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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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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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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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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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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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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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Week 36: Hello, my baby’s name is …

Lee and I settled on our boy and girl names weeks ago, but we decided to keep them under wraps until we have a baby to introduce as so-and-so, which has annoyed our friends and family members to no end. … Continue reading

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Annoying words

Do you ever get tired of hearing yourself talk? I know I do, especially in seasons where I am very, well, tired. Feeling tired is also like having chronic diarrhea of the mouth. No matter what day, time of day … Continue reading

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A room for you … someday

Most families like to finish the nursery before the baby comes. Most expectant moms are picking out themes, furniture and decorations for the nursery, so it’s just right for the arrival of their new baby. We have never managed to … Continue reading

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Perfect timing: The birth of Isla

I am the 5 percent—that rare, elusive baby born on its due date. As Lauren and I awaited our first, due on April 13, we joked, wondered and—I dare say—hoped that our child might follow in his or her father’s footsteps. … Continue reading

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Unbridled joy: The birth of Isla

When I was first assigned a due date, April 13, I thought two things: Perfect. I’ll be able to complete the big work task scheduled for April 12 before going into labor. Thank goodness only 5 percent of babies are … Continue reading

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Week 36: It’s the final countdown

36 weeks, people! I had an appointment with my OB on Wednesday to check on my cervix and the baby’s position; I’ll be going in weekly now to keep tabs. As extremely embarrassing as pelvic exams always are, I did … Continue reading

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Week 18: It’s a … !

Wait, wait, wait … You’ll have to read a bit of my blathering before you get to the good stuff! I had an appointment at the birthing center with our midwife on Monday, and I got to hear sweet little … Continue reading

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Week 35: Let’s talk about sex … baby’s that is

If you’ve been following along on my weekly prenatal updates, you’ve heard that Lee and I decided to keep Birdie’s sex a surprise. (If you haven’t, now you know!) I already covered the reasons why way back in week 22, … Continue reading

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And then just when you’re finding your way …

After one particularly exhausting day where my two-year-old swallowed a small glass pebble and also tried to use fingernail polish as lipstick, I adopted the mantra, “I can handle this without screaming or swearing.” I know, both of those objects … Continue reading

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Week 35: Almost healthy

“Mom, you should stop eating food because I think you’re starting to get fat.” Words of advice from 4-year-old Graham. Honestly, he was generous to say that I’m only “starting” to get fat—my workout clothes, which I wear nearly half … Continue reading

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Week 17: Wherefore art thou, hunger?

Yay! We’re 17 weeks in! I’m still shocked every single Tuesday when I get the notification that there’s a new size comparison. There is a baby in there! I’m now solidly into the first month of the second trimester, and … Continue reading

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Week 34: Happy (belated) Mother’s Day!

At 34 weeks pregnant, I didn’t have big plans for Mother’s Day. Part of me didn’t feel like I should … because technically speaking, I’m a mom-to-be … not a mom. But my thoughtful husband snuck out early Sunday morning … Continue reading

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The first days turned into a month

  The idea that a month has nearly passed with my new baby is completely beyond me. All the cliches about how quickly time goes by don’t even do justice to the speed of this last month. I’m trying so … Continue reading

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Don’t forget dads

Thanks to social media stalking my every move, I’ve recently felt I am swimming in a sea of pregnant women, water birth photos and belly bumps. It’s awesome! But at the same time, I can’t help but swoon a little bit … Continue reading

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Week 34: Shifting Dynamics

Bringing home a baby always means a major shift in the family dynamics, especially for the members of the household who are experiencing this upheaval for the first time. With baby No. 1, mom and dad experience a hefty lifestyle … Continue reading

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Week 16: I’m leavin’ on a jet plane!

Well, we left on a jet plane, and now, I’m back to tell the tale. Phew! Y’all. This week’s post is going to encompass the last 18 days, as that’s how long we were traipsing around Europe. It’s the longest we/I have … Continue reading

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Week 33: Ready, set, labor

I’m curious to hear how other moms-to-be are planning for the big day (aka baby’s birth day). As a first-timer, I have been trying to set positive but realistic expectations for my foray into the labor and delivery world. I … Continue reading

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It’s a boy!: The birth of Roland

I had been having prodromal labor for a little more than two weeks. Most of the time, the contractions would start at night and stop when I got up and started moving around. On two separate occasions, I felt certain … Continue reading

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Packing up the pretty

I remember having friends over one evening in our former apartment. We lived in a sweet, cozy cottage that sat on a larger estate property. The deep, antique farm sink was made of copper, and the stonework tile added the … Continue reading

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Week 33: Finn’s birth story

No, I haven’t had the baby yet! This is the tale of my second baby, my first boy. And it’s the story of my one and only natural delivery! On July 27, 2010, I finally cashed in a gift certificate … Continue reading

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2017 New York Baby Show

It’s that time of year again! We—your friends at P&N—are so excited for the annual 2017 New York Baby Show, happening May 20-21 at Pier 94 in the big apple. The New York Baby Show—now in its seventh year—is the largest … Continue reading

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Week 32: Or maybe I should say eight weeks to go

People used to ask me when my due date was, but more recently I’ve noticed a shift in the words being used to ponder my pregnant state. Now, I am often asked, “How much longer do you have?” I’ve taken … Continue reading

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It’s just a date

Baby boy’s due date has just about come and gone as I sit down to write this post, and it’s not looking like he’s going to be making an appearance anytime soon. Although Hannah and I are excited to bring … Continue reading

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The big switch

Before having my first baby, I already rolled my eyes at the fighting and finger pointing that would go on between moms with differing viewpoints on any given subject. I remember standing in a store trying to pick out fitted … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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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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