is a catch-all way to insult things that are popular among women. Rosé? Basic. Yoga? Basic. Starbucks? Basic. Target? Basic. Romantic…
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10 Reasons Why I Let My Kids Fight & I'm Not Even A Tiny Bit Sorry About It

I have a soon-to-be 7-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter and they love each other. In the past year or so I've seen their cordial but casual relationship blossom into a real and lovely friendship. They play together, they make friends on the…
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15 Things I'll Miss When My Children Go Back To School

Over the past few weeks I've seen friends on social media in other parts of the country sending their children back to school. Here in Connecticut school isn't back in session until just before Labor Day and for that I'm grateful. Because there are…
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11 Things About A VBAC Dads Just Don't Get A Say In

Your partner has delivered a baby before, via c-section, so this isn't your first rodeo. And since you've been here before, dad, you're probably experiencing a plethora of emotions and especially now that you're hearing the word "VBAC" being thrown…
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14 Things No One Will Tell You About Gestational Diabetes, But I Will

I knew, going into pregnancy, that there was a decent chance I would have gestational diabetes. After all, my mom had it for all her pregnancies. I was in the clear my first pregnancy but, of course, fate caught up with me during my second. Just as…
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13 Times I Wanted To Quit Parenting Immediately

When it comes to parenting, I try to keep it real. I'm very open about the fact that, for me, having kids is one of the best things I've ever done and I love the life I've created with my family. But I try really hard to emphasize that it's not the…
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10 Easy Things You Can Do Every Day To Increase Your Confidence In EBF

Finding success in exclusive breastfeeding takes a lot of things, including but definitely not limited to luck, hard work, time, energy, support, and confidence. Now I can't help you with the first four things, and when it comes to support I, as a…
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These 21 Photos Break The Stereotype Of What Breastfeeding Is Supposed To Look Like

There is no one breastfeeding story. Some love it. Some hate it. Some try it for a few days, while others continue for years. Some are supported by family and professionals, some feel very alone. Some are shamed for their choice, others are praised.…
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10 Questions I Made Sure To Ask My OB-GYN *Before* My C-Section

I didn't know my son was going to be a C-section baby. In fact, most signs indicated that he would not be. After all, I was in my 20s, healthy, and had had an uncomplicated pregnancy. I went into labor on my own, a few days early, and began…
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13 Things That'll *Definitely* Happen When You Try To Wean For The First Time

Breastfeeding is hard. Because of practical difficulties (latch, milk production, and babies who just don't get it) and the systemic failures that don't do enough to support parents who would like to nurse, many women are forced to give up…
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25 Things I'm Not Even Remotely Sorry For Today

Everywhere I turn my mom friends are apologizing to me. "Sorry it took me so long to get back to you." "Sorry the house is a mess." "Sorry the kids were out of it today." "Sorry I'm such a mess." And the vast majority of the time I'm wondering why.…
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12 Things Your Postpartum Vagina *Needs* You To Know

Hello! It's me, your vagina. Look, we've been together for a long time now (literally your entire life) and I'm excited that we're going to embark on the adventure of childbirth together. Of course we all know who's going to do the heavy lifting on…
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12 Necessary Mantras For Women Who Have Emergency C-Sections

When my water broke and I went into labor, I didn't know that in about 18 hours I'd be having surgery to deliver my son. Like most moms, I was planning for a vaginal delivery. My son, however, had other plans. Fortunately, I'd discussed the…
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13 Very Real Fears Every Mom Has Before Her Second Baby Is Born

I got pregnant with my daughter on my son's second birthday. Whereas my first child was a not terribly surprising but also sort of surprising happy surprise, our second child was very much planned. My husband and I had always known we'd wanted more…
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13 Dads Reveal The Moment Being A Father *Finally* Feels Real

I try to look back on "The Moment" I felt like a mom and, honestly, I don't know that I could pinpoint it. Maybe it was when I heard my son cry from the other side of the curtain during my C-section. Maybe it was when I introduced him to my cat.…
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The One Thing You Should Give Every Mom Who's In Labor

So, your loved one — partner, wife, friend, daughter, sister — is gearing up to have a baby. This is an exciting time for all of you and, if she's invited you to be a part of the labor and/or birth process, you have been given a tremendous honor.…
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10 Fights You'll Be Glad You Had During Pregnancy

Pregnancy, to say nothing of the little humans that ensue from such a condition, can be overwhelming. There's a lot going on, physically, emotionally, and in your lives. It's perfectly normal to want to maintain the peace within a relationship…
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17 Moms Share What Qualities Make A Great Mom Friend

Most of my friends aren't parents. It's nothing personal or on purpose, it's just the way things have worked out. But, the mom friends I do have? Those folks are awesome. They understand some aspects of my life in ways that even the most…
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11 Co-Sleeping Milestones You'll Reach In The First Month Of Your Baby's Life

There's lots of established milestones listed in that baby book (the one that, let's face it, you're probably never going to fill out). First tooth. First solid foods. First steps. First trip away from home. But often unlisted are the co-sleeping…
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17 Moms Reveal The Inspiring Ways Their Jobs Make Them Better Parents

Initially, I wanted to give a microphone to working moms with this article; to create a tangible example that gave words to the idea that, despite what some small-minded people might say, being a so-called "working mom" is, in fact, a positive thing…
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