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VOLUME 29 ISSUE 1

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Pregnancy 8 Mom-To-Be: Jillian Terrell A trend manager talks styling for baby

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The Name Game

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Run On

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Best for Soon-To-Be Moms

The local baby name trends dominating North Texas in 2018 Myths about running while pregnant

Our readers’ favorite hospitals, childbirth classes and more

Baby Mom: 22 New Jenny Anchondo

The Fox 4 reporter is back on the air after baby

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Beating the Blues

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What’s Your Parenting Style?

PPD is normal—and treatable

Take our just-for-fun quiz

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Best for Moms & Babies Favorites from local moms

Family Mom: 34 Second-Time Nasiba Adilova

The style star balances The Tot with her two tots

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columnS 46 Babble The Upside Down of Parenting

creative director lauren niebes

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Resources

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Traveling With Tots

Advertising

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ASSISTANT EDITOR

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Editorial

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Baby & Me Bathrooms

katie garza

The best family bathrooms in town Three mini-retreats with baby in tow

Where to find local mommies’ must-haves

On the Cover: Lynnlee of Lake Dallas Photography: Cindy James

A first-time mom embraces her dark side words Jessica Myers

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Prepare yourself. Baby is coming. With every positive pregnancy test comes some uncertainty. We’ve got your back, with a wealth of resources: • Safe sleep tips • Your baby’s milestones • Pediatrician finder cookchildrens.org/newborn


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I N T E R V I E W K E L LY W O O L E Y PHOTOGRAPHY EMILEE PRADO

Mom-To-Be: Jillian Terrell

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allas dweller Jillian Terrell lives and breathes fashion. With a resume that includes styling, marketing and trend direction for Balenciaga and JCPenney, she’s currently the trend manager at Michaels. As if she didn’t get enough of her love for style at her full-time job, Terrell spends her spare time editing her fashion and lifestyle blog, Drastically Appropriate. Now she’s looking forward to dressing a “mini me”: she and her husband, Chris, are expecting their first, a girl. PREGNANCY—LOVE IT OR HATE IT? Honestly, I’ve been miser-

able. I’ve been in and out of the hospital with a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum. It causes severe nausea, vomiting and dehydration. I’m also really short so there’s not much room for her to move around, especially as I get closer to my due date. WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF?

I am really big into manicures and pedicures and getting my hair done. One of my friends told me that pregnancy can be a lonely thing so I’ve been doing everything I can to maintain who I was before I got pregnant. I still see girlfriends, and Chris and I still have date nights. Mentally, I feel great. WHAT’S BEEN YOUR FAVORITE PART OF BEING PREGNANT SO FAR? My mom and I have always

been close; she’s my absolute best friend so it’s been fun to bond on a different level with her. She’s also my design partner

so decorating the nursery with her has been really special. HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT HOW YOU PLAN TO MAINTAIN A WORK-LIFE BALANCE? I love my

job and definitely plan to continue to work. I’m so lucky that Chris is an extremely involved and supportive husband. He has a lot of flexibility with his job so between Chris, my parents (who just bought a house around the corner) and his parents, who live in Allen, I know I will have a strong support network. FULL-TIME JOB, HUSBAND AND BABY … WHAT ABOUT THE BLOG? I still plan to blog.

My focus may shift some but it’s such a great outlet for me. I’ve recently started following other bloggers who seem to have done a really great job of adjusting the baby to their lives instead of doing the opposite. Amy Havins of Dallas Wardrobe and Amber Fillerup [Clark] of Barefoot Blonde are two that I’ve really enjoyed following.

LET’S TALK ABOUT THE NURSERY. WHAT’S THE VIBE OR THEME? Chris and I both

have a pretty eclectic style so we tried to bring that into the nursery as well. We mixed the more traditional Pottery Barn pieces with things from Michaels, West Elm and World Market. We kept it pretty gender-neutral, using whites and grays, in case we need to use it again for another baby. Our one splurge and genderspecific item is a custom velvet plush rocker that just arrived. It’s amazing. ANY FAVORITE BABY CLOTHING STORES OR BRANDS? Being

in the fashion industry, I probably know too much. Organic cotton is such a big thing now but does it really matter? You could research all day long. I do really like the Target Cloud Island brand. KicKee Pants pajamas are also incredibly soft and cuddly. WHAT HAS BEEN THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE RECEIVED? There’s so much

research and information out there. But, what’s resonated with me most is the idea of fitting her into our lives and not completely changing who we are just because we’re parents now. Editor’s note: Rory Scout Terrell was born on Feb. 7, a short time after this interview. Congratulations to the Terrells on their healthy little one. s/s 2018 | dallas-fortworthbaby

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Jillian’s Pregnancy Must-Haves 1

I loved reading Expecting Better by Emily Oster. She’s a renowned economist who wanted to make informed decisions about raising her kids based on facts and research. I also just ordered Bringing Up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman and plan to read it while on maternity leave.

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3 I am so thankful that supercute flats are trendy right now! I have stocked up on Sam Edelman and Jeffrey Campbell slip-ons and loafers. 4 For beauty, I love Mama Mio products. Their face wash and boob tube are awesome! 5 I have gone through about five bottles of Bio-Oil to prevent any stretch marks or skin irritation as my bump grows.

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When it comes to local restaurants, Chris and I are creatures of habit. You will find us rotating between Mi Cocina, Taverna and The Porch on a weekly basis. ●

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6 I didn’t realize I could use a heating pad until I was already in my fifth month, but it has been a lifesaver for my back ever since.


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The Name Game

What local parents are naming their tots

Star Power

Plenty of folks take cues from celebrities when it comes to naming their kiddos, but some North Texas parents use their baby’s name to pay homage to icons from decades past. Classic Hollywood sirens are getting some love, with Marilyn and Harlow making the list for little girls, while rock icons like Jagger and Hendrix are on the rise for boys.

Location, Location, Location

Some new parents are honoring the place of their child’s conception … or perhaps mourning the vacations they can’t take once baby arrives. City-themed names are booming this year— particularly Brooklyn, Kingston and London. Some parents are even venturing into outer space with interplanetary names like Luna, Moon, Nova and Stella.

Hail to the Chief

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Obama walked our runway last year, but plenty of other names from POTUS past are trending. The most popular choices are unisex options like Kennedy, Reagan, Madison, Taylor and Lincoln. Absent from the list? Despite a presidential library in Dallas, the name Bush hasn’t made an impression on local parents-to-be.

Earth Babies

An emerging trend for North Texas baby names are flora and fauna-themed monikers. For your future earth child, look to unisex words like River, Rainn and Phoenix. Floral names like Lily, Rose and Meadow dominate for girls, while boys earn their nature cred with monosyllabic choices like Fox and Leif.

Literary Odes

When David and Victoria Beckham named their daughter Harper after To Kill A Mockingbird novelist Harper Lee, we

knew it was just a matter of time before literary-inspired names received a massive popularity boost. Harper is now in esteemed company alongside book protagonist names like Scarlett, Sawyer and Zooey. Trendy Layla takes inspiration from the historical poem by Nizami Ganjavi (and perhaps the modern stylings of Eric Clapton), while Arya gets some love thanks to Game of Thrones.

Royal Titles

Everyone wants their child to feel like a prince or princess— but some North Texas parents are taking it a step further. Even before Beyonce and Jay-Z had their twins, the name Sir was on the rise for boys. Also big are the lofty titles King and Major, while Princess and Reign are the standouts for girls.

Unique Takes

Giving a traditional name a nontraditional spelling is a way for parents to be classic and cutting-edge at the same time. We found Jaymes listed alongside James, Aleczandir in the mix with Alexander, and an equal number of young boys named Jackson and a more creative version, Jaxon. The presidentialinspired Kennedy has spawned multiple variations, including Kennady and Kennedi. ●

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ne of the most fun—and stressful—experiences during pregnancy is choosing what to name your child. If you’re a mom-to-be in need of a little inspiration, look no further. We may not be the Census Bureau, but we analyzed our 2017 Model Search participant list to see which monikers are popular right now for North Texas kids. Read on for the hottest baby name trends in town.


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Run On The truth about running while pregnant

Far too often, however, women give up running as soon as they see double pink lines. Some are afraid that if they continue to run throughout their 40 weeks of gestation, they risk sabotaging the pregnancy. While others are told by well-meaning, but uninformed friends and family members that running will cause irreparable harm to the fetus. Unfortunately, there are a multitude of unfounded myths regarding exercise during pregnancy, usually based on one or more common myths about running specifically.

pregnant women who engage in a safe, noncontact form of moderate exercise, like running, are at increased risk for miscarriage.

Myth: Pregnant women who

Myth: Pregnant women

REALITY: At least 1 in 5 pregnancies ends in miscarriage regardless of whether a woman exercises during her pregnancy or not. There is no convincing evidence indicating that

REALITY: According to a 2002 American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) study, which was reaffirmed in 2009, pregnant

exercise increase their chances of having a miscarriage.

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Myth: Pregnant women who exercise increase their chances of giving birth preterm.

REALITY: This is one of the more common myths. In actuality, the opposite appears to be true. Studies have suggested that exercise will in fact decrease, rather than increase, the chances of preterm birth.

should not start an exercise program if they weren’t exercising prior to getting pregnant.

women can start an exercise program at any time during their pregnancy as long as they build up gradually and listen to their bodies.

Myth: Pregnant women

should keep their heart rate under 140 beats per minute at all times, including during exercise. REALITY: ACOG abandoned recommendations that pregnant women limit their heart rates years ago because heart rates can vary so widely in response to exercise. The current recommendation is to use the Borg Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE) rather than heart rate as the measure of exercise intensity. The Borg RPE system utilizes a scale with a lowest level of 6, which signifies no exertion at all, and a highest level of 20, which signifies maximal exertion. ACOG recommends pregnant women stay within the 12–14 range on the Borg RPE scale, which correlates to a “somewhat to moderately hard” level of exertion.

Myth: Pregnant women

should not work out more than three times per week.

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h, running. It’s a love-hate relationship, we admit. (Mostly love … really!) Like millions, we enjoy the health benefits associated with running, but even more than that, we run because it’s a part of who we are. Running is not just exercise—it’s a lifestyle.


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WATER AEROBICS

REALITY: The Centers for REALITY: According to a 2002 is not aware of any reports Disease Control and PrevenACOG report, a woman’s interthat hyperthermia, or elevated tion (CDC) and the American nal body temperature increases body temperature, associated College of Sports Medicine by 1.5 degrees in the first 30 with exercise will result in birth (ACSM) both recommend at minutes of moderate exercise defects in humans. least 30 minutes of moderate exercise Myth: Women who on most, if not all, run during pregnancy days of the week are subjecting their for healthy adults. unborn child to the ACOG has said that Fitness impact equivalent of even though women Your Way a car accident each experience profound If running isn’t your forte, there are other time that they go out anatomical and safe options for getting a prenatal workout. for a run. physiologic changes Oh Baby! Fitness’ pregnancy water aeroduring pregnancy, REALITY: Babies are bics start at $18 per class. // Texas Health this recommendaactually protected Huguley Fitness Center, 11801 South tion from the CDC Freeway, Burleson, 817/568-3131; Texas very well while and ACSM can and Health Finley Ewing Cardiovascular & developing inside should be followed Fitness Center, 5721 Phoenix Drive, Dallas, mom. The uterus has by otherwise healthy 972/251-0888; ohbabyfitness.com thick, muscular walls pregnant women. Soon-to-be moms are welcome to Oak and the amniotic fluid Point Recreation Center’s shallow water completely surrounds aerobics classes. $45 ($49 nonresident) Myth: Women the baby, cradling her for eight sessions. Contact Marny Tackett who exercise during inside the womb. The at 972/941-7540. // 6000 Jupiter Road, pregnancy give abdominal muscles ofPlano; planoparks.org birth to low-birthfer additional support The Baylor Tom Landry Health and weight babies. and insulation as well. Wellness Center offers prenatal yoga It would take a severe Saturdays at 10:30am. Free for members; REALITY: The eviphysical blow to $30 per class for nonmembers. Contact dence suggests that overwhelm all of these Vennie Jones at 214/820-8177. // 411 low birth weight is defenses and cause N. Washington Ave., Suite 1900, Dallas; not a problem for injury to the baby. landryfitness.com pregnant women Medical City Plano offers prenatal who exercise as Tim Gargiulo is a foryoga classes every Monday from long as they avoid mer nationally ranked 6–7:15pm for $10 per session or $60 calorie restriction road racer and finalist for six classes (with a complimentary and continue to yoga mat!). // 3901 W. 15th St., Plano, at 5000 meters in the consume a healthy 972/519-1251; medicalcityplano.com 1996 U.S. Olympic diet that includes an Trials. His wife, Oh Baby! Fitness’ pregnancy yoga adequate amount Elizabeth Stevensonclasses at Texas Health Harris Methodof calories. Women ist Hospital Fort Worth start at $20 per Gargiulo, has been who exercise do, class. // 6100 Harris Parkway, Fort Worth, in private practice 972/345-5212; ohbabyfitness.com however, generally as an obstetrician/ give birth to healthy, gynecologist in Dallas Fit4Mom prenatal fitness classes include leaner babies that for nearly 16 years strength training, cardiovascular workhave less fat. outs and more, with locations in west and has taken care McKinney, west Allen, Frisco, Prosper and of dozens of women Little Elm. Contact Leslie at lesliecuevas@ who ran during their Myth: If a fit4mom.com. // mckinney.fit4mom.com pregnancies. She is a pregnant woman veteran of nine maraexercises to the point thons and ran through of sweating, she has her entire pregnancy. For more and will stay at that level for raised her body temperature information on Elizabeth Steventhe next 30 minutes of exercise too high and is causing damage son-Gargiulo and her work, visit due to the body’s ability to to her unborn child. parklaneobgyn.com. ● cool itself by sweating. ACOG YOGA TRAINING

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Best for Soon-to-Be Moms Our readers’ top picks for all things childbirth

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o give your pregnancy brain a break from researching everything, we polled our readers to find their favorite local resources for moms-to-be, from childbirth classes to doulas. Here are the winners—consider it our baby shower gift to you. (These resources originally appeared in the February issues of CollinChild, DallasChild, FortWorthChild and NorthTexasChild magazines.) Best Childbirth Class

TEXAS HEALTH RESOURCES

Texas Health Resources’ six- toeight-hour Prepared Childbirth course covers the stages of labor, comfort measures, anatomy and the medical interventions of which you may or may not decide to take advantage. Register online for a one-time Saturday course or three-session weekday course. Stuck on bed rest? Prepared Childbirth is offered online too. Multiple locations; texashealth.org

Best Hospitals To Have a Baby

COLLIN COUNTY // TEXAS HEALTH PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL PLANO

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intensive care nursery, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano takes care of you and baby in all stages of your birthing experience. Nurses bring you and Dad a complimentary steak and lobster dinner (vegetarian and vegan options available) and shareable dessert after delivery. Once baby arrives, an in-house lactation consultant helps you get the hang of breastfeeding, and the Mother’s Gift Shop offers breast pumps and equipment for rent. From 1–4pm, the postpartum unit dims the lights for quiet time so you can bond with your baby and catch up on sleep. 6200 W. Parker Road, Plano, 972/981-8000; texashealth.org/ plano-baby

DALLAS COUNTY // TEXAS HEALTH PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL DALLAS

The nurses, doctors and midwives of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas help you achieve the birth you desire. Request birthing balls, labor bars and rooms with tubs for alternative labor support, and if a C-section is necessary, opt for a gentle cesarean, which uses clear drapes instead of blue so you can see baby the moment she arrives. The in-hospital spa service pampers moms with a soakless manicure and pedicure plus a hand and foot massage. For ultimate relaxation, book a luxury suite that includes a fridge, coffee machine, floral arrangements, spa products and concierge services. 8200 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, 214/345-6789; texashealth.org/ dallas-baby

DENTON COUNTY // TEXAS HEALTH PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL FLOWER MOUND

Local mamas trust Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound with their labor and delivery care, and it’s easy to see why. From private labor suites equipped with birthing peanuts and labor bars to the level II


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neonatal intensive care unit to breastfeeding support, the hospital takes care of your every need before and after baby arrives. That includes the need for privacy— bond with your new bundle during Serenity Time, a daily two-hour window without visitors, testing or other interruptions.

feeling up to attending classes, take advantage of the center’s lending library of birthing and parenting books and DVDs.

4400 Long Prairie Road, Flower Mound, 469/322-7000; texashealthflowermound.com

Nearly 4,000 baby footprints adorn the walls of Birth and Women’s Center, a testament to all the local moms who’ve trusted the center’s certified nurse-

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TARRANT COUNTY // TEXAS HEALTH HARRIS METHODIST HOSPITAL FORT WORTH

Moms-to-be choose Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth because they like options. Water birth? No problem. Want to see the birth of your child, even during a C-section? Absolutely! The gentle cesarean will let you experience that magical moment. Whether you’d like nitrous oxide during labor, or you want that epidural ASAP, the hospital will work with you to achieve your ideal birth— and offer pre- and postpartum support through yoga classes, childbirth classes, an on-site breastfeeding boutique and a mobile app. 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., Fort Worth, 817/250-2000; texashealth.org/fw-baby

Best Birthing Centers

COLLIN COUNTY // ALLEN BIRTHING CENTER

A home away from home for expecting mamas, Allen Birthing Center provides two birthing suites with a tub for water births, private bathroom, kitchen, four-poster bed and labor accoutrements (e.g., peanut pillows, oil diffusers and massage tools). New this year: Sign up for a free, one-hour baby-wearing class. If you’re not

406 Main St., Allen, 214/495-9918; allenbirthingcenter.com

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Who’s on Your Team?

A doula basically becomes Mom’s BFF, offering emotional and physical support. Depending on their specialty (there are antepartum, birth and postpartum doulas), they teach breathing techniques and positions to ease labor, advocate for Mom and her desired birth plan, and provide breastfeeding and around-the-house help during baby’s first days. Local doula services range from about $700 to upwards of $2,000 for more extensive care. Midwives are medically trained and licensed to deliver babies, administer medication and perform overall wellness exams. But, unlike your OB, midwives typically promote natural births and look after the overall health of the mother. Like other medical fees, what you can expect to pay a midwife depends on where and how you deliver—and how much your insurance covers.

midwives with their pregnancy and delivery care. Book a free tour of the center to see why so many Dallas babies have made their debuts there—if the fourposter bed, Jacuzzi tub, Victorian ambiance and fully stocked

kitchen don’t convince you, the low emergency C-section and hospital transfer rates will. 3100 Swiss Ave., Dallas, 214/821-8190; birthcenter.net

DENTON COUNTY // INANNA BIRTH AND WOMEN’S CARE

Since Inanna Birth and Women’s Care opened in 2006, over 1,500 North Texas babies have been delivered at the quaint Victorian-style birthing center, which has two birthing suites equipped with tubs (for relaxation or water birthing) and plenty of room for your loved ones. Staffed by certified nursemidwives, the center boasts low C-section and hospital transfer rates. Free tours are available most Saturdays at 2pm; call in advance to sign up. 1823 N. Locust St., Denton, 940/483-1569; inannabirth.com

TARRANT COUNTY // FORT WORTH BIRTHING & WELLNESS CENTER

Our readers appreciate the one-on-one care and compassionate culture at Fort Worth Birthing & Wellness Center. Staffed by four certified nurse-midwives, the birthing center combines modern furnishings with Cowtown accents and is home to two birthing rooms complete with tubs, birthing balls and stools, and en-suite kitchens. The center is both licensed and accredited and, unlike many birthing centers, performs on-site ultrasounds. In case of a medical emergency, laboring moms can easily be transferred to Harris Methodist downtown. 622 Hemphill St., Fort Worth, 817/878-2737; fwbirthcenter.com s/s 2018 | dallas-fortworthbaby

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BEST FOR SOON-TO-BE MOMS CONTINUED

COLLIN COUNTY // JESSIE PRIM, CONFIDENT BIRTHING

Repeat winner Jessie Prim has 34 years of experience helping moms feel confident about giving birth. She’s worked with single and multiple births, medicated and unmedicated, and she’s passionate about supporting mom before, during and after the baby arrives. Plano, 469/233-7525

DALLAS COUNTY // MELISSA ESPEY-MUELLER, NORTH DALLAS DOULA ASSOCIATES (image on page 17)

Readers have again voted Melissa Espey-Mueller the best doula in Dallas for her nearly two decades of creating connections with local families and empowering moms to advocate for themselves. She is the owner and founder of North Dallas Doula Associates, which provides doula services—plus placenta encapsulation, lactation support and more—to 400–500 families per year. Dallas-Fort Worth area, 469/360-3810; northdallasdoulas.com

DENTON COUNTY // MARIA POKLUDA, GREAT EXPECTATIONS BIRTH

After struggling with infertility, Maria Pokluda has been practicing as a doula for 13 years now and is the founder and owner of Great Expectations Birth. She’s also created her own doula certification company that trains women nationwide to become doulas. Pokluda’s most basic Simply Doula package costs $795, with add-ons such as childbirth education and postpartum care available. Dallas-Fort Worth area, 214/223-0226; greatexpectationsbirth.com

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TARRANT COUNTY // BARBARA DAVIS, BIRTH FORT WORTH

Mom of two Barbara Davis is dual certified as a birth and postpartum doula, and she’s a birthing class educator, placenta encapsulation specialist, trained breastfeeding educator and owner of Birth Fort Worth. After a free consultation, receive on-call labor support, a prenatal and postpartum in-home visit and guidance as you create your personalized birth plan. Add-ons like belly binding and placenta encapsulation are available too. Fort Worth area, 682/777-3932; birthfortworth.com

Best Midwives

COLLIN COUNTY // AMY GILES, ALLEN BIRTHING CENTER

The owner of Allen Birthing Center, certified nurse-midwife Amy Giles has made it her calling to help every woman feel empowered by her birth experience. And our readers know it too—a multiyear winner, Giles maintains her place at the top by providing nitrous oxide at her birthing center, acquiring midwife privileges at nearby Baylor Scott & White McKinney and evolving her center to meet a mother’s emotional, physical and mental health needs with a network of holistic health professionals. 406 Main St., Allen, 214/495-9918; allenbirthingcenter.com

DALLAS COUNTY // ADRIENNE JONES, MIDWIFERY AND FAMILY WELLNESS

Certified nurse-midwife Adrienne Jones offers personalized pregnancy, labor and

well-woman support within the hospital setting (Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, to be exact) for moms who want the best of both worlds. Through appointments that feel more like catching up with an old friend than a clinic visit, she implements a care plan for every mom and mom-to-be based on their physical, social and emotional needs. 8160 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, 214/345-6817; texashealth.org/dallas

DENTON COUNTY // KASSIA WALCOTT, SINGING TREE MIDWIFERY

As a certified professional midwife and owner of Singing Tree Midwifery, Kassia Walcott aims to help women from all religious and socioeconomic backgrounds have safe, comfortable births. Walcott sees patients for prenatal care at her office in Addison, then the majority of her patients deliver at home or in a birthing center. After baby arrives, Walcott provides six weeks of in-home postpartum visits. Dallas-Fort Worth area, 509/592-5279; singingtreemidwifery.com

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After complications following her own hospital delivery, Kaitlyn Wages began midwifery training so she could help women give birth with as few interventions as possible. Now a certified professional midwife, Wages creates a unique birth plan for each family. Prenatal and postpartum appointments and deliveries take place at the farmhouse-style Origins Birth Services center, which she cofounded and co-owns. 10345 Alta Vista Road, Keller, 817/562-2828; originsbirth.com ●

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INTERVIEW NICOLE JORDAN PHOTOGRAPHY EMILEE PRADO

New Mom: Jenny Anchondo

J

enny Anchondo, 35, is an Emmy-winning news anchor and reporter for Fox 4. Throughout her career, she’s covered everything from immigration issues to drug trafficking and the Ebola crisis, but nothing has compared to the excitement of the past year. The Dallas mom and her husband of nearly two years, Heath, welcomed their daughter, Brighton, last May—and every day since has been a wonderful learning curve. HOW IS BRIGHTON DOING? HAS SHE BEEN A HEALTHY BABY? We had some challenges

in the beginning. I had a great birth, but she struggled with gaining weight. Those first couple of months were a whirlwind. Now, I’m happy to say she’s in the 95th percentile for height and weight. HOW WAS THE PREGNANCY? It was good, but it’s not easy to be on air and pregnant—just logistically, trying to figure out what to wear. For some reason, all maternity clothes are in stripes! Thankfully, our audience can understand and relate. I report in the field three days a week and those are long days, but it’s not anything that other moms haven’t done before. I was just thankful to be pregnant. YOU’RE PASSIONATE ABOUT FITNESS. DID YOU EXERCISE THROUGHOUT THE PREGNANCY? I did. I adjusted my workouts

a little bit but continued doing barre and Flywheel. I think it helped me to be able to work

right up to my due date, like a lot of women do. WHAT SURPRISED YOU MOST ABOUT LIFE WITH A LITTLE? The

realignment of priorities and what I do with each hour. I also didn’t know what a challenge breastfeeding was going to be.

DID YOU HAVE ANXIETY ABOUT RETURNING TO WORK? Yes.

I didn’t think I would question going back to work at all, but I miss her during the day. But I want her to see me fulfilling my career goals. I want her to know that I can set my mind to something and achieve it. HOW ARE YOU JUGGLING IT ALL? I get up around 1:30 in the

morning, but … there are only about four hours in between when my husband leaves and when I come home. We have more time with her than away from her. HOW HAS BECOMING PARENTS CHANGED THE DYNAMIC BETWEEN YOU AND HEATH?

We’re both pretty independent. Now, we’re in team mode. He’s stepped up in such a big way, and it magnifies my love and admiration for him. There would be no way for me to continue this job if he wasn’t stepping up every single day. WHAT DO YOU DO TO FEEL LIKE YOURSELF? My workouts are so

important to me—almost meditative. It’s my time to refocus. And time with my girlfriends. I’ve been blessed with some really strong women in my life. WHAT’S THE BEST ADVICE ON MOTHERHOOD YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN? I was sitting up in the

middle of the night Googling everything and my mom said, “Jenny, you have to look internally; your intuition will tell you. You were made to do this.” WORST ADVICE? So many people said, “Jenny, what are you going to do about getting her into a school?” Of course, we want her to be in a lovely preschool, but we’re not stressing about that right now. We’re just trying to get through the day. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU OFFER FIRST-TIME MOMS-TO-BE?

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Jenny’s Mommy Must-haves 1

Now that I’m back to work, I often have to pump in the back of a live truck or in a public restroom. The Spectra 9 Plus Electric Breast Pump is small, portable and doesn’t have to be plugged in.

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I’m embarrassed to say how confused I was by the carseat installation process. All you have to do is make an appointment with Children’s Health, and you can get your seat checked for free.

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I use the Ninja Blender to make Brighton’s baby food. I steam her veggies, let them cool, blend them and freeze them.

4 Baby Shusher was one of the only things that kept her calm for the first several months. 5 Baby Tracker was our lifeline in the first few months. We kept track of all of her naps, feedings, diapers, etc. 6 We go everywhere with the BOB Fitness Stroller. It’s so smooth and folds up easily. My husband and I watched Happiest Baby in the wee hours of the night as we were trying to learn how to soothe Brighton.

8 I pump in the middle of the night and at work so I needed a bra that I can wear to sleep and work. The Rumina Pump and Nurse Bra fits the bill. 9 Brighton busted through most of her sleepers. Owlivia Sleepers are the only brand that held up and didn’t get holes in the toes. ●

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Beating the Blues Symptoms of postpartum depression and strategies to fight it

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t’s normal for new moms to call the pediatrician over every little thing baby does, but Jessica Miller (name changed for privacy) found herself on the phone with her doctor for a very different reason: She feared that she might harm her 4-month-old daughter.

Not One-Size-Fits-All

Though shrouded in mystery and misconceptions, PPD affects up to 1 in 7 women, according to the American Psychological Association. Unlike the baby blues, PPD impacts a mother’s day-to-day functioning, says Katie Sardone, Ph.D., 26

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The Other Side

After Miller’s diagnosis, she sought help through therapy and a small dosage of a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), an antidepressant that would still allow her to breastfeed. Many mothers, like Kathryn Rock, find strength after emerging from their PPD experiences. After the birth of her son, the Lakewood mom felt crippling loneliness, listlessness and irritability. “I spiraled. I felt so alone,” she says. “There’s a feeling that you’re the only one, which itself triggers a cycle of being alone,” explains Sardone. “There’s a shame that compels people to withhold sharing this information with other people.” Thankfully, PPD is becoming destigmatized, in part due to a growing number of celebrities—among them Chrissy Teigen, Gwyneth Paltrow and Brooke Shields—who have come forward with their own PPD battles. “The normalization of mood disorders like PPD has grown so much over the past decade,” notes Andrew Carlton, a registered nurse and an administrator at Springwood Hospital in Bedford. He stresses that every postpartum adjustment experience is normal—even the troubling ones. Just as there is no one root cause of PPD, the disorder requires a highly individualized treatment plan. In short, there’s no miracle cure, says Carlton.

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In the weeks after her baby arrived, Miller could not understand why it was so difficult to connect with her new role. “I felt exhausted all of the time,” she admits. “I thought I was a terrible mother.” The North Dallas mom felt trapped in traumatic “thought loops” while interacting with her daughter during bathtime, or even walking down the stairs. “I would feel queasy in the kitchen, like around knives,” she explains. “I don’t know what would’ve happened but I worried something would.” Convinced that some part of her must want to hurt her child, Miller admitted herself for a psychiatric evaluation. Intrusive thoughts are a common symptom of postpartum depression (PPD), explains Ann Dunnewold, Ph.D., a Dallas psychologist who was one of the first health professionals to help identify these “postpartum obsessions” in the early 1990s. According to her research, these thought patterns are related to high levels of oxytocin, the hormone associated with, among other things, mothering behavior. What Miller believed were signs she was an unfit parent, Dunnewold asserts are good instincts. “Postpartum obsessions are linked to the mom’s ability to sense danger—it doesn’t mean you’re going to hurt your baby,” she explains.

a licensed psychologist and founder of the mental wellness practice Behavioral Health Dallas. Typical symptoms include depressive episodes, loss of pleasure in interests and activities, feelings of guilt or anxiety, and negative thoughts about yourself or your baby. But as with other mood disorders, PPD symptoms manifest in highly personalized ways. There’s no one-size-fits-all diagnosis.


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“You’re not only dealing with a chemical imbalance but also a thought process component,” he explains. “Treatment must address all these modalities—mental health, spiritual wellbeing, physical and interpersonal support.” Rock worked through her PPD via therapy, yoga and a dietary makeover—a holistic approach that she says was liberating. She began to view her depression as a temporary aftereffect of giving birth and was emboldened to have a second child three years later. After her daughter’s birth, Rock says, her depressive episodes were shorter and less intense. She feels confident that with the proper toolkit—for her, a probiotic-heavy diet, plenty of yogic breathing and a stellar support system— PPD can be beaten. “I remember how low I felt; I remember every moment of pain and anger,” she says. “But I made it to the other side.” One of the most important—and most difficult—means of fighting PPD is to get enough sleep after baby arrives. “Keep in mind, sleep deprivation is how we torture prisoners,” Dunnewold says. Also key is a strong support system. “It’s not possible to exist in a vacuum and care for a child,” Sardone explains. She advises moms to find friends who can provide childcare or some quality time away from motherhood. Dunnewold agrees. “Motherhood is like a pitcher—if you keep pouring it out, soon there will be no water left. You have to take the time to refill it. You have to take time for yourself.” ●

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Tools To Tackle PPD

1

Consult a professional. Sardone stresses that medical help is essential. Work with your OB/GYN or mental health professional to create a game plan.

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Create a routine. Even though baby doesn’t have a schedule yet, it’s important for you to have a normal rhythm. Create a loosely structured to-do list with tasks like getting out of bed and moving around the house.

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Use positive distractions. PPD is an anxious depression, Sardone says. Distract your mind from negative thoughts and refocus on something you love, whether it’s cooking, yoga or reality TV, or take two minutes to do mindful breathing exercises.

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Find support. Someone to talk to once a day. Someone who says “Me, too” can offer tremendous relief—look into PPD support groups and Mommy-and-me classes.

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What’s Your Parenting Style? Take our fun, for-entertainmentpurposes-only quiz to find out.

Your birth plan included …

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veggies, picked straight from the garden. B. Varies, depending on what’s on sale and what I find on Pinterest. C. Is a balanced diet of organic grass-fed meats and veggies. D. Would put Julia Child to shame.

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diaper-free home. B. Is stocked with Huggies or Luvs or … whatever’s on sale. C. Is chock-full of green diapers and chemical-free baby wipes. D. Contains only reusable, sustainable, nonpolluting, cotton cloth diapers.

It’s time to experiment with solid food. You …

A. Pre-chew. Sharing is caring! B. Grab the nearest jar of Gerber. C. Stock up on organic greens,

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A. Consists of fresh fruits and

Fast-forward five years. Junior drops the F-bomb. You …

A. Have a 20-minute discussion

to help him identify the emotions behind the curse word. B. Can’t help but laugh. Kids say the darndest things! C. Cringe in embarrassment and make a mental note to have

It’s time for a family vacay. You …

A. Pop a tent at a nearby state

park where you can have family meditation in peace. B. Take a cruise. It’s easy and inexpensive—and there’s onsite child care! C. Pay Mickey and Minnie a visit. Disney World, y’all! D. Take a cross-county road trip, stopping at historical landmarks and completing an educational scavenger hunt as you go. ●

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You’re a rulefollower. You want what’s best for your children, which is why you plan to stick to the tried-andtrue methods that have worked for so many moms before you.

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Best for Moms & Babies Baby essentials chosen by our readers

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Best Child Care Centers for Infants COLLIN AND DENTON COUNTIES // PRIMROSE SCHOOLS

At Primrose Schools, low infantteacher ratios, developmentally appropriate play spaces and an open-door policy that lets parents check on their little ones anytime all work to ensure that tots as young as 6 weeks are safe—and that Mom and Dad are at ease. The Balanced Learning approach combines everything from story time to sign language to make sure kiddos are physically, emo30

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one. Plus, extras like finger painting, bubble blowing and outdoor playtime make it a fun place for babies as young as 6 weeks to learn and develop. Bright Horizons offers a Montessori or traditional curriculum, depending on location. 201 Jones St., Fort Worth, 817/334-0036 // 1709 N. Enderly Place, Fort Worth, 817/927-6249; brighthorizons.com

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Meet other parents, teach your infant new skills and have a bit of fun at one of The Little Gym’s parent-child classes. Classes are offered for ages 4 months to 3 years and are divided by age to make sure your kiddo is mixing with others at the same developmental level. In each 45-minute session, your baby builds muscles and social awareness through developmental gymnastics—little ones wiggle on mats, push barrels and pull themselves up on padded beams. Monthly pricing starts at $96 for one class per week. Multiple locations; thelittlegym.com

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Best Infant Swim Classes

DENTON COUNTY // AQUA-TOTS SWIM SCHOOLS

First-time swimmers at Aqua-Tots Swim Schools begin in the Tadpoles class, a 30-minute parent-child class for ages 4 months–1 year. Little fishies learn natural breath control and back floats while parents learn how to properly hold babies in the water. Monthly pricing begins at $84 for one lesson per week. 777 S. MacArthur Blvd., Suite 409, Coppell, 972/793-7992 // 6060 Long Prairie Road, Suite 100, Flower Mound, 214/3967900; aqua-tots.com

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You and baby take the plunge together at Emler Swim School,

a perennial parent favorite with indoor saltwater pools kept at a balmy 90 degrees and—most important—a focus on safety. Start things off with a free 30-minute Bathtime Babies class that familiarizes 2- to 6-month-olds with the feeling of being in the water. Then transition into the semesterlong Waterbabies course, where your

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If your little one isn’t sleeping through the night, the 25 registered nurses from Newborn Nightingales are here to save your sanity. Choose an in-home, phone or email consultation, and a nurse will assess your family’s situation and provide a sleep plan and daily schedule for your baby plus help you troubleshoot problem areas like swaddling, breastfeeding and tummy issues. If you have any follow-up questions, Newborn Nightingales provides free email support for six months.

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INTERVIEW ALEXIS MANRODT PHOTOGRAPHY CARTER ROSE

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second-Time Mom: Nasiba Adilova

asiba Adilova is a street style star and co-founder of The Tot, a blog, e-commerce site and brick-andmortar experience with a Highland Park Village boutique and a conceptual “playhouse” shop on Lovers Lane. Her Instagram (@naseebs) touts over 100,000 followers and her distinctive look has graced the pages of Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and other glossies. Together with husband Thomas Hartland-Mackie, the Russian-born Dallasite is raising two sons—Thomas “Thom Thom,” 3, and Daniel, 11 months—and doing it in style. HOW DO YOU BALANCE RUNNING A BUSINESS WITH RAISING TWO KIDS? I go with the

flow and so do my children. I’m a fan of listening to a child’s needs versus imposing what you want on them. Luckily, I have the type of support I need to be able to do that. When I travel for work, I bring my littlest one and a family member or nanny to support me while I’m in meetings. My toddler is in school now so he needs more structure at home. On the weekends, we all have a bit more fun. DID YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND ALWAYS WANT A BIG FAMILY?

My husband and I are both only children so we wanted a big family. Hopefully, if we’re blessed, we will have one more child. HOW DID YOUR FIRSTBORN ADJUST TO HAVING A SIBLING?

Every child reacts differently, but it’s a huge emotional adjust-

ment. The parallel I’ve been told is to imagine that your partner brought home another woman, and she’s going to live with you now. It’s that hard for children to wrap their minds around a new sibling. Daniel is obsessed with his older brother, but Thom is not that interested in him yet. Once they can play together, I think they’ll both love it. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHER EXPANDING FAMILIES? Go for what you

want and you will figure out how to do it. The more we think about things, the more afraid we are to do them. When I first gave birth, my lactation consultant wisely told me to trust my instincts. The most important thing that children need is love and attention. There’s not one best way to have a family. AS AN ICON IN WOMEN’S FASHION, HOW DO YOU FEEL

BEING IN A HOUSE FULL OF BOYS? Because I don’t have a

girl, I’m always trying to dress them up. My toddler now rebels and wants to dress in all sports outfits. I protest as much as I can! But he’s starting to develop his own fashion sense. DO YOU HOPE YOUR UNIQUE FASHION SENSE SETS AN EXAMPLE FOR YOUR KIDS TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES? In how

I dress and how I live, I don’t like being like everybody else. I hope that the way I present myself—though some might think it’s wacky—will help my children to think beyond the box that the world tries to put them in. My boys and I spend hours making up stories and games together, and we also host creativity events at The Tot. I want to promote imagination in all children. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO WORKING MOMS? I

know a mother of two who has been a CEO for over 25 years in a very male-dominated marketplace. She attributes her great relationship with her children to being fully present. When she is home and with family, there is no work. When she’s at work, she’s focused on the job. A lot of us moms feel so torn or judge ourselves when we go back to work, but it’s important to stick with your decision—no mom guilt allowed! s/s 2018 | dallas-fortworthbaby

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Nasiba’s Mommy Must-haves 1

My babies and I love matching Mommy-and-me pajamas from Roberta Roller Rabbit.

2 The GB Pockit Plus Stroller folds down to handbag size, and it’s lightweight and easy to maneuver on any surface. 3

Whether I’m changing a diaper or wiping a sticky face, I use Bambo Nature’s ecofriendly and hypoallergenic Tidy Bottom Baby Wipes.

4 I am obsessed with the FEM Tote Diaper Bag. It features a wide opening so I’m not digging aimlessly trying to find what my kids need. 5

I love taking my kids to the Frontiers of Flight Museum, the Dallas Zoo, the Fort Worth Zoo and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

6 What I love about the Babyletto Lemonade Playset is that it’s made with the safest, most renewable materials available. Plus, it is easy to wipe clean. 7

For date night, I really love R+D Kitchen and Hillstone. They’re easy, casual and serve incredible food.

9 Chasing after a toddler while cradling a newborn is nearly impossible. The Solly Baby Wrap Carrier makes park dates and shopping trips totally doable! ●

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hether you’re shopping with the stroller in tow or spending the morning at a museum with your young ones, it’s helpful to know where you can change baby’s diapers, breastfeed or just rest your feet for a bit. We searched high and low for the area’s best family restrooms—even a few with swanky lounges for Mom. Make a note for the next time you’re at these local hot spots. IKEA

The Swedish furniture store caters to families in just about every way: a family parking lot reserved for parents with strollers, changing tables in both the men’s and women’s restrooms, a play area where attendants can watch your kids for an hour and a play area for children at the cafe (which also has baby food, complimentary bibs and plastic silverware for the little ones). Don’t fret if you forget to pack diapers or wet wipes—the family 38

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restrooms are stocked with the essentials at no charge, plus a spacious couch if you need a breather from the IKEA maze. 7171 Ikea Drive, Frisco // 1000 Ikea Way, Grand Prairie, 888/888-4532; ikea.com

NorthPark Center

NorthPark Center has two nursing rooms furnished with lounging chairs and three family restrooms with

kid-friendly toilets and sinks on the first level near Breadwinners and Bookmarks. On the second level, head to the hallway between Auntie Anne’s and Ray-Ban to find three spacious family restrooms. If you’re shopping Nordstrom’s Half Yearly Sale, take the elevator up to the third floor to find a spacious women’s lounge and mother’s room inside the women’s restroom, furnished with two couches and four chairs and equipped with a changing table. A family restroom is right next door. 8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, 214/363-7441; northparkcenter.com

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denly need a place to change baby’s diaper, make your way to Neiman Marcus. We love this location’s over-the-top conveniences, and their amenities for Mom are no exception. The nursing room on the second floor is furnished with a big comfy chair, hand-washing station and a cosmetic area. There is also a baby changing room between the men’s and women’s restrooms on the second floor, complete with a hand-washing station and a Matisse—the real deal, of course—to feast your eyes upon.

food court, each with two sinks and toilets within children’s reach. There are also family rooms by each restroom that open up into a mother’s lounge with a comfy couch, changing table and sink—the works! For a more luxurious respite, stroll through Neiman Marcus’ third floor to find a baby changing room and a separate women’s lounge with padded chairs and a makeup counter.

5200 Monahans Ave., Fort Worth, 817/738-3581; neimanmarcus.com

When your kiddos beg to ride the second-floor carousel, be sure to stop by the restroom located behind it, a destination in and of itself. Enjoy the private nursing room furnished with a rocking chair, footstool and wall art. A diaper changing room is also nearby, in addition to family restrooms with two sinks and toilets for the little ones. A nursing room, diaper changing room and family restroom is also located on the lower level near Bath and Body Works. Inside Nordstrom, you’ll find a women’s lounge with a nursing room on the second floor.

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Thanks to recent restroom renovations, the Galleria now has a changing station in the family restrooms on level three (next to the rainforest-themed play area) and level one near the ice rink. The ladies’ room on level three also has a changing station. And Nordstrom’s family room is definitely worth a visit— next to the third floor cafe, you’ll find a nursing room within the women’s lounge within the women’s restroom. The nursing room is furnished with a couch, two chairs, a diaper changing area and sinks. There are also changing stations in all the Nordstrom restrooms—men’s and women’s. 13350 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, 972/702-7100; galleriadallas.com

The Shops at Willow Bend

Three family restrooms are located throughout the Shops at Willow Bend: one on the second floor by Macy’s, and two on the first floor by Dillard’s and by the

6121 W. Park Blvd., Plano, 972/202-4900; shopwillowbend.com

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2601 Preston Road, Frisco, 972/668-6255; shopstonebriar.com

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Enjoy a day with your young ones gliding through interactive exhibits and cool gadgets at the Perot Museum. When you’re in need of a quiet retreat for nursing, head to one of three areas: the partitioned area near the base of the stairs in

the T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall on the fourth floor, benches in the restroom near the Hoglund Foundation Theater on level one or the restroom in the Moody Family Children’s Museum on the lower level. And all the men’s and women’s restrooms are equipped with changing tables. 2201 N. Field St., Dallas, 214/428-5555; perotmuseum.org

Kimbell Art Museum

Spend a Saturday discovering the Kimbell’s latest exhibit—and its largest to date—Lands of Asia, and take advantage of the nursing room downstairs from the education classrooms in the Renzo Piano Pavilion. This private room for mothers is furnished with a comfortable armchair, sink and mini fridge for storing milk during your visit. Find a changing table in the same restroom (and in the adjacent men’s), or in the family restrooms upstairs. 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, 817/332-8451; kimbellart.org

Buy Buy Baby

Buy Buy Baby has everything you need when shopping for your little ones. From baby furniture, bedding and décor to baby monitors, clothing and accessories—this store has you covered! And, when you need to change baby’s diaper, head to the changing and feeding room, equipped with complimentary wipes and diaper cream. The store goes the extra mile to make sure you’re comfortable, as the room is also furnished with gliders and rockers, a sound machine, a nursing pillow, even a bassinet. The men’s restroom is also equipped with a changing table. Multiple locations; buybuybaby.com ● s/s 2018 | dallas-fortworthbaby

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Traveling With Tots Mini-retreats for a quick getaway with baby in tow

Crafts and More in Canton

Why it’s great for young families: Plenty of activities for tots to run and splash around, all year round. Sleeping arrangements: Mill Creek Ranch Resort cabins have all the comforts of home, including a full kitchen and washer/dryer. If you need a break, leave baby with Dad and get some much-needed R&R at the on-site spa. What to do: Hit the First Monday Trade Days for fashion and decor. Enjoy old-fashioned carnival rides, live music and barnyard animals at Yesterland 42

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Farm’s seasonal festivals. And, in the heat of summer, dive into Splash Kingdom Water Park; the Kid’s Castle—featuring 11 slides and several splash toys in 10 inches of water—is big fun for little ones. Mill Creek Ranch Resort // 1880 N. Trade Days Blvd., Canton, 877/9273439; millcreekranchresort.com First Monday Trade Days // First Monday Lane, Canton, 903/567-6556; firstmondaycanton.com Yesterland Farm // 15410 Interstate 20, Canton, 903/567-2255; yesterlandfarm.com Splash Kingdom Water Park // 18814 Interstate 20, Canton, 903/5670044; splashkingdomwaterpark.com

The Great Outdoors in Glen Rose

Why it’s great for young families: Even the littlest travelers are thrilled by exploring animals and nature.  Sleeping arrangements: Rough Creek Lodge is ideal for the onsite activities—like the petting zoo and playground—and for the individual cabins that let families have room to stretch. Cribs and high chairs are available upon request, and babysitting services can be arranged at an additional cost. What to do: By day, hit Dinosaur Valley State Park and Dinosaur World for some communing with nature prehistoric-style. The nearby Fossil Rim Wildlife Center allows you to feed endangered species from the comfort of your own car so you can introduce baby to zebras and giraffes without unbuckling the car seat. By night, head to Brazos Drive-In. Lull the little one to a peaceful sleep in the car and then grab the popcorn and enjoy the feature.

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raveling with babies can be easy—really! There’ll never be another time when your kids are so portable, and as long as they have a few simple needs met, they’re the best travel companions. Check out these three nearby destinations (close enough to high-tail it back if things go south) for a mini-vacation with baby.


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Rough Creek Lodge // 5165 County Road 2013, Iredell, 254/965-3700; roughcreek.com

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Dinosaur Valley State Park // 1629 Park Road 59, Glen Rose, 254/897-4588; tpwd.texas. gov/state-parks/dinosaur-valley

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Dinosaur World // 1058 Park Road 59, Glen Rose, 254/8981526; dinosaurworld.com/texas

ROADTRIPPERS: Plot your route and use the app to discover what lies between Point A and Point B—everything from restaurants to tourist attractions.

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center // 2299 County Road 2008, Glen Rose, 254/897-2960; fossilrim.org Brazos Drive-In // 1800 W. Pearl St., Granbury, 817/573-1311; facebook.com/ brazosdrivein

Sweet Times in Waco

Why it’s great for young families: Kid-friendly museums and plenty of sugary treats make this little town big fun. Sleeping arrangements: Hotel Indigo, located in the heart of downtown Waco, features an indooroutdoor pool with a baby-friendly shallow end to splash around, and a hot tub for Mom and Dad. In front of the hotel, hop aboard

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the free trolley to explore downtown Waco (complete with a stop at Waco’s candy haven, Hey Sugar).

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What to do: Taste the 23 flavors at the Dr Pepper Museum, then walk just one street over to visit Chip and Joanna Gaines’ famed Magnolia Market. Plenty of food trucks, an on-site cupcake shop, a turf field and a co-ed bathroom equipped with changing tables make Magnolia perfect for families. For a dose of history, venture over to the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame or interact with natural science and cultural history at Baylor’s Mayborn Museum. Hotel Indigo // 211 Clay Ave., Waco, 254/754-7000; ihg.com/hotelindigo Dr Pepper Museum // 300 S. Fifth St., Waco, 254/757-1025; drpeppermuseum.com Magnolia Market at the Silos // 601 Webster Ave., Waco, 254/235-0603; magnolia.com/silos Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum // 100 Texas Ranger Trail, Waco, 254/750-8631; texasranger.org Mayborn Museum // 1300 S. University Parks, Waco, 254/710-1110; baylor.edu/mayborn ●

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Expecting Better by Emily Oster, $17 // Multiple locations (Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Target) // penguinrandomhouse.com Bringing Up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman, $18 // Multiple locations (Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Target) // penguinrandomhouse.com Glow Nurture App, Free // Apple App Store and Google Play // glowing.com/nurture Sam Edelman Slip-ons and Loafers, from $50 // Multiple locations (Sam Edelman at NorthPark Center, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus) // samedelman.com Jeffrey Campbell Slip-ons and Loafers, $145 // Multiple locations (Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters) // jeffreycampbellshoes.com Mama Mio Products, prices vary // Multiple locations (Buy Buy Baby, Amazon, Walmart) // mioskincare.com Bio-Oil, from $5.99 // Multiple locations (CVS, Walgreens, Ulta Beauty) // bio-oil.com

JENNY’S MOMMY MUST-HAVES From page 24

Spectra 9 Plus Electric Breast Pump, $180 // Multiple locations (Amazon, Bed Bath and Beyond // spectrababyusa.com Ninja Blender, $199.99 // Multiple locations (Amazon, Bed Bath and Beyond) // ninjakitchen.com Baby Shusher, $34.99 // Multiple locations (Buy Buy Baby, Sugarland Express) // babyshusher.com Baby Tracker, Free // Apple App Store and Google Play // nighp.com/babytracker BOB Fitness Stroller, $479.99 // Multiple locations (Buy Buy Baby, Amazon) // bobgear.com Rumina Pump and Nurse Bra, from $28 // Multiple locations (Walmart, Amazon) // ruminaformoms.com Owlivia Sleepers, from $15 // Multiple locations (Buy Buy Baby, Target) // owlivia.com

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Mi Cocina // Multiple locations // micocinarestaurants.com

Roberta Roller Rabbit Cotton Pajama Set, $65 // The Tot // rollerrabbit.com

Taverna // Multiple locations // tavernabylombardi.com

GB Pockit Plus Stroller, $230 // The Tot // gb-online.com

The Porch // 2912 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas, 214/828-2916 // theporchrestaurant.com

Bambo Nature Tidy Bottom Baby Wipes, $4 // Bambo Nature // bambonatureusa.com

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FEM Tote Diaper Bag, $340 // The Tot // fembyfem.com Frontiers of Flight Museum // 6911 Lemmon Ave., Dallas; 214/350-3600 // flightmuseum.com Dallas Zoo // 650 South R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas; 469/554-7500 // dallaszoo.com Fort Worth Zoo // 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth; 817/7597555 // fortworthzoo.org Perot Museum of Nature and Science // 2201 N. Field St., Dallas; 214/428-5555 // perotmuseum.org Babyletto Lemonade Playset, $299 // Multiple locations (The Tot, Buy Buy Baby, Nordstrom) // babyletto.com R+D Kitchen // 8300 Preston Center Plaza, Dallas; 214/8907900 // rd-kitchen.com Hillstone // 8300 Preston Road, Dallas; 214/691-8991 // hillstonerestaurant.com Little Unicorn Swaddle, $38 // Multiple locations (The Tot, Target, Amazon) // littleunicorn.com Loulou Lollipop Swaddle, $22 // Multiple locations (The Tot, Amazon) // louloulollipop.com Coveted Things Swaddle, $34 // Multiple locations (The Tot, Nordstrom, Amazon) // covetedthings.com Solly Baby Wrap Carrier, $46 // The Tot // sollybaby.com ●


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WORDS JESSICA MYERS

The Upside Down of Parenting was forewarned that parenting would become my hardest job for the next 18 years—people said, “You’ll never sleep again,” and, “Say goodbye to your boobs as you know them”—but I shrugged off the negativity while riding the wave of confidence from second trimester. But then baby came, after 34 grueling hours of unmedicated labor. That was my daughter’s way of welcoming me to what I affectionately call the Upside Down of Parenting. As an optimist, I expected the unicorns and rainbows that come with having a baby, and I am blessed with a healthy, beautiful, spunky baby girl who melts hearts and takes names. My husband, who stayed by my side throughout labor (did I mention it was 34 hours long?) sprinted into Daddyhood proudly sporting the spit-up badge of honor. But I did not expect this total reversal of our world. It is not an easy thing to leave your home as a couple and return as a trio. Suddenly you have to put yourself last and this tiny human first. I missed the Jess from 24 hours earlier who was on a date with her husband worrying only whether her bowl of pho would come with enough bean sprouts and sriracha. And then I instantly felt guilty for feeling something other than elation for my new bundle of joy. Because unicorns and rainbows, right? Except this is the Upside Down, and it’s not all unicorns and 46

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rainbows. I’m only seven months in, but I can safely say parenting is 50 percent raising a kid and 50 percent becoming that kid’s parent—learning the realities of the Upside Down and even embracing your own dark side in this crazy place. Let me explain. Learning to live in the Upside Down means learning not to judge yourself for experiencing the baby blues, which is a euphemism for feeling lost, detached, helpless and maybe even hopeless. (It should really be called infant-onset insanity.) It’s also learning the art of selective listening—that is, selective ignoring. Let’s say, hypothetically of course, you are struggling to keep up your milk supply. You mention this to a relative, and then you’re flooded with texts from other relatives asking why you’re starving your child: “How would you feel if someone only fed you a spoonful of food and tablespoon of water each day?” Or when you let it slip that you’re consider-

ing hiring a mother’s helper: “So you’re taking a day off?” What do you do? Well first, you learn to turn off notifications on all forms of social media, and then you graciously accept that judgment and unsolicited (if well-meaning) advice come standard with the growing pains of becoming a parent. You have to accept this fact before the stress takes more years off your life than the sleep deprivation. And you have to learn a new vocabulary. The Upside Down is full of scary things like WubbaNubs, Boppys, Bumbos and Bugaboos. (Best stroller ever, by the way; it’s smooth like butter.) A game I like to play is renaming these items. WubbaNubs become Plug-It-Up-Shut-It-Ups. Boppys— how about Floppys or NewbornNever-Stays? (Something else you learn: Boppys are more helpful a few months down the line.) Try playing this game next time you’re in the deepest, darkest abyss of the Upside Down, aka a 4am feeding that seems like it will never end. If you get to the point of saying, “Alexa, play the motherloving womb sounds,” then congratulations, you have reached parenting nirvana. Welcome to the Upside Down. Embrace it—it will make you a better person. ● ABOVE Jessica and her baby girl, Jolie.

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