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21 Mother's Day gifts your mom, sister, best friend (and oh yeah, you!) will love

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Prior to having kids, Mother's Day was all about my mom and how I could thank her for all that she had done for me and my sisters. I never really bothered to acknowledge any of the other women in my life who were mothers… because they weren't my mom.

And then I started having kids and Mother's Day took on a whole new meaning.

Now I want to shower all of the mamas in my life with gifts and love and hugs because I know exactly what all of them have gone through. I look at them and I see sleepless nights, constant worrying and 24/7 multitasking. I see laugh lines and gray hairs (because I've got those, too). I see chefs, therapists, nurses and tutors all wrapped into one body.

Point being: Mother's Day isn't just an opportunity to treat yo' mama. It's also a day where you can look at your bestie or your neighbor or your sister and say, "You're doing a great job. Happy Mother's Day."

We've rounded up 20 of our favorite gifts to give the mamas in your life. Some thoughtful, some helpful and some just plain cozy.

1. The 'it' bag

The old adage "she's too hard to buy for" simply doesn't pertain to this here purse. Every mama out there would love Coach's Sutton Bag, with its sweet pea floral pattern, practical crossbody strap, zippered enclosures and brass hardware. We dare her not to fall in love with it.

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2. The flowers, Urban Stems, $48.00+

Urban Stems x Vogue

Sure you could send any ol' bouquet, but why do that when you can opt for a high-design one? Urban Stems approaches flowers with a modern and young zest, and we can't get enough of their collab with Vogue.

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3. The book, This Is Motherhood, $11.99+

This Is Motherhood

Yes, we're biased, but what can we say? Our hot-off-the-presses collection of essays dubbed This Is Motherhood is the perfect gift to give to a mama you love.

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4. The jammies, Soma, $82.00

Soma Cool Nights Pajamas

Let's face it: Mamas are in their pjs. A lot. It comes with the territory. But let's replace her old college t-shirt and worn-thin sweatpants with some super-cozy (and dare we say slightly sexy) pajamas from Soma. Available in a slew of additional patterns and separates (Shorts! Pants! Nightgowns!), the Cool Nights Sleepwear focuses on keeping you cool at night. We're obsessed with this slinky striped set.

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5. The photograph, Artifact Uprising, $59.00+

Artifact Uprising Gallery Frames

Got a photo that will make her smile? Or laugh? Or cry? Then it's time to frame it! Or put it in a book or calendar or… just go to Artifact Uprising to see all the beautiful things they can do with your favorite digital memories.

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6. The tote, Cuyana, $175.00

Cuyana Tote

Yes, diaper bags serve a purpose, but they're also a wee bit soul crushing for anyone who used to consider themselves a true "bag person." Answer her prayers with Cuyana's beautiful leather tote she'll use everyday (when she's not lugging bottles and sippy cups) that also has a thoughtful monogram to show her you got it custom just for her.

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7. The water bottle, Proof, $30.00

Proof Water Bottle

Every mom's got a purse full of tricks/necessities/snacks... and of course, water. And believe us when we say there are water bottles, and then there is Proof. Comprised of medical-grade steel, Proof bottles can keep your liquids cold for 24 hours, hot for 12 and they can also fit ice cubes. Did we mention they're pretty, too? Woot woot!

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8. The digital frame, Aura, $299.00

Aura Digital Frame

If we had to pick one gift to give all the mamas out there this Mother's Day, Aura would be at the top of our list. A sleek digital frame that works right out of the box, Aura is super easy to use (simply link your phone's photo album to the Aura app and upload pics from there) and allows unlimited contributors. So your sister in Alaska, your brother in the Yucatan and you in New Jersey can all share photos to your mom's brand new frame that features a rotating gallery of her family. We're not crying… you're crying!

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9. The silk eye mask + pillowcase, Brooklinen, $79.00

If anyone needs their beauty sleep, it's a mama. Ultra-pampering, this gift gives from Brooklinen will help her sleep better thanks to the breathable and soft-as-butter mulberry silk eye mask and pillowcase. Bonus: It's also super gentle on both skin and hair.BUY

10. The ring, Nordstrom, $45.00+

Kris National Mama Ring

Whether she's been a mama for decades or hasn't even given birth yet, we don't know any woman who wouldn't love this cutie at first sight. Ya know, just like her kids.

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11. The bathrobe, Parachute, $99.00

Parachute classic bathrobe

Everyone needs a bathrobe that is downy and soft and completely warms you up post-shower, and this one from Parachute gets the job done. Like a furry bear—but not so furry that it doesn't absorb water—this Turkish cotton bathrobe will make her giddy at first sight. (And so will the roomy front pockets that can fit her cell phone, a bottle, her reading glasses and more!)

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12. The getaway stay, Airbnb, $25.00+

Airbnb Cuba Stay

Tangible gifts are great, but nothing trumps travel, right? Give her an Airbnb gift card and the two of you can immediately start planning your getaway. Bon voyage, ladies!

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13. The all-you-need makeup palette, Charlotte Tilbury, $75.00+

Charlotte Tilbury Palette

After years of momming, when we finally do get a night out, the prospect of glamming ourselves up can be a bit… daunting. Charlotte Tilbury to the rescue! The makeup artist to the stars (she counts Nicole Kidman as a client) has a super-high-quality beauty line and her Instant Look in a Palette makes creating a smoky eye super easy, and also contains a bronzer for sculpting, a shimmery gold for highlighting and two pretty pinks for blushing. Done and done.

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14. The vacuum, Amazon, $699.00

Dyson V11 Torque

Listen, we realize it's 2019 and not 1950. That said, give Dyson's new cord-free vacuum, the V11 Torque Drive, to any mom and she might just cry real tears right there on the spot. Why? It's the vacuum to top all vacuums. And as every mom knows, we're cleaning up CONSTANTLY.

Its biggest bonus is you only need one cleaner head for rugs and floors. We also love the smart screen that tells you exactly how many minutes of battery you have left (and if something goes wrong, how to fix it!).

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15. The kicks, Nordstrom, $120.00

Vejas Sneakers

Sure, we'd all love a pair of Louboutins for Mother's Day, but we'd probably only wear them a few times a year (if we're lucky!). What do we wear ALL YEAR LONG? Sneakers. So amp up your own mom's cool factor or make your sister giddy with these on-tred sneaks from Brazilian brand Veja. More to know: They're a favorite of Meghan Markle, too.

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16. The facial roller, Revolve, $69.00

Nurse Jamie Facial Roller

ICYMI: Gemstone facial rollers are all the rage right now. Why? By rolling them against your face and neck, you're de-puffing, tightening and energizing your skin. Read: This is the beauty product every mom needs! Our favorite is Nurse Jamie's Uplift Massage Roller (also beloved by Hillary Duff, Jenna Dewan Tatum, and others), which is a bright purple hand-held wand that is fun to look at and actually works, too.

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17. The necklace, Nordstrom, $58.00

Kate Spade Initial Necklace

A sweet necklace that is dainty on its own, Kate Spade's One in a Million Pendant is tops on our list because it will also look fab layered. Whether you opt to gift your loved one's initials or those of her kids, this piece will be treasured.

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18. The clothing subscription, Stitch Fix, $20.00+

Stitch Fix

Have you ever met a mom that has ample time to shop? Nope. This is where you introduce her to Stitch Fix, the Internet's answer to a personal stylist. How does it work? You give her a gift card and she uses it to redeem the personalized styling services—she fills out a user profile and clothes arrive at her door within days, she keeps what she wants and return what she doesn't. Shopping without the pressures of pushy sales girls or bad lighting, she'll get used to that.

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19. The artwork, Minted, $23.00+

Minted Artwork

Part of Minted's Every Mother Counts collaboration, this beautiful print dubbed "mama's arms" by Keely Norton Owendoff is just a lovely piece of art that anyone would want on a shelf or wall in their home. By purchasing the print—which you can buy unframed, framed or on stretched canvas—you're contributing to Christy Turlington's non-profit that aims to make childbirth safer around the world. Yep, literally every mom will be on board with this gift.

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20. The slippers, Nordstrom, $99.00

Ugg Slipper

For better or worse, Uggs are the ubiquitous mom shoe. Yes, there are sleeker footwear options… but have you ever tried on Uggs?! Heaven in a furry boot. For Mother's Day, consider the at-home Ugg, a.k.a. the slipper. With a suede upper, the signature shearling lining and a rubber sole (yes, you can take out the recycling or grab your mail in these puppies). You're about to give the greatest gift ever.

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21. The beach bag, Walmart, $7.99

Ev1 Beach Bag

Is there anything worse that a bag full of sand on a beach day? Well, yes, there are worse things, lol… but it is really annoying! Cure that problem for the mama in your life with a mesh beach bag from Ev1 (Ellen Degeneres' line with Walmart) that is super cute in this bright neon hue and super cheap at this insane price.

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If there's one thing you learn as a new mama, it's that routine is your friend. Routine keeps your world spinning, even when you're trucking along on less than four hours of sleep. Routine fends off tantrums by making sure bellies are always full and errands aren't run when everyone's patience is wearing thin. And routine means naps are taken when they're supposed to, helping everyone get through the day with needed breaks.

The only problem? Life doesn't always go perfectly with the routine. When my daughter was born, I realized quickly that, while her naps were the key to a successful (and nearly tear-free!) day, living my life according to her nap schedule wasn't always possible. There were groceries to fetch, dry cleaning to pick up, and―if I wanted to maintain any kind of social life―lunch dates with friends to enjoy.

Which is why the Ergobaby Metro Compact City Stroller was such a life-saver. While I loved that it was just 14 pounds (perfect for hoisting up the stairs to the subway or in the park) and folds down small enough to fit in an airplane overhead compartment (you know, when I'm brave enough to travel again!), the real genius of this pint-sized powerhouse is that it doesn't skimp on comfort.

Nearly every surface your baby touches is padded with plush cushions to provide side and lumbar support to everything from their sweet head to their tiny tush―it has 40% more padding than other compact strollers. When nap time rolls around, I could simply switch the seat to its reclined position with an adjustable leg rest to create an instant cozy nest for my little one.

There's even a large UV 50 sun canopy to throw a little shade on those sleepy eyes. And my baby wasn't the only one benefiting from the comfortable design― the Metro is the only stroller certified "back healthy" by the AGR of Germany, meaning mamas get a much-needed break too.

I also appreciate how the Metro fits comfortably into my life. The sleek profile fits through narrow store aisles as easily as it slides up to a table when I'm able to meet a pal for brunch. Plus, the spring suspension means the tires absorb any bumps along our way―helping baby stay asleep no matter where life takes us. When it's time to take my daughter out, it folds easily with one hand and has an ergonomic carry handle to travel anywhere we want to go.

Life will probably never be as predictable as I'd like, but at least with our Metro stroller, I know my child will be cradled with care no matter what crosses our path.

This article is sponsored by Ergobaby. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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The phrase "women can have it all" has always left a sour taste in my mouth. Sure, our options for fulfillment extend beyond the home. But between wage gaps, the astronomical cost of childcare, student loans and ever-rising living costs coupled with shrinking wages, can we have it all?

Some women know their calling is at home with their babies and they make it work. They budget like it's an Olympic sport and find resourceful ways to save money. Many women are single mothers and are the sole earners in their homes. Every household has different needs and we absolutely deserve to choose whatever best fits our lifestyle.

Whatever that fit may be, it never encompasses "all."

I knew from a young age that I loved babies and wanted a family of my own, but that vision always included me working. Maybe it was the 90's TV boom of Ally McBeal and Detective Olivia Benson but I knew I wanted a career. I wanted a purpose that contributed to the world outside of my home. I knew I wanted a degree or two, maybe three. The fact that I made up my mind so early and never wavered, made me sure that "mom guilt" was something that other women felt; women who maybe felt the pull to be home but other circumstances were in their way.

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Mom guilt wouldn't hit me, I'd be immune, I thought.

Fast forward to the first month I went back to work from maternity leave. I ugly cried on my way into the office so frequently that I kept makeup in my car so I could fix it before going inside.

I'd dive headfirst into work until I had to pause to pump. Work, pump, work, pump, shove in some lunch at my desk at some point and sprint out the door to get my baby. I was productive but distracted. When I was at work, I wanted to be home. When I was home, I thought about the possible mistakes I had made at work.

I was in a job that was full of stress, last minute late nights, terrible pay and no appreciation. But from the standpoint of working and having a family, I had both. I had it "all."

Some days, I felt as though I was maybe just ungrateful for all the responsibilities I had to juggle. I blamed my attitude.

Facing my unhappiness at work and the baggage I brought home to my daughter and husband weighed on me. Then, six months postpartum, I lost my dad. I packed up that baby and flew home to say goodbye.

At the visitation, his colleagues shared many memorable stories, but the ones that kept coming up were his dedication to his wife and six children. They were memories of my sisters and I hanging out in his office, coloring while our mom worked. In fact, one of my masterpieces, a mosaic Great Dane, still hangs in my dad's old office window on Court Street because the owner of the building watched us grow up and didn't have the heart to take it down when he retired.

Dad was an attorney who nearly always made it home by 5:30, something unheard of in the world of owning your own practice. He didn't live to work; he worked to live.

I realized that when I leave this world, I don't want anyone to tell my children stories about how hard I worked. I wanted them to tell my children stories about how much I loved them and that they always came first. I had to make a change.

The right doors opened in the next month and I eagerly took on an entire career change (not something I necessarily recommend with a 7-month-old, but we made it work). I closed the doors of childhood ambitions that didn't match with the type of mother I wanted to be. It wasn't sad, it was liberating.

My new job included work from home days and a team of women, mostly moms, who value hard work and success but prioritize family and their roles as mothers. That attitude starts at the top of the company and trickles down. It was a breath of fresh air after seven months of feeling like I was suffocating.

Despite these life changes, I still don't have it "all." What I do have is realistic expectations for what I can accomplish in a day.

I have a house that looks like it's been ransacked Monday through Friday. I have a sink full of dishes.

I have a car littered with smashed cheddar frogs and peanut butter smears. I have a bedroom containing endless laundry baskets of clean clothes that get folded and put away maybe once a month.

I have a supportive partner whom I madly love and helps me rage clean all of the above when we can't take it anymore. I have a happy, healthy daughter who couldn't care less about dishes, laundry and dog hairballs.

I have a job that contributes to the betterment of humanity and a team who makes office days a joy.

I have women in my ear sharing their disdain for me working out of the home, but I also have women in my ear championing me as a mother, wife, homemaker, and career woman.

Maybe the answer to finding that peace was leaving a toxic job. Or maybe it was found in losing my dad and having my daughter in the same six months. Perhaps it was the priority shift that followed those changes. It could have been extending the same grace to myself that I so willingly give to those I love. Whatever it was, I'm grateful to have found it so I can enjoy living in our good old days, today. I don't have it all, but I really love everything I have.

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It's been more than a year since Khloé Kardashian welcomed her daughter True Thompson into the world, and like a lot of new moms, Khloé didn't just learn how to to be a mom this year, she also learned how to co-parent with someone who is no longer her partner. According to the Pew Research Center, co-parenting and the likelihood that a child will spend part of their childhood living with just one parent is on the rise.

There was a ton of media attention on Khloé's relationship with True's father Tristan Thompson in her early days of motherhood, and in a new interview on the podcast "Divorce Sucks!," Khloé explained that co-parenting with someone you have a complicated relationship with isn't always easy, but when she looks at True she knows it's worth it.

"For me, Tristan and I broke up not too long ago so it's really raw," Khloé tells divorce attorney Laura Wasser on the podcast. She explains that even though it does "suck" at times, she's committed to having a good relationship with her ex because she doesn't want True to pick up on any negative energy, even at her young age.

That's why she invited Tristan to True's recent first birthday bash, even though she knew True wouldn't remember that party. "I know she's going to want to look back at all of her childhood memories like we all do," Khloé explained. "I know her dad is a great person, and I know how much he loves her and cares about her, so I want him to be there."

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We totally get why being around Tristan is hard for Khloé, but it sounds like she's approaching co-parenting with a positive attitude that will benefit True in the long run. Studies have found that shared parenting is good for kids and that former couples who have "ongoing personal and emotional involvement with their former spouse" are more likely to rate their co-parenting relationship positively.

Khloé says her relationship with Tristan right now is "civilized," and hopefully it can get even better with time. As Suzanne Hayes noted in her six guiding principles for a co-parenting relationship, there's no magic bullet for moving past the painful feelings that come when a relationship ends and into a healthy co-parenting relationship, but treating your ex with respect and (non-romantic) love is a good place to start. Hayes describes it as "human-to-human, parent-to-parent, we-share-amazing-children-and-always-will love."

It's a great place to start, and it sounds like Khloé has already figured that out.

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Kim Kardashian West welcomed her fourth child into the world. The expectancy and arrival of this boy (her second child from surrogacy) has garnered much attention.

In a surrogacy pregnancy, a woman carries a pregnancy for another family and then after giving birth she relinquishes her rights of the child.

On her website, Kim wrote that she had medical complications with her previous pregnancy leading her to this decision. “I have always been really honest about my struggles with pregnancy. Preeclampsia and placenta accreta are high-risk conditions, so when I wanted to have a third baby, doctors said that it wasn't safe for my—or the baby's—health to carry on my own."

While the experience was challenging for her, “The connection with our baby came instantly and it's as if she was with us the whole time. Having a gestational carrier was so special for us and she made our dreams of expanding our family come true. We are so excited to finally welcome home our baby girl."

A Snapchat video hinted that Kim may have planned to breastfeed her third child. What she chooses to do is of course none of our business. But is has raised the very interesting question, “Wait, can you breastfeed when you use a surrogate?"

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The answer is yes, you sure can! (And you can when you adopt a baby, too!)

When a women is pregnant, she begins a process called lactogenesis in which her body prepares itself to start making milk. This usually starts around the twenty week mark of pregnancy (half way through). Then, when the baby is born, the second phase of lactogenesis occurs, and milk actually starts to fill the breasts.

All of this occurs in response to hormones. When women do not carry a pregnancy, but wish to breastfeed, they can induce lactation, where they replicate the same hormonal process that happens during pregnancy.

A woman who wants to induce lactation can work with a doctor or midwife, and start taking the hormones estrogen and progesterone (which grow breast tissue)—often in the form of birth control pills—along with a medication called domperidone (which increases milk production).

Several weeks before the baby will be born, the woman stops taking the birth control pill but continues to take the domperidone to simulate the hormonal changes that would happen in a pregnancy. She'll also start pumping multiple times per day, and will likely add herbal supplements, like fenugreek and blessed thistle.

Women can also try to induce lactation without the hormones, by using pumping and herbs, it may be harder but some women feel more comfortable with that route.

Inducing lactation takes a lot of dedication—but then again, so does everything related to be a mama. It's a super personal decision, and not right for everyone.

The important thing to remember is that we need to support women and mothers through their entire journey, no matter what decisions they make about themselves and their families—whether Kardashian or the rest of us.

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