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Lucas - Photo by Eva Sulima

It is hard to believe that more than a year has passed since our baby boy Lucas was born prematurely at Northside Hospital at the end of an eventful pregnancy. As we did with Isabella, Lucas’ older sister, we went to our favorite newborn photographer, Eva Sulima, for a photo shoot with him. Click on…(Read More)

Infant Survival Swimming

Infant survival swimming is an excellent way to reduce the risk of accidental drowning and to make kids more comfortable in the water. Babies can start taking survival swimming lessons at as early as six months of age. But what about babies who were born prematurely (preemies)? When Isabella was born, we decided to sign…(Read More)

Miracle Babies

Half a million babies are admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) every year in the United States.  Our baby boy Lucas, or Lucky Luke as we like to call him, was one of them. Miracle Babies supports NICU families by providing needs-based financial assistance to low-income families through their Family Assistance…(Read More)

Lucas was born prematurely nine months ago at Northside Hospital at only 30 weeks and 6 days gestational age. He had to stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), or Special Care Nursery (SCN) as Northside calls it, for almost two months. In this post, I’d like to share what it means to…(Read More)

Bugaboo Cameleon3

As mentioned in my post about Baby Accessories, here is my review of the Bugaboo Cameleon3. Bugaboo calls it the “iconic stroller”. Read on to find out if it really deserves that title. We started shopping for a stroller about 3 years ago, before Isabella was born. As new parents, we knew little about what…(Read More)

Baby Accessories

When you’re expecting your first child, everything is super exciting, including going shopping for your baby. But given the overwhelming amount of baby accessories available, it’s hard to differentiate between necessary and unnecessary products. In this post I’ll list the top baby accessories we found to be most useful. What Is Necessary…(Read More)

If I was asked to share the two most effective techniques to soothe a crying baby, I would say swaddling and white noise. I have written about the benefits of swaddling in another post, so today, I’ll talk about white noise. What is White Noise? Remember those days of analog TV and FM radio…(Read More)

Nipple Confusion

Breastfeeding is hard work, for both baby and mom, and by far not as easy as most people think. Add issues, such as nipple confusion, to the equation and you have a recipe for frustration. In this post I’ll shed light on some of the issues we have encountered and explain how we overcame…(Read More)

Isabella Swaddled

In this post I’ll explain what swaddling is, how it’s done properly and why both you and your baby will love it. As an added benefit your baby will likely cry less and sleep longer. I’ll also talk about potential negative side-effects, if it isn’t done correctly. What is Swaddling…(Read More)

While Kathy was pregnant with our daughter Isabella, I started documenting everything we went through. I figured this information would come in handy for when we would have another baby. Two years later, we had forgotten most of the pain, stress and excitement we went through during pregnancy and the newborn phase. I recently rediscovered…(Read More)

They say every pregnancy is different. I guess they are right. This is the story of our second pregnancy that ended abruptly in the NICU of Northside Hospital at week 30 and 6 days. Our 2nd pregnancy This post is meant as sort of a conclusion of my earlier posts (Pregnancy: Don’t Freak out…(Read More)

Parenting Mistakes: Looking Back at the First 15 Months of Parenthood Our daughter Isabella recently had her 15-months checkup at the pediatrician (Dr. Mike Papciak). So I wanted to share some of the experience we have made, to reflect on what we think went well and point out the things we could have done…(Read More)