Monthly Archives: October 2017

The best kind of failure

I had a birthday this past week. It was likely the most anticlimactic birthday of my 36 years. It rained all day, and my kids were sick and exceptionally clingy and whiny. Roland has been very congested and no matter … Continue reading

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Syki Bath Support

There’s nothing more terrifying for a parent than giving your new baby their first bath. Newborns curl into little balls of fluff and fall into themselves as you try to hold them up in a vessel of water. Going into … Continue reading

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Full moons & baby booms: The birth of Penelope

Childbirth [chahyld-burth] Noun 1. The act or instance of bringing forth a child AKA … the scariest, craziest, most insane, beautifully wonderful adventure I have ever been on. What’s been about two months now seems like it was yesterday, but five … Continue reading

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Motherhood’s greatest hits

For my last post, I want to share some of the things I love about being a mom. They’re not in any particular order, although number one must be this: seeing and holding a new baby for the first time. … Continue reading

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An expanded perimeter and a new point of view

Roland is now getting around to various rooms of the house. At the same time as he got the hang of crawling, he found his balance sitting up. He’s overwhelmed with the possibilities as he contemplates whether to investigate a … Continue reading

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A matter of time: The birth of Arlo

The logical side of my brain knew that my due date was far from a guaranteed deadline. I tried to mentally prepare myself for going past June 23 and often joked that my baby would probably be tardy to the … Continue reading

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Moving on

Next week will be my last Adventures in Motherhood post, but that’s not the only change happening around here! Shawn and I have decided to move east to be closer to our families. After seven years in Utah, this is … Continue reading

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Win a $300 Travel System from Evenflo!

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In on the action

Roland wants to be in on all the action now. For the most part this is a good thing because his sisters usually want him in on it as well, and I love seeing them all together. Sometimes they will … Continue reading

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A happy haze: The birth of David

It was October in Denver, Colorado. The weather was mild and sunny. I was about five days away from my delivery date, and I came in to work as usual. Around mid-morning, I was sitting at my desk when I … Continue reading

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bloom fresco chrome chair

I’m a big fan of modern baby gear, so as soon as I saw the bloom fresco chrome, I knew it was the highchair for me. (Well, for my baby.) Choosing a color was tough because they have so many … Continue reading

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3 things that saved my bum postpartum

Buy cute pajamas to wear when you have visitors! Go up a cup size when you get nursing bras! These are good and helpful pieces of advice that friends will tell you, but your best friends? Your best friends will … Continue reading

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Being baby happy

Baby happy is the best kind of happy. Here are some basics I’ve learned from my littles over the years. Simplicity Babies have very few expectations. After a full tummy, a clean diaper, and a nap, everything else is icing. … Continue reading

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Taste test

I love food. I love eating it and cooking it, and I wish I were better at growing it. I want food and cooking together to be an important part of our family life, so I’m usually excited to initiate … Continue reading

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Eclectic cool

“We wanted the room to be fun and playful and not take itself too seriously. I have a pretty hard time sticking with a strict theme or color scheme, so the nursery could probably best be described as ‘hodgepodge.’ But I think … Continue reading

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Color splash

“Creating a nursery is a long process. There were some weeks that I worried it was going to be boring. Then there were times I thought I’d surely gone overboard. So my advice is to try to keep things in … Continue reading

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Crib notes

A charming earth- and baby-friendly option at an affordable price. It converts all the way up to a full-size bed. DaVinci Baby Flora (conversion kit sold separately), $259 Create a modern mood by mixing acrylic and solid walnut with this high-quality crib that is sustainably … Continue reading

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Baby talks

When I was expecting Deacon, I thought about what it would mean to start over with another baby. Back to diapers, bottles, interrupted sleep, endless spit-up covered laundry. … But, in my mind, the most frustrating part of starting anew … Continue reading

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How to fight the flu while pregnant

First and foremost The best way to beat the flu is to get a flu shot. Not only is this quick stick safe for bump-bearing moms, but it has been shown to also protect your little one for up to several … Continue reading

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Oh, sugar

I shuffle quietly into the kitchen and open the refrigerator. The rest of the house is sleeping when I twist the cap off and take my first swig. The orange syrupy drink goes down smooth, but the sugary aftertaste lingers … Continue reading

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Parent-approved highchairs

Modern convenience                                                                             … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Snacks for breastfeeding

Q: I’m exclusively breastfeeding my little one, and I’m ravenous all the time. Can you recommend some easy, healthy and filling snacks? I’ve been eating an embarrassing number of PB&J’s. A: I know what you mean! Breastfeeding three children made me crazy hungry. There’s … Continue reading

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Friend zone

I can’t remember where exactly I met Emma, but it was friendship at first sight. Her little boy was born right around the same time as my son, she lived only a couple blocks away, and we got along great. … Continue reading

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C is for courage

  What do you mean I need an emergency C-section? No, no, no. That’s not possible. My pregnancy was normal. My mother had four normal pregnancies and deliveries. What’s happening? I was so excited as I awaited the birth of my … Continue reading

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5 rules of sleep safety

1. Place baby on her back. That goes for naptime and nighttime. Your little one can practice tummy time while she’s awake and supervised. 2. Skip the pillows, extra covers and stuffed animals. They could obstruct breathing or result in … Continue reading

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Sneak preview

In the first moments you spend with your brand-new babe, you’re sure to be completely enamored (and pretty exhausted). Those earliest minutes are precious. You’ll be getting to know each other’s faces, touch and smell. You’re both meeting a person … Continue reading

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Away we go

  1 | Because your kiddo is too cool for drool. aden + anais bandana bib, $10 2 | Somewhere to stash dirty duds when accidents happen. Bambino Mio wet bag, $15 3 | Smartly designed to switch from breast … Continue reading

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Who, what, wear

1. Who Will you be wearing a snuggly newborn? A sturdier tot? A wrap is a good option for the former, whereas the support a soft-structured carrier offers is a plus when it comes to toting weightier babes. 2. What … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Transitioning baby to the nursery

Q: After sharing a room with our newborn for six months, we’re ready to move him to the nursery. How can we make the transition as smooth, safe and comfortable as possible? A: Great question! Here are a few tips to get … Continue reading

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Cleared for takeoff

As a first-timer on this life-changing voyage, there’s likely to be a lot you don’t know. But the good news is most of the folks around you—from your prenatal care provider to the labor and delivery nurses—have done this time … Continue reading

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Week 37: All clear!

It’s official. We made it! The start of Week 37 was the start of the time that our birthing center and midwives allow babies to be born there, rather than being sent to the hospital. This deadline has been the … Continue reading

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Enter to win one of 5 prizes from Earth’s Best® of $200 of product!

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The great clothes

It’s officially fall, although we’re still waiting for it to feel like it here in the south. We’re still wearing flip-flops and short sleeves, but there are days when a sweater feels nice in the early morning. My oldest daughter … Continue reading

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Enter to win one of 5 Earth’s Best® prizes of $200 of product!

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Pottery Barn Kids Florence Diaper Bag

I often see diaper bags that make my heart skip a beat, but it’s rare that I can actually afford one. Let’s be honest, diaper bags (and bags in general) are pretty pricey! And since I’m a SAHM, we’re on … Continue reading

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The LA Baby Show is coming up!

Don’t miss the 2nd Annual LA Baby Show, coming to Magic Box @The REEF on November 4 and 5. No other event provides a better experience for thousands of expectant and new families from LA and neighboring counties, seeking a family-friendly jamboree … Continue reading

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2017 October and Buyer’s Guide Free Stuff

We have more than $2,500 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs! Click below to view the giveaways for our October issue and Buyer’s Guide. You can enter all contests once daily. Good luck! October 2017 Buyer’s Guide 2017

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October 2017 giveaways

This contest is now closed: Congratulations to: John (FL), Sarah (CA), Katherine (CO), Kimberly (WA), Stephanie (GA), Desiree (AK), Candace (DE), Hester (FL), Nicole (NJ), Alyson (CT) Diana (C), Shelly (MA), Jessica (CA), Kellie (GA), TauTiana (TX), Bethlyn (NH), Heather … Continue reading

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October 2017—pediped giveaway

Four little loves will win a pair of pediped Originals baby shoes, made with premium materials to promote healthy foot development.

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October 2017—ergoPouch giveaway

Two sweet snoozers will win an ergoPouch ErgoCocoon, designed to transform from swaddle blanket to sleeping bag as baby grows.

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Flip, flop: The birth Rhetten Scott

Saturday at 2 a.m., I was awakened by a sudden feeling that something was not right. Baby No. 7, and it felt so different. I swung my feet over until they slid off the bed and pulled myself into a … Continue reading

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All is well

While modern ultrasounds provide some amazing insight, baby’s watery world is still a mystery in many ways. Luckily, nature provides some clues to help us know that the pregnancy is a healthy one and that your tiny bean’s development is … Continue reading

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October 2017—Jewels and Pinstripes giveaway

One fortunate family will win a Jewels and Pinstripes celebrity gift basket, stocked with goodies from Angel Dear, Skip Hop, Kleynimals, Bestaroo, Mabel’s Labels and SwimZip.

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October 2017—Sassy Baby giveaway

Two fun-loving clans will win an assortment of vibrant Sassy Baby toys.

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My rock: The birth of Kyla

On August 15, 2016, I went in for a normal check up. I was 30 weeks pregnant at the time. I had a sonogram done first, and then, we went into the room to check my blood pressure. The nurse … Continue reading

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October 2017—preggers.com giveaway

Two style-conscious mamas will win a $100 gift card to preggers.com, so they can stock up on legwear essentials.

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October 2017—Prince Lionheart giveaway

Six cutie patooties will win one of the following nursery innovations from Prince Lionheart: an ILLUMIPAD Changing Pad, ILLUMIPAD Conversion Kit or TWIST’R Diaper Disposal System.

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October 2017—Baby Trend giveaway

Two tired tots will win a Baby Trend Respiro Crib Mattress, featuring high-tech breathable mesh and open-air sides for ultra-safe sleeping.

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