Tag Archives: Ginny Butler

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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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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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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Go figure

When I left the hospital with my baby girl, I had already lost about half the weight I’d gained during pregnancy, and I felt pretty darn good about that. I was a postpartum champ. Then, I tried to wear clothes. … 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 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 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 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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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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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 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 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 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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Adding to the flock

If you ask many seasoned parents, “family planning” is a laughable concept. Despite our intentions, we won’t necessarily end up with the number of children we expected to have or the exact spacing we had hoped to insert between them. … 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: 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: 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: 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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Where mind meets body

Pregnancy can be challenging, both mentally and physically. If this is your first ride, you might be experiencing stress, anxiety or depression you haven’t faced before, in addition to the tangible aches and pains of carrying a growing baby. Exercise, … Continue reading

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Week 28: Baby what’s-his-name

Last night I dreamt that baby had arrived and I was taking care of him. In the morning, I asked myself, “Did he have a name? What was his name??” But if he did have a name in the dream, … Continue reading

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Week 27: You are my son-shine

I have a wonderful 9-year-old daughter and two delightful sons, ages 3 and 6. It would be easy to get excited about adding another girl to the mix, but you know, having a herd of boys has its perks, too. … Continue reading

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Week 26: June is not soon

It’s crazy how pregnant I look—there’s such a difference even over the last two weeks! I’m struggling to wrap my mind around doing this for another three months. My belly will be out of control. I’m at the point now … Continue reading

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Week 25: Back to reality

It is so hard to come back from vacation! When my alarm sounded this morning, I closed my eyes and remembered a few days ago, waking up to the sound of crashing waves, early sunlight streaming through the window and … Continue reading

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Week 24: Last getaway as a party of five

Aloha from Oahu! We decided this was the perfect time to take a long-anticipated Hawaiian vacation, for a few reasons: My wonderful sister and her family live here, at least for another 18 months while they’re in school at BYU-Hawaii. … Continue reading

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Delivery room MVP

When I arrived at the hospital to deliver my first baby, I had no idea what I was walking into. I had not attended any birth-related classes, and I’d never watched an episode of TLC’s “A Baby Story” because I … Continue reading

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Week 23: The time has come

When I find myself resorting to the old rubber band trick, I know it’s time to pull out the maternity wear. I sent Shawn up in the attic for my big box of maternity clothes, not really remembering what was … Continue reading

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Week 21: The old and the new

I’m having my third boy in a row, so you might think I already have all the boy supplies I could possibly need. Like Ariel, “Wouldn’t you think I’m the girl; the girl who has … everything?” And I do … Continue reading

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Week 20: The bedtime buffet

Every pregnancy brings its own unique challenges. This time, I’m keeping it fresh with a health complication I’ve never experienced before: anemia. Fortunately, this one seems pretty easy to remedy! I had not experienced anemia inside or outside of pregnancy … Continue reading

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Week 19: It’s a …

… nother boy!!! The kids bit into their blue-filled Krispy Kremes Wednesday evening and exhibited mixed reactions. My 3-year-old boy was simply excited. My 6-year-old boy said, “I really wanted a girl so the girls and boys would be even, … Continue reading

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Hitting the snooze

Do you ever wish you could get a parenting do-over? I would apply my free pass (all right, one of my free passes—I would need a small stack) to go back and attend to my second baby’s sleep habits. Because … Continue reading

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Week 18: A bell pepper to add to the mix

According to the world wide web, at 18 weeks, baby is close to the size of a bell pepper: 7 ounces and 5.5 inches from head to rump. I feel him/her moving all the time now, but I can only … Continue reading

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Week 17: Countdown to doughnuts

The gender reveal party craze has totally taken off since I had my first. I blame Pinterest. And other social media. But mainly Pinterest. Every pregnancy, I’ve gone to my 20-week-ish ultrasound, found out the gender, and then let family … Continue reading

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Week 16: Prego makeover

Sometimes, when your skin is going crazy but you can’t do much for it, and your waistline gets a little thicker every day, you really need to get your hair done! And seriously, isn’t makeup wonderful? I thank heaven I … Continue reading

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Week 15: Second tri

At 15-ish weeks, I’m officially in the second trimester! I’m feeling more secure about the pregnancy, slightly more energetic, and definitely more pregnant than I have so far. I sometimes find myself holding my back and walking like a big … Continue reading

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It’s complicated

In researching this article, I interviewed a number of moms who experienced complications during their pregnancies. Each had her unique perspective, but one point came up in every single discussion. Every mom I spoke to gave this advice: Ask questions! … Continue reading

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Week 14: Sick for the holidays

Funny: As I was quickly typo-ing the headline, it autocorrected to “sick of the holidays.” No, I’m not sick of the holidays! I’m just sick of being sick. Last week I came down with the most miserable cold. I mean, … Continue reading

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Week 13: Maternity wardrobe DIY?

Since fall, I’ve been working on my domestic skills with my friend Janet who lives around the corner. Janet is around my mom’s age, and she is my role model! The woman can seriously do anything. Besides her full-time career, … Continue reading

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Week 12: Workout shakedown

I’ve had my eyes opened this week as I’ve been working on an upcoming article for P&N. It’s about prenatal fitness, especially the mental benefits of exercise during pregnancy. This is something I believe in wholeheartedly. I’ve been working out … Continue reading

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Week 11: First tri symptoms

Compared to many of my friends’ experiences, my pregnancies are super easy. So I really can’t complain. … Kidding, of course I can complain! I have had the good fortune to reach 11 weeks without once overturning my stomach’s contents, … Continue reading

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Week 10: The last first appointment

Monday’s OB appointment felt so much like my last one, almost a year ago. Both appointments were for a first ultrasound and initial pregnancy exam. Both times, I knew I was well into the first trimester. Both times, I’d experienced … Continue reading

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Surviving the first six weeks

Remember when you were 38 weeks pregnant and so ready to be done that you were actually anxious to push a 7-pound person out of your lady parts? Because then the pregnancy would be over, and you could relax and … Continue reading

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Not your mama’s pregnancy

My mom is amazing. She delivered five healthy babies, one of them naturally (me!), and breastfed every one of us. She believes that motherhood is a lifelong calling (she’s right), and she continues to be a loving, capable mom and … Continue reading

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Common newborn ailments

Little ones cry for oh-so-many reasons, but we’ve picked out half a dozen issues that are likely to crop up in the early months of your child’s life. While there’s no substitute for a doctor’s care, we’ve got a few … Continue reading

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Control issues

I recently shared a laugh with a close friend as we discussed a new fitness class that’s hot in our area. It’s a fast-paced cardio dance class with upbeat music and instructors who look like they leapt off the pages … Continue reading

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What’s normal (and what’s not) when you’re expecting

From the moment you conceive, your body begins to transform from the everyday vehicle you’ve always known into an amazing, efficient (and sometimes kinda gross) baby-making machine. Some changes are obvious—a burgeoning belly, for example—while others will take you by … Continue reading

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Unplug from unhealthy anxiety

In the early weeks of my first pregnancy, I came across a book at the library about proper eating for pregnant women. I can’t remember the title, and I don’t know who published it—but it was the absolute worst thing … Continue reading

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Sticky situations

As a new mom, you’re bound to experience a few tricky interactions. From strangers invading your space to in-laws disregarding your rules, we’ve detailed—and diffused—the most common uncomfortable circumstances. The tough spot: Strangers (or even friends) want to hold your new … Continue reading

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Your pregnancy tune-up

This baby thing is really happening, and you’re in it for the 40-week long haul. Maybe you were perfectly prepared before the test pointed positive, or maybe you’re like the rest of us and could use a tuneup to get … Continue reading

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Made to order

Foods that should be fortifying become frightening when allergies or intolerances are thrown into the mix. The body misidentifies certain foods as malicious invaders, responding suddenly and violently with an allergic reaction. Fortunately, these reactions aren’t typically an issue for … Continue reading

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7 ways to soothe a fussy baby

When baby starts a-wailing, it’s easy to lose your grip on coherent thought. But before you plunge headlong into a panic, scroll down the list of obvious fixes: Does babe have a dirty diaper? Is she hot or cold? Is … Continue reading

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