Violet’s Third Month

We soaked up our last few weeks of maternity leave and are now settling into life in child care and back at work. It’s been tough to spend more time apart but I know it’ll be good for both of us! Growth Violet is 12 pounds, 9 ounces – she’s gained 2 pounds in the […]

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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 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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