Whitney Barthel, BabyCenter

Whitney Barthel

BabyCenter

Bellingham, MN, United States

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Past articles by Whitney:

3rd trimester woes: When you realize you are huge

The end of pregnancy is never fun. As if being patient waiting to meet your little one isn’t hard enough, you are forced to endure your body being pushed … → Read More

It’s time to take another look at Capri Sun

Motherhood can be exasperating. And the decisions we make just to feed our children can be enough to scramble your brain. There are so few times a product i… → Read More

The backhanded compliment every special needs parent hates

I know you probably mean that I am an awesome mom with crazy beyond human superpowers, but when you say that could never do what I do when caring for my special needs child, it feels like what you are saying is I could never… → Read More

Dear husband, you are not a mom so get off my freaking back

In order to clean up our breakfast mess this morning, I flipped on the TV hoping to get at least fifteen minutes of cleaning time without one (or four) kids… → Read More

This mom is a Walmart ninja: 5 ninja training tips for you!

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from having 4.75 kids in seven years it is how to shop. And I don’t mean shopping like, “Hey, let’s hit the 70 percent-of… → Read More

Couple invents the cleverest and most EGG-citing gender reveal ever

Kentucky couple Molli and Dallen Reber recently posted a totally new, totally fun way to go about a gender reveal. The couple, who are expecting their first child in June, put a new twist on Jimmy Fallon’s egg roulette. And, the results are super awesome and egg–citing. So they could be surprised too, one of… Read more » → Read More

Third trimester woes: I’m huge and I hate everyone

Don;t ask me to explain the logic of a heavily pregnant lady. I’m eight months pregnant myself and I don’t understand it. What is it about sleepless nights, shooting groin pain, and carrying around an extra fifty pounds tha… → Read More

Parenting trends sure to be hotter than Hades in 2018

There are a million things that influence ones parenting decisions. Things like politics, natural disasters, celebrity news, and Pinterest trends have shown to majorly impact how we raise our children. To be honest, it can be a little overwhelming. To keep your 2018 parenthood anxiety to a minimum, I am here to package all the… Read more » → Read More

What it’s like knowing you will probably outlive your child

Of course I can’t say with one thousand percent certainty that I will outlive Daniel, my 7-year-old with Down syndrome. But, the likelihood is that I will… → Read More

We’ve all been there: 3rd trimester mommy confessions

Initially, my biggest pregnancy fear was pooping upon delivering my baby. That was before I experienced the uncontrollable constipation, heartburn, nausea, and gas. → Read More

Girlfriends’ guide to rolling over in bed while pregnant

In the last few weeks of gestation, most moms will tell you nothing is comfortable — nothing. I often find myself parenting (and procrastinating on work deadlines) from my recliner. → Read More

Do I really need that? Registry tips from an expert mom

After 5 children, I would definitely love to say I’m an expert, but I think the terms “well-seasoned” and “semi-burned-out” are more accurate. → Read More

Genius baby sisters reenact Frozen and they're alarmingly accurate

I’m not going to even pretend to lie, I cry every.single.time I see this one particular scene from Frozen. As a sister myself, there is something so magical (aside from the actual magic, of course) about the story of Elsa and… → Read More

Being a special-needs family during the holidays is extra special

One reality special-needs parents face is the added difficulty in actually doing things outside of the home with your children. You would think these difficulties would be exacerbated during the holidays. → Read More

Electrocute your family for holiday fun + 4 other great games to gift

What would this holiday be without four garbage bags full of recently peeled wrapping paper, toys that will soon destroy your vacuum or wind up in the garba… → Read More

These guys are my giant, awkward pregnant-lady spirit animal

Once upon a late night a few years back, I took one last scroll through Facebook. My newsfeed was booming with spirit-animal-this and spirit-animal-that. → Read More

2017’s top baby-name trends: athletes, food, nature, Disney

I know everyone is aching to know the hottest baby name trends of 2017. Will the kindergarten class of 2023 will be filled with little Moanas? Will your li… → Read More

Results are in! BabyCenter’s hot 100 baby names of 2017 are…

BabyCenter's top 100 baby names of 2017 just been released! Check out what's newly hot, and what's most recently not. While some longtime faves are hanging on tight to the top, there are some newbies sneaking up from the bottom of the top 100. As far as the top 5 hottest of the hot, there's a new name on the girl's list: Isabella jumped a spot from #6 to #5, kicking Mia out of the top 5. The… → Read More

What’s your 3-word pregnancy story?

It seems that '3-word conception stories' and '3-word birth stories' are things, but I couldn't remember ever hearing anything about those pesky 9, or 10, months in between conception and birth. I decided to Google it. Nothing. Can you believe it? Since it wasn't a thing, I decided I would make it one. And it didn't take me long to decide on my own 3-word pregnancy story. As I started dressing… → Read More

5 things this special-needs mom is thankful for right now

I don’t know if my deep appreciation for the little things in life are a result of just getting older and seeing just how much we Americans have, or if it… → Read More