Best Baby and Maternity Photographer in DC: Marian Lozano Photography

I have written before of how highly I recommend Marian Lozano for family photography. I love her style and the gorgeous way in which she uses both natural and studio lights.And her way with newborn babies and expectant mothers is an art form.Marian will come to your home to photograph your baby in his or her comfortable, familiar setting. When Alice was just weeks old Marian came to our house with beautiful props, lights, and outfits and captured Alice's precious first photos.Marian Read more...

{sponsored} Baby Shower Expo for DC Mamas: Professional Belly Shot, Massage + More!

Held at the gorgeous Torpedo Factory Arts Center in Old Town Alexandria, T.H.E. Baby Shower is a deluxe evening that is all about pampering your bod, your babies and loading up your arms with prizes and swag.And exclusively for A Parent in Silver Spring readers -- half price general admission tickets! Just enter promo code APSS13 at checkout and you will get half-off the $25 price! Get tickets. On Tuesday October 22 at 6pm/6:30pm you will be wowed by all the great treats in store Read more...

The Still Point: My First Acupuncture Session Changed My Life

The Still Point in Takoma Park is My New Favorite PlaceAt The Still Point I experienced acupuncture, massage, an eco-makeup application and a facial that was equal parts natural and high tech.I have never felt so awesome after spa or holistic treatments.And believe you me, I am not the kind of gal who forgets to treat herself. Oh no. This princess believes paying others to perform services on her person is the all-time best way to spend a few hours. The Still Point is a women-owned small Read more...

Baby Bash and Bling Expo on October 22 – Mark Your Calendars!

Pregnancy is exciting, adoption is amazing and the arrival of our babies is the most fascinating experience of our lives -- definitely cause for an all-out celebration.That is why this month's Baby Bash and Bling Expo & Show on Saturday October 22nd is a must-attend event for those of you rocking a baby bump, decorating a nursery or dreaming of your blessed arrival.The Baby Bash and Bling Expo & Show is an interactive lifestyle expo celebrating all things for expectant moms. This Read more...

TLC Parentables: Trying to Bring the Funny & Whoa Baby!

A Parent in Silver Spring has a new post over on Parentables - TLC's new, awesome parenting website with contributors from throughout the blogosphere and TLC personalities like Michelle Duggar and Kate Gosselin too. This latest contribution is my very true account of taking the kids for their annual pediatrician visit over spring break. Back in the day I would have come equipped with paper and pen for taking meticulous notes on all the pediatrician's wisdom and advice, noting their growth percentiles Read more...

Please Induce Me

Please Induce Me – a desperate plea to both my baby and Holy Cross Hospital, which has a new hospital policy of very conservative induction standards…even if a mother is dilating, effaced, completely uncomfortable, has a full-term infant confirmed as large by 4D ultrasounds and a history of large babies, mother is inconvenienced by child care needs for two older children, cares more about her own comfort than what is best for her baby and is a raging bitch on wheels.(Sung to the tune of the Read more...

I Need Your Advice on Baby Products and GIVEAWAY of Baby Bedding!

Hello experienced parents! I know that I'm usually the one bossing you guys around about what to do and what to buy...but I haven't had a baby in FIVE years...and there's a lot of new stuff out there!So now I'm turning to YOU for YOUR advice. And every person who lends their mom or dad expert baby gear opinion will be entered to win a free product themselves: a sampler pack of baby blankets, burp cloths and more from BobbleRoos. BobbleRoos is an online baby bedding boutique run by Read more...

GIVEAWAY and Author Interview: The Christian Mama’s Guide to Having a Baby by Erin MacPherson

The Christian Mama's Guide to Having a Baby by Erin MacPherson is the BEST pregnancy book I have read in a long time. And Erin is giving away FIVE copies to A Parent in Silver Spring readers! It is written by my in-real-life friend and mentor (we worked together as writers at Nickelodeon's ParentsConnect) and Erin's voice in the book is every bit as real, helpful and hilarious as Erin herself.  She also has a funny, down-to-earth blog, Christian Mama's Guide: Advice for Life—Girlfriend to Girlfriend, Read more...

Favorite Pregnancy Products – I Will Survive

OK, that Gloria Gaynor reference was a leetle dramatic, but I'm seriously done with waddling around. I know that I'm blessed beyond belief to be expecting a third baby, an opportunity so incredible and one Chris and I have wanted for a very long time. But pregnancy in the mid (late?) thirties is waaay tougher than in the mid-late twenties. Either that or I have amnesia.So just in case you're pregnant too or know someone who is, here are the things I've been loving for helping make the endless Read more...