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Pregnancy 8 Mom-To-Be: Sarah Stockton One woman’s journey to motherhood on her own

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Best for Soon-To-Be Moms

Favorites from local moms

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Before Baby To-Do List

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Pack Your Bags

A handy checklist for your third trimester

The things you’ll need—or want— when you get to the hospital

Baby Mom: 22 New Katey McFarlan

Adopting a new mantra to handle the work-life balance

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Nursing Nooks

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Work Out With a Baby

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Helping Hands

Cozy spaces to nurse around town

Exercises to get in during naptime Outsource your to-do list

Family Mom: 34 Third-Time Ashley Rader

Girls rule in this East Dallas home

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Best for Families: Dining + Destinations

Eateries and attractions that are little kid- and baby-friendly

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columnS 46 Babble Retying the Knot

creative director lauren niebes

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I N T E R V I E W K E L LY W O O L E Y PHOTOGRAPHY CARTER ROSE

Mom-To-Be: Sarah Stockton

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arah Stockton, 40, director of internal communications at Research Now, a global market research firm in Plano, always knew she wanted to be a mom. She told herself that by 38 she wanted to have a baby, but when 38 came with no husband, she decided to get pregnant on her own. The long, emotional road took five rounds of intrauterine insemination (IUI), two rounds of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and two miscarriages. But it was all worth it. Baby girl Georgia Cole is due in January. WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO DO THIS ALONE? Several years

ago, I decided that 38 was my cut-off age for having a baby, whether I was married or not. One day, I realized I was literally running out of time. Recognizing that the risks for pregnant women only increase as women get older, I decided to go for it. While not the ideal situation, becoming a mom was so important to me that I decided it would all be worth it. And I don’t feel alone. My mom moved into my house to take care of Georgia when I go back to work, and my two oldest friends have agreed to be Georgia’s godparents. We’re totally adhering to the it-takesa-village approach. HOW DID YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY REACT TO YOUR DECISION? My family and close

friends knew this had been my plan for a while so once I decided to take the first step, they were completely support-

ive. They’ve been there for me through the two miscarriages. I couldn’t have gotten through this without them. WERE YOU WORRIED ABOUT HOW OTHERS WOULD REACT?

A little, but I feel like being a single mom by choice is becoming more and more acceptable. WHO DO YOU PLAN TO HAVE IN THE DELIVERY ROOM WITH YOU? Probably just my

mom. My brother, who lives in Austin, is flying in for the week and is totally prepared to take an uncle-father role, but he’ll probably just be in the waiting room. And my two best friends, Georgia’s godmothers, will be in the waiting room as well. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHERS GOING THROUGH FERTILITY TREATMENTS? Be patient. I got preg-

nant with the fifth IUI treatment and then miscarried at seven weeks. My second miscarriage

happened after the first round of IVF, and again, just before eight weeks, I miscarried. But I decided to try one more time, and it worked! Having a support system is also important, especially if you’re doing this alone. WHAT WOULD YOU TELL OTHER SINGLE WOMEN OUT THERE CONSIDERING DOING THE SAME? Try not to get discour-

aged! I was rejected by one doctor who would not perform IVF on a single woman. At the direction of one of my doctors, I had to be evaluated by a psychologist to make sure I wasn’t crazy. Be persistent and keep going.

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF DURING YOUR PREGNANCY?

I have always worked out and have continued that during my pregnancy. I take a lot of vitamins and have adopted a glutenfree diet. I’m also trying to get plenty of sleep since I know I won’t when the baby comes. HOW DO YOU THINK HAVING A BABY WILL AFFECT YOUR FUTURE DATING LIFE? I haven’t

given up on the idea of meeting someone and getting married someday. I feel like having a baby could open up a new pool of men I haven’t met yet—single dads at school, maybe the soccer coach. Right now, she is my priority, but who knows where we’ll be in five or 10 years.

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Pedicures have been one of my favorite indulgences!

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I’m currently reading Eat, Play, Sleep.

4 The elliptical trainer has been my main workout go-to, but I also just bought Prenatal Yoga DVD Vinyasa Workout with Julie Schoen that I’m looking forward to trying out. I also plan to sign up for prenatal water aerobics in my third trimester. 5 I bought these slip-on “Mad Love” Lennie sneakers at Target that are amazingly comfortable. I went back and bought a second pair! They’re perfect for tired and swollen feet. 6 As far as cravings and snacks go, I just discovered Halo Top ice cream. It’s a gamechanger. Steel City Pops is also a constant craving. I’m currently living in maxi dresses right now. They are so comfortable and perfect for pregnancy during the summer.

8 My biggest splurge so far has been the BOB Revolution stroller. ●

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Best for Soon-to-Be Moms Where locals go when they’re expecting

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he to-do list of things to accomplish before baby arrives can be overwhelming—and might be growing as a result of reading this issue. North Texas moms took a mother lode of research off your plate, voting for their favorite doula, childbirth class and more. Here are the results, which originally appeared in the February 2017 issues of CollinChild, DallasChild, FortWorthChild, and NorthTexasChild magazines. Best Childbirth Classes

COLLIN AND DENTON COUNTIES // TEXAS HEALTH PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL DENTON AND PLANO

The Prepared Childbirth classes at Texas Health Denton and Plano offer a crash course in the birth experience. Mom and Dad learn what to expect at each stage of labor and practice breathing techniques and labor positions. You’ll leave the class knowing all your options for pain relief and delivery too. If you’re within 4–8 weeks of your due date, register for a $25 session. Denton, 940/898-7000; texashealth.org/denton Plano, 877/847-9355; texashealth.org/plano DALLAS COUNTY // NORTH DALLAS DOULA ASSOCIATES

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birth: The Uncensored Version class, taught through North Dallas Doula Associates, covers topics such as the signs, symptoms and stages of labor; comfort measures like breathing; relaxation and visualization techniques; and ways to avoid unnecessary interventions. Visit the Facebook page for a calendar of events. $125 per couple. Dallas, 469/3603810; northdallasdoulas.com TARRANT COUNTY // BIRTH BOOT CAMP

Birth Boot Camp’s 10-week program teaches couples how to prepare Mama’s mind and body for a natural birth. You’ll embark on a nutritional program, master muscle toning and relaxation techniques, learn how to write a birth plan and review what to do

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when labor-induced disorientation arrives (because it will). Tuition includes a workbook outlining labor positions, relaxation exercises and the postpartum period. Find a local instructor and register online. Some charge a $50 registration fee to reserve a spot in the class. Fort Worth area; birthbootcamp.com

Best Hospitals To Have A Baby COLLIN COUNTY // TEXAS HEALTH PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL PLANO

Texas Health Plano wins again and the reasons are clear: highrisk pregnancy care, a level IIIB neonatal intensive care unit and private suites with options to use birthing balls and peanuts or a hydro tub during labor. After baby arrives, take advantage of lots of breastfeeding resources, including a breastfeeding support group run by a lactation consultant and Mommy Mixers for support and camaraderie. Call or go online to set up a tour. Plano, 972/981-8000; texashealth.org/plano DALLAS COUNTY // BAYLOR UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER AT DALLAS

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labor and delivery rooms offer lots of options to help keep Mom comfortable, including oversize balls, an mp3 player hookup and a tub. Parents also like the private postpartum rooms with a sofa bed for Dad, the level III neonatal intensive care unit and the on-site, no-frills hotel that allows Mom (and Dad) to stay close if she’s discharged before baby. Plus, postpartum care includes free mommyand-me yoga classes and breastfeeding support groups. Call or go online to schedule a tour. Dallas, 800/422-9567; baylorhealth.com

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TARRANT COUNTY // TEXAS HEALTH HARRIS METHODIST HOSPITAL FORT WORTH

Alternative options such as water births and pain management that include nitrous oxide to take the edge off contractions make Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth the top pick for expectant moms. New parents also praise the 17 private labor and delivery suites, the on-site lactation consultant and the level III NICU. Call or go online to schedule a tour. Fort Worth, 817/2502000; texashealth.org/ fortworth DENTON COUNTY // TEXAS HEALTH PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL DENTON

Moms like Texas Health Denton’s level III NICU and the 11 private labor and delivery rooms that each have a rocking chair or recliner (some also have a tub). After delivery, you’ll likely be famished. Pick your meal

from a menu or ask your hubby to bring you something from the on-site, 24-hour Vibe Fresh Market. Call or visit the website to set up a tour.

midwife Kristen Conroy have hospital privileges at Baylor Medical Center in McKinney should a transfer be necessary. Go online to schedule a tour.

Denton, 940/898-7000; texashealth.org/denton

Allen, 214/495-9911; allenbirthingcenter.com

Best Birthing Centers

DALLAS COUNTY // BIRTH AND WOMEN’S CENTER

Expecting mothers select Birth and Women’s Center because it really is like giving birth at home, The accredited (one of only a home with certified nursefive in the state) Allen midwives and nitrous oxide to take the edge off your contractions, that Editor’s Pick is. The two rooms inside the Victorian-era home, Wendy Manwarren which is three blocks from Generes, our exBaylor Medical Center, ecutive editor, shares a favorite Dallas-Fort Worth feature lots of natural light service she discovered (with curtains you can while pregnant with her draw if you prefer darker second child. surroundings), four-poster Best Place to Find the beds, sofas and ottomans. Right Support One room also has a tub Nordstrom for water births. COLLIN COUNTY // ALLEN BIRTHING CENTER

As your waistline changes with pregnancy and new motherhood so too does your bosom. And while Nordstrom doesn’t carry an extensive selection of nursing bras in store (there are more options online), they will measure you and turn any bra into a nursing bra for a nominal fee ($16). They can even turn a bra you already own — and love — into a nursing bra (for $32) or make it more confortable for you during pregnancy by, say, removing the underwire. Visit the lingerie department for a free fitting. Galleria Dallas, Dallas 972/7020055 // Stonebriar Centre, Frisco, 972/712-3794 // North East Mall, Hurst, 817/590-2599 // NorthPark Center, Dallas, 214/231-3900 // nordstrom.com

Birthing Center offers guidance from four certified nursemidwives, two private birthing tubs and pain-relieving nitrous oxide. Plus owner and clinical director Amy Giles (best midwife winner) and certified nurse-

Dallas, 214/821-8190; birthcenter.net TARRANT COUNTY // FORT WORTH BIRTHING & WELLNESS CENTER

The certified nursemidwives at Fort Worth Birthing & Wellness Center perform routine gynecological exams, prenatal sonograms, postpartum care and so much more. Plus, each birthing suite is outfitted with a water birth tub, and there’s an on-site massage therapist and chiropractor. In the event of a necessary medical transfer, best hospital winner Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth is a five-minute drive away. Go online to request more information. Fort Worth, 817/878-2737; fwbirthcenter.com

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Laboring moms feel at home in the Victorian-style birthing suites at Inanna Birth and Women’s Care in Denton. In an effort to keep the birthing process as comfortable as possible, the certified nurse-midwives furnish the center as if it’s a home away from home. Each room comes equipped with a queensize bed, a closet, candles and a tub for relaxation and water births. Call to schedule a tour. Denton, 940/483-1569; inannabirth.com

Best Doulas

COLLIN COUNTY // JESSIE PRIM

Moms recommend Jessie Prim to their expectant friends because of her 33 years of experience in prenatal, birth and postpartum services. With five children and three grandchildren of her own, Prim understands how deeply personal each birth story becomes. She also volunteers with moms at risk. Packages start at $750 for prenatal, birth and postpartum services. Plano, 972/208-1591 DALLAS COUNTY // NORTH DALLAS DOULA ASSOCIATES

Enlist the services of North Dallas Doula Associates, founded in 1999, to coach you through labor and delivery, provide postpartum help (including lactation consultations) and help you recognize and address the needs of your new little one after she arrives. North Dallas Doulas also offers placenta encapsulation and overnight assistance. Prices available upon request. Dallas, 469/360-3810; northdallasdoulas.com 14

TARRANT COUNTY // FORT WORTH DOULA ASSOCIATES

Moms turn to Fort Worth Doula Associates not just because of the continuous labor support but also for the unlimited email, phone and text support they get in the six weeks following baby’s arrival. During labor, use the Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) tool, which helps alleviate birthing pains without drugs, for free. Afterward, take advantage of Fort Worth Doula Associates’ placenta encapsulation or belly binding (a cloth wrap that supports weakened abdominal muscles) services at a discounted rate. Packages from $1,050. Fort Worth, 682/777-3932; birthfortworth.com DENTON COUNTY // MARIA POKLUDA

Great Expectations Birth owner Maria Pokluda has experience supporting moms during hospital births, water births, VBACs, planned cesareans and more. She also wrote a doula certification program and trains doulas around the world. Simply Doula packages start at $850. Dallas-Fort Worth Area, 214/223-0226; greatexpectationsbirth.com

Best Midwives

COLLIN COUNTY // AMY GILES

Amy Giles is known as an encouraging and knowledgeable guide with expertise in high-risk pregnancies. With 15 years of experience under her belt, she serves as owner and clinical director of repeat winner Allen Birthing Center and is among a select few certified nurse-midwives who have dual privileges at both a birthing center and a hospital.

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Allen, 214/495-9911; allenbirthingcenter.com DALLAS COUNTY // TERI MITCHELL

Count on certified nursemidwife and internationally board-certified lactation consultant Teri Mitchell to monitor you and your baby throughout the pregnancy, guide you through a home or water birth and provide postpartum and newborn care, including breastfeeding help (two sessions for free). Frisco, 469/850-2661; bundleborn.com TARRANT COUNTY // CARLA MORROW

Lauded midwife Carla Morrow works in both hospital and nonhospital labor and deliveries, providing families with research and individualized care to help them make decisions during the birthing process. The sought-after certified nurse-midwife is on staff at Fort Worth Birthing Center, Grace OB/GYN and Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest. Fort Worth, 817/878-2737; fwbirthcenter.com DENTON COUNTY // SINGING TREE

Local mamas turn to Singing Tree for prenatal care (at your house if you prefer) and the ability to choose a home birth or birthing center delivery with licensed midwife Kassia Walcott, who works all over the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Plus, her office, located at the NEST in Addison, gives moms-to-be access to other pregnancy and parenting services such as tub rental (for home births), prenatal chiropractic care, prenatal massage, placenta encapsulation and parenting classes. Dallas-Fort Worth area, 509/5925279; singingtreemidwifery.com ●

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Before Baby To-Do List

Third trimester preparations for your new bundle

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ll the prep work involved in welcoming your new bundle is enough to make anyone’s head spin—with or without pregnancy brain. So after you’ve prepared the nursery and been showered with gifts from your registry, check these final basic to-dos off your list.

Weeks 27–31 Properly install car seat. (You’ll typically learn this in a baby basics class, but you can always stop by the local fire department to make sure you’ve installed it correctly.) Look into options for storing or donating cord blood (if you choose) Buy diapers, wipes and any other baby items still needed Stock the freezer with made-ahead meals that can be popped in the oven or reheated Tour the hospital or birthing center Create a birth plan Alert your health insurance company that you will be adding a baby 16

Schedule a newborn photo shoot Determine who will take care of your pets, plants and home while you’re in labor and/or staying in the hospital Wash all baby clothes and baby bedding

Update life insurance and wills to include your new addition, including guardianship Take childbirth, baby basics and breastfeeding classes

Weeks 31–38 Check with your insurance about getting a breast pump. (Most insurance companies cover at least part of the cost of a pump; check with yours to weigh your options.) Determine a visitation plan for grandparents, family and friends Sort out your maternity leave, including whom you should inform when you go into labor Find a pediatrician. (Get recommendations through our online directory of MomApproved Pediatricians.)

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Set up baby’s bed Purchase adult diapers (trust us, you’re going to want these if you have a vaginal delivery) and nipple balm (if you plan to breastfeed) Buy and wash comfortable and stretchy clothes to wear in your fourth trimester

Weeks 38–birth Pack hospital bags for Mom, Dad and Baby Preregister at the hospital or birthing center Make a labor and delivery playlist Clean the house. (If you’re doing the cleaning, make sure to use chemical-free cleansers such as vinegar and water.) ●


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Pack Your Bags What to bring to the hospital for you, baby and Dad too

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hether you’re Miss Girl Scout or Miss Fly-by-the-Seat-of-Your-Drawstring-Pants, you’ve probably put a little thought into your hospital go-bag—or maybe it’s already in the trunk. It can’t be too hard, right? You know you need a couple changes of clothes, toothbrush, deodorant, shampoo (because you’re determined to look good) and that adorable first onesie that Grandma bought. But you may be missing some essentials or even some not-so-essentials that will make your hospital foray a bit more comfy.

at Texas Health recommend PJs with a button front for easy skin-to-skin contact with your newborn.

We asked our experts—local doula and lactation consultant Linda Worzer; Tanya Shelton, former childbirth educator and labor and delivery nurse at the Medical Center of Plano; and the labor and delivery nurses of Texas Health Dallas and Texas Health Allen—for a list of goods most moms forget. Take notes. Pro tip: The experts agree that you should pack separate bags for labor and postpartum. “You don’t want to lug everything with you to labor and delivery,” Shelton says.

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“Or make your own,” says Worzer. “Fill a men’s tube sock with three cups of noninstant rice. Add lavender or other oil if desired. Tie top. Warm in the microwave for 1–2 minutes. Smells wonderful and soothes achy backs and bellies.” 3. PILLOWS from home with

colored pillowcases so that they don’t match the hospital linens 4. BATHROBE AND SLIPPERS 5. HAIR CLIPS OR BANDS 6. IPOD (OR IPHONE) with your

favorite tunes, or a few Spotify playlists downloaded to your device in case of spotty Wi-Fi 7. CHARGERS for all your elec-

tronics and backup batteries for your camera 8. THE LIST, i.e., all the people

you promised you’d text when baby arrives

Post Labor

9. COMFY PAJAMAS. The nurses

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10. NURSING GEAR: nursing

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11. SHOWER SHOES 12. ADULT DIAPERS

Depend Silhouette Briefs 12-pack, $14.79 // Walgreens, multiple locations; walgreens.com 13. YOUR BABY BOOK OR SCRAPBOOK so the nurses can

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14. SWADDLE BLANKET AND A PINT-SIZED HAT 15. MITTENS AND FINGERNAIL CLIPPERS for baby 16. DISCHARGE OUTFIT with

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ew mom Katey McFarlan, 25, is the founder and blogger behind Chronicles of Frivolity, a popular (she has 200,000 followers on Instagram) fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog that’s now peppered with motherhood tidbits since the arrival of Maxi six months ago. Balancing motherhood, a thriving business and time with her husband of two years, Paul, can be a challenge, which is why the Fort Worth mom, a self-described Type-A personality prefers peace to perfection these days. HOW WAS YOUR PREGNANCY?

I embraced my changing body and had so much fun styling my bump for New York Fashion Week. I found it comforting to know Maxi was always with me. However, I threw up every day until I gave birth, and one of my ribs became dislocated at 30 weeks. Maxi was so long, and I’m pretty petite so she literally had nowhere to go but into my rib cage.

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YIKES! THAT SOUNDS PAINFUL.

It was super painful. But I was told it’s very common in shorter women. I was given a prescription for pain medication, and my doctor just monitored it. Once I gave birth, it stopped moving around and healed on its own. DESCRIBE SEEING MAXI FOR THE FIRST TIME. It was peace-

ful. Since I was a little girl, I’ve wanted to be a mom. When they handed her to me, I had this feeling of contentment and joy come over me.

WHAT’S THE MOST SURPRISING THING TO YOU ABOUT MOTHERHOOD? I’m amazed at how

much you change for this one little person. Before becoming a mom, I’d love to say that I had been completely selfless for Paul, my sister and my parents, but it wasn’t until I had Maxi that I was truly selfless. It’s such an intense and immediate love. HOW HAS PARENTHOOD CHANGED YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH PAUL? We are

definitely more intentional with our time. Since we have less free time, we appreciate it so much more. One example is that we made a commitment to ourselves to have regular date nights. Both of our parents live here so we lucked out in the babysitting department. HOW ARE YOU WORKING TO MAINTAIN A WORK-LIFE BALANCE? I get up each day at

5 in order to get a jump-start on work before Maxi wakes up.

Working from home is a major balancing act. I’ve also accepted the fact that I can’t do it all. I took Maxi to a work conference with me when she was 2 months old. I was stressing myself out, running back to the hotel room to pump every other hour. I ended up getting a stomach virus and mastitis because I was burning myself out trying to do it all. It was at that point that I realized it was OK for me not to do every diaper change and to let Paul do some things with her on his own. BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN. Whenever I get sad

and think about how quickly Maxi is growing, my mother always reminds me to enjoy every phase. With each new stage of life, children return the love they were given even more than the last. YOUR BEST ADVICE TO OTHER NEW MOMS? Go with your gut

and don’t compare yourself to anyone else. My biggest mistake was comparing my pregnancy to other people’s. I researched online, looked at Pinterest and read countless lists like “Things to do before you have a baby.” The mama guilt was overwhelming, and Maxi wasn’t even here yet. WITH ALL OF THE DEMANDS, HOW DO YOU STEAL TIME FOR YOURSELF? I get manicures! I

can skip a shower and be exhausted, but if my nails are done I still feel like Katey.

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Katey’s Mommy Must-haves 1

I love TULA Eye Renewal Serum. It immediately hides my dark circles from lack of sleep! I also love Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara. It looks like I have lash extensions, but I don’t.

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I give every new mom a Fawn Design diaper bag. It’s the best diaper bag for travel and comes in so many colors. It doesn’t feel like a baby bag.

3 Tone It Up workouts are my go-to postpartum exercise. They are quick videos on YouTube that I can do during Maxi’s naps. 4 Piattello Italian Kitchen is our favorite dinner spot. You can sit on the patio and keep baby happy, but you feel like you’re getting a date night. Maxi can also eat an entire serving of guacamole at Mi Cocina. Like mother, like daughter!

6 My mom framed my first pair of ballet shoes to put in Maxi’s nursery. It was the best gift I received. 7

I love Baby by Design or Babies on the Boulevard, both located on Camp Bowie Boulevard in Fort Worth.

8 I love ThirdLove lingerie. They have the best nursing bras for pumping! ●

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5 I love The Wonder Weeks app and the Moms on Call scheduler app.


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Nursing Nooks Public places with private spaces for breastfeeding

Running Errands BABIES R US

Find the spacious nursing room (big enough for 2–3 moms and their little ones) at Babies R Us (next to the bathrooms at most locations) furnished with a rocking chair, loveseat and changing table. If you need a sink, you’ll have to go to the bathroom. Multiple locations; babiesrus.com BUY BUY BABY

Buy Buy Baby’s nursing room (for two moms and babies) is outfitted with gliders, bassinets, a changing station and outlets. There’s no sink, but the bathroom is nearby. Multiple locations; buybuybaby.com NORDSTROM

Nordstrom’s ladies’ lounges set the right mood for a cozy nursing session: comfortable seating options and soft lamp lighting as opposed to harsh overhead lights. Plus, there are ample outlets for pumping moms, and the attached bathroom provides changing tables and sinks. Multiple locations; shop.nordstrom.com 26

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NORTH EAST MALL

In North East Mall’s nursing room on the first level near the food court, you’ll find a rocking chair, large changing station and an outlet. Hurst, 817/589-9603; simon. com/mall/north-east-mall NORTHPARK CENTER

NorthPark boasts several private nursing rooms with extra-wide seats, electrical outlets, padded changing tables and sinks. Find nursing rooms on the ground level between Bread Winners and Microsoft and on the second floor between Nordstrom and Macy’s. Dallas, 214/363-7441; northparkcenter.com STONEBRIAR CENTRE

The bathrooms near the food court and carousel at Stonebriar have a separate nursing area furnished with a rocking chair, and there are changing rooms and sinks nearby too. There’s an additional nursing space downstairs by the family restrooms near Vera Bradley. Frisco, 972/668-6255; shopstonebriar.com

Flying the Friendly Skies DALLAS-FORT WORTH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

If you’re traveling out of terminal A, B or E at DFW Airport, you’re in luck. Near Gates A18, B40 and E14, the airport offers nursing rooms with comfortable leather chairs, rocking chairs, changing tables and sinks. Plus, there’s a lactation room for moms who just need to pump. Call the number

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e know. We know. Under Texas law, you are free to breastfeed your baby anywhere, but that doesn’t mean you’re comfortable doing so. For many moms (and their babies), breastfeeding requires some quiet, privacy and comfort— which can sometimes be difficult to find in the public arena. Instead of hiding your child (and your bosom) under a hot cover or feeding him in a bathroom stall, duck into one of these nursing-friendly spots around town.


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If you could correct your baby’s head flattening WITHOUT a helmet, would you?

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Grapevine, 972/973-3112; dfwairport.com DALLAS LOVE FIELD

Dallas Love Field’s nursing room is small but sufficient. Two leather recliners, a sink, outlets and a changing table decorate the private room next to the first women’s bathroom on your right after you go through security.

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Out and About with the Fam DALLAS ZOO

Sneak away to the comfort station in the guest services building beside the gift shop at the Dallas Zoo, where you’ll find a futon sofa, rocking chair and changing station.

Call us today — and we will see you within a week. Your baby will thank you!

Dallas, 469/554-7500; dallaszoo.com FORT WORTH MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND HISTORY

Changing the way plagiocephaly is treated

The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History offers a designated room for breastfeeding moms in the Innovation Studios area. The room holds a wingback chair, a sink and outlets.

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Fort Worth, 817/255-9300; fwmuseum.org KIMBELL ART MUSEUM

The Kimbell’s private nursing room is in the lower-level restroom by the Piano Auditorium in the Renzo Piano Pavilion. Use the chair, sink and changing table. And if you just need to pump, store your milk in the room’s refrigerator until you leave.

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Make the trek to level four of the Perot Museum to find the nursing nook, which has outlets for pumping and benches for feeding. While there’s no changing table or sink, there are nearby bathrooms on the same level.

WATERMARK COMMUNITY CHURCH

At Watermark Community Church, four moms can nurse simultaneously, each in her own mother’s room equipped with padded chairs, outlets and doors that lock. Dallas, 214/361-2275; watermark.org ●

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Work Out With a Baby

an’t seem to find any spare time to get to the gym or even go for a walk since baby arrived? Let these workout resources help you get back in shape by allowing you to slip on your yoga pants and sneakers and head to the family room, or take baby with you to sweat, tone or center yourself in an hour or less.

Home Work BARRE 3

You could visit the Barre 3 locations in Coppell, Frisco, Plano or Richardson if Grandma lives nearby (and is willing to babysit), or you can stream a new four-day step-by-step fitness plan—which includes cardio, stretching and toning—every week and exercise when it’s convenient for you. If you only have 10 minutes before your little one wakes to nurse, filter the online workouts by length and target areas such as lower body. Bonus: A monthly subscription includes nutritionist-approved recipes and meal ideas. Cost: From $15 per month Get moving: Subscribe online; barre3.com ELECT WELLNESS

Get customized 45-minute workouts from a personal trainer who comes to you (anywhere in the Dallas-Fort Worth area) two, three or four times a week to guide you through aerobics, core 28

work, yoga, kickboxing and more. As part of the program, a registered dietitian helps you make healthy habit changes (like eating hummus and veggies instead of ice cream during middle-of-thenight feedings) and advises you daily virtually and monthly with a face-to-face meeting. Cost: One-week fitness jumpstart programs, $249; other packages from $299 per month. Get moving: Call or sign up online, 214/736-9365; electwellness.com GINGER MARIE BLOG

Local blogger Ginger Marie gets you moving with quick workouts. Start with 60 seconds of various crunches. Build to squats, lunges, jumping jacks and other cardio moves. Finish with 60 more seconds of crunches, a 30-second plank and downward dog—all in 10 minutes. Cost: Free Get moving: Find her energizing morning workout (or whenever you can squeeze it in) online; thegingermarieblog.com

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GRIT BY BRIT

Mix and match over 20 moderateto high-intensity workouts and more than 40 recipes to create a customized fitness plan during Brittani Rettig’s virtual four-week challenge. Rettig, founder, owner and instructor at Grit Fitness in Dallas, provides free at-home workout instructions (a new one every other week) that target abs, arms, back, cardio, legs or total body in 30 minutes or less. She also just launched GRIT by Brit, a $9.99 mobile app for iOS and Android that includes workouts, 21-day challenges and more. Cost: $29.99 for the fourweek challenge Get moving: Register online; gritbybrit.com HEALTHINISTA

Sign up for Dallas personal trainer Marzia Prince’s Shift Shop, a year of 25- to 45-minute at-home workouts, which come with detailed workout instructions, videos, a nutrition plan (think recipes and portion control) and support (her online Facebook community exists to cheer you on). Prince also uploads free weekly workouts broken down by skill level (individual instruction for beginner, intermediate or advanced). Cost: $99 for the Shift Shop yearlong program Get moving: Visit the website

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and send her an email to sign up; thehealthinista.com STRIPES YOGA

Does baby have a sibling you need to occupy while you get fit? In 5–15 minutes, mother and child find inner calm and quiet through directed deep breathing, simple movements and meditation exercises from Alice Redding, who has a yoga and children’s learning therapy private practice in Richardson. You won’t gain killer abs, but you and your little gain calm and focus during this mommy-and-me activity. Cost: Five videos, $25 Get moving: Attend a parent workshop to learn about calm and focus ($35) or download the videos, 972/437-3803; vimeo.com/ondemand/stripesyoga YOGIS ON THE GO

This Dallas-Fort Worth mobile yoga service brings instructors

with years of experience to guide you through a personalized 60-minute practice, training you, you and your hubby, or you and your girlfriends. Cost: Introductory sessions from $35; single sessions from $99; discounts given for package purchases Get moving: Buy online, 214/550-2881; yogisonthego.com

Bring Baby Along BABY BOOT CAMP

Baby Boot Camp makes working out simple with outdoor exercise that incorporates your new addition in the stroller. Each franchise owner structures schedules differently, making it easy to find nearby classes that work for you—and junior’s schedule. The Stroller Fitness class incorporates aerobics, strength training and core exercises. There are 10K and halfmarathon programs too. Plus,

the MomStrong Tribe serves as an informal playgroup for you and your kiddos. Cost: $59 registration fee; package prices vary Get moving: Multiple locations; babybootcamp.com FIT4MOM

Tone and sculpt your post-baby body at Stroller Strides, which incorporates—what else?—your baby in a stroller, or practice ballet, Pilates, barre, yoga and stroller-based exercises to help you build strength, tone and improve posture in Stoller Barre. Our Village, the FIT4MOM communities, include mom-centric social outings such as moms night out and book clubs too. Cost: Registration fee, from $25, plus membership fees from $65 per month, depending on length of commitment Get moving: Multiple locations; fit4mom.com ●

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Helping Hands Local apps and services that help you get things done

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How it works: Schedule weekly, biweekly or monthly cleaning services from an insured and background-checked professional. The reservation includes the estimated time and cost. Once booked, get real-time updates on when your cleaning person arrives and leaves. Why new moms love it: Beyond cleaning, you can hire someone to hang the TV, paint the playroom, hang a light fixture in the nursery and more. Best for: Parents who don’t fancy themselves DIYers and who don’t want to spend weekends scrubbing, sweeping and dusting. Cost: From $75/cleaning; price varies by number of rooms and frequency. Handyman prices vary by service. 30

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Get started: Download the free app for Android and iOS. Available throughout Collin, Dallas and Denton counties and most of Tarrant County too; handy.com

Laundry Limo

How it works: Cleaners sort, wash, dry, fold and deliver laundry the same day or within 48 hours. Schedule weekly, biweekly or as-needed pickups and leave special requests for articles that require extra attention such as that blanket that Aunt Lynn knit. Why new moms love it: Whether it’s a leather jacket or nursery curtains, separate the wash from the dry cleaning and leave it in the supplied laundry bags on your doorstep. Best for: Moms who turn their own shirts inside out to avoid doing laundry. Cost: From $1.99/pound; dry cleaning from $2.25/shirt; delivery fees, from $5 Get started: Available throughout Collin, Dallas and Denton counties and parts of Tarrant County too, 214/414-3034; laundrylimo.net

Pickup Instant Delivery

How it works: Founded by Dallas mom and CEO Brenda Stoner, Pickup uses Good Guys—off-duty

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e know. You’re busy. And it can be a struggle to get everything done—from cleaning the house to getting all the laundry done (it seems like a daily chore since baby arrived). But these five local services promise to ease that burden. They’ll pick up the swing you scored on the Facebook online garage/yard sale, wash all those onesies, even repair that clanking sound in your car while it sits in your driveway so that you can tick other tasks off your to-do list. (Note: Tipping is not included and is completely optional.)


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firefighters, veterans and military personnel— to pick up the étagère you won on the neighborhood Facebook garage sale and deliver it to the foyer. Why new moms love it: Good Guys can pack boxes, hook up appliances, assemble the crib and rearrange furniture too, for $1/minute. Best for: Moms with newborns who aren’t venturing out yet or those with multiple infant and booster seats who can’t squeeze one more thing in their vehicles. Cost: $49 for one Good Guy within 10 miles; price varies by number of guys, type of furniture, distance and stairs. Get started: Download the free app for Android and iOS. Available throughout Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant counties, 800/5602168; pickupnow.com

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TaskRabbit

How it works: On-demand taskers do almost anything—from holding your place in line at the DMV to building a bookcase in your daughter’s room. Choose a vetted and insured Tasker according to skills, reviews and hourly rate; pay when the job is complete. Why new moms love it: The live chat allows you to further customize chores and view receipts for reimbursement. Best for: Moms whose daily to-do lists seem to grow exponentially. Cost: Prices vary by taskers’ individual hourly rates. Get started: Download the free app for Android and iOS. Available in Addison, Carrollton, Farmers Branch, Dallas, Garland, Irving and Mesquite; taskrabbit.com

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How it works: Request quotes from vetted, experienced (at least 10 years) local mechanics, then choose based on price and ratings. They come to your home or wherever you may be to replace brake pads, repair the alternator or perform hundreds of other fixes. Why new moms love it: Come-to-you mechanics are available seven days a week, 7am–9pm, and there’s a 12-month or 12,000-mile warranty on all work done. Best for: Moms who’ve skipped routine tuneups because they can’t spend time sitting at the auto body shop. Cost: Labor rates from $60/hour plus cost of parts. Get started: Book online or download the free app for iOS. Available throughout Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant counties, 844/249-6752; yourmechanic.com ●

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Third-Time Mom: Ashley Rader

shley Rader, 38, didn’t think she would ever have kids. But that all changed when she met husband of five years, Jeremiah. Together, the couple has three girls—Georgia, 4, Paige, 2 and Harlow, 11 months—and Rader Renovations, a full-service residential construction and remodeling company in East Dallas. Rader, the owner, founder and general contractor (Jeremiah works in commercial construction), says home life sometimes resembles a happy “crazy town” as a working mom of three. DID YOU AND JEREMIAH WANT A BIG FAMILY? Until I

met Jeremiah, I didn’t want kids. I just didn’t see them in my future. Something automatically changed when we met and fell in love. I went from not wanting any children to wanting a big family.

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WHAT’S IT LIKE OWNING A BUSINESS AND BEING A MOM?

Once we decided we wanted a big family, I knew I needed to make a switch in my career. At the time, I was working in commercial construction which is 24/7. I knew I would continue to work but needed to find a more familyfriendly and flexible environment. About a year before Georgia was born, I founded my own residential construction company, Rader Renovations. Now, my clients are moms. They totally get it and understand the demands of being a working mom. HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN A BALANCE? I never valued time

like I do now. Every minute of every day is calculated. I work to make the most of every minute, whether it’s at work, with Jeremiah or a girlfriend, or with the kids. I make a concerted effort to stop work each day at 5:30pm. I go to every school function and don’t work on Saturdays, Sundays or holidays. YOU SEEM TO HAVE THE BALANCE THING DOWN, BUT DO YOU EVER FEEL MOMMY GUILT WHEN YOU’RE WORKING? I

know that my hard work is part of what helps provide for our family. Working also makes me a better mother and hopefully a role model for my daughters. I often think about the example I want to set for my girls. And who knows? Maybe I’m building a business that they could eventually take over one day. I also recognize that in order to be a good parent and wife, my personal sanity is more important now than ever.

WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST ADJUSTMENT GOING FROM TWO GIRLS TO THREE? Three

is exponentially harder. We are now officially outnumbered. Jeremiah and I both feel this constant struggle with making sure each child is getting individualized attention. HOW DO YOU MAKE SURE THAT EACH OF YOUR GIRLS IS GETTING WHAT THEY NEED FROM YOU? It’s definitely a struggle.

Jeremiah and I regularly plan individual “dates” with each child. AND HOW DOES JEREMIAH HANDLE HIS ROLE IN A FEMALE-DOMINATED HOUSEHOLD? Well, in the last year,

he bought two four-wheelers, a motorcycle and a truck. Clearly, he needed a dose of testosterone, an understandable response to the sparkles, glitter and Barbies in our home. Seriously though, he is the best dad. He’s super involved and loves his time with his girls. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE OTHER EXPANDING FAMILIES? It is going to be more

difficult, but it’s so worth it. And I think there’s an advantage to having them close together. It’s hard when they are all young, but they will grow up together and be friends. Plus, neither Jeremiah nor I require much sleep. We’re pretty energetic naturally. In fact, I can’t drink caffeine or I won’t sleep.

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I love to browse 2 Shea Baby in the Lakewood area for baby clothes. It’s such a cool store and the staff is so thoughtful. I bought Magnetic Me onepieces for Harlow. How did I not know about this with my first two girls? It’s a total game changer. It makes dressing an infant so easy.

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When I have time to relax, I enjoy a glass of B Side Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa.

3 We love Highland Park Cafeteria in Casa Linda. Its super family friendly, healthy and convenient, and all three of the kids like it. 4 William + Violet monogrammed backpacks (and really everything) made my life easier as a mom of three girls. 5 Netflix is my favorite indulgence, although recently I stayed up until 2am binge watching Queen of the South. Then Harlow woke up at 5am.

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And when a friend has a baby, I always provide dinner for the whole family. There’s nothing more needed than a meal that you don’t have to cook.

8 We organize three kids’ stuff in The Container Store bins, built-in shelves and cubbies, and we have the less-ismore philosophy. We do not have an endless amount of toys. I really want my girls to value what they have. ●

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Best for Families: Dining + Destinations Readers’ favorites for where to eat and play with babies and big kids

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ur annual Best for Families: Dining + Destinations winners, which appeared in DallasChild, FortWorthChild and NorthTexasChild magazines in December 2016, and voted on by you (our readers), aims to satisfy the kids’ cravings for Tex-Mex, help you answer what’s for dinner or create an itinerary for the weekend. Revisit tried-and-true favorites, or branch out to get a taste of some of the newbies in the winner’s circle.

True Food Kitchen, Dallas and Plano; truefoodkitchen.com // Spiral Diner & Bakery, Dallas, Denton and Fort Worth; spiraldiner.com // VERTS Mediterranean Grill, Dallas, Denton and Plano; eatverts.com // Modern Market, Multiple locations; modernmarket.com

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TRUE FOOD KITCHEN, SPIRAL DINER & BAKERY, VERTS MEDITERRANEAN GRILL AND MODERN MARKET

True Food Kitchen boasts lots of vegan, vegetarian and glutenfree pizzas, salads, sandwiches and more. Try one of the freshly squeezed juices, and order the kiddos an almond butter, banana and apple sandwich or a grass-fed burger, both served with carrots and tzatziki sauce on the side. The vegan menu at Spiral Diner offers taco salad filled with Mexican quinoa and 38

avocado and veggie wraps bursting with greens. Get the kids a pickle sandwich and a homemade banana shake. Customize pitas, wraps, salads and rice bowls at VERTS, most of which add up to less than 600 calories. Or take the family to Modern Market where the menu has something for everyone, including those with allergies, sensitivities, intolerances and meat-free diets. The kids’ menu features nitrate-free pepperoni pizza and a hormoneand antibiotic-free chicken dinner plate.

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BREADWINNERS, BLUE MESA GRILL AND BL ACK WALNUT CAFE

The NorthPark Breadwinners location backs up to CenterPark Garden, the perfect spot for kids to run wild before sitting down to order pancakes with chocolate chips, breakfast tacos or a jalapeño bacon BLT. At Blue Mesa Grill, kids age 5 and younger eat free every Sunday 9am–3pm, and Mom and Dad, you get a free mimosa. And Black Walnut Cafe serves up monthly coffee and gelato specials, plus amaz-

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ing sirloin steak benedict with cayenne citrus hollandaise. Breadwinners, locations in Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano and Trophy Club; breadwinnerscafe.com // Blue Mesa Grill, Multiple locations; bluemesagrill.com // Black Walnut Cafe, Multiple locations; blackwalnutcafe.com

Best Burger Joints

TWISTED ROOT BURGER CO. AND MOOYAH

Opt for one of Twisted Root’s fancy burgers made with beef, turkey, buffalo, vegan or seasonal game, which may include emu, gator or beaver (meats vary by location and availability). Get the kids homemade root beer and treat yourself to an adult milkshake such as Oreo and amaretto. Or stick to the more traditional burgers at MOOYAH and add a mint chocolate chip Oreo shake for dessert. Twisted Root Burger Co., Multiple locations; twistedrootburgerco.com // MOOYAH, Multiple locations; mooyah.com

Best Pizza Places

CAMPISI’S, CANE ROSSO AND MELLOW MUSHROOM

Families love the famous cheese pizza (which is also available with a gluten-free crust) and the homey atmosphere: Kids can go into the kitchen to build their own pizzas at Campisi’s. At Cane Rosso, you pick from the more than 20 Napoletana pies on the menu, many baked with house-made mozzarella, and let kids watch the chefs stretch the dough, slide the pizza into the wood-burning oven and cook it in less than 90 seconds. Mellow Mushroom also puts on a show: Order the Kosmic Karma, a red sauce base with feta,

mozzarella, tomatoes and pesto swirl and send the kiddos to watch as the dough gets kneaded and twirled. Ask about the glutenfree menu and vegan crusts; each kids’ meal comes with apples or broccoli. Campisi’s, Multiple locations; campisis.us // Cane Rosso, Multiple locations; canerosso. com // Mellow Mushroom, Multiple locations; mellowmushroom.com

Best Mexican Restaurants

MI COCINA, JOE T. GARCIA’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT AND CHUY’S

Mi Cocina has a family-friendly vibe and an assortment of options, including spinach enchiladas, crispy tacos, pork tamales and more traditional fare such as fajitas and quesadillas. Plus, the gluten-free menu offers everything from queso and soup to tacos and flan. In Fort Worth? The enormous garden with plenty of space for the kids to roam is worth the wait at Joe T. Garcia’s. We recommend the Family-Style Dinner, which comes with cheese nachos, enchiladas and beef tacos. There might also be a wait at Chuy’s. Let the kids watch as dough gets rolled and flattened at the tortilla station before indulging in cheese quesadillas or a kid burrito; the patio seating is perfect for families with little ones. Mi Cocina, Multiple locations; micocinarestaurants.com // Joe T. Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant, Fort Worth; joetgarcias.com // Chuy’s, Multiple locations; chuys.com

Best Barbecue Joints PECAN LODGE AND HARD EIGHT BARBECUE

At Pecan Lodge, order smoked brisket or ribs by the pound, then select from sides such as mac and cheese, fried okra, and coleslaw. We suggest going on a weekend to catch live music on the patio. Or let kids roam at laid-back Hard Eight, the barbecue joint serving lots of meats, including brisket, kabobs, chicken, ribeye and ham or turkey with a side of mac and cheese for the little ones (there’s no official kids’ menu). Pecan Lodge, Dallas, pecanlodge.com // Hard Eight Barbecue, Coppell, Roanoke and The Colony; hardeightbbq.com

Best Places to Grab Family Dinners On the Go

EATZI’S, CENTRAL MARKET AND ZOËS KITCHEN

Head to the Chef’s Corner at EatZi’s for made-daily, takeand-bake selections such as meat lasagna to feed your brood (portions feed up to five people). Round out the meal with options that include fruits, salads, soups and sides like mac and cheese. Or pop in to the nearest Central Market for the Grab & Go section, which offers fresh, healthy and quick family-size salads and casseroles like baked ziti. Another way to simplify dinner? Zoës’ Mediterranean Family Meal, which comes in portions to feed 3–6 people and includes your choice of entrees and sides.

EatZi’s, Multiple locations; eatzis.com // Central Market, Multiple locations; centralmarket.com // Zoës Kitchen, Multiple locations; zoeskitchen.com

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Best Children’s Theaters DALLAS CHILDREN’S THEATER, CASA MAÑANA THEATRE AND STUDIO B PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Get tickets for one (or more) of the seven performances in the 2017–2018 season that are suitable for ages 5 and older at DCT. Shows include classics like A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show and Jungalbook, an adaptation of The Jungle Book. Enroll kiddos comfortable in the spotlight in one of DCT’s academy classes, which are offered to preschoolers on up. Casa Mañana offers five children’s shows throughout the year but also lets your kids, 3-4 years old, get involved with Broadway Babies and kids in grades 2–5, in Musical Theatre Dance. At Studio B, kids can take the stage or a seat as well. Age-appropriate classes and workshops for those 4 and older can put littles in the spotlight; 10 productions throughout the year provide plenty of familyfriendly entertainment. Dallas Children’s Theater, Dallas; dct.org // Casa Mañana Theatre, Fort Worth; casamanana.org // Studio B Performing Arts Center, Lewisville; studiobtheater.com

Best Places to Explore Science or History PEROT MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE (main image, p. 49) AND FORT WORTH MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND HISTORY

Spend the day exploring a myriad of exhibits—from dinosaurs to DNA at the Perot. Visit the sports hall where kiddos can race a virtual cheetah, or wan40

der to the innovation hall to build a model skyscraper. Let littles ages 5 and younger loose in the Moody Family Children’s Museum to climb a mini version of downtown Dallas, play at the water tables or sit around a child-size campsite. Head to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History to see the Hidden Treasures Exhibit, a collection of the museum’s favorite artifacts; a weekly program for preschoolers ages 3–5; and informal, discovery-based Saturday classes for school-age kids.

and building like an architect. While at the museum, check out one of the Art to Go Family Totes filled with activities to help you interactively explore exhibits together or attend one of the monthly family workshops. The Kimbell Art Museum has familyfriendly down to a fine art too. Let toddlers to tweens carry a gallery guide complete with picture cards and fun facts to inspire family discussions, available for all permanent exhibits. Kid-friendly audio tour headsets are available at the visitor services desk. And the Pictures and Pages program for preschoolers and parents includes story time and masterpiece creations.

Perot Museum of Nature & Science, Dallas; perotmuseum.org // Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Fort Worth; fwmuseum.org

Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; dma.org // Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth; kimbellart.org

Best Art Museums

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DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART AND KIMBELL ART MUSEUM

Take the whole crew to the children’s gallery—for ages infant to 8—at the DMA. The updated space (which was completed in May 2016) allows littles to delve into art by creating original works

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Best Places for Animal Encounters The Dallas Zoo offers ways to interact with animals, including pony rides and bird feedings through the Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo. Sign up for the Family Safari Night Hike, a three-hour journey that unveils the nightlife of various creatures for kids


ages 5 and older. Or register for a 90-minute Backstage Safari program, where you’ll feed apples to an elephant and meet an endangered penguin. Visit the Fort Worth Zoo to find the Texas Wild petting corral, where kids can interact with domestic goats, chickens, tortoises, and a Texas longhorn. Make reservations for a penguin tour, where you’ll meet African penguins in the VIP area.

middle of the mall. At Grapevine Mills, entertainment can be an all-day affair, with the Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium, LEGOLAND, The Discovery Center, AMC Theater and Fieldhouse USA all under one roof. If that’s not enough, the Simon Kidgits Club program provides kid-friendly events throughout the year.

Dallas Zoo, Dallas; dallaszoo.com // Fort Worth Zoo, Fort Worth; fortworthzoo.org

NorthPark Center, Dallas; northparkcenter.com // Grapevine Mills, Grapevine; simon.com/mall/grapevine-mills

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Best Places to Get Outdoors

NORTHPARK CENTER AND GRAPEVINE MILLS

Twenty walkable gardens, including the interactive Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, lots of places to picnic and special events make the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden a

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Dallas; dallasarboretum. org // Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, Fort Worth; fwbg.org // Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, Lewisville; llela.unt.edu ●

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Little ones won’t complain about shopping at NorthPark after a trip to the Disney Store, BuildA-Bear Workshop or The LEGO Store. Stop by Bookmarks, a Dallas public library, to participate in regular story times, yoga sessions and craft projects for ages infant and older. And let kids burn energy in CenterPark Garden, the green space in the

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great place to get family-friendly fresh air year-round. Visit Nov. 13–Dec. 31 to see The 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit; at night, the gardens sparkle with 500,000 holiday lights. And reserve a spot for one of the springtime family overnights, where parents and kids ages 5–12 take a night hike, make seed bombs and more. At the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens’ 16 gardens, take advantage of Family Discovery Days, educational gardening experiences for parents and kids. For the littlest visitors, try Little Sprouts, a program allowing children as young as 18 months to participate in sensory garden encounters. Or get active at LLELA, where hiking trails (which vary in difficulty), kayaking tours and fishing spots let you explore Lewisville Lake in different ways as a family.

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2 Shea Baby // 6224 La Vista Drive, Dallas, 469/914-6769 // 2sheababy.com

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Tone It Up Workouts, free // toneitup.com Piattello Italian Kitchen // 5924 Convair Drive, Suite 412, Fort Worth; 817/349-0484 // piattelloitaliankitchen.com Mi Cocina // Multiple locations // micocinarestaurants.com

B Side Cabernet Sauvignon, from $27.99 // Multiple locations (Total Wine & More, Sam’s Club, Albertsons) // bsidewines.com

The Wonder Weeks App, $1.99 Apple App Store and Google Play // thewonderweeks.com

Highland Park Cafeteria // 1200 N. Buckner Blvd., Dallas; 214/324-5000 // highlandparkcafeteria.com

Moms on Call Scheduler App, $3.99 // Apple App Store and Google Play // momsoncall.com

Monogramming by William + Violet, from $10 // williamandviolet.com

Baby by Design // 4806 Camp Bowie Blvd., Suite 101, Fort Worth; 817/731-0440 // shopbabybydesign.com

Queen of the South // Available for purchase or streaming at multiple locations (Netflix, Amazon Prime) // usanetwork.com Wallies Chalkboard Monthly Calendar, $24.99 // wallies.com

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TULA Eye Renewal Serum, $68 // tula.com

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Babble

WORDS WENDY MANWARREN GENERES ILLUSTRATION MARY DUNN

retying the knot

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cott and I spent the year prior to kids living abroad, traveling all the time and connecting on a deep level. I would say that we were the strongest we have ever been as a couple after that magical year. Everyone says you grow stronger after kids, and after giving birth to Genevieve, I would say that was true. Sure we had the occasional disagreement, but we felt like we were the perfect team to take on this new adventure. After Graydon’s arrival 14 months ago, however, the connection that’s been strong since we met, tugged, stretched, even broke. Caring for two little ones, working full time, traveling for work and still trying to maintain friendships took a toll on our marriage. When it came to the two of us, there was no time, no sex and no connecting. Fortunately, we recognized this early and have spent the last several months diligently working on reconnecting not as Genevieve and Graydon’s mom and dad but as Scott and Wendy. First, we didn’t want either one of us to feel like we were doing it all so we sat down and divvied up the household responsibilities such as cooking (grocery shopping has gone to delivery!), dogs, laundry and dishes and hired a cleaning service. We switch off duties weekly so neither one of us resents always meal planning or folding and putting away the clean clothes. Intimacy was the next hurdle we had to conquer. This was defi46

nitely more an issue for me than for Scott. It’s not that I didn’t want to be intimate with him; I just wanted to sleep more. I’ve also developed some insecurities with my post-baby body. I know. I know. I need to be happy in my own skin, but this is so hard for me. I’ve always been fit. I ran marathons, trained for triathlons and worked fitness into my schedule no matter how busy I got—before and after Genevieve. After Graydon, that all changed. I felt like I never had time to work out, and when I attempted the at-home workouts, dogs or kids always interrupted. All this explanation and excuse to say that it’s hard to feel sexy when I’m unhappy with my undressed self. I’m working on this now too— and so is Scott. We’ve set an endof-the-year goal for ourselves to get back into shape. We joined the same gym (one with child care), we get out of bed at the same time (regardless of whose turn it is to work out; the other one chisels away at some of those divide-and-conquer duties

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I mentioned above) and we run together (with the kids) on the weekend. It’s helping with the reconnection too since we met while training for a marathon. And we’re making intimacy dates. Sounds a little unromantic, I know. But it works. Just like date nights or weekends away, intimacy gets a place on the calendar. By doing that, we make it a commitment. We’re also setting up more quality time to spend as a couple. When we were dating, we loved taking spontaneous hikes and last-minute day trips. Time together now is planned—even if it means having a glass of wine and snuggling on the couch for 30 minutes after the kids go to sleep. And while we can’t not talk about the kids, we’re mindful not to let them consume our time together. Time alone has also taken priority. Once a week, we give each other some time to refresh and do something all by ourselves. I like perusing local antique malls, and Scott loves dabbling in photography. Sounds counterproductive to reconnecting, but the solo time provides necessary recharging that makes us better as a couple and as a family. So Scott and I are still a work in progress in terms of our reconnection post kids. We’re far from perfect, but honestly, that’s not what we’re striving to be. We’re happy to be that connected team we once were. And we’re getting there. ●


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