Monthly Archives: April 2017

Week 32: Hitting the snooze

This week I wrapped up a feature article for the December issue of P&N (I know, December sounds crazy far away!). It was all about trying to get a decent night’s sleep during pregnancy. I asked my social media world … Continue reading

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Babo Botanicals Giveaway

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Week 31: Hi, I’m a mom … sort of

When I thought about what it would be like to be pregnant, to be on this path toward motherhood, I always imagined that I’d experience some great awakening inside me. That I would become a mother. That I would embrace … Continue reading

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Thoughts on baby No. 2

We’re down to the final week before the due date of our baby boy, and we’re starting to get a little anxious. Hannah knows from her experience with our first baby that she needs to find lots of things to … Continue reading

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Bigger and better: The birth of Carter

The big “DD” had come and gone, and I was an emotional wreck. I’d been told by my midwife that our cute baby boy would most likely be coming early (and that was at 35 weeks!). Needless to say, my … Continue reading

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To-go box

Guys, it happened. My worst nightmare. OK, that’s dramatic, but it is something I have been dreading/hoping wouldn’t happen to me! Up until this week, we have been very fortunate to have a well-behaved child at restaurants and other social events. … Continue reading

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Week 31: April fool me once

April 18 came and went, and I did not have a baby! This is great news because my husband, daughter and younger son all share that birthday. There are more people in our house born on April 18 than not. … Continue reading

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Week 30: A little reminder

After sharing my blog post from last week, a sweet mama gave me a gentle reminder on Instagram that I needed to hear. I have a long list of things to get done in the next nine weeks—a whopping total of … Continue reading

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The bed and breakfast routine

As a working father, I often worry about getting enough quality time with my 1-year-old daughter. I work roughly 50 hours a week from about 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. If you tack on commute time then it’s … Continue reading

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Close call: The birth of Bodhi

I woke up on Friday feeling tight in the stomach. “Tight” is the only way I could think to describe it. My mother-in-law was visiting from South Africa for the first time, and we all decided to go shopping and … Continue reading

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Available for rent

Matt and I were walking through a supply store the other day when we saw a sign that read “available for rent.” We both took notice and looked at each other. We laughed knowing we were thinking the same thing, “This … Continue reading

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Week 30: Bottoms up

As a third trimester door prize, I got to take a glucose test this week! I haven’t had one with every pregnancy, but I know I had one during pregnancy No. 2, because I failed the first test and had … Continue reading

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Summer Infant giveaway April 2017

Enter now for the chance to take home Summer Infant‘s full line of Portable On-the-go Products™. The perfect traveling companions for families on the move! Here’s what you could win: (1) POP N’ PLAY PLAYARD,  (1) POP N’ SIT BOOSTER,  … Continue reading

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What I didn’t expect to be expecting while my wife was expecting

When we found out that Hannah was pregnant for the first time, we instantly thought about all the cliché symptoms women experience when growing a baby. We expected her to get morning sickness, crave chocolate and ice cream all the … Continue reading

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Week 29: The beginning of the end

I have hit the third trimester deluge, and I am definitely feeling the pressure to get stuff done. (Confession: I may or may not have gotten overly emotional after leaving the Motor Vehicle Tag & Title office because I was … Continue reading

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Week 39: Riding out the storms

It’s been a stormy week, both literally and figuratively; the bizarre weather patterns outside our windows mirrored the emotional tides within our home. The week started with spring rain and built into actual thunderstorms. I had to drive an hour … Continue reading

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Pushing through: The birth of Gavin

Seeing the plus sign on that little stick for the second time was just as surreal as the first. Not long after our daughter’s first birthday we realized our baby was growing up, and we no longer had a baby. Was … Continue reading

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Moms can hang, too

Before my daughter was born, I remember vowing to myself I wouldn’t subscribe to the idea you can’t do something because of having a baby. I knew families who claimed to never go to brunch or venture out beyond a … Continue reading

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Week 29: Greetings from St. George

It’s Spring Break, people! As Atlantans, we drove south a few hours so we could spend the break in Florida; now living in Salt Lake City, a four-hour drive south takes us to sunny St. George. We’re near Zion National … Continue reading

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Week 28: Stranger things

Can I just take a minute to say that sometimes it is really weird to be pregnant? Being your budding babe’s home sweet home for the first nine months is basically the coolest thing. (Our bodies are amazing!) But all … Continue reading

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4 Pieces of advice for taking family photos

We live pretty close to our state capitol building, which is famous for the pathways lined with cherry blossoms that surround it. For a few short weeks in the spring (or less, depending on how crazy the weather gets), the … Continue reading

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NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE THE CHANCES OF WINNING. Eligibility:Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is open only to those who sign up at the online sweepstakes page (“Sweepstakes Page”) and who are 18 as … Continue reading

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Week 38: “How much longer until the newborn baby is born?”

I’ve heard this question a lot through this pregnancy from my 4-year-old, who always refers to the baby as “the newborn baby.” Time is such a hard concept for young kids to grasp that I’ve often been unsure how to … Continue reading

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Take it VBAC: The birth of Macy Mae

At my first prenatal doctor appointment, we discussed delivery, and I decided that I truly wanted a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). It was very important to me after my first daughter’s birth, which included hitting 41 weeks without any … Continue reading

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Hold her!

I heard a podcast the other day discussing fulfilling your calling. Andy Stanley—the speaker—spoke frankly of the change that can occur when you choose to invest in something of importance. I’m paraphrasing here, but he basically said it would take … Continue reading

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Registry Guide 2017—Feltman Brothers giveaway

Three little darlings will win a selection of wardrobe essentials from Feltman Brothers’ Pima Layette Collection.

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2017 April and Registry Guide Free Stuff

The April giveaways are now closed. Congratulations to: Lacrecia (TX), Byron (OR), Tyquila (IL), Mary Anne (CA), Leah (MN), Taylor (IL), Jennifer (OH), Latesha (IL), Stephanie (NY), Serena (AK), Lindsey (MI), Anne (NY), Robert (WI), Laura (CA), Natalia (MN), Sarah … Continue reading

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Registry Guide 2017—Babo Botanicals giveaway

One lucky wee one will win a year’s supply of Babo Botanicals skin care products, including the new 3-in-1 face, hands and body wipes.

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April 2017—Rumina Nursingwear giveaway

Ten lactating ladies will win a Rumina Nursingwear Pump&Nurse Set, including a Pump&Nurse Bra and Pump&Nurse Tank.

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Newborn necessities

1 | Be prepared to catch your sweetie’s messes. Bébé au Lait burp cloths, $20 for three 2 | Stock up on plenty of itty- bitty diapers. Earth’s Best newborn diapers, $13 for 40 3 | Ensure your wee one … Continue reading

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Books beyond bedtime

Bedtime stories have long been a nightly ritual looked forward to by children and parents alike. But the tender time just before sleep sets in serves as more than an excuse for extra cuddles and calming kisses. As it turns … Continue reading

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Getaway plan

With your due date just days away, it can be tempting to make a mad dash for the delivery room the moment you feel contractions kick in, but—as ready as you are to meet your babe—knowing when to head to … Continue reading

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Registry Guide 2017—NurturMe giveaway

Two health-conscious crews will win a $100 gift package from NurturMe, chock-full of organic quinoa baby cereals, toddler snacks and more.

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SIDS breakthrough

Researchers at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children in Sydney, Australia, recently discovered the first evidence of a biological explanation for newborns dying unexpectedly in their sleep. Their findings reveal that newborns who die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) … Continue reading

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Registry Guide 2017—Gathre giveaway

One sweet babe will win a Gathre Micro Mat and Mini Mat, perfect for diaper changes and under-the-highchair mess management.

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On the sly

When lucky little man Hudson joined the Degreff family last fall, he became the proud resident of this warm nursery. His mom, Steffy, wanted his space to be vibrant and cheerful, and she knew exactly the motif to embrace: “I’ve … Continue reading

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April 2017—Dream On Me giveaway

One stylish crew will win a Dream On Me Charlotte 5-in-1 Convertible Crib in blush pink, gray or white (their choice!). The thoughtful design grows with baby from crib to toddler bed to daybed to full-size headboard and footboard.

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Foodie from the start

Chicken nuggets or noodles and the occasional pizza: Anything else elicits a skeptical eye and a wrinkled nose from 6-year-old Sean W. “A lot of times he’ll say he doesn’t like something before he even tries it,” says his mother, … Continue reading

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Gentle C-section

Dressed in a thin paper gown, you nervously look up at your partner, who squeezes your hand as your doula leads you through calming breaths. Your playlist switches over to a Katy Perry song and you think, Yes—bring it. I … Continue reading

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The first trimester blues

Early pregnancy isn’t all plus signs and happy secrets. Although the first trimester is filled with excitement and anticipation, it’s also infused with its share of aches and pains. But common mom-to-be woes can be survived with a few proactive measures. … Continue reading

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Registry Guide 2017—Angelcare giveaway

One tuned-in parent will receive an Angelcare AC417 touchscreen movement, video and audio monitor.

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Registry Guide 2017—Lorena Canals giveaway

Two style-conscious clans will win a Lorena Canals machine-washable rug in their color and style of choice.

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April 2017—UpSpring giveaway

  Ten morning sick mamas will win Morning SickLess Nausea Relief Drops from UpSpring, so they can remedy their queasiness and digestive issues naturally.

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Road Test: Parent approved carriers

ONE AND DONE Ergobaby ADAPT; 7 to 45 pounds, $145 With the ergonomic design parents have come to expect from Ergobaby but without the need for a bulky newborn insert, this straightforward carrier is loved by both moms and dads. READY … Continue reading

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Registry Guide 2017—Covered Goods giveaway

Five chic mamas will win a Covered Goods 4-in-1 nursing cover, which can be used with car seats, shopping carts and more.

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Registry Guide 2017—Stair Barrier giveaway

One baby-safe household will win a Stair Barrier fabric safety gate in their fabric and style of choice.

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Taking care of business

Most women are safe to keep working throughout their pregnancies. In fact, continuing to clock in five days a week is a good thing. “It allows them to maintain financial stability and continue contributing toward their career goals,” says Rahil … Continue reading

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