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Dear Annalise, Happy 1st Birthday!

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Dear Annalise, You are 1 year old today!  WOW!  I can’t even begin to describe how much joy you have given us this first year.  From your first smile to your amazing dance moves, I have never loved someone so much.  Lately you’ve been singing to the radio (you’ve always gotten mad if we aren’t […] Read more…

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Mama Bear Approves: Bedding Tip

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I am starting the Mama Bear Approves series with a video tip for expectant mamas.  This is advice I like to share with my friends and family so I thought it would be a good way to kick off the series!   If you’d like to see my Pinterest board I created while pregnant with […] Read more…

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Dear Annalise, Wear Your Retainer

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Dear Annalise, Oh there are so many little lessons I want to teach you.  But instead of being nebulous and saying things like “reach for the stars”, “make good choices”, etc. I want to give some clear advice today.  Although, I will give you vague advice sometimes like “don’t stress about your failures” because it […] Read more…

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Dear Annalise, you take my breath away

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Dear Annalise, After reading your favorite book, Where’s Spot (you always get so excited when you find him in the basket at the end), I snuggled you with your bottle while rocking in your chair.  Then I laid you in your crib on your left side.  Per usual you rolled over on your tummy with […] Read more…

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Annalise Kathleen Arizona Courtney: A Birth Story

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At 3am my alarm went off.  Time to eat.  I couldn’t eat 8 hours prior to the c-section so Dr. Lum suggested that I wake up at 3am and eat.  I sat at Chris’ desk eating peanut butter and jelly with a side of Raisin Nut Bran.  I then waddled my swollen body down the […] Read more…

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Our Final Baby Shower!

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I’ve had my eye on the calendar for August 25th for a long time.  It was the day of my 3rd and final baby shower hosted by my sister, Christina.  I’ve kept Annalise’s room somewhat organized but just kept thinking that I would finish everything after the final baby shower.  Plus I was excited because […] Read more…

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Baby Shower #2: Tickled Pink!

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I was blessed with another unbelieveable baby shower hosted by my “since birth” friend, Abbey.  Our parents took child birthing classes together and we were born a day apart at Christ Hospital (where I am delivering Annalise).  In first grade we ended up in the same class and I came home talking about my friend […] Read more…

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A Hoot of a Baby Shower

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On August 5th I headed to Indianapolis for my first baby shower.  I was so excited that I didn’t sleep a bit the night before.  I knew Lauren and Jaime had spent months planning it and I couldn’t wait to see all my friends and family in Indy.  I was absolutely blown away with everything […] Read more…

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Rockin’ The Third Trimester

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I am working on my 32nd week of pregnancy.  Out of 40!  It is flying by.  I can’t believe it is the beginning of August already.  She can come at the end of September.   I’m so excited 🙂 I really don’t have many complaints as late.  I am feeling good, definitely not as tired […] Read more…

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Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

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Saturday, July 7th, 2012 We woke up at 6:30am to head to my glucose screening test.  I scheduled it as early as possible since I feel terrible when I don’t eat breakfast and I wasn’t allowed to eat anything until after the test was over.  My OB office no longer will draw my blood since […] Read more…

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