Monthly Archives: February 2015

Week 29: Healthy snack options

Most days I still wake up and think, geez, where did this belly come from? It really is like it happened over night. Our baby shower is coming up this weekend, and the thought of it makes this thing real! Nine weeks … Continue reading

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Big daddy

I mentioned last week that I didn’t always want to be a father. And yet, ironically, here I am, a father, and loving it. To put it mildly, I had a big paradigm shift about fatherhood. But all that I … Continue reading

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Ginny Butler

I’m Ginny Butler, a mother of three (soon to be four) living in the Salt Lake City area. I love being a mom and seeing the world through my children’s eyes. If you ever ask me how I’m feeling, my honest … Continue reading

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No sick day for mommy

I don’t get sick very often, but with all the illness that’s being passed around lately it seemed inevitable that the sniffles would catch me at some point. That point just happened to be this week. Despite nearly drowning myself … Continue reading

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Week 37: To epidural or not to epidural

I know what you are thinking … Oh geez, a post about some pregnant lady’s quest to make me agree with her stance on using or not using pain medication for delivering MY baby! She’s either going to call it … Continue reading

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Win it: Squooshi

The contest is now closed. Congratulations to Lindsay (WA) and Rama (MI)! When your tiny tot is exploring the wonderful world of solids, a simple afternoon snack usually ends up as a mushy peas disaster—with green goo on baby, the highchair, the … Continue reading

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Never, ever put me down

Seven months to the day, and she just made an alarming discovery. We have a little ritual a few nights a week that goes like this: She sits in the middle of the bed with some toys, and I get … Continue reading

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A true labor of love: The birth of Liam

It has taken me awhile to get to a place where I can write down Liam’s birth story with affection. His birth was such a special event, but it took me some time to realize this! Of course I wanted to have … Continue reading

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The party with the unexpected twist

It’s now been nine weeks since the birth of our Ben, and (as it says in the title) it was time for us to party. The loud dance music went on as we got ready. I put on my best shirt, … Continue reading

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Baby K’tan Active Baby Carrier

Being hands-free is a huge luxury when you have a new baby, but it’s great to take advantage of when you can swing it. Strollers aren’t always a practical solution (in the case of shorter trips, cramped areas, etc.), so having a … Continue reading

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Week 28: Right-sided baby

Hello, third trimester! Finally we are in the homestretch. Some days it feels like we found out we were pregnant yesterday, and other days it feels like it was a year ago. One thing I am not a fan of: … Continue reading

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I didn’t always want to be a dad

It might surprise you to know that I didn’t always want to be a dad. In fact, I was militantly opposed to it for a while. I’m up to my eyeballs in fatherhood now, so I sometimes forget the journey … Continue reading

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To save or not to save …

Bea is getting so big. Really, you can even ask her. If you ask, “How big is Bea?”—then add, “She’s SO BIG,” she’ll throw her hands up over her head to show you just how ginormous (and brilliant) she has become … Continue reading

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Week 36: Going from one to two

As the weeks tick down to the Robertson party of three becoming a party of four, I get more and more focused on my time left with my little 2-year-old tornado, sidekick and only child, Boone. Now, don’t get me … Continue reading

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My first time feeling like a father

My little man is now 8 weeks old, and this week I felt like a father for the very first time. Don’t get me wrong I’ve been a daddy since day one, but now I feel more like a father than … Continue reading

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A welcome surprise: The birth of Joseph Kolbe

My little Joey bug is 3 months old now, and I’ve sufficiently recovered from the emotional trauma that is childbirth to be able to share his birth day tale. Now I’m not into sharing super personal or gruesome details on the … Continue reading

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Win it: Evoli

The contest is closed. Congratulations to Alona (OR)! As all mommies know, newborns need lots of attention and their skin is no exception. Keeping your little one’s delicate face, lips, body and hair moisturized and soft without skin irritation can be … Continue reading

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The very best highchair

It took us four kids to finally end up with a hanging highchair—the kind that anchors onto the side of the counter or table—and I can’t believe we didn’t get one eight years ago. Well, that’s not true. I know … Continue reading

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Week 27: Preparing for a new sibling

We have had a crazy last few weeks in our home. We rearranged two of our main rooms, and—as you can imagine—that took an entire weekend. We then decided to paint our daughter’s room and also our son’s room, which … Continue reading

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That time Bea fell off a bed

Never leave your baby unattended. I’ve probably seen this statement written out more in the past year than I have my own name. Instruction manuals, labels, parenting books—it’s affixed to every piece of baby gear we own. And I give … Continue reading

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Week 35: When is it best to nest?

As I close out on week 35 of pregnancy, I keep waiting for my nesting phase to kick in. Come on organization kick … any day now will do! With having preterm labor the first time around, I never really … Continue reading

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Win it: PishPoshBaby

The contest is now closed. Congratulations to Brianna (CT)! In the thick of winter (not to mention cold season!), the harsh wind combined with chilly air can cause your baby’s skin to become even more delicate than it already is. Put your mind … Continue reading

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An unplanned C-section: The birth of Taylor Bea

When Baby A hadn’t made her way into the world when her due date approached, my husband and I were beyond impatient to meet our little girl. If she didn’t make her way into the world on her own, I … Continue reading

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The vaccine debate

I’ve casually followed this measles thing and the fall out it’s having on the great vaccine debate, but I’m looking at it a little more seriously now that I’ve learned local health officials are investigating six unconfirmed cases of measles right … Continue reading

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Finding himself

It’s been an interesting week in the O’Sullivan household as Ben began to interact with both his surroundings and us more. If you read last week’s blog you’ll know the extremes I had to endure just for a little smile, … Continue reading

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Week 26: Scheduled C-section

I can’t believe in one week I will be seven months pregnant. So far this journey has been pretty nice. Yesterday I had my 26-week checkup. At my previous appointment I was in and out within 20 minutes. My daughter … Continue reading

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Seasons change

Here we are in the dead of winter. The daylight hours are short. The cold bites every time I step outside, and we’re in the middle of snowpocalypse 2015. Feeling the warm sun on my skin has become a vague … Continue reading

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The surprising thing about Bea’s first flight

Do you ever over-think things? Especially first-time things? I’m a chronic over-thinker. Taking our first flight with Bea, like all of our other firsts before this one, took me weeks of physical and mental preparation—picking out the perfect umbrella stroller, … Continue reading

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Week 34: Uncharted territory

This is a monumental week in my pregnancy. For most ladies, being 34 weeks along in pregnancy comes and goes with no real fanfare or excitement. But for me, it is a point that I have waited patiently for since I found … Continue reading

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Let’s talk about sex

One of my mom friends gave her son milkshakes before he could walk. Another has sworn off sugar until elementary school. I tend to follow a “figure-it-out” approach with my 15-month-old son and 2 1⁄2-year-old daughter, but a close friend … Continue reading

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Pumping in public

I got a text message the other day from a knocked-up friend of mine. She’s a freelancer, and she was plugging away at a collaborative workspace for creative types downtown—lots of open seating, big windows and no interior walls. The … Continue reading

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Win it: Charlie Banana

The contest is closed. Congratulations to Elaine (WI)! Whether you’re aiming to reduce waste, save some cash or just protect and pamper your babe’s sensitive skin, cloth-diapering benefits abound! This week, Charlie Banana is making it easy for moms to … Continue reading

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And then a smile for me

Last week, although a good week all in all, I struggled with not seeing my boy’s first smile. It happened while I was at work, and the picture that I was sent—being so adorable—broke me a little. (Thanks to all those … Continue reading

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On the move: The birth of Floyd

We went on our tour of the hospital at 7 p.m. on 3/17, and I kept saying that I wanted to just stay and be in labor. Before going to bed that night I had one contraction that was most … Continue reading

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Roo and you

Nestling your newborn against bare skin, also known as kangaroo care, provides rewards for parent and child that extend deep below the surface. Touchy feely Quiet time with mom allows baby to breathe in her scent, relax at the sound … Continue reading

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Enter Now To Win a Noodle & Boo Baby Shower Favorites Gift Set!

Our “5 Hearts”-rated Noodle & Boo Baby Shower Favorites Gift Set features Ultimate Cleansing Cloths, Ultimate Ointment, Newborn 2-in-1 Hair & Body Wash and Super Soft Lotion all in a beautifully appointed gift box! Enter for your chance to win … Continue reading

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Bug off

If we could examine the inner workings of the infant parent’s brain, we would first see that incomparable oxytocin rush and the euphoric love that comes with it. There would be a scattering, of course, of incomplete sentences and forgotten … Continue reading

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February 2015 Free Stuff

The contest is closed. Congratulations to: Debbie (OH), Juliet (MO), Alison (TN), Candace (IN), Beth (OH), Paige (TX), Jessica (PA), Rama (MI), Michael (IN), Gilda (PA), Jennifer (WA), Joni (PA). We have more than $1,000 worth of fabulous freebies up for … Continue reading

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Thule Cadence 2 Bike Trailer

My wife and I were excited to review the Thule Cadence 2 Bike Trailer. As soon as the trailer arrived, I pulled it out of the box and was surprised with how light it was. This trailer only took about … Continue reading

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So long, suckers

Whether you’ve loved every minute of it, slowly come to enjoy it, or simply powered through it, at some point breastfeeding will come to an end. Knowing when and how to begin the weaning process is not necessarily intuitive, but … Continue reading

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Mama drama

You can’t stay up past 9 p.m. You always have something questionable on your shirt. Poop doesn’t gross you out anymore. All conversations circle back to your baby. You’ve succumbed to the yoga pants and T-shirt “trend.” You’ve shared intimate … Continue reading

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Burley Solstice Jogger

Just typing the word “jogging” makes me smile. I remember jogging … and wine and sleeping … I digress! I remember spending so much time at the gym before my sweet boy came along. With working full time and being … Continue reading

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Peace of mind

Head off mom-to-be migraines with bump-safe relief. Usual suspects Between fluctuating hormone levels, caffeine withdrawal and disrupted sleep, a number of factors can trigger prenatal brain pain. Luckily, though, most headaches recede by the second trimester. Natural fit Before raiding … Continue reading

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Little Tikes Sit & Play Bouncer

I never realized how valuable time was until I had my daughter in August. I was blessed with a baby who was sleeping through the night at 18 days old, which was amazing. The downfall: She would not sleep during … Continue reading

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Evenflo ExerSaucer Soft N Snuggly Door Jumper

We recently received the Evenflo ExerSaucer Soft N Snuggle Door Jumper (Duck). We love this product! Our daughter is 5 months old and is no longer content just lounging around. She is ready to see the world (or our house … Continue reading

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Handy how-to: Teach your baby sign language

Tots are able to make gestures and use their motor skills long before they’re able to initiate coherent verbal language. Until your little one can articulate his needs, sign language can help him communicate his feelings. Ready, set, sign Teaching … Continue reading

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Urbini Avi Jogger

As a first-time mom, every part of parenthood is new to me. I have always been an active person, but being a working mom took away everything—including my workout time. I have been looking for jogging strollers for quite sometime … Continue reading

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Free spirit

Throw the theme out the window, and assemble an eclectic collection of nursery decor. abstract art / mobile / ‘you’re a gem’ print / pendant / arrow flag / crib / floral crib sheet / dresser / bunny alarm clock / nesting … Continue reading

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Stretch marks the spot

When it comes to being pregnant, stretch marks pretty much come with the territory. “Stretch marks (striae distensae) are bands of scar tissue that form at sites where the skin’s ability to stretch is not sufficient to keep up with … Continue reading

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Slow and steady

Postbaby sex can be scary. (The last ordeal down there might have brought you a beautiful babe, but it hurt like heck, too!) Alison Schultz, DO, an OB/GYN at Boulder Medical Center in Boulder, Colorado, shares some helpful tips on … Continue reading

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