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American Baby’s Babymoon Special: The Buccaneer in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

* Guest-edited by Laura Manske, travel expert

This is the eighth in a weekly series of special travel deals. For the first few months we’ll focus exclusively on babymoons. About half of expectant couples say they take a pre-baby vacay; we’ll help you be one of them.

THE DESTINATIONThe Buccaneer, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

This legendary romantic island getaway, featured on ABC’s The Bachelor, is one of the longest-running resorts in the Caribbean. Couples can stroll the grounds set against three beaches or relax at one of the hotel’s two pools. The family-owned resort encourages guests to be active with a golf course, tennis courts, and guided walks.

BOOK IT! From $271; you can check your travel dates online at TheBuccaneer.com

HERE’S OUR SPECIAL! Our new five-night American Baby package includes your deluxe oceanview room, daily breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi, a 55-minute spa service for each of you, a sunset sail, beach picnic basket, romantic dock dinner and more for $2,381 (about a $3,381 value). Other restrictions may apply; call 800-255-3881.

Want to wind down before your trip? Throw a spa-themed baby shower with these tips.

Baby Shower Ideas: Spa-Themed Party for Mom Expecting Baby #2
Baby Shower Ideas: Spa-Themed Party for Mom Expecting Baby #2
Baby Shower Ideas: Spa-Themed Party for Mom Expecting Baby #2

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American Baby’s Babymoon Special: Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach in Clearwater Beach, FL

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

* Guest-edited by Laura Manske, travel expert

This is the seventh in a weekly series of special travel deals. For the first few months we’ll focus exclusively on babymoons. About half of expectant couples say they take a pre-baby vacay; we’ll help you be one of them.

THE DESTINATIONHyatt Regency Clearwater Beach, Clearwater Beach, Florida

Between the Intercoastal Waterway and Gulf of Mexico, this pink-hued resort with spa, rooftop pool, and three restaurants stands tall on a spacious beach — an idyllic locale for spectacular sunsets. Looking for a fun day trip? St. Pete’s Beach is a little over 30 minutes south and features a sweet zoo where you can feed rhinos and giraffes. Plus the entire area is famous for fresh seafood, cool museums and miles of sandy shoreline.

BOOK IT! From $259; you can check your travel dates online at ClearwaterBeach.Hyatt.com

HERE’S OUR SPECIAL! With the BABY14 package, enjoy a welcome amenity of sparkling cider and chocolates; full daily breakfast for two; guaranteed late checkout at 1 p.m.; and valet parking (resort fee included). Other restrictions, as well as specific book-by-and-stay-by dates, may apply; call 800-233-1234 for full details.

Before you leave, check out these tips on traveling while preggers!

Traveling Pregnant
Traveling Pregnant
Traveling Pregnant

 

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American Baby’s Babymoon Special: Congress Hall in Cape May, NJ

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

* Guest-edited by Laura Manske, travel expert

This is the sixth in a weekly series of travel deals we’re offering our Parents.com fans. For the first few months we’ll focus exclusively on babymoons. About half of expectant couples say they take a pre-baby vacay; we’ll help you be one of them.

THE DESTINATION: Congress Hall, Cape May, New Jersey

This grand landmark hotel, open since 1816, overlooks the Atlantic Ocean in a town famous for its stunning Victorian homes.

BOOK IT! From $158; you can check your travel dates online at CapeResorts.com

HERE’S OUR SPECIAL! Book the Over the Moon, Baby! package (use Babymoon2014 as the code) by May 21 for a stay before June 30, from $255 a night on weekdays to $350 a night on weekends. You’ll get a 50-minute prenatal massage, a T-shirt for you and a bodysuit for Baby-to-be, an in-room movie, extra pillows, stash of gossip magazines, mocktails for two, free valet parking, plus a $25 “craving credit” (about a $500 value). Other restrictions may apply; call 888-944-1816 for full details. Pay special attention to these blackout dates you can’t book: April 18, 19, 25, 26 as well as May 23, 24, and 25. Have fun!

And once he’s born, use these tips to give Baby his own special massage!

How to Massage Your Baby
How to Massage Your Baby
How to Massage Your Baby

 

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American Baby’s Babymoon Special: Bacara Resort & Spa

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

* Guest-edited by Laura Manske, travel expert

This is the fifth in a weekly series of travel deals we’re offering our Parents.com fans. For the first few months we’ll focus exclusively on babymoons. About half of expectant couples say they take a pre-baby vacay; we’ll help you be one of them.

THE DESTINATION: Bacara Resort & Spa, Santa Barbara, California

With Pacific Ocean surf swooshing on its sandy shore and the Santa Ynez Mountains as backdrop, this swanky hideaway showcases four restaurants, two pools, plus gardens for strolling.

BOOK IT! From $350; you can check your travel dates online at BacaraResort.com

HERE’S OUR SPECIAL! Our PKGBBY special (make sure you mention the code) includes a 50-minute prenatal massage at the spa at Bacara, a private pool cabana, breakfast for two, and valet parking, all of this for $684 midweek (normally a $811 per night value) and $784 on weekends (plus a $25 daily service fee, which covers WiFi). Other restrictions may apply. Call 877-624-6033 for full details.

Before your trip, center yourself with some prenatal yoga! Learn the basics.

Prenatal Yoga: An Introduction
Prenatal Yoga: An Introduction
Prenatal Yoga: An Introduction

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Middle of the Night Pregnancy Rant

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Each month in Parents, we print the 27 truest words about parenting from our favorite bloggers. Our May issue features a quote from Deanna Smith at Everything and Nothing from Essex. Read her full blog post below. 

There’s something about the end of a pregnancy that turns every minute into an hour. Every hour into two. And every day into a continuous stretch of unending hours.

Yes, we all know those women who gracefully glide to that last day of pregnancy at 42 weeks and bemoan the fact that they will soon no longer be pregnant. They rub the large belly and proclaim every second of this miracle to be among the best moments of their lives. They are sad to deliver. Sad to give up this experience. Rainbow, unicorns, and glittery mucus plug and all. I try very hard not to hate these people. Because I know a lot of them personally- and they are wonderful people. I like to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that they aren’t lying through swollen teeth…(the last body part to give into to the pregnancy swell FYI…OK I made that up.)

They used to say that once you reached 37 weeks you were home free. YAY full term! Now they’re saying that 37 weeks this is EARLY term, and you shouldn’t try to will out the interloper from your body-held-hostage until at least 39 weeks. I can only assume that this research was done by a man.

For me there’s always a point of crossing over from sane this-isn’t-so-bad-I’m-still-a-semi-sweet pregnant person and evil, insane, my-husband-goes-into-labor-hating-me pregnant person somewhere between that magical 37 week full term moment and 39 OK-to-deliver moment.

It’s not that I’m so happy to go through the labor experience again. No. No, no, no. In fact, as I remember explicit details from previous labors, I pull a Rachel from Friends as I say “I don’t want to do this. How do I get out of it?” as I hold my fully grown belly in front of me and vow that if my husband doesn’t stay awake for the entirety of labor this time — body parts WILL be cut off.

My body begins to perform unspeakable acts weeks before the actual GO time. But they are exactly that –“unspeakable”. When I see others posting in extreme detail about their mucus plug and discharge and bowel movements to signal that labor might possibly be coming I completely judge them for the grossness of their over sharing…while my head is in the sink discharging the vomit that occurs every time I see or hear the phrase “mucus plug”. Seriously. That phrase should be illegal. Mucus plug  mucus plug mucus plug. Oh wait — my tongue just fell off.

I think about everyone knowing what I will be doing soon — exactly what I will be doing as my body swells to maximum capacity as the tape worm inside of me sucks up every last bit of my will to live. All of that delightful nutriance goes straight to the little sucker’s head, of course. Being an immensely private person, I hate that everyone knows. No matter how tightly I cling — there is no dignity in this all.

Having done this twice before (exactly on 39 weeks both times), I know that the loss of dignity and complete insanity is worth it. Definitely worth it. But part of the “insanity” bit is that my mind is refusing to wrap itself around that fact right now. REFUSING.

I don’t understand why I can’t just blink and get to the happily ever after part where I am holding this new little person who has come to bless our lives. Because I am soooo thankful and appreciative of that part of this all.

Someone asked on Facebook the other day that I should let them know if I needed anything! I barely restrained myself from replying that I really needed a hip replacement — could they oblige? Because of course my sciatica had to give out like yesterday and make walking a near impossibility. This does not go over well when my main occupation is chasing toddlers. They seize the opportunity and run that much faster — taunting me with their mobility and the fact that I turned into a 95 year old overnight.

I type this as I sit on a bag of frozen peas in a darkened house. I am supposed to be sleeping. There is near magical silence coming from the tots’ rooms, and my tired body needs rest. And yet the aches and pains and the fact that I can’t just sleep on my flippin’ back for the umpteen month in the row is doing me in. Seriously. Just. Want. To. Sleep. On. My. Back.

I try to remember how this all went down the last few times. With my first pregnancy I jumped at every cramp and twinge. THIS WAS IT! It wasn’t. With my second pregnancy I was so much wiser. But eager for the big day — I still jumped at every cramp and twinge. THIS IS IT! This third pregnancy, I was awake most of the night last night with horrible cramps and twinges. This is NOT it — I reminded myself. No doubt I won’t feel comfortable going in this time until this baby is crowning on my living room floor. (Note to self: vacuum the living room tomorrow. No one wants to give birth on a bed of crushed Cheerios.)

They say my body is made for this. You know what else my body is made for? Sleeping through the night (or at least while your children are sleeping). Running after the children I already have. Finishing making dinner without having to drag a leg alongside me as I scuttle from counter to counter. Getting off this bag of frozen peas without having to scream my husband’s name for assistance in pulling me up. (Did I say scream? Eh…why lie?)

So to sum up, I LOVE being pregnant and every second has been the most wonderful experience of my life! I will be so sad to finally deliver and give up my baby bump! What do you mean…mixed messages?

I am 38 weeks pregnant. I could have the baby today. I could have the baby in 4ish weeks (heads will roll). My husband says I need to wait at least another week so he can finish up his landscaping season. Suspiciously, this lines up with the 39 week mark also advised by that suspected male promoting torturous living by suggesting that 37 weeks is no longer “full term”.

I just want to meet my baby. Also — I want my body back. Selfish? You bet. But reaching a magical breaking point from happily pregnant to completely insane and cranky has made “selfish” seem like a nice, sweet word. The new bad word around town? “Patience.” Worst word ever.

When I grow up, I’m not going to get pregnant — ever. I hear those last few weeks are brutal. And I am a wimp. In junior high I had a pet rock. That worked out pretty well for me. Hindsight is 20/20.

If one more person tells me to “Hang in there sweetie” with a smile full of pity, an all-knowing raised eyebrow, and well-rested eyes that clearly slept excellently the night before — I WILL throw my pet rock at them. Not cool, world. Not cool.

Pregnant? Record your pregnancy milestones and shop maternity clothes

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Birth Stories: "I Was Sent Home Three Times"

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American Baby’s Babymoon Special: Omni Mount Washington Resort

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

* Guest-edited by Laura Manske, travel expert

This is the fourth in a weekly series of travel deals we’re offering our Parents.com fans. For the first few months we’ll focus exclusively on babymoons. About half of expectant couples say they take a pre-baby vacay; we’ll help you be one of them.

THE DESTINATION: Omni Mount Washington Resort, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

Since 1902, this gracious New England property has been a beloved getaway for presidents and celebrities who want to be pampered.

BOOK IT! From $299 (plus $25 resort fee) including breakfast; you can check your travel dates online at OmniMountWashington.com.

HERE’S OUR SPECIAL! Book our AMBABY package and also receive dinner for two, a private carriage or sleigh ride, fresh flowers and a container of both Mama Mio Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Butter & Lucky Legs Cooling Serum for $459 plus $25 resort fee. Other restrictions may apply. Call 603-278-1000 for full details.

Stressed about stretch marks? Watch this video for tips on preventing and treating them now.

Pregnancy Skin Problems: Stretch Marks
Pregnancy Skin Problems: Stretch Marks
Pregnancy Skin Problems: Stretch Marks

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American Baby’s Babymoon Special: The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

* Guest-edited by Laura Manske, travel expert

This is the second in a weekly series of travel deals we’re offering our Parents.com fans. For the first few months we’ll focus exclusively on babymoons. About half of expectant couples say they take a pre-baby vacay; we’ll help you be one of them. 

THE DESTINATIONThe Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, Kiawah Island, South Carolina (just south of Charleston)

The Sanctuary Hotel occupies miles of wide, pristine beach lined with Carolina dunes. The resort, designed to look like a big Southern mansion, houses four restaurants, offers an Olympic-size pool, and boasts a famous golf course, plus plenty of trails for long, peaceful walks. This is a splurge destination for a couple ready to take a babymoon to remember.

BOOK IT: Rates are generally about $495 a night; check your dates online or call 800-576-1570.

HERE’S OUR SPECIAL! They offer a two-night BLISS BEFORE THE BABY PACKAGE babymoon special; it includes a gardenview room; daily breakfast for two; one 60-minute prenatal massage for mom; one 60-minute classic massage for dad; one dinner for two at the Jasmine Porch restaurant; and a rose-petal turndown one night. The total cost of the package for a couple comes to $1,808 for the two nights, available April to August. Restrictions apply. Call 800-576-1570 for full details. Have fun! 

P.S. The second trimester is the best time to take a babymoon. Anyone who tries to tell you that you shouldn’t travel during pregnancy is spreading yet another pregnancy myth! Watch our video for more myths…and a crazy fact!

Pregnancy Myths: What Should You Believe?
Pregnancy Myths: What Should You Believe?
Pregnancy Myths: What Should You Believe?

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A Little Love to Destination Maternity; the Mothership Turns 8!

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Happy 8th birthday to Destination Maternity’s flagship store, in New York City. It’s the largest maternity apparel store in the world, and incidentally, a great resource for us at American Baby and Parents since our offices are not many blocks away! 

Destination Maternity houses both Motherhood Maternity and A Pea in the Pod under one roof. Motherhood, the less pricey of the two, is the only maternity source to win a place in our coveted American Baby Bests Award stories. (The poll for Best Maternity Clothes for 2014 doesn’t go up until April, but please vote for your favorite baby gear in the meantime! And enter to win $300!)

Destination Maternity operates hundreds of stores, so we’re betting there’s one near you, and there’s always the online site. Five top reasons to check in with them during your pregnancy:

1. Their sales associates are experts in all things maternity and nursing. That’s why I brought my sis-in-law to the store a year ago. She spelled out her very specific needs (conservative work dresses for a petite, curvy gal) and an employee became our personal shopper. PS It helped that we went first-thing on a weekday; that’s when you get the place more or less to yourself!

2. Preggos are nuts for the line’s Secret Fit Belly jeans. Even my sis-in-law, who went in saying she wasn’t going to bother with pants. She tried them on, and you could see the “ah-ha!” moment in her eyes. We’ve seen the same thing with models at American Baby photo shoots: Women who are trying to wear their old pants, unbuttoned, put on the Secret-Fit ones, and it’s like they’ve been liberated.

3. We know plenty of women need a special-occasion dress during their pregnancy–a baby-shower outfit if nothing else. There are a ton of dresses from Motherhood Maternity and A Pea in the Pod. Listen, I know there are also maternity-rental sites where you can “borrow” dressy clothes. But I still remember my pregnancies too clearly to totally get on board with renting. I was sweaty, I was clumsy, my sizing was weird…I needed to own my clothes, even the dressy ones. And for heaven’s sake, there are plenty of Motherhood dresses in the $40 range!

4.  Like some other big chains we know and love, they have designer collaborations that now include Jessica Simpson Maternity and The Honest Company  and, coming soon in March, L by Jennifer Love Hewitt. A Pea in the Pod also carries a bunch of designer brands including 7 for all Mankind, Rebecca Taylor, and Nanette Lepore.

5. Select locations have an Edamame Maternity Spa. And I can promise from personal experience that you don’t have to be pregnant to take advantage of the menu of services. So take your not-pregnancy friend with you!

And while we’re on the subject of looking and feeling great during pregnancy, get the lowdown on dying your hair and polishing your nails while you’re expecting by watching this!

Hair Dye and Nail Polish During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
Hair Dye and Nail Polish During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
Hair Dye and Nail Polish During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?

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