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Amy Anderson’s Nashville Nursery

*We’ve partnered with Babyletto to show off how nursery design can be simple, chic and stylish. When it comes to high design, minimalism is all the rage. But truth be told, it’s hard to pull that off when you’re a mom. Or in Amy Anderson’s case, a mom of two (who also works at Warby Parker and runs a successful lifestyle blog). And yet, in the chaos that is motherhood, Amy manages to scale down and simplify, infusing her monochromatic style in every corner of her family’s home. This spring, Amy moved to Nashville from Brooklyn, which not only brought her closer to family, but also gave her an opportunity to spread out a little after 10 years of cramped NYC life. When it came to creating her new nursery and “big girl” room, she turned to Babyletto, whose modern, chic & eco-friendly nursery furniture was the perfect complement to her minimalistic sensibility. Below, Amy shows off the new spaces she’s created for her daughters, Parker Mae, 4 years, and Sidney Sloane, 11 months, and shares her favorite design tips for the minimalist mom that’s hiding inside us all. What was your nursery like back in Brooklyn? We lived in our last apartment in Brooklyn for nearly seven years and she was a quirky loft space that lacked any sort of normal 90 degree angled walls! The girls’ bedroom in the apartment was previously built and used as a recording studio by the first owner, so the walls were nearly soundproof, and the apartment got zero natural light. We used this to our advantage by putting the girls in there, and our room moved to the back of the apartment. It was actually 70% their room and play area and 30% my closet! We put up a half wall and a curtain to divide the space. Again, quirky… but it worked and Parker thought of it as this sort of tree house. How is your nursery and kids space different in Nashville? Closet space! Back in Brooklyn, we used Babyletto's space saving Origami Mini crib, and I had my father-in-law build this three-tiered hanging rod/bookshelf contraption for Parker’s clothes. We didn’t have any closets, so storage was low and things just felt messy no matter how organized I made things. Now they each have their own closets where I can put their things and close a door and not have to see clutter! I’m able to have the space in the house feel cleaner, more streamlined and organized. A lot of the walls in our previous apartment were brick, so we weren’t able to hang artwork or shelves on them. So now it’s nice to be able to decorate the walls too! What was your inspiration for Parker’s new “big girl” room? A lot of my inspiration came from spaces and rooms that weren’t technically kid-oriented. Also, Pinterest, of course! I started with colors black, white, wood and gold, and went from there. I asker her a lot about what she liked and didn’t like. Parker went through a big choo-choo train stage (mainly because of her love of the NYC subway), so I had more train themed things in her room at that time. Now, she loves singing, dancing, doing crafts and working on writing her letters. So the pint-sized Babyletto Lemonade Playset in her room is a great addition so she can color and draw all the time. Certain things we had to negotiate on, such as, ‘having an ice castle in the room like the one Elsa lives in’… which was requested! Mainly, I wanted to create a space that felt modern, but still cozy and a place that she loved. What about the nursery? With both of the girls, I always keep the nursery super simple when they are babies. Just the necessities. I looked for items that kept the room feel soft and sweet with lots of stuffed animals and sheepskin rugs and just adorable baby things! How have you gone about putting it together? We’re used to small living, so the fact that we even have space for additional furniture is a new concept for us! Plus, we’re literally just a few months into owning this house and still figuring out where we want certain pieces to go. My husband would probably say I’m painfully meticulous when it come to furniture selection. I just have to really love something before I commit to it. I don’t like excess and I’m definitely okay with empty space! My plan for the rooms was to start with the large anchor pieces (beds, dressers, rugs) and then worked around those. If it isn’t already obvious, I’m a very monochromatic person, so it’s pretty easy to build a room or switch out pieces between the girls rooms when everything basically matches everything! We have a lot of family Polaroids I like to display around the girls rooms and little drawings or paintings that Parker has done make the best wall decoration! I found a lot of the pieces through Babyletto, All Modern and Craigslist. Tell us about some of the biggies in the nursery - the crib, the rocker, the changing table? I absolutely love Sidney Sloane’s Babyletto Hudson crib! It’s easily one of my favorite pieces. It’s so simple and timeless. When didn’t have a rocker with Parker and it was the one thing I vowed to get when our next baby was born. After sitting on what felt like 100 gliders and trying to justify the cost of some that I liked, I found this one at Buy Buy Baby and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! It was perfect for nursing, sleeping while nursing, sleeping while holding a sleeping baby and rocking a cranky baby. The changing table is a Hudson Double Dresser from Babyletto. I’m pretty picky when it comes to changing tables -- this one is kind of oversized, so I can store the diapers in the top drawer and have the wipes and a basket of goodies (paci’s, diaper cream, wash cloth, etc) right there, easily accessible. Also, this piece will easily transition through life with the girls as they get older. Any amazing finds? Parker’s Jenny Lind bed was an amazing Craigslist find I’m still so proud of! It’s an original and likely around 100yrs old. Solid as a rock too! Also, the large print of Grand Army Plaza above her bed is a photo my husband took of us in Brooklyn. If you look in the bottom right, you’ll see me walking with my back to the camera holding baby Parker. We are still going back and forth between Nashville and NYC a lot, but we wanted Parker to have a reminder of her childhood neighborhood specifically, as those were such important years for her! And the details? The little things sometimes have the biggest impact! Sidney Sloane’s room gets the most amazing natural light, but it means we don’t have a ton of wall space for books, etc. The acrylic Presto Babyletto bookcase was a lifesaver since it’s so discrete and fits in her little reading nook just perfectly. I now kind of want one for my room! I also loved Babyletto’s Tuxedo Bedding for her crib. There are so many brands out there these days creating beautiful products for kids! Natti Natti is a fav, she’s a friend of mine from Brooklyn who makes the most adorable prints. I love the pillows and big kid bedding! I’m a sucker for a good pouf basket from Pehr and snagged those, along with the fuzzy sheep above Sidney Sloane’s crib, from Yoya in the West Village. The rug in Parker's room is from Land of Nod, which is always a go-to when I'm looking for kids' stuff, and the rug in SS’s room is from Lorena Canals. It's washable, which is brilliant! It fits in a standard washing machine and comes out looking brand new. Great for kids rooms! What's the best piece of advice you'd give to a mom-to-be? Don’t rush to fill the space! Be sure to have the necessary things… like a crib, but take your time to find pieces that you actually love and enjoy having in your space. Also, don’t take it too seriously and have fun! Let’s be honest, my girls rooms rarely look this clean! So embrace the mess and chaos and, if you’re like us, the rooms are always a work in progress! Photography by Eric Ryan Anderson. Stylist: Lauren Bradshaw. Design consultant: Sarah Bean Brooklyn.  

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Parents in New Jersey will soon get more money and more time for parental leave after welcoming a baby.

This week New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed off on legislation that extends New Jersey's paid family leave from six weeks to 12.

It also increases the benefit cap from 53% of the average weekly wage to 70%, meaning the maximum benefit for a parent on family leave will be $860 a week, up from $650.

It might not seem like a huge difference, but by raising the benefit from two-thirds of a parent's pay to 85%, lawmakers in New Jersey are hoping to encourage more parents to actually take leave, which is good for the parents, their baby and their family. "Especially for that new mom and dad, we know that more time spent bonding with a child can lead to a better long-term outcome for that child," Murphy said at a press conference this week.

The law will also make it easier for people to take time off when a family member is sick.

Because NJ's paid leave is funded through payroll deductions, workers could see an increase in those deductions, but Murphy is betting that workers and businesses will see the benefits in increasing paid leave benefits. "Morale goes up, productivity goes up, and more money goes into the system," Murphy said. "And increasingly, companies big and small realize that a happy workforce and a secure workforce is a key ingredient to their success."

The new benefits will go into effect in July 2020 (making next Halloween a good time to get pregnant in the Garden State).

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Whether you just need to stock up on diapers or you've had your eye on a specific piece of baby gear, you might want to swing by your local Walmart this Saturday, February 23rd.

Walmart's big "Baby Savings Day" is happening from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at participating Walmarts (but more deals can be found online at Walmart.com already and the website deals are happening for the rest of the month).

About 3,000 of the 3,570 Supercenter locations are participating in the sale (check here to see if your local Walmart is).

The deals vary, but in general you can expect up to 30% off on items like cribs, strollers, car seats, wipes, diapers and formula.

Some items, like this Graco Modes 3 Lite Travel System have been marked down by more than $100. Other hot items include this Lille Baby Complete Carrier (It's usually $119, going for $99 during the sale) and the Graco 4Ever 4-in-1 Convertible Car Seat (for as low as $199).

So if you're in need of baby gear, you should check out this sale. Travel gear isn't the only category that's been marked down, there are some steep discounts on breast pumps, too.

Many of the Walmart locations will also be offering samples and expert demos of certain products on Saturday so it's worth checking out!

Motherly is your daily #momlife manual; we are here to help you easily find the best, most beautiful products for your life that actually work. We share what we love—and we may receive a commission if you choose to buy. You've got this.

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Any Schumer has not had an easy pregnancy. She intended to keep working, but if you follow her on social media you know she's been very sick through each trimester.

And now in her final trimester she's had to cancel her tour due to hyperemesis gravidarum, also known as HG. It's a rare but very serious form of extreme morning sickness, and on Friday evening Schumer announced she is canceling the rest of her tour because of it.

“I vomit every time [I] ride in a car even for 5 minutes," Schumer explained in an Instagram post.

Due to the constant vomiting she's not cleared to fly and just can't continue to the tour.

This is not the first time Schumer has had to make an announcement about HG. Back in November, just weeks after announcing her pregnancy, she had to cancel shows and again broke the news via Instagram.

She posted a photo of herself in a hospital bed with her little dog Tati, and spelled out the details of her health issues in the caption. "I have hyperemesis and it blows," Schumer wrote.

Poor Amy. Hyperemesis gravidarum is really tough.

Kate Middleton, Ayesha Curry and Motherly co-founder Elizabeth Tenety are among those who, like Schumer, have suffered from this form of severe morning sickness that can be totally debilitating.

As she previously wrote for Motherly, Tenety remembers becoming desperately ill, being confined to her apartment (mostly her bed) and never being far from a trash can, "I lost 10% of my body weight. I became severely dehydrated. I couldn't work. I couldn't even get out of bed. I could barely talk on the phone to tell my doctor how sick I was—begging them to please give me something, anything—to help."

Thankfully, she found relief through a prescription for Zofran, an anti-nausea drug.


Schumer probably knows all about that drug. It looks she is getting the medical help she obviously needs, and she was totally right to cancel the tour in order to stay as healthy as possible.

We're glad to see Schumer is getting help, and totally understand why she would have to cancel her shows. Any mama who has been through HG will tell you, that wouldn't be a show you'd want front row seats for anyway.

Get well soon, Amy!

[A version of this post was published November 15, 2018. It has been updated.]

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As a military spouse, Cydney Cooper is used to doing things alone. But when she delivered her twin daughters early after complications due to Influenza A, she was missing her husband Skylar more than ever.

Recovering from the flu and an emergency C-section, and trying to parent the couple's two older boys and be with her new infant daughters in the NICU, Cydney was exhausted and scared and just wanted her husband who was deployed in Kuwait with the Army and wasn't expected home for weeks.

Alone in the NICU 12 days after giving birth, Cydney was texting an update on the twins to her husband when he walked through the door to shoulder some of the massive burden this mama was carrying.

"I was typing up their summary as best I could and trying to remember every detail to tell him when I looked up and saw him standing there. Shock, relief, and the feeling that everything was just alright hit me at once. I just finally let go," she explains in a statement to Motherly.

The moment was captured on video thanks to a family member who was in on Skylar's surprise and the reunion has now gone viral, having been viewed millions of times. It's an incredible moment for the couple who hadn't seen each other since Skylar had a three-day pass in seven months earlier.

Cydney had been caring for the couple's two boys and progressing in her pregnancy when, just over a week before the viral video was taken, she tested positive for Influenza A and went into preterm labor. "My husband was gone, my babies were early, I had the flu, and I was terrified," she tells Motherly.

"Over the next 48 hours they were able to stop my labor and I was discharged from the hospital. It only lasted two days and I went right back up and was in full on labor that was too far to stop."

Cydney needed an emergency C-section due to the babies' positioning, and her medical team could not allow anyone who had previously been around her into the operating room because anyone close to Cydney had been exposed to the flu.

"So I went in alone. The nurses and doctors were wonderful and held my hand through the entire thing but at the same time, I felt very very alone and scared. [Skylar] had been present for our first two and he was my rock and I didn't have him when I wanted him the most. But I did it! He was messaging me the second they wheeled me to recovery. Little did I know he was already working on being on his way."

When he found out his baby girls were coming early Skylar did everything he could to get home, and seeing him walk into the NICU is a moment Cydney will hold in her heart and her memory forever. "I had been having to hop back and forth from our sons to our daughters and felt guilty constantly because I couldn't be with all of them especially with their dad gone. It was one of the most amazing moments of my life and I won't be forgetting it."

It's so hard for a military spouse to do everything alone after a baby comes, and the military does recognize this. Just last month the Army doubled the amount of leave qualifying secondary caregivers (most often dads) can take after a birth or adoption, from 10 days to 21 so that moms like Cydney don't have to do it all alone.

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