Pregnancy

The 4th Trimester

posted by Andrea | 12/7/2015 | 34 comments
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Today I’m sharing some of my thoughts on “The 4th Trimester” as it relates to my new normal after bringing home each one of my babies… and also how giving yourself a 12-week grace-period can be so helpful when embarking on any big new changes in your life.

My Minimalistic Maternity Wardrobe

posted by Andrea | 10/22/2015 | 14 comments
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Since I’m now enjoying my “normal” clothing again, I thought it might be fun to share how I got by with a fairly minimalistic maternity wardrobe for 3 pregnancies in 3 different seasons of the year.

I’m sharing 4 tips that worked for me, as well as what I feel are the necessary “staples” of any maternity wardrobe.

James’ Birth Story and Newborn Photos

posted by Andrea | 08/6/2015 | 38 comments
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In case you missed the big announcement, I had a baby 3 weeks ago πŸ™‚

Today, I’m sharing James’ birth story, his newborn photos, and our newest family photos!

Welcome to the World Sweet Baby James!

posted by Andrea | 07/15/2015 | 70 comments
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He’s finally here!

I’m so excited to introduce you to the newest member of the Dekker clan… James Robert Dekker

Waiting…

posted by Andrea | 07/13/2015 | 21 comments
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Today officially marks 10 days PAST my due date — 41.5 weeks!

I’m sharing a few pictures, some updates, and answers to ALLLLLLLLL the questions I’ve been getting these past 2 weeks!

Celebrating… A New Baby!

posted by Andrea | 06/18/2015 | 19 comments
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My due date is 2 weeks away… so of course, it’s time to celebrate the Dekkers transitioning into a family of FIVE!

Even though there is a lot I’d like to do in the next 2 weeks, I can honestly say this is the most “ready” I’ve felt (physically, mentally, emotionally) to bring a new baby home… and yes, I can’t wait to celebrate the big news with all of you!

Celebration Week Giveaway: $50 Glamourmom Gift Certificates

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2015 | 3 comments
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You know I couldn’t celebrate a new baby without giving away something from Glamourmom… right?

Many of you know how much I love these tanks, tops, and other nursing and maternity items. And after 4 years of constant wear, I can attest to the fact that the Glamourmom clothes REALLY hold up… which is why I’m so excited to share them with you again today!

Why I Don’t Have a Birth Plan

posted by Andrea | 06/5/2015 | 89 comments
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Believe it or not, I have never had any type of “birth plan”… and I don’t plan on making one for baby #3 either!

I realize many of you might think I’m crazy, and some of you certainly will not agree with my reasonings — and that’s OK. However since I’ve been asked about my birth plan many times over the past few months I figured it was time I shared why I’ve never had a birth plan.

Practical Advice for Expectant Parents (and so many others)

posted by Andrea | 03/13/2015 | 16 comments
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Are you expecting a new baby (whether it’s your 1st or your 5th)?

If so, I’ve got a list of practical advice and to-dos you can complete and cross off your list NOW, and then rest a little easier knowing that some of these important tasks are out of the way before baby arrives (can you tell I’m already starting to think ahead for baby #3!)

Baby #3 is Another…

posted by Andrea | 02/20/2015 | 36 comments
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In case you missed my first announcement (which it seems like many of you did) and the several more casual references to “baby #3” here on my blog and social media, I’m pregnant — AND the baby is over half way “cooked”!

What do you think… is it a boy or a girl?

30 Don’ts When Visiting a New Mom

posted by Andrea | 05/30/2014 | 120 comments
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After bringing two kids home from the hospital myself and talking with a bunch of friends who also have small children, I came up with a list of 30 things I would personally suggest NOT doing the next time you visit a new mom.

What would YOU add to my list?

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.

Welcome to the World, Simon John!

posted by Andrea | 03/5/2014 | 147 comments
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He’s here!

Dave, Nora, and I are ecstatic to introduce you to the newest member of the Dekker family… Simon John!

Baby Week Giveaway #9: P.J. Salvage Pajamas

posted by Andrea | 02/12/2014 | 7 comments
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My “gift to myself” after Nora was born was a brand new set of comfy pajamas (such a good idea)!

I’m doing the same thing with baby #2 and I’m excited to share the super soft, super comfy line of P.J. Salvage pajamas with you today!

Baby Week Giveaway #6: Angelcare Video Monitor

posted by Andrea | 02/11/2014 | 7 comments
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Over the past 26 months, it’s safe to say that Nora has made good use out our Angelcare Monitor!

Dave and I love our Angelcare Monitor and are excited to have another one for baby #2. I’m also excited to be giving away their newest video monitor today!

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!

Baby Week Giveaway #3: LaundryTree SoapNuts

posted by Andrea | 02/11/2014 | 11 comments
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Laundry is a never-ending chore for most families — especially families with lots of little kiddos.

However, with LaundryTree’s SoapNuts, you can make laundry just a bit simpler, and bit easier, and a whole lot nicer on the environment!

Baby Week Giveaway #2: Kushies Zolo Activity Mat

posted by Andrea | 02/11/2014 | 5 comments
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The Kushies Zolo Activity Mat is one thing I wish we had for Nora — and I’m so excited to have one for Baby #2.

I’m also excited to share it with you, as any new baby you know is sure to LOVE this activity mat!

Baby Week Giveaway #1: My Favorite Baby Essentials Prize Pack

posted by Andrea | 02/11/2014 | 30 comments
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It’s time to celebrate Baby Dekker #2 Β here on the blog, and what better way to do that than with 12 fabulous giveaways — valued at over $1500!

This first giveaway is simply a thank-you gift from me, and is FILLED with all MY favorite baby essentials (plus an Amazon gift card for anything else you might want!)

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.