See How Snooki’s Helping Her Son Bond With Her Baby

Snooki will be giving birth to her baby daughter any day now, but big-brother-to-be Lorenzo is already getting close to his little sister. The former Jersey Shore star posted this adorable picture of Lorenzo bonding with her bump. The cute caption? “Lorenzo summoning sissy to come out.” And based on media reports that Snooki’s having a tougher go of it with this pregnancy, I bet she’s hoping sissy comes out STAT!

I know how hard it can be for a big brother or sister to be excited about a new baby—we spent months prepping our oldest, and there were definitely some growing pains when her little sister came home. (Though fortunately, they’ve been thick as thieves for a long time now!) I hope Snooki’s little Lorenzo makes an easy transition to his status as big brother.

Tell us: How did you prep your older kids for a new arrival? Did you have any jealousy issues going on with your older kids? And how did you manage that?

Read up on the best ways to prepare your older kids for their new sister or brother—and how to manage life with two (or more!). To keep up on the latest pregnancy news, you should like Everything Pregnancy on Facebook—and sign up for one of our pregnancy newsletters!

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What You Need to Know About Birth Order
What You Need to Know About Birth Order

Image: Snooki and Lorenzo, courtesy Instagram/Snooki

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Which 7th Heaven Star Is Expecting?

It’s baby #2 for 7th Heaven and The Secret Life of the American Teenager alum Beverley Mitchell, who announced that she and husband Michael Cameron are expecting early next year. Her big announcement came via her WhoSay account: “#tbt to the place where Michael asked me to marry him, and this past year where we stood as a family of three! Can’t believe in 2015 we will be a family of 4!!!”

Beverley is already the mom to daughter Kenzie Lynne, who was born in March 2013.

Congrats to the happy couple—and looking forward to hearing all about their new arrival in the next few months!

Tell us: How did you share your baby news with the your friends and family? (And if you’re looking for ideas, check out these creative ways to share the big baby news.)

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Pregnancy Month by Month: Month 3
Pregnancy Month by Month: Month 3
Pregnancy Month by Month: Month 3

Image: Courtesy of the Cameron Family

 

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5 Things We’ve Learned About Jill Duggar Dillard’s Pregnancy

Newlywed Jill Duggar Dillard recently announced that she’s expecting, just two months after tying the knot in June. That makes her the latest member of the 19 Kids and Counting family to have a baby on the way (big brother Joshua already has three little ones…and counting). Jill and her husband Derick will welcome their new baby in late March.

Here’s what else we learned about her pregnancy so far, through their big announcements on Good Morning America and People Magazine.

She’s nicknamed the baby. Their little one will be called “Baby Dilly”—at least until they find out the sex and determine a name. (They’re not sure yet if they’ll follow in the Duggar footsteps and choose a letter theme for their baby names.)

She has morning sickness. And apparently, it’s pretty bad. “They should call it ‘pregnancy sickness’ because it’s all day,” she quipped on Good Morning America. (If you’re dealing with the same thing, check out our tips for managing morning sickness.)

She’s craving sour foods. Dill pickles, lemons, lemons with salt—those are all on Jill’s list of must-haves for dealing with her morning sickness—and in fact, hubby Derick carries around a “pregnancy bag” stocked with the essentials for helping his wife curb the nausea.

She’s planning a home birth. Jill Duggar is a trained midwife who has assisted on many births, and likes the vibe of a home birth. I feel like it will be way more relaxing… and having the baby at home with a midwife provides more of that personal care,” she said. (Considering the same? Find out if you’re a good candidate for home birth.)

She’s planning a gender reveal. Just like her big brother and his wife, Anna, Jill and Derick are planning to learn the sex of their baby (and likely, doing that in dramatic fashion during the taping of their show).

Here’s the scoop from GMA:


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Tell us: How does your pregnancy style mesh with Jill’s? Would you consider home birth? And are you planning a big gender reveal?

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How to Eat Healthy During Pregnancy:Decoding Pregnancy Cravings
How to Eat Healthy During Pregnancy:Decoding Pregnancy Cravings

Image: Jill and Derick Dillard’s pregnancy announcement, courtesy of Jill Dillard/Facebook.com

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Inspiring Pregnancy Story: A Baby Boom for Military Heroes

Here’s a pregnancy announcement we’re thrilled about: Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq war vet who now serves in Congress, came on the Today Show yesterday to share her big news—she’s expecting a girl this December! In fact, she’s one of a “band of mothers,” four Iraqi war amputees who all either gave birth recently or are pregnant now.

The road to pregnancy wasn’t easy for these mothers. For Rep. Duckworth, that included several rounds of IVF, which she says were extremely challenging given her demanding schedule in Congress.

The Sun-Times profiled the amazing things these four women achieved after they recovered from their injuries. Rep. Duckworth, who lost both legs in 2004, went on to become a high-profile Congresswoman. Melissa Stockwell, who lost her left leg, became a para-athlete, and was a triathlon champion. (She’s due in November with a boy.) Danielle Green-Byrd lost an arm during combat, and now counsels other veterans who suffer from PTSD—when she isn’t spending time with her brand new baby boy. And Dawn Halfaker, who also lost an arm in Iraq, founded her own IT consulting firm, and is the mom of a four-month-old boy.

The four talked about how they bonded and supported each other through the long road to recovery, and now, through pregnancy and motherhood.

You can check out the video footage here:

Congratulations to these new moms and moms-to-be as they travel this much more joyful road together.

Tell us: Do you have a “band of mothers” who have your back? How did they support you through your pregnancy?

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Pregnancy Month by Month: Month 1
Pregnancy Month by Month: Month 1
Pregnancy Month by Month: Month 1

Image: courtesy of Rep. Tammy Duckworth/Facebook.com

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Well, This Pregnancy Announcement Didn’t Go As Planned…

Written by Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow

Let’s be honest: Between the morning sickness and sore boobs, there aren’t many perks of the first trimester. But one thing every mom-to-be can look forward to? The pregnancy announcement.

But as one woman found out, even the best-laid plans can go awry when it comes time to spill the baby beans. As Today.com reports, Shanee Gibson Hart of Fort Lewis, Wash., waited to tell her kids that she was expecting until they were in the backseat of the car and, lucky for us, caught their hysterical reactions on camera. The words, “I’m pregnant” had barely left Hart’s lips before son Tré throws both hands over his eyes, grunts dramatically, and fires back with an aggrieved, “What were you thinking?” (Like Hart was his prodigal teenage daughter and not his mother!)

The rant didn’t end there — Tré clearly had a lot more to say about becoming a big brother again. “Why you have to just get another baby? You just have two!” he added, gesturing to his little sister sitting contentedly in the car seat next to him. “This is exasperating!”

I’ve got to applaud Hart, who took the berating like a seasoned pro. She giggled at times, gently reassured her son that he and his sister could never be replaced, and even pointed out that Tré could help out with the new baby, a role the put-upon big brother had no interest in. “This makes no sense,” he said mournfully. After some coaxing, though, it looked like Tré was finally coming to a place of acceptance — on one condition: Mom had to buy him earplugs.

Watch the full video below– we dare you not to crack up!

Now it’s your turn: How did your family and friends handle the news that you were pregnant? Any surprising reactions?

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Are You Pregnant? How to Know for Sure
Are You Pregnant? How to Know for Sure

Screen shot of Tré Hart courtesy of Shanee Gibson Hart via Facebook

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