6 Surprising Things About the Birth Hospital Stay

I think a lot of first-time moms who have their babies in the hospital are likely staying overnight in a hospital for the first time. Even though I work at Shawnee Mission Medical Center, which is where I delivered, I was still really nervous about being a patient. Here are six things that surprised me […]

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Violet’s Birth Story – Part 3

Disclaimer:  Some parts of Violet’s birth didn’t go as I’d planned. Since I hated nothing more than when people felt compelled to share their birth horror stories while I was pregnant, I want to warn any mamas-to-be that my experience wasn’t perfect. We are all great now and have a healthy and happy baby girl, […]

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Month Nine Update

I predicted in my Month 8 update that I would be pregnant right up to or after my due date. My intuition was correct – D-day is here and I’m still very much pregnant! I wanted to capture my thoughts on this last month now, knowing that baby girl could arrive at any second. I […]

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Baby Girl’s Nursery Design

Designing the nursery has been one of my favorite parts of pregnancy so far, and was something I looked forward to for weeks. I had designs for girl and boy nurseries picked out, so as soon as we found out we were having a girl we started painting and getting her space ready. With the […]

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Month Eight Update

We are on the home stretch! We have about a month to go before the official due date, but it’s crazy to think that baby girl could make her arrival at any point. If I had to bet, I’m guessing we won’t meet her until right around (or after) my due date. If she comes […]

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Baby Shower

My baby shower was one of my most favorite things to happen since I’ve been pregnant! It filled my heart to see how loved baby girl Shandler already is and how much support we have as we take the plunge into parenthood. And baby girl is already spoiled – her closet is amazing and I […]

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Getting Knocked Up

So, I think we all know how babies are made. But for those of us who’ve been trying to prevent pregnancy for many years, it can be really overwhelming to do a 180 and suddenly be trying to get pregnant! I’ve had a couple people ask me about our conception journey and what we did […]

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Month Seven Update

Time is flying by at this point! We have less than two months until we meet our baby girl. The first month of my third trimester has definitely been the most uncomfortable I’ve had so far. I’m not quite ready to be done with pregnancy, but I can see the writing on the wall that […]

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Gift Ideas for Expectant Mothers

It might seem easy to buy a gift for an expectant mom – that’s what registries are for, right? But registries are usually full of things for baby, not for mom herself! I’ve been spoiled throughout my pregnancy with some amazing gifts that I thought I’d share in case you’re looking to get something really […]

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