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Well Rounded  Modern pregnancy + urban parenting. Tag us in your bump photos and hashtag #bumpenvy. Co-founders and editors @jpals25 and @kaityvelez.


There are a lot of things that bond us as moms but mom-shaming is not one of them. Stop the cycle! Here's one tip from our contributor @acampbell721 to read and share before you accidentally hurt another mother: "Practice being nice. The rules of karma say what goes around, comes around. You are the only person that you have complete control over. Mom-shaming has a devastating impact that ripples from family to family, mom to mom. Choose not to play that game. Try reaching out to a mom you admire and tell her that she’s doing a great job. Invite her out to coffee. Ask her how she’s doing and take the time to listen. No one gets me like my mom tribe, and I definitely wouldn’t have made it work without them." - read more ways and all of the facts in link in profile! Also, tag a mama to show her you've only got love for her! #showmomslove #sponsored @beechnutfoods 📷 by @justinborucki

April showers bring May... well more showers here in NYC. Check out this cool mama-to-be's #bumpenvy style no matter what this spring brings her way (more in link ☝🏽). 📷 by @anagambuto

"In many ways, motherhood started when I found out I was pregnant. Honestly, I was back and forth up to whether or not I really wanted to have a baby. It’s a huge responsibility to have and a raise a child even with a strong support network. When we decided that we would try, we were open to the idea that it might not happen but it didn’t take long to get pregnant. Once I was pregnant, I had to make immediate changes to my day to day. Those first 20 weeks were spent worrying about whether we would make it past the first trimester and then there were all the genetic tests. But even with those changes it wasn’t until we made it public that I had to think about my new identity as a mom. That’s how people saw me or related to me. All of a sudden there were all these expectations. Some were self-imposed and others are social expectations. I needed to adjust to this new identity and it wasn’t always easy or welcomed. I struggled with navigating these new expectations and responsibilities. I still do.
Motherhood can be lonely even with a strong community. I can’t really remember a time when I felt alone until I became a mother. Not only are my hormones out of whack but physically I just didn’t feel normal. Pregnancy is not kind to a woman’s physical and emotional health regardless of how “easy” it is. The loneliest times during these three months have been those 3am feeding sessions and during maternity leave when the day feels especially long. There were a handful of times where I found myself crying because I was overwhelmed or I felt challenged. There are days I still wonder what we got ourselves into and how the hell are we going to manage raising a child. I go over in my head all the things I could have done better or all the things I still need to do. These thoughts are constant even if I know I’m doing the best that I can. No amount of reassurance can make these thoughts go away so I've learned to celebrate/recognize small accomplishments.
So this is a shout out to all the moms out there. Thank you. Thank you for sharing your experiences with me. Thank you for letting me know that I’m being a good mom. Thank you for simply reaching out." - ❤️ @nguyeningatlife

Date night glam. Thanks to Texan mama @jessicaofelia for sharing! #bumpenvy #bumpstyle #pregnancy #pregnant #pregnantbelly

"Growing up, most of my friends didn’t have their fathers present in their lives. I was always grateful that there was a father figure in my life. I want my boys to know that fatherhood is a lifelong process, and that you never stop being one." -entrepreneur and traveling dad of 3 @youknowmouton shares his #dadstories with us in link in profile. You don't want to miss this one! Also, share your own #dadstories (or get the dad in your life to share his!) using the hashtag #dadstories. Don’t forget to tag @wellroundedny and @babybjorn_us! 📷 by @rkbresler esler #fatherhood #parenting #love #homeschool #dadpreneur #fatherlove

Need to get away? We hear you! That's why we've partnered with some of our favorite family-friendly brands to give away a 5-night Marriott stay and $500 in cash to spend. Don't want to bring your kids? Don't worry, we won't tell. Start packing and enter in link in profile now!

You never realize how essential baby footwear that stays on actually is until you're on the ground searching for that other sock or booty for the 1,000th time this week. Find out more about these @juneandjanuary booties and every other new mama essential in our all about Mama #babyregistry with @babylist (in link in profile).

Whether you're a a mom of teens or trying to conceive, we're sending love to you all. #happymothersday ❤️🌺🙏🏽

Wishing you all loads of 😴😴😴this weekend. #regram @reesehuber #momlife #sweetdreams #parenting

Being a new mom can be scary but also like pee in you parents hilarious. @alexisbaradcutler gives us a list of the 10 new things new moms do that will make you pee your pants. In link in profile. #newmom #newmama #momlife #sponsored

"Despite all of the tears (mine, not my baby’s) and the fact that I began cringing at the thought of nursing, I was convinced that we could and would make it work! I just needed to wait it out, I told myself.

After three months of excruciating pain and repeated failures, however, I started to lose hope. I delivered my daughter sans epidural. But this prolonged emotional and physical challenge was a lot more draining and grueling. I tried everything: I saw two lactation consultants; I took day-long breaks with bottle-feeding while pumping; I watched videos on YouTube to practice latching; I tried every position in the books; and I talked to our pediatrician, who just told me to “hang in there.” All in vain. We had finally gotten the nipple guards off, but I was still in pain and desperate." -@shanaluther shares her breastfeeding story in link in profile. Mamas, can you relate? Was breastfeeding difficult or did it come easy to you? Tell us. #breastfeeding #breastfeedingmom #nursingmama #breastfed #breastfeedingmama #breastfeedingjourney #breastfeedingsupport #fedisbest 📷 via @shanaluther

Ever wonder about the dads behind your favorite insta-mamas? This week we caught @diklagoren's main squeeze Noam and asked to share his #dadstories with us, @babybjorn_us and you! Here's what he had to say about splitting the parenting load: "We are really trying to share to load. I’m sure sometimes one of us ends up doing more than the other but generally, I take the mornings: waking up early with the kids, getting them dressed, feeding them breakfast and taking them to school. Dikla is not a morning person so we let her sleep in the mornings. On the other hand, Dikla takes care of the night shifts with Romi, which usually entails waking up two or three times a night."- find out more about this dad of 3 in link ☝🏽and then share your #dadstories with us and @babybjorn_us! 📷: @rkbresler

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