Thursday, October 16, 2014

What I've Learned From Having Five Kids - a Babyganics Review


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When I got pregnant with my first son, I read every book on the library shelves. I had strategies for tantrums before he took his first breath. I knew the order to start solid foods before I knew if we'd be buying baseballs or hair bows. I was so determined to do everything right that I missed out on enjoying that sweet little bundle.

In fact, I was so scared with my first child that I'm afraid I stunted his natural curiosity.  He didn't play in the dirt because I was leery of germs. When he went down the tall slides, one of us was climbing with him and the other was at the bottom waiting for him. I spent so much time telling him to "be careful" that he missed out on opportunities to "be brave" and try new things.
What I've Learned From Having 5 Kids - with a giveaway for $100 Visa Gift Card!
Now that he's 8 years old and has four younger siblings, I've learned how resilient these little guys are. For example, you might notice that my sweet Ethan is eating a pine cone during this recent family portrait!  I've also watched kids run straight into walls, bounce off, and keep going.  I've seen them fly down slides and land on their rumps giggling in the mulch. I've seen them dig huge piles in dirt, taste-testing as they go and never end up sick.  More than that, I've seen the joy on their faces as they explore and discover the world around them.  In short, I've grown with my children and become a calmer, more patient parent.
What I've Learned From Having 5 Kids - with a giveaway for $100 Visa Gift Card!
I've also learned that the best thing I can do for my children is to create an environment where they have the freedom to touch, climb, explore, and discover freely.  Babyganics is one of the companies that I trust to provide products that help me create this environment where my kids can Grow Boldly.

After a full morning of playing in the dirt at the park or painting masterpieces, I know I have a package of the Face, Hand & Baby Wipes that are strong enough to clean up the dirtiest messes.  They're also gentle on the skin and work great for diapering as well as for face and hands.  Unlike many travel-friendly wipes, the packaging folds completely open and lays flat making it so much easier to change a squirmy baby no matter where I am.  I love having these in the diaper bag and in the car for the whole family!  With five kids, there are always plenty of sticky, messy hands to wipe!
What I've Learned From Having 5 Kids - with a giveaway for $100 Visa Gift Card!
My other favorite on-the-go product from Babyganics is their Mandarin Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer.  All it takes is one pump to sanitize my little one's hands before eating when we're out and about.  Since it's alcohol-free, it won't sting or dry out their hands, and we all love the fresh mandarin scent.

At home, we rely on the Toy & Highchair Cleaner Spray to clean up all those messes when my sweet babies and Daycare kids decide they have to feed themselves.  I love this spray because I don't have to worry about rinsing the toys or trays before they can be used.  Babies can eat right off of them or put the toys directly into their mouths without fear of harsh chemical residues.  This powerful natural cleaner leaves no residue or scent behind.

When washing dishes by hand, we've started using the Citrus Foaming Dish & Bottle Soap.  Baby Kate doesn't take a bottle often, but when she does, I can use this without needing to boil the bottle and it doesn't leave any residue behind.  The foam pump applicator is perfect for getting just the right amount of soap without wasting any, and a little goes a long way!  It's great for washing dishes by hand because it's so gentle on my hands.  Plus, I love the citrus scent that makes everything smell clean and fresh!
What I've Learned From Having 5 Kids - with a giveaway for $100 Visa Gift Card!
And I know that after all the baths and cleanings, I have the Chamomile Verbena Moisturizing Daily Lotion to protect my baby's skin and those sweet little toes.  This thick formula moisturizes really well throughout the day without feeling greasy or leaving a film on her skin.  It's gentle enough for eczema prone skin and has a natural soothing scent that isn't overwhelming for my baby or for me.
What I've Learned From Having 5 Kids - with a giveaway for $100 Visa Gift Card!
Babyganics is giving away a $100 Visa Gift Card to one lucky reader.  To enter, comment on this post with your favorite Baby or Toddler milestone.  Was it that first smile?  First word?  Learning to walk or crawl?  Or the first time they went down the slide all by themselves?  Share your favorite memories with us for a chance to win!
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  2. We use the body wash & shampoo. No strong smell, no residue, great for sensitive skin. Perfect for our baby girl. We love it!!

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  3. Where can I find the baby soap u use I want to try it on my baby girl she is always making messes

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    1. Yvonne, Target carries some of their products, but I found that Toys R Us and Babies R Us have a MUCH better selection! We usually make most of our cleaners, but I am LOVING their high chair cleaner and the all-purpose cleaner!

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  4. Thank you for this post. My little girl will be 4 weeks on Saturday and I am so paranoid about everything. Your commentary is reassuring. I look forward to trying these products!

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  5. My favorite milestone is the Real Smile not just gas!! Love my 3 babies

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  6. My favorite milestone just happened - my daughter said "I love you" ...it was prompted (by me) but still, it was adorable and I loved it (and then made her repeat it a couple more times because it was just the sweetest thing I've ever heard)

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  7. My favorite milestone is when they say "momma" and it's associated with you! :)

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  8. My favorite milestone was when my daughter said Mommy for the first time!

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  9. tweet https://twitter.com/yarbr012/status/522832928854646784

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  10. My favorite milestone is when they can sit up by themselves.

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  11. My favorite milestone has been the first kiss! Not a slobbery chew on my nose, but a real smooch. <3

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  12. Every new moment has been my favorite with both girls! I love when they learn to say mama and dada, when the second learned how to say her sister's name, and how excited they get when they learn a word and point and say it over and over - like plane and dog!

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  13. My favorite milestone is first words

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  14. https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/522927733823651840

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  15. Does it sound selfish to say my favorite milestone was when they slept through the night for the first time?

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  16. tweet:

    https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/523084249583198208

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  17. her first word was mommy

    freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

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  18. My favorite milestone was their first laugh.
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  19. tweet
    https://twitter.com/Kellydpa/status/523105320944427009

    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  20. Hearing "mama" and "dada" were the best!!

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  21. My favorite Baby Milestone is my babies first bath time in the tub, so cute to watch them play and giggle.

    Nicole.ddziedzic at gmail dot com

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  22. Shared on twitter: https://twitter.com/lil_lady_dz/status/523240148259962881

    Nicole.ddziedzic at gmail dot com

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  23. It's a typical answer, I'm sure, but hearing my kids say "mama" for the first time is about as great as it gets.
    chambanachik(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. my husband and i both think that our son's first words were 'labor day'

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  25. https://twitter.com/raggammuffin/status/523469407943946240

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  26. my child's memorable milestone was when he first started to walk at 10 months old; he was in a hurry to keep up with me around the house :)

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  27. my 2nd entry tweet https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/523518503559524352

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  28. My favorite milestone with my son was that he was able to walk at 10 months old! He did so many things early like smiling at one month old!

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  29. https://twitter.com/JewelWood/status/523525613894635521

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  30. My favorite milestone was definitely first word, it was just so special for us as a family

    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  31. tweeted https://twitter.com/mummytotwoboys1/status/523598934539640832

    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  32. My favorite milestone was when my daughter started smiling and sleeping through the night.

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  33. My favorite milestone was my babies first word. I think it was Da Da.

    s2s2 at Comcast dot net

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  34. https://twitter.com/susan1215/status/523988769645420544

    s2s2 at Comcast dot net

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  35. My favorite milestone is their first steps.
    cshell090869 at aol dot com

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  37. tweeted 10/19
    https://twitter.com/cshell202/status/524050268661751808
    cshell090869 at aol dot com

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  38. My favorite was the first laugh. There's a reason why there are so many great laughing baby videos...it's irresistible and contagious!

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  39. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/rubylorikeet/status/524332572931674113

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  40. The first time my little guy stared into my eyes at the hospital.
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  41. Tweet: https://twitter.com/OneFrugalGirl/status/525003857932582912
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  42. My favorite Baby /Toddler milestone was the first laugh.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  43. -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/525119246519369729

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  44. my fave milestone is when baby learns enough words to communicate pryfamily5@gmail.com

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  45. I tweeted https://twitter.com/dapryz5/status/525386363768561664 pryfamily5@gmail.com

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  46. My favorite milestone was the first hug I received from my child.
    madelinebrubaker {at} gmail [dot] com

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  47. Tweet link: https://twitter.com/shala_darkstone/status/526145759964442624
    madelinebrubaker {at} gmail [dot] com

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  48. My favorite milestone was when my daughter first said "mama". It really warmed my heart!
    stoopidgerlart @ gmail . com

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  49. Her first giggle -- heart-meltingly sweet!

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  50. The first time they laughed loved it

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  51. https://twitter.com/mkjmc/status/528296835274657792

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  52. I'm looking forward to these milestones when we have children!

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  53. My favorite was the first steps. I loved seeing my little on take off all on his own!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  54. tweet--https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/528897129209925632

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  57. The first step was my favorite milestone.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  58. The first smile was definitely my favorite milestone. It turns a newborn into a personality :)

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  59. tweeted - https://twitter.com/dmarie824/status/530060697908965376
    dmarie824 at aol dot com

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  60. Hearing the first word is the milestone that is my favorite - there is something about hearing that for the first time that is so moving.
    prettyinhotpink6 at gmail dot com

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  61. Tweet: https://twitter.com/PrettyHotPink6/status/530399994553982977

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  62. when my son started walking

    dlatany at gmail dot com

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  63. https://twitter.com/sweetums82/status/530405138247061504

    dlatany at gmail dot com

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  64. Her first smile, I enjoyed that far more than anything else. neyabenz(at)gmail(dot)com

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  65. I think my favorite baby milestone was my daughters first deep belly laugh. She was maybe 5 or 6 months old and found her Daddy to be hilarious when he made faces through her play pen.
    Samantha (samdaleo)
    jamesmadison1974@gmail.com

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  66. TWEET!

    https://twitter.com/samdaleo/status/530851902976585728

    Samantha (samdaleo)
    jamesmadison1974@gmail.com

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  67. My favorite milestone is taking his first steps.
    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

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  68. I love about every milestone even though most are bittersweet! I think my favorite is their first steps. sonyadmorris@gmail.com

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  69. Link to tweet:
    https://twitter.com/catholicfanatic/status/530908996840861696
    sonyadmorris@gmail.com
    Thank you!

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  70. I love the 1st laughs. vandenbossche3@hotmail.com

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  71. https://twitter.com/618mom23boys/status/530925911135113216

    vandenbossche3@hotmail.com

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  72. I'm amazed by their first sounds.

    eugeniewu [at] gmail-dot-com

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  73. I like their first smile or laugh.

    hlee99 at gmail dot com

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  74. I'd have to say my favorite milestone was the first smile!
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  75. Love the first laugh !
    Email : redaurelie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  76. My tweet https://twitter.com/AurelieRed/status/531105099007787008
    Email : redaurelie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  77. I remember my son's first word was "No!" He has always been pretty independent, so I guess it was appropriate. We laughed about it at the time.

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  78. Tweet
    https://twitter.com/clc408/status/531118206451077120

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  79. tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/531220304815607809
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  80. Definitely the first word
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  81. https://twitter.com/disneyfan40/status/531261150743126016
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  82. https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/531515335242170368

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  83. the night time bubble bath is a good ideal for night time

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  84. Every milestone was a favorite but one of the best was when my oldest established herself as protector of baby sister. The older was 15 months and the baby sister was 2 weeks old.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  85. Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/531604913927643137

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  86. We had a rough start so when I saw that first smile - I melted...all of the crying was fine once I saw a smile!! truckredford(at)Gmail(Dot)com

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  87. https://twitter.com/eliza_elliott/status/531649123347222528 truckredford(at)gmail(dot)com

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  88. The first time that tiny hand with those tiny fingers gripped mine... I was lost. My heart swelled with love and my fiercest protective instincts kicked in.

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  89. Her first crawl because she hated crawling on her knees at first

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  90. https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/531993548682305536

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  91. IT WAS THAT FIRST WORD- YOU KNOW, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT'S "MAMA" afjackly@oakland.edu

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  92. TWITTERED TOO! https://twitter.com/kytah00/status/532240285623803905 afjackly@oakland.edu

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  93. The first step is always the most exciting! What an incredible moment! It's like the ultimate reassurance that you are doing something right!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  94. Tweet: https://twitter.com/coriwestphal/status/532341944345567232

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  95. I don't have children.
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  96. https://twitter.com/LAMusing/status/532700541365653505
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  97. The first time I saw my baby boy and held him in my arms was amazing
    neiddyruiz@gmail.com

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  98. tweeted -https://twitter.com/neiddy_ruiz/status/532789828354457601
    neiddyruiz@gmail.com

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  99. while i enjoyed all of the milestone moments, I think crawing and walking were my 2 favorites!

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  100. i posted a tweet here:

    https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/533061273856917504

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  101. I don't actually have kids, so I will share a story about my own childhood that my mother loves to tell. I hope that is OK! When I was two, I spelled my first word. It was my favorite food, pickles. I spelled it P O O K. LOL! She said I was so proud of myself that she didn't have the heart to tell me I was wrong.
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  102. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/533315134534344704
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  103. I think once my kids reached the walking milestone, I was truly thrilled because they had "made" it.

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  104. Tweeted! https://twitter.com/pixel_berry_pie/status/533342258020745217

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  105. my favorite milestone - the first smile and every one after that

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  106. My favorite milestone will probably be crawling.

    ajoy1332 at yahoo dot com

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  107. https://twitter.com/ajoy1332/status/533493818717249536

    ajoy1332 at yahoo dot com

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  108. the first smile was amazing!
    POKERGRL8 at gmail.com

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  109. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/533678346019024896
    POKERGRL8 at gmail.com

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  110. My favorite milestone was the first time they rolled over all by themselves and how proud I am as a Mom but even more how excited they got once they got over the shock of it!

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  111. I tweeted
    https://twitter.com/my4boysand1/status/533681043581448193
    my4boysand1@gmail.com

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  112. My favorite moment happened with my first son. The first time we fed him baby food fruit. It was plums and my best friend was feeding him a spoonful. He sneezed and she ended up with a face full of plums.

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  113. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/eswright18/status/533683538407591936

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  114. My favorite milestone was first word.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  115. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/533697159409827840

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  116. My favorite milestone was first word.

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  117. My fav milestones were the first major motor ones - like first steps!
    mermont84 at yahoo.com

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  118. tweeted https://twitter.com/mermont84/status/533742892825575424

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  119. I don't have kids yet, but I think they milestone I'll be looking forward to the most will be their first word. It's such a breakthrough for a baby. :)

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  120. I was so proud of my own kids (and grandkids!) when they started talking. It's always so beautiful to see them starting to verbally interact with their world.

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  121. Every moment when my kids were little was precious. I actually miss those days.

    gmissycat at gmail dot com

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  122. Tweeted here

    https://twitter.com/gmissycat/status/533791716130582529

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  123. My baby's favorite milestone was when she finally slept through the night so that I could get a good night's sleep.

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  124. I tweeted.

    https://twitter.com/birdiebee52/status/533817770379460608

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