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The Thank-you!: Another Giveaway!

I’m not sure if it was my wits, my crazy questions, or my recent unintentionally “controversial” string of posts, but whatever it was… It got me to 100 followers! I thought this day would never come. It was just two moths ago that I was begging a couple of close friends to click the button to the right of the screen to show I had some sort of “fan base.” It gave me courage to post. But the more I wrote the more it became about me truly wanting advice and help, and less about who was reading. Now I have a group of wonderful people who offer tips and words of encouragement on a daily basis (and I swear that comment tracker is playing with my mind, I know some of you have said way more that those records show).

Anyway, I’m excited for this prize because it’s something not just for mommies or moms with girls/boys. It’s a beautiful diaper wipe case from LucaBellaDesigns! How original right? I haven’t seen anything like this myself. It’s soft, discreet, and most of all, adorable! I actually really wanted to keep this for myself because it would work if I have a boy or girl, and heck… I can use it now and keep Clorox wipes in there… Or just to clean up after my own messy self. But I thought in honor of my 100 followers, I’d give it away! The picture doesn’t really do it justice. (Oh and there’s wipes in it already too just so you know…I mean I’m sure now you want it even more).
So, dear followers, all you have to do to enter is: Leave a comment either with some motherhood advice, or a topic you’d be interested in me writing about or a question you’d like to ask me.

That pretty much leaves it wide open! If you’re not a follower you can still enter ;o) But Followers get 2 entries (make sure you let me know in the comments section if you follow).

If you so desire you can Tweet about this contest and let @babymakinmachin know for an extra entry. If you do something else to get the word out about the contest just let me know in a comment and it’ll count as an extra entry.

While you’re at it, say what’s up to Rachel at Little Bites of Heaven. She has 4 adorable kids, 3 of them are triplets! She (and her little girl Ella) made this giveaway possible!

I’ll use random.org to select the winner on Tuesday March 31st.

Good luck!
Thank you to Sweeties Sweeps for listing my blog giveaway.


Joy says:

Since I’m one of your newest followers I of course have to join in on the fun! My mommy advice is only what I wished I would have done before I became a parent. I wish I would have learned how to let things go more. You know, not do the dishes one night, leave the laundry untouched, bed messy, that kind of thing. I’ve always been a little uptight about such things and after I had my daughter I simply couldn’t be that way anymore. It was huge shock to my system that was already overloaded with hormones and emotions. If I would have learned to relax and not put things like that on the top of my priorities list it would have been a much easier transition into mommy-hood. That and you might as well start practicing time management while doing everything with one hand tied behind your back (holding baby). But it’s worth it!

Smiles!

Arya says:

What a cute give-a-way! My parenting advice would be to listen to them, getting down on their level and really hearing what they have to say. It really helps them know you care what they are talking about.

ps I am a follower too…

Mommy Bee says:

I see I’ve regained my spot atop the loyal commentators list. Woohoo!

I do the cloth diaper thing, and use cloth wipes also, but I LOVE having a box of huggies wipes in the diaper bag or the car, especially for vacations. Clean everybody up before/after eating, get the worst of the dirt off the toddlers before they climb into the tent at night, even get the accumulated grime off the dashboard, LOL!
I guess that’s an inadvertent bit of advice, but I also wanted to chime in on post ideas. You’ve hit on breastfeeding, but I’d be interested to see you hit some of those other hot topics such as epidural vs unmedicated birthing, having a scheduled (not medically required) c-section, choosing where to deliver (hospital vs birth center vs home with a midwife vs home unassisted…yes there are those who choose to deliver without any professional assistance whatsoever and I used to think they were nuts but I’ve learned enough now to see their side of it too).
I am also looking forward to your post on crunchiness. 🙂

Oh, and I’ve been following you since the day I found your blog. 🙂

Jaycee says:

Oh please, that little thing doesn’t hold enough wipes for me. I use quart size sandwich bags for on the go!! Lol. Hey, it works for me. So, if I win, give it to the lovely person above me please. By the way, I am much more content today, than I was yesterday. *wink*

San says:

Parenting advice? Hmm… How much space is there? Hahaha!

Well, in a word it is tiring, aching, full of sleepless nights (I had a rough night, if you can’t tell yet…)…

But there are loads of joy, fun, laughter as you see your precious bundle of joy. Nothing beats it. Not chocolate. Not shopping. Nothing comes close. 🙂

Nichole says:

I’d love to see you write on baby names. More specifically, the trend of naming all children with the same first initial. It really weirds me out, but I’ve just found out the name hub likes for a girl starts with the same letter as my first name – which happens to be the same letter as both my dogs’ names. I’ve considered changing the dogs’ names – that’s how much it bothers me.

Oh, and I might as well become a follower, since I’m here every day. . .

Nichole says:

Just signed up as a follower. 🙂

Just became a follower

Motherhood advice – Doing what your child needs is not always easy but when you do it right it is so worth it. You have to think about what you want the end result to be and go from there.

Dev says:

A little piece of advice when the time comes for you to be a mother: Start a schedule from the time you bring your baby home and stick to it. It will make life much easier for the both of your!

I love your blog!

pma_devri@hotmail.com

I’d love to hear about LDS Motherhood. Is it any different being a Mother and being LDS as opposed to being non-lds and a mother

CONCRATS ON 100, SEND A FEW MY WAY!

mzzmyrick says:

Advice: Don’t stress over the small things, let the dishes/laundry pile up once in a while and sit and just hold your little ones because they only stay small once, and once those days are gone, they are gone forever. I stressed over cleaning the house, and I wished I didn’t. It was cleaned soon enough.

Celine says:

Congratz on your 100 followers! 🙂
I’m one of the new ones! 😉

Mallory says:

I’m a follower! 😀 And I agree with Mommy Bee, I would LOVE to hear your take on birth. How you feel about epidural vs. unmedicated, home vs. hospital (or birth center), etc.

Melinda says:

if they want to wear red cowboy boots to the grocery store, let them
there will be bigger battles to conquer LOL

Heidi says:

I love to follow your blog and read it daily… I don’t have kids yet either and just love to read what you have to say – I am curious about your view on baby food – homemade or processed? Are you an all natural or quick and easiest kind of girl?

my advice is to hold firm on what you want to do while at the hospital, don’t be afraid to ask for a different nurse if you don’t like the one you end up with. The nurse will be with you for up to 12 hours so it’ll help if you like ’em

I have a mr linky on my site if you want to post there also

Jessie Evans says:

I’m a follower!!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on schooling, public, private, charter, home, etc.

Goldibug says:

I’m an avid follower who has loved everything you’ve posted on this blog although I don’t always agree 😉 The best advice I can give is to remain patient. It’s never easy and flipping out will only make things worse. I know because I still lapse into this aweful habit. Don’t forget to let the kids know how much you still love them no matter how mean you may seem to be at the time of discipline. Keep on posting! Your honesty is like a breath of fresh air! I hate those who say things just so they don’t offend anyone. Of course you need to be polite but don’t be scared to voice your opinion. Okay…I think I’m done ;D

ooooh…I wanna play! Heaven knows a mom can’t have enough cute wipey cases! (Actually I don’t own a single cute wipey case…but who’s counting?) Okay question for you ’cause I’m new to your fan base here. Are you expecting? I only see your header that says you aren’t expecting or trying yet but that might be old. Not sure. And motherhood advise. Been thinking about this one since I commented yesterday. There’s a book you have to buy if you don’t own it already. It’s called “I am a Mother” by Jane Clayson Johnson. I must have for an LDS mom or future mom.

Brittanie says:

I am a follower and apparently a loyal commentator, so hooray for that! I would love to hear your thoughts on child discipline and the controversy over telling your child “no.” How do you plan to discipline? I know you have touched very briefly on this already, but please elaborate! 🙂

Jess~ca says:

I really love this blog! I, as you already know, have already taken the pregnancy plunge and am 25 weeks pregnant with a little boy! All of the things that you blog about are things that I have worried/thought about in the past year. My advice about making a baby : When you get pregnant you will be ready, whether it was planned or not, and you will realize how much you love the baby that is growing inside of you and that makes the “baby bucket-list” seem so much less important.

GOOD LUCK 🙂

-Jessica Flygare
-And I’m a follower 🙂

jennie w. says:

BABY NAMES! My favorite topic ever! Make sure you check out the top 1000 names in the US here:

http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames/

I’m almost done with wipes FOREVER! But we still have a few months left to go. I’d probably lose the case by then anyway. But how about I win it and see for sure!

Destiny says:

My advice comes from Elder Ballard’s “Daughters of God” talk, “Recognize the joy of motherhood comes in moments.” Motherhood is wonderful, but there are times when it is incredibly challenging. “But amid the challenges, there are shining moments of joy and satisfaction.”

Oh how adorable! I totally would love to win a wipes case prize as a pre-babies-to-come gift…if that makes any sense at all…lol

Cheers,

LeNesha

You’ve heard of home birth, but have you heard of placentophagia? What do you think of it? I’ve done it. Would you?

Sharon says:

This would be such a useful thing to have. Awesome giveaway!

Sorry if you’ve already answered this-I have just started reading your blog.
My question is: would you find out the sex of your baby at the big ultrasound? Any gut feeling on what your first will be? (I just knew my first would be a boy, and sure enough, I was right!)

BethOtt says:

Hello, Just found your blog. I have three little ones. Some random mom advice: Take a bath with your baby. It’s easy to hang onto them and wash them, nice time together and you get to take a bath — daddy gets the baby out and you soak a little longer. 🙂

Leah says:

What a cute blog! I love the pink!!

I have no parenting advice to offer, but I think an interesting post might be on how DINK’s(dual income no kids)deal with friends who have kids….

thanks for the great offer

leahrcole at yahoo dot com

April says:

I use baby wipes for everything. The Kirkland brand from Costco…the wipes are like little washcloths…they even will take spills off dress clothes quickly. They are wonderful. I don’t think I have followed yet..might only be following on Twitter. I will follow now! And I will Tweet your contest.

Just Us Two says:

The baby wipes case is too cute. Would love to give this to a friend of mine who is due in April.

Parenting advice: Always set a block of time for yourself. I was doing for EVERYONE except me. I lost me for a minute(years)and slowly but surely “me” is coming back around. If the laundry doesn’t get put away so be it…it’s “Me” time.
Another piece of advice smile at the baby/toddler/child when you great him/her…it makes a difference.

Congratulations on your impending motherhood! My advice is kind of cliche but really just let your self enjoy all the nuttiness that comes with being a new mom. Remember to laugh at yourself and nap when the baby naps if you can.

Good luck!
Tracey

Keonte' says:

I am a follower!

I am so glad I found your blog and tweet with you on twitter.

The advice I give yo about Motherhood is to learn something new each day. There is literally no book written on parenting, so try your hardest to gather information from all sources…not just other mothers. Listen with you head, but don’t take everything to heart. I’m sure you will make a great mother.

Michelle says:

I follow you on twitter (as automaticslim). I love your posts and blog.

I don’t know if you covered this on your blog yet but I wonder if you could cover the topic of women in their 30s without kids yet. I am 33 and especially worried that I won’t have kids and I want them badly! Don’t know what I’d do if I get to 36 without kids. I obsess about it everyday. I know other 30+ women without kids and they don’t seem to stress like me about it. HOW CAN THEY NOT!!!

Advice on motherhood: CONTINUE TO BE YOURSELF. I learned this one from my twin sis who is a mom to a 13 year old boy. She never stopped being MELISSA! So her son knows HER for real and not just some woman who gave herself up totally to mom-hood.

Kaycee says:

I have a question for you! Have you found any fantastic baby places in Austin? I have never been but I am planning a trip there! I have always heard its such a cultural hot spot! I would love to know about activities, parks, and stores! Thanks for the chance- this wipes case is gorgeous!!!

kayceewilliams at gmail dot com

Jo says:

My best parenting advice is to pick your battles wisely..meaning so what if they don’t wanna match today to go to school…as long as they’re dressed in clean clothes and they don’t look horribly bad right?
jorayne@gmail.com

Christi says:

Well you are a bit worried about losing sleep, its gonna happen. If you chose to co-sleep though, you don’t lose as much (if you are nursing). We did this with both kids, and it really helped me.

Marisa says:

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Formal Wear says:

Ooooh- one entry for me, please 🙂 I don’t have any motherly advice for your (since I’m not a mom myself) but we’re in pretty much the same situation about the career driven, not wanting kids, but now kind of re-thinking it stage…

Anonymous says:

I hate when I’m logged into the wrong account… the above ‘formal wear’ comment is from Kristen (kwilson2182@gmail.com)

Arin says:

If you are having problems with engorgement, a great help is to put some water in a diaper and zap it for 5 seconds in the microwave and use it as a moist heating pad, to break up any clogged ducts you might have and provide comfort for you without getting wet because the diaper keeps the moisture in away from skin. I swear by this..helped me out a ton!!!

Lynn says:

I wonder if it’s too late…

Anyway, when you’re a mother, take pictures. It doesn’t matter if they suck or if they’re awesome…just take them. You’ll be thankful later.

Lynn says:

And, why not? I tweeted about it. I was following you on Twitter…but I’m not sure where you went! Silly Twitter.

Jennifer says:

The only advice I can give you is that lack of sleep, at some point, will become the norm! Ha!!

Formal Wear says:

Ooooh- one entry for me, please 🙂 I don’t have any motherly advice for your (since I’m not a mom myself) but we’re in pretty much the same situation about the career driven, not wanting kids, but now kind of re-thinking it stage…

Just Us Two says:

The baby wipes case is too cute. Would love to give this to a friend of mine who is due in April.

Parenting advice: Always set a block of time for yourself. I was doing for EVERYONE except me. I lost me for a minute(years)and slowly but surely “me” is coming back around. If the laundry doesn’t get put away so be it…it’s “Me” time.
Another piece of advice smile at the baby/toddler/child when you great him/her…it makes a difference.

BethOtt says:

Hello, Just found your blog. I have three little ones. Some random mom advice: Take a bath with your baby. It’s easy to hang onto them and wash them, nice time together and you get to take a bath — daddy gets the baby out and you soak a little longer. 🙂

Dev says:

A little piece of advice when the time comes for you to be a mother: Start a schedule from the time you bring your baby home and stick to it. It will make life much easier for the both of your!

I love your blog!

pma_devri@hotmail.com

ooooh…I wanna play! Heaven knows a mom can’t have enough cute wipey cases! (Actually I don’t own a single cute wipey case…but who’s counting?) Okay question for you ’cause I’m new to your fan base here. Are you expecting? I only see your header that says you aren’t expecting or trying yet but that might be old. Not sure. And motherhood advise. Been thinking about this one since I commented yesterday. There’s a book you have to buy if you don’t own it already. It’s called “I am a Mother” by Jane Clayson Johnson. I must have for an LDS mom or future mom.

Just became a follower

Nichole says:

I’d love to see you write on baby names. More specifically, the trend of naming all children with the same first initial. It really weirds me out, but I’ve just found out the name hub likes for a girl starts with the same letter as my first name – which happens to be the same letter as both my dogs’ names. I’ve considered changing the dogs’ names – that’s how much it bothers me.

Oh, and I might as well become a follower, since I’m here every day. . .

Joy says:

Since I’m one of your newest followers I of course have to join in on the fun! My mommy advice is only what I wished I would have done before I became a parent. I wish I would have learned how to let things go more. You know, not do the dishes one night, leave the laundry untouched, bed messy, that kind of thing. I’ve always been a little uptight about such things and after I had my daughter I simply couldn’t be that way anymore. It was huge shock to my system that was already overloaded with hormones and emotions. If I would have learned to relax and not put things like that on the top of my priorities list it would have been a much easier transition into mommy-hood. That and you might as well start practicing time management while doing everything with one hand tied behind your back (holding baby). But it’s worth it!

Smiles!

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