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Week 30: Mommy shaming

Oh my goodness, week 30! This week I experienced my first dose of mommy shaming. Honestly, I’m surprised it took this long. Let me give you a little background: I have done Bikram Yoga for the last eight years. It’s … Continue reading

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Working out those postpartum body blues

I’m not usually one to be antsy to get back into an exercise routine after having a baby. I live for the excuse to not have to put on sneakers in an effort to exert more physical energy than I … Continue reading

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On the menu

Before Bellamy was born, I had many conversations with my husband on bad habits we needed to kick before she arrived, many centering around diet. We were healthy-ish, but we knew her two little eyes would watch our every move … Continue reading

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Hygienetics defined

Who remembers the movie Orange County from 2002? It’s one of the movies my husband and I quote the most, next to Talladega Nights and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. There’s a scene where John Lithgow sits down on the … Continue reading

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Week 29: The Bradley Method: Day one

Hip, hip, hooray! We made it to the week that our birthing classes started! We had our first class on Sunday, and we will continue to have them every Sunday for 2 1/2 hours for 8 weeks. To be honest, … Continue reading

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Week 38: Can we just get labor over with?

If anyone else is at the same point I am … I’m 38 weeks and 4 days pregnant, 4-5 centimeters dilated and beyond ready to get the process of labor over and done with. As a first-time mom, what some describe … Continue reading

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Road tripping

There are so many unpredictable variables that can either make or break a road trip with kids. After the summer we have had, I was more than a little nervous to embark on a lengthy road trip with three kids … Continue reading

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Breaking bad habits

“Welcome back to the world!”, my OB said to me at my 6-week checkup on Monday. It’s good to be back—running errands, reconnecting with friends, leaving the house more often, putting on makeup … And, it’s good to be back … Continue reading

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Week 28: The dreaded glucose test

I did it. I survived. Barely. Two weeks ago, my midwife brought up the glucose test. You know the one. The fasting/sugar binge/sugar crash/let’s make sure your body is processing sugar the way it’s supposed to-test. She gave me the … Continue reading

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Week 37: 26 going on 37

This week started out as any other normal, hot, super pregnant week … but, it was also my birthday week, 26 … how ya’ doin’?! James is finishing up the final piece of furniture for Penny’s room (dresser/changing table), and … Continue reading

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Our ultimate gift: The birth of Daniel

Four days past my due date, December 19, 2016, my husband Anthony and I headed out for yet another appointment with my OBGYN—one I was sure I wouldn’t have to keep considering I was dilated to 3 centimeters at my … Continue reading

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Keeping him close

I’ve always enjoyed wearing my babies. I like the feeling of having them close to me but having my hands free to do other things. My babies have always seemed to enjoy this closeness as well, and each of them … Continue reading

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Home remedy: The birth of Fanon

Towards the end of the summer, I dreamt of being at the beach in the clearest water with little minnows swimming all around me. I was adamant that I wasn’t pregnant, despite everyone’s knowing—side eyes. And although I wasn’t pregnant at … Continue reading

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A gut feeling: The birth of Clarence

On the night of August 22, 2016, I started having contractions 5-7 minutes apart. I told my husband to pack up because I was ready to have the baby! My in-laws stayed home to be with our toddler. While my … Continue reading

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Scar of honor: The birth of Savannah

I had my first contraction just three short hours after ringing in 2017. I was 41 weeks and 5 days pregnant, and I was READY for my girl to make her entrance. Momma is always about 15 minutes late, so … Continue reading

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Choose the mess

At one point in my life—probably when I didn’t know myself well—I would have said I was “type A.” My mom, being truly type A, set a pretty rigid standard of a well-kept home. She sort of wrote the book … Continue reading

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No close-ups, please

When I delivered my baby girl in 2007, my mom took a look at her and proclaimed, “She looks just like Ken.” Awesome. Every new mother wants to hear that her precious daughter looks like her 60-something father-in-law. When a … Continue reading

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2017 1st Annual Chicago Baby Show

We have some exciting news to share with our readers! We—the team here at P&N—are so excited for the 1st Annual Chicago Baby Show, happening August 26-27 at Navy Pier in the Windy City. No other event provides a better experience … Continue reading

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Week 27: Happy 3rd! (Almost?)

I pointed this out at the end of last week’s post, but here’s a refresher. Depending on what measurement calendar you look at, either week 27 or week 28 marks the beginning of your third trimester. I choose to think … Continue reading

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Week 36: Butt swabs and maternity photos

I must say, week 36 has been quite the whirlwind of exciting things! From adding the finishing touches to Penelope’s room to having our maternity photo session, it’s becoming more and more real that we’ll be meeting her so soon! … Continue reading

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Positive deposit

Being in my late 20s, I have lots and lots of conversations about resources, specifically, finances. My husband and I have learned—through trial and error(s)—to be good stewards of what we are given. Our definition of “good steward” continues to … Continue reading

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My kids suck … thumbs, pacifiers and fingers

The need to suck is great with my kids. It has meant that they are efficient nursers, but it has also meant that unless I want them attached to me all day every day, they would need something to suck … Continue reading

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The feed

I am a true believer in the benefits of breastfeeding—I’ve interviewed experts and written articles on this topic—so it is with some shame that I confess … I am a formula feeder. With each baby, I have tried breastfeeding only … Continue reading

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Week 26: Pregnancy brain

Remember that time, one measly week ago, where I wrote all about the heat during my 26th week? You guys—the heat fried my brain! Last week was week 25, and this week is week 26!Lesson learned. Do not travel to … Continue reading

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Week 35: Nursery hustle

We’ve had 35 weeks now to work on Miss Penelope’s room—do you think we’ve taken advantage of that time? Nope! Of course, we have pretty much waited until the last minute. Cue the anxiety attacks, and stock up on the … Continue reading

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Not a bad way to get my attention

We’ve had a lot going on this summer, and Roland is such an easy baby that it is too easy to let him blend into the background of daily life. He is now 3 months old, and all I can … Continue reading

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In a vacuum

It is my belief that a mother is made not during pregnancy, labor or even delivery, but in the first weeks home with her newborn. These weeks rewrite her identity and redefine her priorities. This phase of intense bonding—call it … Continue reading

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Week 25: Holy hot!

You guys. It’s hot outside. Have you noticed?  I don’t think I’ve mentioned the temperature yet. It’s hot outside. No really … it’s scorching.We had a busy week visiting my in-laws out in the Permian Basin in Texas. (Friday Night … Continue reading

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Week 34 : Why it doesn’t suck to be pregnant during summer

On a frosty morning in early December, I found out I was pregnant. With snow flurries starting to fall and Christmas music full blast on my car radio, the last thing on my mind was how I would be 7, … Continue reading

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Grandma to the rescue

My husband has been sick now for over two weeks, and he’s been hospitalized for eight-going-on who knows how many days. Staph infection is not something to take lightly though, and I trust that the doctors are doing their best … Continue reading

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Get out of town

Tomorrow marks the first day of our first family vacation! We will be packing the car and heading to the beach for some much needed rest and relaxation. A long time ago before my bambina was involved, I didn’t believe … Continue reading

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Seeing it all: The birth of Carlos

I am the mother of a beautiful 6-month-old baby boy! I would say that my baby is the most handsome and perfect, but in reality, all babies are. All babies are wonderful and all mothers play a very difficult role … Continue reading

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Week 24: Happy terrified-dogs day!

It’s Independence Day celebration time! I don’t know about your neighborhood, but these fireworks have been going since Saturday and have no signs of stopping. We may have a firework ordinance, but the city doesn’t seem to be too strict … Continue reading

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Week 33: To Lamaze or not to Lamaze

I’ve been at this third trimester party for a little over five weeks now, and it’s the most exhausting party I’ve ever been to. It’s uncomfortable, draining … and did I mention uncomfortable? With this bump growing at a steady … Continue reading

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It could always be worse

It’s been pretty rough around here, but it didn’t start out that way. Recently, we were at the lake with family, considering ourselves lucky that a forecast of showers had turned into sunshine. My husband was having fun tubing, and … Continue reading

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Just 30 feet away

Every night, my husband and I do a bedtime routine with our daughter, Bellamy. We were never routine people, and we just started the process of her sleeping in her own room. Although she’s been a pretty good sleeper from … Continue reading

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A wonderful surprise: The birth of Nora

We weren’t sure if we wanted children. My husband, Chaz, and I met when we were freshmen in college. Our relationship began as friends which quickly grew into a lot more! We were married young and very in love. This … Continue reading

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Eye on the prize: The birth of Katalina

I have decided to share my birth story because the day before I was induced, I was desperately searching for a similar story to help me prepare. While no story could have truly prepared me, I hope mine will help … Continue reading

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Natural healing: The birth of John

One year ago today, I experienced a natural, unmedicated birth for the first time, as I brought our son—and fourth child—into the world. The memories of his birth are still so vivid; I literally cannot grasp how this year has … Continue reading

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Timing is everything: The birth of Deacon

It was Saturday night, June 17, and expectations were low. Although my due date was less than a week away, my OB had reported very little progress in the last month. I fully expected to put in my typical effort … 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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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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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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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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