Monthly Archives: June 2017

Back to work

As much as any mama loves an excuse to cuddle with her baby, it’s not always feasible for mom to be there ‘round the clock, ready to nurse. Whether you’re heading back to work, your partner wants to take a … Continue reading

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Week 23: Keep in touch

Whoa, y’all. It is getting mighty warm down here in The Lonestar State. We had our first 100 degree day already. This usually happens in mid-July and then stays that way until close to September. I’m a little nervous as … Continue reading

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Week 32: The whys of pregnancy

In rounding the corner to week 32, I find myself continually experiencing not only new symptoms but reoccurring ones as well. It’s like the first trimester is coming back to haunt me with random, extreme fatigue and food aversions. This … Continue reading

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Don’t get used to a good night of sleep

When you have a new baby in your house, one of the first questions people almost always ask is, “How is the baby sleeping?” I am quite certain this question comes out of a concern for how well you are … Continue reading

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Playing favorites

I’m not sure how to preface this post with something catchy and interesting because the subject matter is something that is causing me great grief. As a newish mom—my daughter is almost a year old, so Im not exactly writing … Continue reading

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Maxi-Cosi Dana For2 Double Stroller

My husband and I were given the biggest shock of our lives when we found out we were expecting twins! Having a little boy and a little girl at the same exact time just wasn’t on my life radar, and … Continue reading

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Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper VERSATILE Bassinet

As a first-time mom, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to co-sleep with my baby or not, but I also wanted to have everything ready before he arrived. The Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper VERSATILE Bassinet was perfect for me because it can … Continue reading

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Week 22: Happy Father’s Day!

We’re eyeballs-deep in that special time of year when we all get to celebrate those we love. It’s my favorite time of year! It was Father’s Day in the U.S. this past Sunday. Whether the dads in your life have had … Continue reading

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Week 39: The uterus that cried wolf

Happy summer solstice! It’s the longest day of the year, which seems only fitting because this pregnancy is winding down to an excruciatingly slow pace. I am two days away from my due date, but I’m beginning to wonder if … Continue reading

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Maternity leave: Making it work

Working for myself definitely has its benefits; however, paid maternity leave is not one of them. I made up a maternity leave for myself by putting some boundaries around my work during this fleeting time and easing back into it … Continue reading

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Netgear Arlo Baby

Candidly, the baby monitor was probably the only piece of baby gear in which I was truly interested as we shopped for our impending little one. Cribs and strollers and swaddles are all good, necessary pieces of baby accoutrement, but … Continue reading

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Doona

To say we are fans of the Doona is to put it mildly. This car-seat-with-wheels has been a total lifesaver during our three months of parenthood, and we could go on and on about why—but let’s keep it to the … Continue reading

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Our way

Every day when I get done with work, I go immediately to my mom’s house to pick up my daughter. Being an 11-month-old wild child, she has tendency to go hard all day long. When I walk through the door, … Continue reading

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Inner strength: The birth of Raphael

“When you change the way you view birth, the way you birth will change.” —Marie Mongan Awakened by a vigorous pain of rhythmic contractions orchestrated by an enchanted force to push a tiny body pulsating within into a new world … Continue reading

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Week 39: Are we there yet?

Wednesday night was fun. Shawn and I had an atypical date night at the hospital, then out to dinner (that part was more typical). I’ll be delivering at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City because they’re on my insurance plan, … Continue reading

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Week 21: Baby kicks and birthdays

Happy birthday to me! This week, I turned 27, and I celebrated the day by taking my husband to the airport at 4 a.m. Woohoo! After I napped, I ate Mexican food for all three birthday meals, went to the … Continue reading

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Week 38: Four things getting me to the finish line

There are lots of things that are making these final weeks more tolerable (even enjoyable), such as my sweet and supportive husband … or the glory of afternoon naps. But this is a post about products that are making all … Continue reading

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The gift of a night out

As a blossoming introvert with an ever growing to do list, I all too willingly let go of any hopes of a social life. My husband and I both would rather spend a night at home getting work done than … Continue reading

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Ingenuity FoldAway Rocking Bassinet

The Ingenuity FoldAway Rocking Bassinet arrives in three easy to assemble pieces. Instructions are simple and clear, but they’re not even necessary for assembly. The pieces logically snap together, and operation is self-explanatory, which is something every parent can appreciate. The bassinet is a … Continue reading

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Week 38: Heating up

Utah has hit the mid-90s this week! I tend to swell in the heat even when I’m not pregnant (poor circulation, I guess?), so at least now I have an excuse for exhibiting cankles and sausage fingers whenever I get … Continue reading

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Week 20: 20 weeks and two years

Happy anniversary to us! My husband and I have officially reached two years of married life. We just got home from our anniversary date full of fondue goodness. Any restaurant that I can stuff my pregnant face full of cheese, … Continue reading

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Week 37: Oh the anticipation

It is the month of my due date. Wait. What? How did that happen? I checked the calendar, but it’s true. It’s June, and this baby will be here in a matter of weeks … possibly even days now that … Continue reading

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No longer new

It dawned on me this week that my baby is no longer a newborn. His skin is no longer flaky. His face has filled in around his features. His eyes that once had broken blood vessels from labor are open … Continue reading

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Seeking wisdom

I recently read an article that basically said for some new parents, having your first child could be emotionally equivalent—or worse—to losing a spouse or experiencing extreme trauma. I immediately did a massive eye roll (like, get over yourself) at … Continue reading

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May 2017 giveaways

This contest is closed. Congratulations to: Vera (FL), Shayla (UT), Amy (PA), Gloria (CA), Rachel (FL), Diana (MD), Molly (MN), Anne (MI), Nicole (IA), Diana (CA), Leah (MN) and Natalia (MN). We have $2,000 worth of fabulous freebies up for … Continue reading

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Week 37: Road tripping at 36 weeks

Remember how I said that Hawaii in March would be our last trip before baby? And then how I said that St. George in April was really our last getaway? Turns out, we were able to sneak in one last … Continue reading

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Postcards from home

Hit the neighborhood pool Flex your fins, and chill with friends. On Ellen: Andy & Evan hat, $28; Tea Collection bathing suit, $36 On Madelyn: Appaman cover-up, $51; Egg by Susan Lazar reversible bikini, $48 On Ethan: Babiators sunglasses, $20; Tea Collection swim shorts, $25 … Continue reading

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June 2017—Jewels and Pinstripes giveaway

One happy household will win a Jewels and Pinstripes celebrity baby bag, featuring goods and gear from Skip Hop, Posh Mommy Jewelry, WubbaNub, Mabel’s Labels and Angel Dear.

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Ask the Experts: Postpartum planning

My best friend had a really tough time postpartum (traumatic delivery, depression, you name it), and I’m fearful of following in her footsteps. At eight months pregnant, is there anything I can do to steel myself for those first trying … Continue reading

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Week 19: Home sweet remodel

Since we had all of our big exciting baby appointments last week, this week has been pretty quiet. We’ve turned our attention to our other needy baby … our house!In addition to all this “growing a human being business,” we’ve … Continue reading

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Natural wonder: The birth of Koda

I remember my first pregnancy with Allie (now 5). I was terrified the entire nine months—terrified to give birth. I thought, How in the hell am I supposed to push a freaking watermelon out of my hoo-ha? I wanted to … Continue reading

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Road Test: Parent-approved monitors

Motion picture Angelcare AC417 Baby Movement Monitor with 4.3” Touchscreen Display and Wireless Sensor Pad, $230 Featuring a wireless movement sensor pad, this high-tech device delivers peace of mind to parents by sounding an alert if no movement is detected … Continue reading

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Dude, where’s my gear?

1 | Hit the ground running with a bit of chrome on board. Baby Trend Falcon jogger, $170 2 | Tap and swipe to log feedings, diaper changes and catnaps. Project Nursery Baby + Parent SmartBand wearable device, $150 3 … Continue reading

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June 2017—Apothederm giveaway

Five lucky mamas will win the Apothederm Pamper Your Skin Collection, including a Stretch Mark Cream, Body Prep Scrub, Hydrating Eye Cream and Brightening Cleanser.

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Phase facts

When you’re a first-time parent, the little things your baby does seem magical … and sometimes bizarre … and occasionally unbearable. Luckily, the things you’re experiencing have been observed and survived by countless others. But it still helps to know … Continue reading

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Over the moon: Just relax in the Hudson River Valley

Whether you want to explore a sprawling city or a glacier lake, lie back and relax or rekindle the romance, there’s a babymoon for every mom-to-be. We’ve planned out everything from where to stay to what to do—even places to eat … Continue reading

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Aversion conversion

The smell of fish, the texture of leafy greens and all the chewing that meat requires are probably things you didn’t give a second thought to before pregnancy. But now that you’ve got a bun in your oven, they’re just … Continue reading

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14 questions to ask your care provider

Perhaps you interviewed a dozen midwives before finding the right one, or maybe your maternity care will continue with the same family doctor you’ve seen and loved for years. No matter your circumstances, the first prenatal appointment is a big … Continue reading

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Worth it all: The birth of Dustin

Who knew that me and Kim Kardashian would have something in common … Placenta Accreta. If I were her and was able to have another baby, I would take my doctor’s advice and find a surrogate to carry my baby. … Continue reading

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5 morning sickness survival tips

1. Carbs equal comfort. this is true for most pregnant women in the first trimester, says Mashru. When you’re feeling nauseated, complex carbohydrates such as whole-grain toast, pretzels or crackers might satisfy your need for sustenance without making you feel … Continue reading

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Girl crush

Often, when it comes to nursery design, less really can be more. When little Evie Sterbenz’s mom, Katie, designed her daughter’s space, she had one goal: “I wanted a room that was sweet, simple and a place Evie could grow … Continue reading

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June 2017—Angelcare giveaway

One watchful parent will win an Angelcare AC517 Baby Movement Monitor with 5” Touchscreen Display and Wireless Sensor Pad.

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Meant to be: The birth of Judah

I believe that there is a certain emptiness in every mother before she meets her baby. Some mothers don’t notice the emptiness until they meet their child. Suddenly their world is rocked, and they rediscover the meaning of love. But for … Continue reading

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Power down

You know you’re supposed to sleep when the baby sleeps, but if you’re spending what little free time you have connecting with friends on social media, you may not be caring for yourself—or your little one—the way you should. “Checking … Continue reading

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June 2017—Celebrity Baby Trends PR giveaway

One fortunate family will win a Celebrity Baby Trends PR must-haves prize pack, including a Mima USA Moon 2G highchair, PRIMO Charli baby shower chair and LapBaby seating aid, Needham Lane slippers, babybay USA bedside sleeper, and UnbuckleMe.com car seat accessory.

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Pick a seat

Before you select a dining spot for your early eater, determine your top priorities. 1. Size of footprint A freestanding highchair may require a little more real estate, whereas a design that pulls up to the table (or even sits … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Set the pace

My little guy is finally old enough to join me on my morning runs. Any tips for keeping him content while I fit my 3 miles in? What about tricks I should know to ensure pushing a jogging stroller doesn’t … Continue reading

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June 2017—Silikids giveaway

Three cool kids will win an assortment of silicone essentials from Silikids.

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Over the moon: Explore more in Banff, Canada

Whether you want to explore a sprawling city or a glacier lake, lie back and relax or rekindle the romance, there’s a babymoon for every mom-to-be. We’ve planned out everything from where to stay to what to do—even places to eat … Continue reading

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June 2017—Babyhome giveaway

One sweet sleeper will win a Babyhome Air bassinet.

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