September 2, 2013

I am writing this on my due date, a year later. A year ago I … Ate a scuffin for breakfast Rolled around on my exercise ball to encourage baby coming Slathered on some of his lotions Drank raspberry leaf tea and ate deviled eggs in his nursery Ate pie for a snack Went to […]

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Hospital Bag Reflections

September 23, 2012

   Now that our hospital stay has come and gone, were we prepared? Absolutely!! I felt I packed just the right amount of things. There were just a few things we wish we had brought – nothing we wish we had left at home! See everything we packed in this post. Glad We Brought Tablet […]

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On Having A Doula

September 19, 2012

A post from Matt on having a doula: Here’s one of the other benefits to being on the other side of pregnancy: we finally have something to talk about! No longer do I get asked “Are you excited” as a means of starting a conversation – there’s the entire exciting birth to share with others. […]

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September 17, 2012

The final episode in my bump series!! Bump is gone. And a little lump is in its place in the big wide world! These photos were taken when Maze was 4 days old. I’ve been shocked at how fast my body has gone back to normal. Within minutes of giving birth, my stomach was a […]

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Mazen’s Birth Story

September 14, 2012

It all began on a rainy Thursday morning when I opened my eyes and felt an electric “pop” inside of me. Followed by a second one. Since I was on high alert for signs of labor, I figured I should make a beeline to the toilet ….just in case. The moment I sat down, I […]

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A Little Zen

September 14, 2012

Another post by the new father, Matt: I have to hand it to all the mothers out there – I can’t believe what you have to go through to deliver a baby. The worst pain I’ve ever felt was after I had back surgery in 2004. For those who don’t know, I had a spinal […]

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Mazen Duke Younger-Monson

September 12, 2012

Many of you asked how we chose Mazen’s name. Here’s the story! In October of last year, we went on a hike and out to lunch with my parents. I obviously wasn’t pregnant yet, but my mom knew we were trying and brought up baby names. On our drive home, we must have gone through […]

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Waiting for The Day

September 10, 2012

We just had a big BERFday in our house!! I hope to write my birth story (I can’t wait to put it in writing!), how breastfeeding is going, what happened to my body and more – all coming in time. For now, here is the first of several posts that Matt has journaled about his […]

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