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I have so many pregnant and new parent friends right now, it's hard for me to resist being that mom. The know-it-all one who tries to tell everyone else how to do things. Because the truth is, I don't know it all. I know that I've made a lot of mistakes. I'm often confused as heck. Believe it or not, I have spent a significant number of bewildered roadside moments covered in a diaper blowout disaster contemplating where-oh-WHERE I went wrong. So when I tell other moms what to buy, what to focus on, what's worth their time, it all comes down to one central piece of advice:

Cherish every little step along the way

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There will be times when you'll be SO stressed, your eyelashes will start falling out. I'm not kidding, people, these things happen. You won't enjoy every moment. But you should be cognizant of the progress that you are making and what you're building towards.

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Just know that every little step counts.

I want to congratulate my fellow young moms and welcome them into the weird world of parenthood. It can be overwhelming, but you're joining a community of helpful, vocal, passionate people who care and understand. We all have our areas of expertise, and you'll come to appreciate the swapping of advice and eager frenzy of questions. As I contribute to a number of childhood sites and discuss products for the infant phase, I'm personally in a unique position to ask the REAL experts some of those head-scratchers and I have fun passing that info on to my friends. Things like, “Why does my back hurt so much in the months after labor?” There's a definitive answer here: an increase in relaxin leads to a higher risk of inflammation and joint misalignment. “What's the best value in diapers?” Pampers Baby Dry. “When is the best time to stock up on baby products?” September or February.