Parenting

My Life With Kids: The Differences From 0 to 1… and 1 to 2

posted by Andrea | 04/14/2014 | 48 comments
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When I announced I was pregnant with baby #2, everyone told me the transition from 1-2 was WAY more challenging than the transition from 0-1. This naturally freaked me out since my transition from 0-1 was pretty traumatizing for me!

However, after 6 weeks, I can say that so far, the transition from 1-2 has been easier than 0-1. Thank goodness!

For When You’ve Never Walked a Mile In Their Shoes

posted by Andrea | 04/2/2014 | 42 comments
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Almost all of us have ongoing struggles and problems that we deal with on a daily basis. I know our first couple of years with Nora definitely were not a piece of cake!

Inspired by a recent reader question, I decided to write this post about appropriate (and not so appropriate) responses for when friends share their problems with us.

Simon’s Birth Story and Life Updates

posted by Andrea | 03/25/2014 | 51 comments
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Can you believe Simon is 3 weeks old today!

As promised, I’m going to share Simon’s birth story today. Thankfully, it’s nothing crazy or super eventful — just a pretty normal (and pretty quick) labor and delivery.

My 2-Year Old’s Perspective on Working Parents

posted by Andrea | 03/12/2014 | 32 comments
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Before I had kids, I NEVER EVER expected to be a stay-at-home-mom — I was positive I would work outside the home and send our kids to daycare. Obviously, that didn’t happen.

This post was sparked by a recent conversation with my 2-year old… I was literally shocked by her young thought process!

My Thoughts on Baby Schedules and Sleep Training

posted by Andrea | 03/4/2014 | 29 comments
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Recently, I’ve been noticing a lot of chatter about “sleep training” in my social media feeds — and while I honestly have nothing against sleep training, I know for a fact that it doesn’t work for everyone — even if you follow every single rule in those books.

If you’re a frustrated, sleep-deprived parent, you’ll want to read this post!

Nora’s Food Journey: My thoughts after 21 months of nursing!

posted by Andrea | 02/27/2014 | 58 comments
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The whole feeding process has been a VERY long journey for Nora (and for me) — and one I promised I would talk more about.

So since I’ve gotten mass amounts of emails asking for more information about our “feeding journey”, I figure I better squeeze in this post before Baby #2 arrives and I need to start all over again!

My ‘Plans’ for Working After Baby + A Blog Survey and Giveaway

posted by Andrea | 02/20/2014 | 36 comments
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Several of you have questioned if I’ll take a maternity leave or not… and what my plans are after this baby arrives. To be honest, I’m not sure!

Today I’m sharing my tentative “after baby plans” as well as a quick survey I’d be super grateful if you took. It should only take a couple minutes, and you could win a $100 Amazon.com gift card!

Anxiety, Depression, Fear and Unconditional Love

posted by Andrea | 02/14/2014 | 127 comments
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Today is a day of love — and although I truly don’t buy into Hallmark Holidays, I thought it would be the perfect day to share a love story with you.

It’s not a traditional love story by any means — and it’s not even about Dave — but it’s definitely worth the read.

Baby Week Giveaway #12: Boba 4G Carrier

posted by Andrea | 02/12/2014 | 4 comments
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When it came to ‘baby wearing’ with Nora, I was totally against it — until I came to my senses and realized how amazing it actually was!

So today, I’m excited to give away the new 4G Carrier from Boba — it’s the cream-of-the-crop in terms of baby/toddler-wearing devices, and I can’t wait to use it with baby #2!

Baby Week Giveaway #5: Glamourmom Nursing Gear

posted by Andrea | 02/11/2014 | 5 comments
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I honestly can’t say enough fabulous things about all the Glamourmom products — specifically their Nursing Tanks and Nursing Tops (which I basically lived in for 18 months with Nora!)

I’m so excited to be giving away some of the newest Glamourmom nursing gear today!

One Month…

posted by Andrea | 02/6/2014 | 24 comments
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My due date is officially less than one month away!

On one hand, 1 whole month seems like an eternity to be so physically huge and uncomfortable… But on the other hand, with only 1 month left, I feel like there’s a whole lot of mental and emotional preparations that I need to make.

The Thing I Miss Most About Life Before Kids

posted by Andrea | 01/30/2014 | 59 comments
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I’m just going to make a broad assumption and guess that anyone who’s ever had kids has something they miss about their life before kids… right?

Today, I’m sharing the ONE thing I really miss most about my life before kids — and it might just surprise you!

Resist That Urge to Compare

posted by Andrea | 01/14/2014 | 40 comments
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We’ve all done it — myself included — many, many, many, MANY times. We see someone doing something we think we should be doing — and we compare our situation to theirs, which then makes us feel inferior.

Today’s post is all about resisting that urge to compare — and I think it would be an awesome goal for all of us this year!

Giveaway: Pamper’s Diapers and Wipes

posted by Andrea | 12/19/2013 | 268 comments
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Since I’m a huge fan of Pamper’s diapers (they’re definitely my favorite brand for Nora these past 2 years), I figured it would be a great time to do a little Pamper’s giveaway — especially since I don’t know any parent of small children who would complain about free diapers!

Enter to win free Pamper’s diapers and wipes!

An Update On Our Sleepless Child

posted by Andrea | 12/13/2013 | 36 comments
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Over the last few months, I’ve gotten many emails from desperately tired parents asking for more information about Nora’s sleep… or lack of sleep.

I’ll let you know right now that we still haven’t found anything that has magically worked — but I do think the information in this post will still offer some help and encouragement to anyone who also has a poor sleeper.

Dear Well-Meaning Relatives: Please respect our request of fewer gifts for our kids.

posted by Andrea | 12/5/2013 | 46 comments
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Since I get SO many emails from overwhelmed parents asking, “how can we ask our well-meaning relatives to PLEASE stop giving our kids so much stuff?” I thought I’d write up a response in the form of a letter.

This post is intended to be humorous, so I certainly hope it doesn’t come off as offensive, rude, or disrespectful — and it is in NO WAY directed towards Dave or my relatives. :)

A Little Parenting Perspective

posted by Andrea | 11/15/2013 | 35 comments
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In the spirit of the Thanksgiving season, I’ve been thinking a lot about everything I personally have to be thankful for — it’s a lot in case you were wondering!

So today, I’m sharing how a new parenting perspective helped me see a few things in a different light — and be much more thankful for my sleepless nights and fussy toddler.

When Mama Puts Herself First… For Once!

posted by Andrea | 09/25/2013 | 52 comments
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Today is a monumental day in the Dekker household! For the very first time since Nora was born (over 22 months ago) this mama bird is leaving the nest. And yes, I feel SO anxious, nervous, sad, excited… and guilty.

Keep reading for more about my mom-only “vacation”… and a few 17 week baby bump pictures :)

Why Motherhood (Sometimes) Makes Me Feel Like a Failure as a Person

posted by Andrea | 09/20/2013 | 87 comments
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Before I had Nora, I was literally busy busy busy from the moment I woke up until the moment I went to bed. And not just busy shopping or other leisurely activities.

After Nora was born, the realization that I just couldn’t do everything I had been doing before was extremely difficult for me. Although I was willingly giving lots of time and energy to my family, I felt like a failure in pretty much every other area of life.

Mama’s Girl: Our journey with a high-need baby

posted by Andrea | 09/11/2013 | 147 comments
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Life with Nora has been a struggle for me from the first moment she was born… and after 17 long months, we finally started to realize some of the reasons Nora is so difficult.

Not only is she way too smart for her own good, she’s extremely high needs and has severe sensory issues — all of which make it almost impossible to parent her like a “normal” child. But we’re slowly figuring her out…