April The Pregnant Giraffe Should Be Teaching You This About Birth!

For days now millions of people have heard about April the Giraffe who is due to give birth. For days now we have watched and waited for this very natural event to take place. For days we have went to work or school or out shopping or to sleep wondering if we will miss it. Still, here it is, the 26th of February and April has not had her calf!

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I love that so many people are watching and waiting for this birth to happen. I love that April the Giraffe is reminding us all of something very important. Something the natural birthing community knows so well…

April the Giraffe is teaching us something important about birth!

Giraffes have a gestation of about 15 months. In that time they grow a calf (a baby) from the size of a rain drop to 150 lbs and 6 feet tall! When that baby is ready to born is a mix of a few things, and the due date is more of a best guess date.

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So while April the Giraffe was due mid-February, this clearly doesn’t mean that is when the calf was ready to be born. One thing we know, baby is coming, just in his or her own time.

Just like human babies that are due at 40 weeks but that came come weeks before or after that best guess date!

Many people have taken to trolling the chat boards about this. Some joking that we are waiting for her to lay and egg, other telling us they are OBGYNs and they would be elbow deep in that mama by now. Goodness I hope they are all joking and don’t actually believe this stuff. April is thankfully safe from the high rate of American c-sections and the keepers at the zoo are happy to observe and let nature do what nature does, all in good time. April has had 3 other pregnancies and all three calves made into the world just fine, in their own time!

We are all excited to see the new addition and while the weight might seem like torture, we need to trust that baby will come when baby is ready.

April reminds us all, a due date is not an expiration date!

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Deeply Meaningful Baby Shower Activity

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The Most Important Part of A Baby Shower

Throwing a Baby Shower can be very intimidating, everyone just wants the best experience for the expecting parents and of course all the guests. Picking out just the right games and activities along with the theme and how to show love and care for the expecting parents can seem daunting.

For weeks now my sister and I have worked on putting together a baby shower. There are so many choices! Of course games are important but even more important to me was making sure my Sister and her Wife feel supported as they welcome the new baby into their family. I have had many children and living far from family and being military often far from friends too I know how scary it can feel, how alone, when bringing a new baby home. My sister and her wife are lucky to have some local family and friends. However even when surrounded by people, one can feel alone. Our society is not new family friendly, it just isn’t. In other cultures, in older cultures, the time after a new baby arrives is sacred and the new family is surrounded my love and support. That doesn’t seem to be the current American way, and this needs to change.

The Baby Shower is about supporting New Parents!

In an effort to make sure my sister and her wife feel supported when new baby comes I created a Baby Shower Activity, Baby Coupons. They are simple to do and so very deeply important.

You can click on the image and save and print your own if you like.

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As they are expecting another boy, I went with blue to go with the colors in the rest of their theme. Of course colors don’t have genitalia. Just in case you wanted a pink one though I am adding one here you can use. If you need help with a different style just let me know. I enjoy my photoshop time!

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Do you know about the 4th Trimester for Mom and Baby?

To give the guests an idea about how important this time is, perhaps explain the 4th Trimester to them. This vital time of growth and bonding and healing for Mom and Baby and really the whole family. To help guests come up with ideas on how to fill out their coupons that are given to the expecting parents I printed off sheets and taped them to the tables. We had the shower outside to this worked the best given the wind!

Baby Coupon Ideas

You can copy and print the above printable as well. If you want help changing it, let me know! Having to make these myself I know the time it takes and if you are short on time, I would be happy to help however I can as I love all you dear readers and supporting parents is very important to me.

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My Feminist Heart Broke When I Learned This…. STEM Facts

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Many people think that females and males are equal in the eyes of society, in the work force, in the home. I know I used to think this. I grew up being told I could be anything I wanted right up until high school where I faced direct racism. Still, I some how convinced myself […]

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Still Saving Money With Groupon Coupons

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This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own!   Like most people, I love to save money! Like most people I still love to have adventures and enjoy the good things in life. From the very start Groupon has offered the ability to try new things like restaurants and events for a fraction […]

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Review: wilostar3d.com Online School

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It has been amazing as a homeschool family to find a good online school. An Accredited High School that understands young minds and modern lives is very important to us. Our oldest daughter, now a Junior in High School has been going to wilostar3d.com since 8th grade. From the very start she loved it. Online […]

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3 Ways to Support Breastfeeding Moms

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  You can be the Hero of a nursing Mother and Baby you know. Here is how!     1. Tell Nursing Moms You Support Them!  Nursing can be very difficult, even for experienced mothers. Often the early weeks are the hardest as baby learns to nurse and Mom gets used to the new and […]

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The Most Lovely Nursery Design Trends in 2017

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Dear readers, I saw this infographic showing the 2017 nursery design trends and knew I had to share it with you all. One of the best things about planning for a baby is planning the nursery. While most baby topics can bring panic to new parents, designing the nursery is pure joy! I have been […]

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Why Do Kids Love Minecraft?

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 If you don’t know by now, Minecraft is a video game about taking the most simple block and building with them, from simple little huts to protect you from monsters to huge castles in the sky all while going on wild adventures. Randomly generated worlds provide so many possibilities. Kids can play on their own, […]

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Fuzzy Wonderz Unboxing and Review!

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This year we all know that that newest and hottest toy of the season is a hatchimal, however one might have to pay their car payment to get one at this point so when you find a toy that hatches, interacts, tells stories, is cute, and has an APP…. you get excited. There is admittedly […]

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Today I’ll Be a Princess – Review

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As part of our “New Book Each Day of December” tradition with the kids we got to read this adorable little board book that the baby specially loves. With so many little princesses in our home, who all have their own interests and preferences, we know very well that not all princesses always want fancy […]

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Gifting A Good Night of Sleep

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 People spend an average of 33% of their lives sleeping. That doesn’t include all the time so many of us spend in our comfy beds now watching TV, playing on laptops, tablets, cell phones, and reading books. Shouldn’t the 1/3rd of our lives we spend in bed be special? Why not gift things to loved […]

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Why you shouldn’t support Hatchimal Scalpers

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   Most parents this year are well aware that the hot new toy is the Hatchimal, most parents are also aware of how hard getting one actually is. In part it is hard because of toy scalpers who go into stores and buy up all the stock just to turn around and resell at outrageous […]

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DIY Wreath Decorating Ideas

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Wreaths are a passion for so many as it turns out and there are so many great ideas to make them. I ordered a Balsam Wreath + Bow from an amazing company in Canada Hilltop Christmas Tree Farm (yes, I live in Georgia!) that ships people fresh Christmas Trees and Wreaths! I ordered on the 27th […]

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Review: Luxury Blanket at a Great Price – WestPoint Homes

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In celebration of the Grand Opening of WestPoint Homes in Dawsonville GA my family got to pick and review a beautiful luxury blanket. Be sure to check out the Grand Opening on December 17th 2016 from 9am – 9pm! During the Grand Opening, receive a free monogram (one per customer) with the purchase of any […]

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Tips for Taking Back to School Pics of Homeschoolers

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Tips for Taking Back to School Pics of Homeschoolers     Just because you’ve made the decision to start homeschooling your child doesn’t mean he or she has to miss out on school picture day. There are many public school “traditions” that homeschooling parents want nothing to do with, but yearly pictures isn’t one of […]

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How Santa is Tragically Hurting Kids

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  Over the years I have read time and again I have read the plea to be mindful about what Santa Brings children. It wasn’t a topic that I sent much time thinking about honestly. It touched my heart but it never really sank in. As my children are homeschooled and Santa isn’t much of […]

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The Perfect Flowers for the Holidays

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There is just something magical and loving about seeing flowers in a home. You can tell right away someone cares. This Holiday Season you can find these beautiful and perfect flowers in our home. Teleflora’s Silver Christmas Bouquet (Available on Teleflora.com for $49.95) The bright and cheerful red and silver snow flake cube vase is […]

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Polaroid Snap Touch #Giveaway

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In the holiday spirit, Polaroid has offered to include my readers in the #PRINTitFORWARD campaign, so in honor of #PRINTitFORWARD, I have a Polaroid Snap Touch to give away! Be sure to enter the big Polaroid giveaway! Now until December 31, Polaroid is giving away one camera a day to those who share their favorite photos on social media […]

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GLOW for a Cause

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  GLOW for a cause is the passion project of artist, teacher, and skincare productista, Johanna Querry Smith! When I first heard about it I loved how dedicated the company is to the purest and highest quality body care products they can create. I am more a geeky girl than a beauty one but the crunchy […]

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Stunning Children’s Book Illuminature

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Illuminature: Discover 180 animals with your magic three color lens! It is safe to say that most children love Animals and a great many love books too. Add to that a secret way of seeing those animals and that combination makes for a fantastic experience children will adore. The Illuminature book was written for those […]

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Children’s Book Review: Vet (Busy People)

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A cute little book to help young minds think about the jobs out in the world around them. This cute little book, Vet (Busy People) by Lucy Cuthew and Ando Twin is 24 pages of learning for ages 3-6. The reading isn’t very hard so young readers can enjoy this on their own too! The story […]

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Fantastic App for New Parents – Babytime the Baby Tracker

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Babies can seem like little bundles of mystery, even for experienced parents as each baby is different. The Babytime APP is free! It is a Baby Tracker made to help you track your babies patterns, from food, medications, sleep, diapers, and more. If you have had a baby before than you know most hospitals and […]

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High Tech for the High Chair Set: New Parenting Problems Solved

  If you have a young family, you want to be sure that your car is one of the safest around. Picking a safe car for your family may seem like a daunting task. What makes a safe family car? There are a number of factors to consider, including: Rearview cameras Blind spot cameras Lane […]

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Review: The Planet of Puzzles

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The Planet of Puzzles: Be a hero! Create your own adventure to defeat the alien robots (Math Quest) For day 4 of our holiday tradition of reading a new book every day in December we opened this Math Quest book! As we have had some bad luck this year, it was only fitting our washing […]

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Children’s Book Review: The Secret Life of Lilykins

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The Secret Life of Lilykins This is a darling book about a cat named Lilykins and the adventures she has in her imagination. Nothing is beyond her wonder and exploration. My children love cats and love to pretend with them as well so this book was perfect for them. One of my daughters also has […]

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Beautiful Book for Children: The Story Orchestra: Four Seasons in One Day

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The Story Orchestra: Four Seasons in One Day: Press the note to hear Vivaldi’s music My family was delighted to discover this fantastic children’s book that brings the classical music of Vivaldi to life! I admit, my kids have not been much into classical music but to my surprise, they loved this book and specially […]

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Senior Housing: Understanding the Many Options for You or Your Loved Ones

    Growing old is a fact of life. There is plenty we can do to slow down the effects of time, but it will get us in the end. We may recall a golden age when everyone grew old in the bosom of their families, but changing social patterns mean that is no longer […]

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Review: Fantastic Kids Gift – Personalized Crates

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As parents we are all so aware that kids have too much stuff! At least that is the case for most of us. Where to put all these beloved treasures is a problem. Toys get stashed in all kinds of places and messes are common. One thing that helps is making sure everything has it’s […]

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Book Review – It’s Okay To Be Me

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Our very first book this year for December bed time reading is a book by Vanessa Girard titled It’s Okay to Be Me! In December we try to open and read a new book every night before Christmas. This little book is an easy read for young readers, has 28 pages, and was newly published […]

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Don’t miss the WestPoint Home Grand Opening in Dawsonville Georgia

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One of my favorite things is exploring new stores, specially on Grand Openings where there is so much to see and do and explore. It gets boring shopping at the same old same old stores. I know there are many military families around where I live that like to travel to Dawsonville for an outing […]

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