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3-Month Old Bedtime Routine

3-Month Old Bedtime Routine

I don’t know about you, but from very early on I felt like I was hearing about parents doing bedtime routines with their babies when they were like 6 weeks old, but that never seemed to work for us. As a newborn, Eliana’s schedule was just so inconsistent; it felt like I was trying something…

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By Samantha Kozy, March 27, 2019
24 Products That Saved Me During the Newborn Stage

24 Products That Saved Me During the Newborn Stage

We are officially out of the newborn phase! People really aren’t kidding when they talk about how fast the time goes. I want to get right into it because new moms have less than no time to read anything. The list is in no particular order other than #1. If you only take one thing…

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By Samantha Kozy, March 13, 2019
Birth Story: My Sister Delivered Our Baby!

Birth Story: My Sister Delivered Our Baby!

This is the birth story of our daughter, Eliana Drew. Enjoy! Heading to the hospital After months of nonstop contractions, the irony of all ironies is that I was induced at 39 weeks 1 day. My doctors told me it would be healthiest for me and the baby to induce me in the 39th week,…

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By Samantha Kozy, January 31, 2019
To My Baby In Our Last Days Before You Are Born

To My Baby In Our Last Days Before You Are Born

My Sweet Baby, It has been the greatest honor of my life to carry you inside of me. For months now, your dad and I have talked to you, sang to you, tapped at you, laughed at your silly movements, and imagined what life will be like once you arrive. Your days inside of my belly…

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By Samantha Kozy, November 26, 2018
Why I’m Not Ready For My Pregnancy To End

Why I’m Not Ready For My Pregnancy To End

Someone said to me the other day, “You must be ready to pop, huh?” It got me thinking. If by pop, they literally meant the skin on my stomach feels like it has stretched so thin it could burst at any moment, then yes, I feel like I am indeed going to pop. But am…

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By Samantha Kozy, November 8, 2018
What’s In My Hospital Bag: I’m Extra Edition

What’s In My Hospital Bag: I’m Extra Edition

As a first time mom, I don’t know quite what to expect when it comes to what to pack for the hospital. I had a little hospital stay at 25 weeks that prepared me a bit, but when it comes to giving birth, it’s hard to know what you’ll need/want. I’ve done lots of research…

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By Samantha Kozy, November 2, 2018
The Loss Of My Mother, And How It Has Prepared Me For Fatherhood

The Loss Of My Mother, And How It Has Prepared Me For Fatherhood

As some of you might know, the last two-plus years have been very good to me and Samantha. We got married. We bought a house. We’re expecting our first child. And there have also been hard times. In August 2017, my mother passed away from an aggressive form of lung cancer. It was unexpected and…

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By zacharykozy, October 21, 2018
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What I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before Giving Birth (From 40 Different Moms)

What I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before Giving Birth (From 40 Different Moms)

As a pregnant woman about to give birth to my first child, there’s a lot of people out there who want to give you advice. Actually, it feels like being pregnant turns you into a walking billboard for unsolicited advice. This can be incredibly annoying, but there is something to be said about learning from…

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By Samantha Kozy, October 19, 2018
How To Start Your Day Off Right

How To Start Your Day Off Right

If you were to walk into one of my creative writing classes I’ve taught over the past few years, you would see a group of 30 or so teenagers with journals out on their desks, phones put away (hopefully–I try my best), and pencils gliding along the pages of their notebook for the first five…

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By Samantha Kozy, October 15, 2018
Maternity Photo Session

Maternity Photo Session

The air is crisp. The leaves are changing. It is officially fall in Michigan, and I could not be happier. Not just because fall is my favorite season, but because this is the season when Baby K will arrive. Throughout my pregnancy, I’ve loved documenting the growth of our little babe. Up until last week,…

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By Samantha Kozy, October 8, 2018
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