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    My First Labor & Delivery Story: Parker’s Birth Story

    So I’ve been wanting to write this post for quite awhile now. Birth stories are actually the reason I was inspired to start writing a mama blog. You see, back when I was pregnant with Parker I was so fearful of what giving birth would be like…just afraid of the unknown and being out of control…that I scoured the internet reading ALL THE blogs and watching vlog after vlog to hear what other people’s experiences were like. Again, type A here, so even when I knew I couldn’t control everything that would happen, I at least wanted as much knowledge going in as possible. However, it’s evident after all that…

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    Product Review: Keekaroo Peanut Changing Pad | $130 Changer?!? Is it worth it?

    Disclosure: Links below are affiliate links. This means at no additional cost to you, I earn a small commission if you decide to click through and make a purchase. Keekaroo Peanut Changer Review Okay, what gives with this Keekaroo Peanut Changer? Who wants to spend $130 (or $129.95) on something that will be peed on and pooped all over? Those of you who read my blog, will know the answer (HINT: it’s me!) and what I thought of this product as I have mentioned it several times in my must-haves. Read on to find out why I love this product so much! So what exactly is a Keekaroo Peanut Changer?…

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    2017 Holiday Gift Guide: 0-1 year olds

    I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with friends, family and great food. Now is the time of year where it is easy to be overwhelmed with a plethora of options for gifts and packed stores to get ready for the holiday gift-giving season. So avoid the crowds and the stress by using this handy guide for all the little ones on your list. Here are some of my favorite gifts this season for the younger crowd no matter what your budget is: $10 and under: This set of B. Funkeys Lights & Sounds Toy Keys for Kids. It’s hard to think of a more popular item with babies…

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    5 Things no one tells you about having a C-Section

    What it is Really Like Having a C-Section Delivery In the majority of scenarios, mothers are not going in hoping or wishing for a cesarean birth. However, in the United States in recent years, this is the ultimate outcome for ~30% of births. I did not go in planning for one, but it ended up being necessary when my daughter was born. I had some information on what a c-section entailed (I went to a birth class, which I highly recommend, and they went over the process in great detail), and I had a number of friends and family who had one (or more), but there were still a few things…

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    Product Regrets: Nonessential Baby Items I Regretted Buying

    So being a first time mom, I have made plenty of mistakes along the way. In general, I am definitely guilty of buying too much when it comes to Parker, but there have also been items we just have not used or did not work well. Looking back, I rounded up a few of the more costly purchases I made that ended up being a bit of a disappointment in the long run. I’m not saying that these products don’t work well for some people, but they did’t work well for us for various reasons. Hopefully this helps someone out there avoid making the same mistakes! I know this list…

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    Reflections on the Shooting in Las Vegas | Words from a Mama

    This post is definitely outside of my norm, but it would feel inauthentic to not address the dark cloud over this week. First and foremost, to all those affected by the senseless tragedy that happened this week in Las Vegas, I am deeply sorry that this happened to you. I cannot imagine what you and your families are going through, and my heart goes out to you. When I woke up and heard this news on Monday morning, I was shocked and sick to my stomach…I didn’t understand how this can happen again and again. Quite frankly, the most terrifying thing is that we all live in the world where…

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    Parker: 15 Month Update – Words from a Mama

    The last 3 months since Parker’s first birthday have absolutely flown by, and I have to say that I really have loved this age. She’s generally very happy and getting things done with her is easier than it was before since she is more tolerant of interruptions to her usual routine. It’s been amazing to see her develop, and I can tell a huge difference in how attentive she is to the world around her and how much she is soaking in. It’s crazy to me when she mimics behaviors that you have no idea she was observing. Like putting on our shoes and walking around, or copying the way…

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    Awkward and Awesome: September Roundup

    I’ve seen a lot of other bloggers do ‘Awkward and Awesome’ Thursdays, but I figured I would give it a shot as a monthly round-up for my first pass at it. What I really love about these types of posts is that they force bloggers to not always put their best foot forward. You get a more realistic view of what life (or motherhood) is really like without being overly pessimistic or only focusing on the negative. So let’s give this a shot! I am generally incredibly talented at creating awkward moments, so that part should be really easy for me. Awkward: -Parker FaceTiming a work colleague. Whoops. She loves…

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    Our Favorite Places to Buy Kids Clothes – for all occasions

    That time of year is drawing nearer and nearer….the Holidays. It brings with it a multitude of festivities that require new or special outfits, so I thought this was an appropriate time for this post. Since we only have one child (at least for now), and she is the first girl of our immediate family, we have done a lot of shopping for clothes since she was born. However, even if you are in a situation where you have a lot of hand-me-downs available to you (which I would highly recommend taking advantage of since kids’ clothing is grown out of so fast or destroyed by spilled food or other…

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    Another Year Passed

    With another birthday looming at the end of this week, I can’t help but reflect on the many ways my life has changed over the last year. Looking back to a year ago when I had an 8 week old, even with everything that had already changed so dramatically, I had no idea of what else was to come. I was listening to a podcast recently about time, and the relative nature of it…how we think that at whatever point in time we are at the moment, we are the real person we are; we believe that we have mostly grown and changed as much as we can….but that is…