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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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 Five Update

Month five was full of some exciting moments! I can’t believe I’m now more than halfway through this pregnancy. I’m sure I won’t feel like this in June, but for now I can say that time has flown and it’s all going very fast. Symptoms… I started feeling a lot more movement, and my belly […]

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Introducing Dog and Baby

My friends and family know that while this little girl in my tummy is my first human baby, my real first baby is my seven year old half pug, half Boston Terrier named Rico. I adopted Rico when he was 12 weeks old, and we’ve been inseparable ever since. He’s the ultimate mama’s boy (although […]

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