Violet’s Second Month

If the first month is about survival, the second month is about making baby part of your normal routine. We’ve gotten a schedule down and have adjusted to having Violet in our lives. It seems like she’s adjusting to life outside of mom and is absorbing everything around her! Growth At her two month appointment, […]

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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 Newborn Pictures

Now that Violet is over a month old I’m especially cherishing our first professional photos of her, taken while we were still in the hospital. She’s still a newborn in many ways, but she’s already changed so much! Bella Baby Photography takes newborn photos in the Birth Center at Shawnee Mission Medical Center and at […]

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Violet’s First Month

It’s hard to believe we already have a 1 month old! While it’s certainly gone fast, Dave and I agree that it also feels like Violet has been with us forever. While this first month has had its challenges, we are really enjoying every minute with our baby girl. Growth Violet was 7 pounds, 6 […]

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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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Violet’s Birth Story – Part 2

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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Violet’s Birth Story – Part 1

Well, it happened! I’m officially a mom to a beautiful baby girl, Violet Hudson Shandler. In some ways I feel like I’ve known her forever, but in other ways I feel like I’m still getting to know this little stranger who has graced our lives. It’s just as amazing and tiring and wonderful and hard […]

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