If you’re just tuning in, Renee is a local mama of 1 little boy and is chronicling her second pregnancy as part of  The Belly Diaries.  Click here to read the first post in her series,  here to learn about the "cowboy big-brother",...
There is, what I would call, an adoption crisis, in Arizona. I have been procrastinating writing about this for a while. It's a topic that stirs my heart and scares me (and my husband) to death. Two things have kept me...
Pregnancy Fashion.  Oxymoron?  No!!!!  I know all you pretty ladies feel like maternity shopping, or post-maternity shopping, means that for the next year you’re going to be wearing really lame, plain clothes and nothing is going to fit your...
Hi mamas! This post about maternity leave on a budget is so timely for summertime in the Valley, and since we recently met a bunch of new moms at Mom's On The Move, we thought we'd make a few...
One of our favorite and most popular series is here again! Join us for the next several months as we follow one Scottsdale mom through the highs and lows; excitement and preparation; and all the other million little things that...
The Belly Diaries is one of our most popular series here on Scottsdale Moms Blog. How fun is it to follow a fellow mom's pregnancy - the highs, the lows, the belly pictures, the cravings, the sweet birth story at...
Click here to donate A toy box: Just a simple way to ease the fears of children going in for treatment at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. My heart breaks every time I take my daughter to PCH and I see...
As I revealed here a few weeks ago, I am super-preggers with number 3! This being the case, I’ve been reflecting a lot lately on how strangely and differently people seem to treat a woman with a baby growing...
Welcome to The Belly Diaries! We’re following pregnant mama Lindsey as she navigates pregnancy #2. If you’re just tuning in, be sure to catch Lindsey’s 32 week, 28 week, 24 week, 19 week, and 17 week updates – you’ll love her witty style and wise words....
photo via my Vintage Nautical baby shower on Dream Book Design No, no, I am not pregnant...but I do have about a million girlfriends that are. Most with their first, but some with their second! While thinking about second babies...
In case you didn't hear... we kindof have some big news to report! Please help all of us on the Scottsdale Moms Blog team welcome the newest {baby} addition... Elliot Thomas Cherrick!!! Elliot Thomas Cherrick was born May 4, 2011 at...
My brother and his wife are expecting twins any day now. As my family impatiently waits for the second set of twins to be born in my family, I started thinking about those must have baby items that no...

Donating Cord Blood

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By now you have all heard about how cord blood could potentially help your child in treating cancer, sickle-cell anemia, marrow failure and certain genetic diseases.  You can't pick up a pregnancy magazine without spotting an ad for cord...
This photo was taken moments after Elliot was born. I snuggled him like this for the first two hours of his life. I've heard lots of moms talk about the desire to deliver their babies naturally, only...
I don’t think the tiny blue lines had fully appeared on my first pregnancy test before I was packing for the hospital. Impatience?  My weakness.  Being organized?  My specialty. I read a few pregnancy books before the real deal and A...
Now that I’m 22 weeks along, it’s probably time to go ahead and announce it on SMB: Yep, I’m pregnant! We’re so happy to be welcoming our third child in October! I’ve found that with my 3rd pregnancy, it’s...
My husband, Brandon, made an excellent observation several days ago. He said, “By now, I’m used to the fact that you’re pregnant, but the concept of having a child within the next couple months is still a little unbelievable.” I couldn’t...
mom·sen·se (mɒm sens) noun 1.  practical motherly intelligence that is sensible or reasonable 2. a mother’s mental discernment, realization, or recognition  – She has momsense.  OR She used her momsense to determine that something was amiss. Meet Cate.  Her MomSense journey has spanned the ocean's tide and mountains...
Baby Registry Checklist I remember when I was pregnant with Nora I was TERRIFIED of the idea of registering.  Unlike registering for a wedding I felt so ill-equipped to register for a BABY.  I mean - I had no idea...
When our daughter, Sophie, was 6 months old (and I was actively taking birth control pills) the last thing I expected to see in our home was a positive pregnancy test!  I mean, we wanted to have a third...
In many ways, adoption can be just like bring a baby home biologically. Waiting mothers gain "pregnancy weight." They can suffer from post-adoption depression that is identical to post-partum depression only doctors are less likely to identify it. You...
A good college girlfriend of mine just had her first baby, and, of course, we’ve had plenty to discuss. I love hearing stories of her new little baby boy. And, I’ll admit, as the mother of two little men...
You may have noticed there's been a little more pregnancy-related content here on the blog lately. That's because we have FIVE regular contributors who are expecting! We're dedicating this week to all the ups and down of pregnancy, with five...
When we registered for our new baby (over two years ago now!), it was pretty overwhelming. There were so many items to choose from and so many options for each of those items and so many stores where you...
As of writing this, I am about a week and a half out from my due date with baby number 3, and already I have mom guilt. Guilt that I didn’t enjoy this pregnancy enough. That I spent too...
We’re back with SMB’s Belly Diaries guest vlogger, Michelle, and her __ week update! If you missed her 16 week video update, 19 week video update, 22 week video update, 26 weeks video update, 32 week video update, 35 week video update or her final 40 week video...
As an adoptive mom, often I am asked about the reason for the costs in adoption.  The fees for a private, domestic or international adoption can be somewhere between $10-50, 000.  Those numbers can seem intimidating, but they start...
  As moms it's easy to feel as if you're going through this mommy adventure alone, when in actuality there is a community of women that have all felt the same way at various points in their motherhood journeys!   That's one...
It’s National Breastfeeding Month, and we are continuing our series with Board Certified Lactation Consultant (and Scottsdale mom/grandma!) Andrea Mansor. If you missed our first two Q & A posts, you can find them here and here. This time around Andrea (aka “Dear Andi”)...
The closet is staring at me and I am staring back.  We have been standing like this for a few minutes now.  The closet is passive and silent and I am feeling the anger in my blood rise.  I...

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Scottsdale Moms and family had such a blast at Medieval Times in Scottsdale last weekend enjoying a fun fantasy dinner. I remember going to Medieval...

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