Pregnancy

Clara’s Birth Story

posted by Andrea | 10/12/2017 | 54 comments

After weeks of daily contractions, I woke up on Monday, September 25, completely unphased by the fact that I felt more contractions. No big deal, just another day of waiting… or so I thought!

Clara may have arrived a full week “late”, but her timing really couldn’t have been more perfect!

Introducing Miss Clara Jo!

posted by Andrea | 09/27/2017 | 116 comments

She’s here! 

Meet the newest addition to the Dekker clan…Clara Jo!

It’s Due Date Day!

posted by Andrea | 09/18/2017 | 36 comments

It’s my due date —  but if you are reading this post today, it means my little girl is still tucked safely inside.

Today, I’m sharing how I thought she was ALMOST going to make her debut last week Monday!

Labor Day… and My Plans for Labor after I Labor!

posted by Andrea | 09/4/2017 | 30 comments

As I mentioned last week, I’ve always thought it would be fun to actually go into labor on Labor Day — but so far, no such luck for me!

Today I’m sharing more about the “labor” Dave and I did this weekend, as well as my plans for working and blogging after I actually do go into labor.

My Freezer Stash: 4 Weeks Before Baby #4

posted by Andrea | 08/22/2017 | 36 comments

Even though I’m NOT a big fan of massive freezer-cooking marathons, I decided to take advantage of the fact that Dave was home all summer to watch the kids while I cooked… and I did a “freezer cooking week” a couple weeks ago where I made several meals for the freezer each day.

It was a lot of work, but I’m thrilled to have a freezer that’s packed full of delicious ready-to-bake meals. Come take a look at everything I made!

What I Pack in My Hospital Bag

posted by Andrea | 08/18/2017 | 25 comments

Today marks 1 months until my due date — YIKES!

No, I don’t actually have my hospital bag packed a full month in advance, but I’ve gotten SOOOOOOOOO many questions asking what I pack in my hospital bag that I figured now was a good time to share… considering I’ll be getting my bag packed very soon!

Reader Question: How Did You Decide on Your Family Size?

posted by Andrea | 06/9/2017 | 97 comments

Ever since I announced that Baby Dekker #4 is on her way, I’ve gotten so many congratulatory emails and comments from all of you.

A couple of the emails questioned how Dave and I decided what size family we want (or at least hope to have) someday… and that’s what I’m sharing more about today.

A Sister for My Sweet Nora!

posted by Andrea | 05/12/2017 | 54 comments

That’s right friends, baby Dekker #4 is another GIRL!!

Obviously, we would have been happy either way — but it sure was fun to tell Nora she was “finally” getting a little sister!

My Minimalist Maternity Wardrobe

posted by Andrea | 04/17/2017 | 28 comments

After 4 pregnancies in crazy West Michigan weather (all during different seasons of the years), I’ve found that it has been fairly easy for me to wear a somewhat minimalistic maternity wardrobe.

Today I’m sharing everything in MY maternity wardrobe and why it works so well for me!

Our Best Tax Refund Tip

posted by Andrea | 03/24/2017 | 131 comments

With just over 3 weeks until the official end of tax season, Dave and I figured it was perfect timing to share one of our best tax refund tips — especially since we were pleasantly surprised with the extra-large refund we received for 2016!

The 4th Trimester

posted by Andrea | 12/7/2015 | 34 comments

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

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

In case you missed the big announcement, I had a baby 3 weeks ago 🙂

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

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

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

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

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

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.