Motherhood & Baby Pregnancy

The Bad Yogi Baby Blessing

Welcome to the Bad Yogi Digital Baby Blessing!

We’re so grateful you’re here  ☺️ Stick around because we have two requests for you at the end…

If we were getting together in person, you better believe the first thing you’d see is a mimosa bar. Or a Mom-osa bar if we’re being super cheesy (which we are lol)

Don’t mind me, I’ll just follow you around asking how it is & pretending mine isn’t just juice and sparkling water, haha

And how could I forget the food? There’d be an overly fancy cake that my mom insisted on getting (but my husband secretly loves)…

Is it over the top? Sure. But is it actually pretty cute? Oh yeah.

PLUS cupcakes *I* insisted on making because I wanted there to be chocolate in close proximity.

chocolate cupcakes martha stewart

I would have made these myself though the words would have ended up comically bad & we’d all take turns posing next to the Pinterest fail… but they’d still taste delicious 😉

And because we’re not that fancy, we would have gotten a pizza food truck to come instead of a caterer. The night before our wedding, we did this (in France, and not the same truck, of course) and it was perfect!

Who could be disappointed to see this?!

At this Baby Blessing, my sister would be close behind me making sure I wasn’t too stressed or overwhelmed. She’d also be making sure my hair was on point and that I always had food in my hand 😉My mother-in-law would be refilling your mimosas and making friends with everyone that walked through the door. My mom would probably be wearing a lanyard with a whistle attached & a clipboard in hand, ready to wrangle people where they needed to be & make notes of anyone who brought gifts (even though we would have insisted that you not).

All our friends (yep, that includes you!) would get along great. Most of you would have a few drinks and make lots of new friends because despite the fact that we’d have some games & things to do, you’d end up in lost in conversation with each other.

But with everyone we know & love spread across the world (literally!), I decided to do this as an alternative to a traditional baby shower for a few reasons:

1) I live far from my home country & everyone I’d want to invite is spread all over the US & Europe, so it’s just impractical!
2) We do NOT want or need to get a bunch of stuff (we’re SO grateful when people gift us baby items, but it gets overwhelming quickly).
3) We genuinely love this community and feel so connected, it felt natural to do something to include those who cared about this sort of thing 😉

So, what the heck is a Baby Blessing?!
I’m borrowing from a few different sources, but basically… the intention of a baby blessing is to simply bless the pregnancy & new baby on the way and to empower the woman for that transition to motherhood (and the man for fatherhood) rather than just focusing on material gifts for the baby. It’s also to cultivate positive energy for the upcoming birth. Just like a baby shower is to literally shower the couple with gifts, the Baby Blessing is to shower the family with ALLLLL the good vibes instead of gifts 😉

This is where those 2 requests come in! What do the guests “bring” you? 
To be extremely cheesy, we’d love to hear straight from your heart. Like, right now!

(1) Share a favorite prayer or poem, a quote or scripture that’s meaningful to you, an intention, words of wisdom, advice from your own experience or best advice YOU received about parenthood/birth, or special wishes.

***Drop these blessings in the comments below. We’ll read through every single one and plan to save them so we can refer back to them anytime we need a good laugh or just to remember that we’re never on this journey alone.***

If we were together in person, we’d all gather in one big group and Adrien & I would open each one just as you usually do with gifts. We’d love every single one!

(2) And because we’re making our own rules here, you can include the answers to our guessing game in your comment too!  ☺️ These are always super fun to see! PS: to help you guess the birthday, my due date range is between Aug 15-20 (they do this in France rather than say one specific day).

Thank you so much for joining us here! I know it's cheesy, but we are SO truly grateful for your support during this special time in our lives. We're blessed enough to have family and friends who love us, but a huge extended family & friend group in all of you too! This community is so special to us, and we're honored that you're here.

Love you!
Erin & Adrien

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    July 13, 2019 at 6:27 am

    Blessing for a Newborn
    By Raven Kaldera

    Hail to those who have sent this new soul into the world,

    And may all the world stand forth to greet him.

    O newcomer to the bounds of Midgard,

    May you grow a strong huge in a strong lich,

    And may learning pass many-gifted into your hands.

    May you always have a warm hearth to come home to,

    A full cup offered to you,

    A safe haven to rest your head.

    May the storm pass you by,

    The fire only warm you,

    The tides bear you up,

    And the landvaettir be a friend beneath your feet.

    May your ancestral Mothers offer you courage,

    May your ancestral Fathers offer you wisdom,

    Or if you must forge away from your blood’s path,

    May your tale be one to inspire generations to come.

    Hail to those who have sent this new soul into the world,

    And may all the world stand forth to greet him.

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      Erin Motz

      July 13, 2019 at 6:46 am

      those last two lines are my FAVORITE. thank you <3

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    July 13, 2019 at 6:35 am

    Breathe! It will be a happy journey in the end, but you have to not let yourself sweat the small stuff. Give it your best! Smile, breathe, love. It’s like you have a living personification of the perfect body principle – and you’ve rocked that one, so… 😉 Lots of love! And chocolates! And mommy massages! :*

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      Erin Motz

      July 13, 2019 at 6:45 am

      thank you so so much! 😉 <3

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    July 13, 2019 at 6:36 am

    Lord I lift up Erin, Adrian, and theIr soon to be son. Watch over and protect them. Help the birthing process to be easy and as pain free as possible. Help the doctors deliver this little guy so that he is healthy without any complications. Give them peace as the due date approaches. Help them remain calm. Be with them and guide them so they can raise this little bundle of joy and blessings to be strong, healthy, and happy.

    I but his birthday at August 10, 2019 because I think he will be earlier than the project dates given.

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      Erin Motz

      July 13, 2019 at 6:45 am

      <3 thank you so much

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    July 13, 2019 at 6:37 am

    “Give the children love, more love and still more love – and the common sense will come by itself.”
    ― Astrid Lindgren

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      Erin Motz

      July 13, 2019 at 6:45 am

      love that!

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    July 13, 2019 at 6:39 am

    May your baby bring you as much joy as I know you will provide for his childhood.
    Much health and happy times to you all – it’s going to be a wild and amazing ride. 🙂

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    July 13, 2019 at 6:39 am

    Here’s my blessing:

    Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.
    – Dalay Lama

    It’s my favorite when it comes to family 🙂

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    July 13, 2019 at 6:43 am

    I don’t have any magical wise words about family or mother just a very heartfilled congratulations on this new chapter. You and Adrien are going to be incredible and inspiring parents. Loves of love from Massachusetts 💙

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    July 13, 2019 at 6:45 am

    As your baby grows, be present. Let your baby climb onto your lap every time, even when all you want is hat cup of coffee and to read your newspaper. Let them give you hugs. These days are so precious. The saying I heard long after mine had grown: the days are long but the years are short. Savor these days and these years.

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      July 13, 2019 at 8:34 am

      Yep, was going to write the days are long but the years are short, too! It’s so true!

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    ashley marks

    July 13, 2019 at 6:46 am

    Best advice I received: don’t listen to advice! You guys know what is best for you and your family. Everyone has a lot to say and endless suggestions. Trust your instincts and love your sweet boy. You got this!

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      Erin Motz

      July 13, 2019 at 6:48 am

      best non-advice advice ever 😉 thank you! <3

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      July 13, 2019 at 6:54 am

      This is so so so true! Lol

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    July 13, 2019 at 6:47 am

    I wish you and your family only the best. I am sure that all the love, good energy and positivity you give to this community comes back to you. I am forever grateful for what you do as you helped me so much. You are in my prayers.

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      Erin Motz

      July 13, 2019 at 6:47 am

      thank you so so much, emma!

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    July 13, 2019 at 6:49 am

    Irish baby blessing:
    May you have a sunbeam to warm you
    Good luck to charm you
    An angel to protect you
    Laughter to cheer you
    And faithful friends near you.

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    July 13, 2019 at 6:50 am

    I don’t know many quotes, but I wish you a lot of love, happiness and health. From what I can tell, your son will be surrounded with love and there is nothing more important for a child than to be loved.
    Lots of love from the netherlands! Xoxo

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    Sarah (yooperyogi)

    July 13, 2019 at 6:53 am

    Hello Erin and Adrien! My favorite memento someone told us in late pregnancy – well actually two… anyways: there are a million ways to be a good parent. Second: when small humans are overwhelmed by big emotions, it’s our job to share our calm & peace and not share their chaos- or something like that. Applies to little bitty newborns and rowdy/rebellious toddlers alike 🙂 good luck! You will both be amazing. Trust your instincts!

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    Emily L.

    July 13, 2019 at 6:55 am

    Prayers and well-wishes for a happy, healthy Bad Yogi Baby. May your home be filled with love and laughter. <3

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    July 13, 2019 at 6:56 am

    Walk Slowly —Danna Faulds

    It only takes a reminder to breathe,
    a moment to be still, and just like that,
    something in me settles, softens,
    makes space for imperfection.
    The harsh voice of judgment drops to a whisper
    and I remember again that life isn’t a relay race;
    that we will all cross the finish line;
    that waking up to life is what we were born for.
    As many times as I forget, catch myself charging forward
    without even knowing where I’m going,
    that many times I can make the choice
    to stop, to breathe, and be, and walk
    slowly into the mystery.

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    Amanda Costanza

    July 13, 2019 at 6:57 am

    Be in the moment as a parent. You can read all the books in the world about parenting and none of them would prepare you for YOUR child. Just like you are such a special and unique individual, so is your baby. Your instincts will guide you in making the right decisions in this crazy journey. And seriously, this might sound generic but BREATHE!!! You guys will be amazing parents! Sending lots of good vibes and blessings your way!

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    Rowan Soolsma

    July 13, 2019 at 7:02 am

    Dear Erin & Adrien,

    I don’t have much advice to give on parenthood, but I just wanted to say that I already know in my heart you’re going to be wonderful parents. This little guy is so lucky to have you for a mom and dad <3. He'll be so loved by everyone around him!

    I guessed the 24th of August for the little mans arrival, as that's my mom's birthday 🙂

    All the love in the world,

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    July 13, 2019 at 7:02 am

    The first few weeks of parenthood can be tough for the sleep-deprived parents! Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Have a list of people who you can call. Have a list of tasks people can do when they come to visit and ask, “How can I help?” Your job as a new mom is to rest, recover and feed your baby. Spend lots of time skin to skin with your new love. Enjoy these precious moments! Congratulations to you both!

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    Ashlee Gordon

    July 13, 2019 at 7:05 am

    I love this quote
    “For this child I have prayed” Samuel 1:27

    Also I see this all to often amongst my friends who have children, take time for yourself. A hot shower. A mani/pedi. Massage. Gym session. ALONE. Whatever it may be that you enjoy to unwind and relax. It’s a guilty pleasure. But you need to focus on you to be able to take care of him. I’ve seen so many of my mom / dad friends forget this.

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    Jennifer Andrews

    July 13, 2019 at 7:09 am

    I have no advice to give, but sending you all the good vibes and wishing you all health and happiness ❤️

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    July 13, 2019 at 7:10 am

    God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
    Courage to change the things I can,
    And wisdom to know the difference.

    I felt this helped the most as we struggled with not being able to breastfeed and the post partum depression that began soon after.

    I pray that you will have a smooth transition to motherhood, that mom and baby will be healthy and happy. However, if things don’t all work out the way you expect, go easy on yourself and remember as long as baby is loved, fed, and cuddled you are doing a great job! It sometimes takes a bit for feelings to come and now I know that’s okay. It’s amazing once they begin growing into their own person and show you how much love they have for us parents

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    July 13, 2019 at 7:11 am

    “Good parents have sticky floors, messy kitchens, laundry piles, dirty ovens and happy kids.” (unknown)

    Enjoy every moment of this new chapter in your life! ♡

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    July 13, 2019 at 7:12 am

    My baby is 13 and the one thing I’ve repeated to myself throughout the years is ‘some day I’ll miss this mess’. So, don’t stress about the ‘stuff’, don’t worry about the toys and books strewn about, the fruit snacks wrappers under the sofa (ok, those you might want to make a monthly sweep of), and just enjoy the daily moments with your child.

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    July 13, 2019 at 7:14 am

    I used to play this song when I had a newborn. I thought the lyrics were so powerful. It summed up everything I felt and wanted to say. I hope you find the words as comforting and meaningful as I did. Best wishes!!

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    July 13, 2019 at 7:15 am

    Babies will do everything in their own time. Don’t compare you or your baby’s progress (or seemingly lack thereof!) to anyone else’s experience.

    My personal advice is to also take the epidural! 😜

    Wishing you all the very best! Don’t forget to breathe… 🤗🤗

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    July 13, 2019 at 7:16 am

    First, I picked August 24 because it’s also my birthday 💙😁. Secondly, thank you for including all of us on your Mommy journey. This is such an exciting time! As for advice….best advice for labor came from a boxing coach at my gym. He looked at me and said…” you do yoga, you know how to breathe, and the pain is such a short time in the grand scheme of it all…” I focused on that for all 3 of my babies. Very helpful! As for other advice… do you! Some things will be harder than you imagine, some easier, some funnier, some messier, some things will just make you lose it. Ride the wave & do what’s best for your family 💙

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    Diana Shanks

    July 13, 2019 at 7:16 am

    I’m not into poetry, so, the best advice I can give you is to sleep as much as you can when baby sleeps. Don’t be tempted to “get things done” – unless you are full of energy (which, believe me, will not happen in the first few months unless you have the perfect baby!). Accept help from hubby and anyone else you trust (be careful who comes to visit in the beginning – I’ve had friends receive visits from people claiming they wanted to help, only to have to wait on them hand and foot).

    Finally, do not be tempted to wake a sleeping baby (unless it’s for medical reasons – my daughter had a touch of jaundice and just wanted to sleep through feeding time, so I had to wake her for feeds). An over-tired baby is not a happy baby.

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    July 13, 2019 at 7:16 am

    Every birth and every baby is so beautifully unique. Try not to compare your experience to anyone else’s.
    I remember searching the internet and going to friends for advice, when all I really needed to do was really trust in myself as a mother. Follow your gut, after all that is the space where you baby was grown for 9 months. 😉

    Wishing you a safe delivery, happy & healthy mama & baby! Exciting times!!

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    Amber Thompson

    July 13, 2019 at 7:22 am

    “May your heart be happy, may your days be bright, may your roads be smooth and your burdens light, may you find the dreams, may you touch the stars, and may you never forget how special you are.” -traditional Irish blessing for the three of you!

    I think the most important lesson I’ve learned in parenting is to trust yourself and your instincts; you know what best for your baby and your family.🧡 You’re going to be fantastic parents!

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    Sara Crews

    July 13, 2019 at 7:25 am

    The best advice I received:
    Listen to all the advice of the people you respect and then do what you feel is right for you and your family. Every baby is different and so is every family.

    Best wishes to you both, you are going to make great parents! And super best wishes to a fast, easy delivery, and most of all to the birth of a healthy Bad Yogi baby! 😊

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    Heather Peabody

    July 13, 2019 at 7:26 am

    Blessed be your eyes, that you may see clearly
    Blessed be your ears that you may hear through lies
    Blessed be your lips that you may speak truth
    Blessed be your hands that you may help others and blessed be your feet that you may walk the path of beauty and peace all the days of your life

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    Sandra Dance

    July 13, 2019 at 7:27 am

    Babies, like us, have a mind of their own. When things (or days/weeks) aren’t going as you planned or wanted…remember, this too shall pass!

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    Tara M

    July 13, 2019 at 7:28 am

    Blessings for baby, taken From ‘Forever Young’

    May god bless and keep you always, may your wishes all come true,
    May you always do for other, and have others do for you,
    May you build a ladder to the stars and climb on every rung,
    May you stay forever young.

    May you grow up to be righteous, may you grow up to be true,
    May you always know the truth and see the lights surrounding you,
    May you always be courageous, stand upright and be strong,
    May you stay forever young.

    May your hands always be busy, May your feet always be swift,
    May you have a strong foundation when the winds of changes shift,
    May your heart always be joyful, may your song always be sung,
    May you stay forever young.

    For Erin: wishing you all the joy in the world that motherhood can bring, all the way through your journeys together in all the phases of life xx

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    Sarah McBride

    July 13, 2019 at 7:30 am

    Everyone says “enjoy every moment because they grow up so quickly.” And that’s completely true! But it’s tough to “enjoy” it all…so I think it’s enough to try to remember every day what an incredible blessing your son is. And that even when you’re tired or frustrated, that little boy is a miracle. Love and prayers for your amazing family! ❤️❤️❤️

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    July 13, 2019 at 7:32 am

    Something I know my brother and sister-in-law started doing once they felt comfortable enough and have kept up with is date night/day date once a month (my niece is 2). I think that’s an awesome idea, I think they started out small with dinner in town, but now they go do dinner and a movie or something longer. That’s something I admire about their parenting, taking time for them as a couple. Sending lots of love to your family in this wonderful new season of life ❤❤❤❤❤❤

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    Kay Smith

    July 13, 2019 at 7:34 am

    May God bless, Baby, Mom, and Dad…now and always. Don’t sweat the small things…and treasure everything. You both seem level headed and mature…that was a comment our pediatrician made to us when our son was having a problem when he was 18 months. Take lots of pics that you will always treasure. Get rest when you can, and enjoy each other. Lots of love, hugs, and prayers orayers.

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    July 13, 2019 at 7:36 am

    You are your child’s advocate. You will know him the best and have his best interests in your heart. Remember that when dealing with doctors or other such as teachers. They are trained to handle the most common issues, but they couldn’t possibly understand each individual. If you don’t agree, keep looking for another opinion or solution. It’s hard to understand now, but you will have such a strong bond with your child that you will understand them even if they can’t talk. This is important throughout their life. You might need to choose a road less taken to find the best solution for your child. That is completely fine, as long as you and your husband agree, in the end that is what matters.
    My first daughter was born 5 weeks early with a birth defect, this advice was given to me by a friend. It was very important during a time when I didn’t even understand all the medical talk, but had to make decisions for my child. The doctors were not correct 100% of the time. This advice has followed us through with our second child and with the girls growing up. Not everyone will support your decisions, however you are the parents and if you have given any decision considerable thought then follow your heart.
    My two girls are healthy & happy. They love their life and now they are included in decisions, however we are still their parents and will make the final decision. As long as they are showered with love, most other things don’t matter. Plus, you can change direction anytime. So many people feel that once a decision is made, they can’t change their minds, they can. For instance if you don’t like their school, pick a new one. This goes for so many choices in life.
    God bless the three of you. May the angels in heaven surround you during your labor and protect you while you bring forth new life. Amen

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    Hannah Harding

    July 13, 2019 at 7:40 am

    Just follow your intuition, ask for help when you need it. You’ve got this ❤️

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    July 13, 2019 at 7:40 am

    Irish Blessing:

    May the road rise to meet you.
    May the wind be always at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face,
    the rains fall soft upon your fields.

    And until we meet again, until we meet again,
    may God hold you in the palm of his hand.

    May the sun make your days bright,
    may the stars illuminate your nights,
    May the flowers bloom along your path,
    your house stand firm against the storm.

    And until we meet again, until we meet again,
    may God hold you in the palm of his hand.

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    July 13, 2019 at 7:43 am

    Congratulations again! ❤️ My favourite quote: “Who are we but the stories we tell ourselves, about ourselves, and believe?” Scott Turow ☺️ tell him stories, the stories make us who we are!

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    July 13, 2019 at 7:43 am

    Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him. (Psalm 127:3, NLT)
    You guys are great parents already. You have loved and cared for your son in every possible way before he has even been born. You love each other so much and what a gift this will be to your child. He will be raised in a home filled with care, consideration, love, joy, peace and strong, positive role models. Praying that your delivery goes super well! X

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    July 13, 2019 at 7:44 am

    Congrats on a baby. They are the greatest gift in the world. Trust yourself and your medical professionals. Parenthood is the hardest most fun experience I’ve had and I am hopefully that you will have the same! Enjoy

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    Katrina Whitehead

    July 13, 2019 at 7:45 am

    Congratulations on expecting your first little blessing! You guys will be great parents. I remember before having our first just having such a huge range of emotions: from so excited and couldn’t wait to terrified and thinking “why did we decided to do this?”. Just focus on the positive and the beautiful baby you will have at the end. Labor and delivery was nothing like in the movies. It wasn’t hours of screaming or this crazy rush to get the baby out. It was a process that, aside from the pain of labor, was actually really sweet and enjoyable. Just take each moment as it comes. God gives you the strength and wisdom to make it through each moment. Don’t feel like a failure if you get an epidural! You just do whatever you need to. In the end, healthy baby and mama are the only things that matter.

    When it comes to the first few weeks, just savor them. I used to try and use those moments of feeding in the middle of the night to pray with and over my babies. Those were some of my sweetest moments of prayer. Also, record a bunch of shows or Netflix. You’ll be able to catch up on your favorite shows haha. Enjoy each precious moment. It goes by fast and they grow up so fast. Everyone says that and it’s annoying, but it’s so true. Enjoy this wonderful gift from The Lord.

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    Jodi VanDam

    July 13, 2019 at 7:47 am

    Love the advice to not follow any and follow your instincts!😉 actually though, I was sitting here thinking about when my babies were babies (now 14 & 11!?!) and the most amazing gift and lifesaver was finding other women that had children the same age. We laughed, cried, went on girl’s weekends, and were such a support for each other. We are still the best of friends and our families have created many memories together. What a gift for all. ❤️ Best of luck, you will rock this parenting gig!!

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    July 13, 2019 at 7:50 am

    „Keine Weisheit, die auf Erden gelernt werden kann, vermag uns das zu geben, was ein Wort, ein Blick der Mutter gibt.“ – Wilhelm Raabe

    Essentially this translates to „Nothing you can be taught in this world even comes close to what a mother‘s word or glance will teach you.“ My wish for you, Erin and Adrien, is that you always remember that YOU know what‘s best for your son. Keep doing what you‘ve been doing – I know you‘ll make fantastic parents and your little one is lucky to have you <3

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    July 13, 2019 at 7:52 am

    “Behold, the only thing greater than yourself.”

    Think Lion King style – held aloft and in awe.

    Blessings and all the good vibes your way!!
    The cupcakes were sure to be delicious and I would have hung out with the mothers.

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    Candace Wilcoxson

    July 13, 2019 at 7:53 am

    Trust your instincts and ignore anyone who tells you that you’re doing it “wrong”. You will figure out what works for your family, and it might not be what has worked for those trying to help with their advice.
    Best of luck to you all! I wish you all happiness and health and enough sleep to function!

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    Katie Benedix

    July 13, 2019 at 7:55 am

    Embrace the contradictions:
    -Be in the moment but plan ahead
    -Don’t go to bed angry but don’t simply give in because it’s easier
    -Allow the mess but teach cleaning as a way of life early
    -Embrace change but don’t forget what was before

    Blessings on your family and may Fate be by your side.

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    July 13, 2019 at 7:56 am

    Follow your intuition! It is amazing how all the those dormant motherly/parenting instincts rise to the occasion.
    When you do need help, ask for it.
    Sending love, hugs and blessings for you and the little one!

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    Barbara Patrizi

    July 13, 2019 at 8:00 am

    An Irish Blessing for all three of you:
    Lucky stars above you
    Sunshine on your way
    Many friends to love you
    Joy in work and play
    Laughter to outweigh each care
    In your heart a song
    And gladness waiting everywhere
    All your whole life long

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    Wendy Sandles

    July 13, 2019 at 8:03 am

    The best advice I have is something my husband said to me over and over again, and is especially true during the newborn stage: your only job right now is to take care of your baby and yourself – you don’t need to do anything else. I would repeat this to myself when I would stress about errands, how dinner was going to get on the table, etc.

    Also, bring your e-reader everywhere! Babies sleep a lot (and fall asleep anywhere). It can be a great opportunity to get some unexpected me time!

    In the end all you really need to have is the commitment to doing what’s best for your baby, which you guys very much seem to have – if you make your decisions from that perspective, you can’t go too fat astray, even if you make a mistake.

    Congratulations and good luck!

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      Erin Motz

      July 13, 2019 at 2:11 pm

      love the ereader tip! i added to my hospital bag checklist too just in case there’s excessive downtime 😉 thank you so much for the kind words! <3

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    Amanda Minaker

    July 13, 2019 at 8:07 am

    Hello new parents,
    The season you are about to enter will bring you love like you have never felt, joy that will overflow in tears and focus on your priorities. May the good vibes and blessings you have brought to our badyogi community flow over you as a family!
    Some advice: good soothing tunes for labor is a maybe (you will be too busy) but a picture of the three of you as a family is a must! When people don’t know what to get you… diapers and onesies! You will not be perfect: the new little one will be and you will be okay. Just stay in the moment and also realize- it goes SO FAST! The sweet new phase passes quickly and the no sleep. All phases pass. Also, take a shower and drink lots of water for Mom. And get outside as much as possible! Better for you and baby (who I want to call “him”).
    Sending love to you and prayers of safe and healthy labor for Erin!
    Much love,
    The Minaker Family

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    Sacha Fenimore

    July 13, 2019 at 8:10 am

    Becoming a mother is the greatest job in the world. You will always worry, have doubts, and insecurities because you’ve been tasked with raising a human to go into the world one day. The laughs, and joy, and happiness you see in your small child will always remind you of the good in the world, even on days the world seems rough. Enjoy the journey, support one another, and selectively accept advice. Best wishes and a round of hugs!

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    Hannah Collier

    July 13, 2019 at 8:11 am

    Mira and the Secret of Happiness

    And what is true for tortoises, is also true for people. If people like each other, they understand each other perfectly, even if they don’t’ speak to each other. And if they understand how good it is for all of them to be together, they will always live happily together.


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    July 13, 2019 at 8:16 am

    Erin and Adrian

    Blessing to you and your beautiful baby boy. May his arrival be swift and safe for mum and bub. Here’s to all your happiness and an amazing life as a family.

    Sending nothing but love and positive vibes.

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    July 13, 2019 at 8:16 am

    Have someone snap a picture of your husband’s face just after the baby is born, when he sees him for the first time. Moms bond with baby and get used to being a mother throughout the pregnancy, but I think it doesn’t reaaallly hit dads until the baby is born. I didnt have a photographer, but my dad was in the room when my daughter was born and my favorite picture was one he took of my husband’s transformation into dad mode.
    A mantra that helped me in those first couple, slightly overwhelming weeks: your baby chose you to be his mama. You got this. Don’t let anyone tell you he has to cry it out if it doesn’t feel right to you. You don’t have to put him down if you dont want to. And it’s totally okay to cry because he’s here and he’s perfect and he’s yours.

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    July 13, 2019 at 8:18 am

    Best advice I can give is during labor to not get caught up in what could come, but instead focus on each contraction as one specific moment that is bringing you that much closer to the birth of your little boy. I found it really helped me to remind myself that each contraction was really just a sensation of pressure, and then visualize that pressure moving baby further down.

    After the birth, I cannot say enough good things about getting a shower in shortly after delivery. Not every new mom is up to this, but for me it was a game changer. For each of my 3 babies I was able to shower within the first two hours and before I had visitors. My daughter wasn’t interested in nursing right away ( I think she needed time to process the experience too🙂). I showered about 20 minutes after her delivery. A shower definitely helped me feel human again after what felt like an out of body experience.

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    Julie klingler

    July 13, 2019 at 8:21 am

    My best advice I can give you is You Are Enough! I was 3 kids in and feeling like I was struggling and failing at everything until I watched the movie Mom’s Night Out. And there’s a quote in there that brought me to tears. I copied and pasted to get in on point.

    “Y’all spend so much time beating yourself up – must be exhausting. I doubt the good Lord made a mistake giving your kiddos the mama he did. You just be you – he’ll take care of the rest.“

    Bones (the character who said this) is just trying to explain to Alyson that she’s enough for her family just the way she is. Even if she constantly feels like she’s not enough. ❤️

    Kinda fits in with BadYogi 😉

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    July 13, 2019 at 8:24 am

    Nobody knows what they’re doing as parents, so don’t sweat the small stuff. Just love that baby his whole life and everything will be a magical, loving adventure for you all!

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    July 13, 2019 at 8:26 am

    All you need is love. The rest is just details. Enjoy the journey and all the best to you both! And naps and yummy snacks (cookies on hand…) for the new Momma are both okay!

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    July 13, 2019 at 8:26 am

    My best advice is when they tell you to “nap when the baby naps”-do it! I couldn’t even recognize myself those first couple weeks of sleep deprivation. I would always use that hour or two of free time during afternoon naps to clean up the house or goof off on the xbox. Everything outside of caring for my baby started to feel impossible (including basic care of myself). When I did finally give in and got a little more sleep, even if it just was a 45 min nap in the afternoon, the difference was night and day. I felt like a human again, not a extremely emotional milk dispenser. Best wishes to you all and bless your beautiful little family!

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    R Hunt

    July 13, 2019 at 8:29 am

    Be kind. That’s all. To yourself, to one another, to baby. You are all learning and loving and those are both tough things. X

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    July 13, 2019 at 8:33 am

    Remember after he is born, you will know what to do! Your mother instinct will be there and that will be right 🙂

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    July 13, 2019 at 8:35 am

    I’m not a mom myself, so I don’t have any advice but I do want to pass along lots of love to you and Adrien and your baby boy. You glow with love and kindness and I’m so excited for you to embark upon this newest adventure. My intention for you is to be present with all the “firsts” to come with your tiny human and expanded family. Thank you for including your community in this journey and for keeping it real 🙂 love and light!!!!!

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    Laura bogza

    July 13, 2019 at 8:37 am

    Good luck <3 i’d Say document everything because it all changes soooo fast. We took one second a day vidéos with an app and I cherish those but looking back I can already barely remember some of it. You forget how small they are and I would have loved to have made hand and feet prints. The firsts are really amazing, this whole journey is amazing. But A baby is an everyday challenge to your sense of self confidence. It is daily failures to soothe, understand, do something on time, protect etc. But it also a daily chance to grow into a more knowledgeable mom and dad and know you can only learn by doing. It is a humbling journey but it’s soooo full of love and remember in the end, love and your best effort is all it takes to succeed. You will be great parents, you will make a great human <3

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    July 13, 2019 at 8:40 am

    Just a little tip that might help to squeeze in some sleep 😅.While working with babies putting them on a schedule eat-play-sleep made them soo much calmer and happier (along with better rested parents!!!). Good luck and enjoy! 😉

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    Ansunette Pelser

    July 13, 2019 at 8:40 am

    “Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” Royals Dahl

    May your little boy have eyes that see magic and a heart that loves adventure! May you be able to see the magic in this new chapter (even though I’m sure that 2AM diaper changes may not feel particularly enchanted!). Enjoy it and soak it all in!

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      Ansunette Pelser

      July 13, 2019 at 8:42 am

      Roald Dahl… thank you, autocorrect! 😂

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    July 13, 2019 at 8:41 am

    My advice: Kids are more resilient than you think. As a parent you will mess up, but that doesn’t mean you’ve messed up your child. Ask for forgiveness and move on.

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    July 13, 2019 at 8:45 am

    When it gets tough, just remember that everything is a phase and it will pass! And that they all go through things and it doesn’t mean anything is wrong (though like others have said, trust your gut if you think it really might be).

    I found a group of 7 great moms with babies within a few weeks of my son soon after my first was born and they have been a lifesaver over the past two years. We have a crazy active WhatsApp group, we support each other through the good and the bad, and we get together at least once a month. It’s so reassuring when things are tough and so fun to watch the kids grow up together. I highly recommend it to everyone. Even a mom a few months out from you just might not remember the specific moments you’re going through. We met at a lactation group. Hope you can find the same!

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    Anida Messner

    July 13, 2019 at 8:45 am

    Here’s the advice my grandmother gave me “never wake a sleeping baby”. 😉 Honestly, you already have all you need as I believe in a mother’s intuition. Yes, it will feel overwhelming at times. Yes, you will feel so tired, you won’t believe that you can still function but you will. Yes, you will make mistakes (by your own judgment) but mother’s (& fathers too) do what they need to do to care for their children. It’s already in you, just tap into it! Also, please don’t let anyone tell you that you are doing anything wrong. What you do & how you care for your child is up to you both & you will do great! He will grow up despite it all. Just give him your love. He will always be your entire world but know you will also be his (although he may not show it as a teenager!). Wishing you all the best, much love to you both.

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    July 13, 2019 at 8:46 am

    Throughout your journey as parents there will be lots of times when you wonder if you’re doing this thing right, or run every scenario through your mind to see where you could have done better. It’s natural, but remember: you are perfect as you are, you are exactly where you need to be. ♥️ Trust your instincts; they’re good ones.

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    July 13, 2019 at 8:46 am

    As a nana to 5 boys, with tons of experience in childcare…when days and nights are long and things are tough with the little one…always try to remember they grow up so quickly. Also don’t worry about the house being tidy or the dishes done, enjoy them as much as possible. I’ve left two Bible verses for you to dwell on.

    “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine on you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:23

    “Children are a gift from God, they are His reward.” Psalm 127:3

    Blessings, jgh

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    Audra Stafursky

    July 13, 2019 at 8:52 am

    Hi Erin & Adrien,

    Thanks for inviting us to your baby blessing. The cake was delicious! I personally don’t have much wisdom to share, but I know what my mom would say so I’ll give you that. I never ate as a child no matter what and she received a lot of comments about me being underweight. Finally the doctor just told her to feed me anything: chips, ice cream, you name it. Still nothing. She had to turn on Spongebob and while I was zoned out in front of the show, she was able to feed me, only to be met with criticism about that being unhealthy too. So her advice would be to do what works even if it’s non-conventional! You will know what’s best.

    Best of luck to you both (even though we know you don’t need luck)! We are so excited for you!!

    Audra and Simon

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    July 13, 2019 at 8:57 am

    I’m not a parent so I’m not even going to try to offer advice. Just want to say congratulations and you two will be amazing parents! This baby is so lucky to not only have you, but also a giant community of support around the world.

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    Keller Tor

    July 13, 2019 at 8:58 am

    Oh Lord, give baby bad yogi a new life of grace. Give him an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to know and to love you, and the gift of joy and wonder in all your works.

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    Jennifer LaBella

    July 13, 2019 at 9:00 am

    For my babyshower, my mom did something similar for me. She had everyone write something like this on a piece of paper and collected them in a jar for me to read thru later. I loved it. But one my mom wrote sticks out to me. Its kinda cheesy but oh so true for almost any aspect of life. “This too shall pass.” Having my son was the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. Also the most CHALLENGING! And thinking of that one little phrase has helped on so many occasions. Its hard work and at times very frustrating, especially when they are little and you are learning all their cues but still dont know exactly whats wrong. But then I blinked and 7 years have passed and he is the coolest little human. Because no matter what, time passes. Just take in each moment. Good and bad. Because you will never have that exact moment again. Cherish it all! Congrats to you guys. Cannot wait to see his little face. And thank you for being there throughout the years. You’ve honestly made a difference in my life. Good luck on this amazing journey!

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    Kimberley P

    July 13, 2019 at 9:08 am

    Dearest Erin,
    Wishing you, your family and your beautiful new addition all the very best.
    To quote Dr Seuss…
    Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.
    This has summed up a lot of my recent journey into parenthood 😉
    It all goes in the blink of an eye, so enjoy the good with the bad x

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    July 13, 2019 at 9:11 am

    We had 6 kids, & the advice I gave myself the most often was “Mean what you say, and say what you mean.” And because it is a different era now, the “tech” era, I would add….give your baby/kids lots and lots of your undivided attention, but don’t make them the center of the world!

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    Jen Chase

    July 13, 2019 at 9:12 am

    When you need it, I highly recommend Love and Logic as a resource and support for effective discipline. Until then, it sounds cheesy (but you’ve already told us you are 😉)…all you need is love. Love to embrace the beautiful and wonderful moments, love to support you through the hard parts. I haven’t found parenting to be easy, but I have loved nearly every minute and mine are 15 and 20. Congratulations and best wishes to you and your family ❤️

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    July 13, 2019 at 9:16 am

    You will frequently (well, I can only speak for the first 11 years) feel like you are messing him up, not doing enough, questioning if you are making the right decision and feel like you don’t know what you are doing. Well, there is a point in each phase you think “I got this!!! I know he’s going to sleep for x hours, like this fruit and not that veggie, etc…”. Guess what happens? That lasts like 2 minutes up to 2 days.. then on to the next phase. (Secretly I’m nervous as I feel like I’ve got this stage handled today…. so I’m afraid to get out of bed to see what the new phase is!!! LOL!)
    You both bring a joy and happiness to what you do, and who you interact with (check out these blessings and this amazing community)!

    A smart woman once said to me through a computer screen You are enough. Believe it!!

    You are exactly where God needs you. You were chosen to be his mommy and daddy, not by accident. God is creating this baby in your womb for a purpose. Just enjoy each phase. The days are long- but the years fly by. ❤️❤️❤️
    You all are in my prayers!

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    July 13, 2019 at 9:19 am

    James 1:17 – “Every good and perfect gift is from above.”

    Joshua 1:9 – “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

    Congratulations to you both!

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    July 13, 2019 at 9:22 am

    My blessing is for you, new mum. Nothing will prepare you for what awaits for you – for good and for bad. I wish upon you all the strength from all the mums in the world. All the willpower to accept the different emotions you will face: the happiness, the tiredness, the sadness – smile, cry, sing and yell. Embrace this difficult and wonderful time. Trust yourself. Trust your husband. And trust your baby – he knows already more than you believe. You’ve got this. And if you need help, ask for it. If you have funny thoughts, share them. Don’t keep anything inside, it will just bottle up.

    My blessing is for you, new dad. You will face a new woman – truly, in the deepest sense. She may not see it, but you will. And you will love each other even more. Mum brain is a thing, so you need you cover for the missing parts until your wife rebuilds herself. Be her memory, be her support, be her companion.
    People usually don’t think about it much, but becoming a father will be a challenge to you as well. And, as your wife, embrace these new feelings, explore them, share them and grow with them.
    Enjoy seeing your son exploring the world. Cherish every new discovery he will do every day, try to see the world as he is – it will be like knowing everything from scratch. Be your child guide, be his safe harbour – play with him, change his nappies, share laughter and tears. You’ve got this.

    My blessing is for you, baby boy. You old soul, explore this brand new world without fear. Trust your parents – they are learning with you and some times it will take them time to catch up with you. Be patient, eventually they will understand.
    Smile, cry, yell and observe this big big world. You have one hell of adventure ahead of you, buckle up for the ride. And please, remember to sleep from time to time, your parents will love you even more for that!

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    Michele Reynolds

    July 13, 2019 at 9:24 am

    May your newborn always give out rays of sunshine and happiness to the people around him and may the sun always shine upon on him.

    My little piece of advice: It’s never too early to start reading to him! Babies love to be read to when they are sitting on mommy or daddy’s lap and being cuddled. It a great feeling!

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    Elizabeth Watts

    July 13, 2019 at 9:35 am

    The best advice was from my father. He said that the first six weeks of a baby’s life is the hardest, most thankless job in the world. Then around six weeks, something magical happens – you get a smile, a wink, or something signifying he knows you’re his mama and papa. And all is good again 🙂

    Blessings for a safe birth and smooth transition to parenthood! He’s a lucky kid to call you both parents.


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      July 13, 2019 at 10:41 am

      My dad said the exact same thing to me!😁

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    Lauren Backus

    July 13, 2019 at 9:37 am

    Psalm 139:13-16
    For you formed my inward parts;
    you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
    I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
    Wonderful are your works;
    my soul knows it very well.
    My frame was not hidden from you,
    when I was being made in secret,
    intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
    Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
    in your book were written, every one of them,
    the days that were formed for me,
    when as yet there was none of them.
    Your son was chosen for you and you for him. It’s clear you will both be amazing parents, I am so excited for you and this next chapter of your lives!

    Blessings to all 3 of you! I hope you feel so loved and supported today!

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    Erin Davis

    July 13, 2019 at 9:51 am

    Congratulations! My advice to you as new parents: model whatever traits you’d like to encourage in your child. I’m sure he’ll have a great model for exercise and healthy eating! But if you want him to be musical, make sure you both sing and listen to music; you want him to be a reader, make sure he sees that you read; you want him to be creative, let him see you be creative (painting, drawing, creating…)!

    And a favorite quote of mine from Winnie the Pooh “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart”.

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    Holly T

    July 13, 2019 at 9:52 am

    My best advice is to follow your heart and listen to your momma instincts. I got so much “advice” when I first had my son and it was honestly overwhelming. Also, be present and take lots of pictures. The newborn phase passes so quickly ❤️

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    Nicola Hancock

    July 13, 2019 at 9:55 am

    Wishing you all the best on your journey to parenthood. I can’t wait to follow along and cheer you on! ❤️

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    Marie Cosby

    July 13, 2019 at 9:57 am

    “If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.” Mother Teresa

    This is my parenting mantra, because being a parent is hard. Sometimes, I don’t really want to go home and “love” my family for whatever selfish reason or another, but when I say this to myself, it helps me understand the greater good in my actions. While I would love to think that my children are my own, I know their true intention is to leave me, and form new relations of their own. I can only hope the love I bring to them, will be passed on to another. All my selfish indulgences seem small in comparison when I repeat this to myself. It also reminds me that family is not inclusive to our children. Our spouse or extended family or even an ex-spouse is part of this “family” as well. Reminding myself that these relationships require love and care is important as well.

    I wish good health and lots of love in this new endeavor for your family. There is no greater joy and, at times, pain than parenting. (In my opinion.) Enjoy the ride!

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    July 13, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Trust your instincts. And when it comes to baby being sick, something’s “off”, etc. the doctors aren’t always right. You’ll find out you k ow what’s wrong with your child before the doctors. I’ve become an amazing diagnostician for my kiddos.

    Also, I was three kids in and always felt like I was failing, not enough in my mind. Then I watch the movie Moms Night Out and there’s a quote in there that brought me to tears. I will put it word for word to make my point.

    “Y’all spend so much time beating yourself up – must be exhausting. I doubt the good Lord made a mistake giving your kiddos the mama he did. You just be you – he’ll take care of the rest.“

    Bones, the character who said this, was trying to tell Alyson that she is enough for her family exactly as she is.
    Very BadYogi like 😉

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    Chrissy Sipes

    July 13, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Wishing you a safe, healthy delivery!! I don’t have kids, so I don’t have any advice. 😆😆. But I know that you and Adrien are going to be amazing parents! Congratulations on this new journey and I wish you all the best! ❤️❤️

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    July 13, 2019 at 10:07 am

    My mom and I read a novel that said, “Babies bounce and they forget.”
    It gave us a laugh and it became a joke between us when chatting about my babies but it also really helped on those days that I felt like things were going off the rails. You are the only one between the two (or three) of you that will remember the mishaps and blunders but as long as you keep doing your best to love and care for your son that’s what will have the most impact.

    The time you have with your son as a baby is precious and wonderful but also exhausting and hard. Those days you are worried about your abilities as a parent or whether you’re messing him up or he’s not where you think he should be developmentally. Again my wise mother would ask me if I thought these things I was worried about would still be problems when they graduate high school, it helps put things in perspective.

    Everything has it’s season and doesn’t last forever which can be a relief if we’re talking diapers but also a bit sad because you only get so much time with each age and stage.

    All the best to you both Erin and Adrien you are wonderful humans who I believe raise your child to be one of the kind of people we need more in this world.

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    Heather C.

    July 13, 2019 at 10:08 am

    I saw a part of a poem when my daughter was still A newborn that just resonated with me.
    “The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow
    But children grow up as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
    So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
    I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.”
    Even 8 years later this has stuck with me because they grow up so fast. Cherish every precious moment. 😊

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    July 13, 2019 at 10:09 am

    It’s been so great to follow you on your journey to becoming parents! Thank you so much for taking us along! You’ll be wonderful parents. Here’s to a very quick birth, I bet your little Bad Yogi can’t wait to start making his mark on this world.

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    Megan Harrison

    July 13, 2019 at 10:12 am

    My piece of advice is two-fold

    1. Get two water proof liners for the crib. Then liner, sheet, second liner, another sheet. That way when the little prince wets the bed or gets sick you just peel up the first shhet and liner and then snuggle and back to sleep. No making a bed at 2 am!

    2. Take a picture everyday, of all the little things. Scrolling through is amazing, but it is the little things that are so important.

    Blessings on this journey Erin! It is HARD but so rewarding.


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    July 13, 2019 at 10:22 am

    Congratulations to you both on this exciting time in your lives! I have no doubt that you will both be wonderful parents, so trust your instincts and enjoy this time. My tiny piece of advice is that when you have disagreements, remember you both still want what’s best for the baby- you might just have different ideas about how to get there! 😊 Best wishes!

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    July 13, 2019 at 10:26 am

    I don’t remember where I found this cheesy little poem but it brought me comfort in those early morning hours when I thought I would never sleep again and I couldn’t figure out whyyyyy he was still crying! Remember that little nugget just went through an incredible change from one environment to another and he might just need to be with his mama. It’s the best feeling in the world, holding that little guy close to you, even if you are so so tired 😉 it gets better/easier every single day so enjoy what you can and work together!

    Mommy can I hear your heartbeat?
    I can’t stay asleep
    I just want to feel your warmth
    It’s a memory I want to keep

    The darkness scares me
    But there’s nothing I can do
    Mommy can you comfort me?
    I just want to be with you

    With my head upon your skin
    That’s where I want to be
    When I’m with you I know it’s okay
    You mean everything to me

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    July 13, 2019 at 10:38 am

    Hi Erin & Adrien,
    Last year you sent me the most amazing email during what was the hardest time of my life and practising yoga ‘with’ you saved my sanity! So thank you for being a light for me.
    Parenting is the hardest job in the world. But it is also the most joyful, intense, precious thing you will ever do. Your little one will inspire in you the purest, most unconditional love you’ve ever experienced. Whatever you do for your child is the right thing so try to take all advice with a pinch of salt and use your mama bear instinct. Abd you can never nap too much, especially in the early days! And lastly, watch out for the winky during diaper changes, it’s honestly like a fountain!
    Wishing you & Adrien all the love and happiness on this amazing journey, it’s so worth it.

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    July 13, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Congratulations Erin and Adrien on your baby boy! You are at the beginning of an incredible journey. Parenthood is so much bigger than you could ever imagine, you may find that you have never loved anyone as much as you love this little boy that chose you to be his parents! He will frustrate, worry and astound you in ways you never imagined possible and it will be so very worth it.

    Practical advice: point it down (or he’ll pee all over his clothes), there may be a point where you’re like…hmmm, a little bit of poop on my clothes means I can still go out in them…right? No, it’s not…And lastly, the “old ladies” are right it goes so very fast so do your best to enjoy that newborn smell and squishy face. Take so many pictures and videos! One day you will drop them off at kindergarten and cry in your car, wondering where your baby went!

    Congratulations and the best of luck on this incredible, exhausting, beautiful journey. We can’t wait to “meet” him.

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    July 13, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Remember to accept help when it is offfered, and to SEEK help if you need it. All of the extra helping hands come out when the baby is born, but tend to dissipate after a couple of weeks. Write down people who offer things such as meals or cleaning …and reach out to them after all of the buzz dies down.

    It is so important to take care of yourself as well, lucky for you guys, you are well versed in self care.

    <3 Cherie’

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    Stephanie Gregoles

    July 13, 2019 at 10:47 am

    Best advice: Trust yourselves. Even when you don’t think you should because you feel inexperienced. Trust your gut.

    And soak in that baby smell, there’s nothing like it. And the baby toes, and chunky thighs and all things baby. It’s so hard. Being a parent is by far the hardest thing I’ve ever done but it gives more than it takes.

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    Sonia Povoa

    July 13, 2019 at 10:48 am

    The expectation and journey to the birth is awesome and with loads of build up that ends in a glorious way with your whole world fitting in your arms and sleeping on your chest. But, time continues and nobody really speaks about the 4th trimester. It is hard, it is rough, and coming from someone that is also away from home, it can sometimes become very lonely. So, my blessings to your growing family are: may the labor hours be short and easy and may the hardest part be filled with support and love from those closest to you. You’ve got this! I truly bless you with the wish that your little bundle will be all the joy and love that fills your life.

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    Jennifer Monette

    July 13, 2019 at 11:01 am

    Trust your instincts- you got this momma and papa!
    I can’t wait to see your little wee one in a Bad Yogi onesie 😍

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    July 13, 2019 at 11:03 am

    Erin & Adrien … A child is such a blessing. Enjoy each and every moment. My advice would be to love them hard and love each other harder. After a bit of time getting to know your little guy, you both should make a date night every week, just the two of you, to keep your relationship strong. Another bit of advice when your little guy gets older (1+ years), and choices become a thing. I used tell my kids they could choose between this or that, or I would choose for them. They nearly always chose themselves and owned their decision. Also to teach them the value of money (and a little math homework snuck in), I would give them $2-3 to spend at the grocery store when I was shopping. They would wander the store together and add things up, sometimes borrowing money from each other each shopping trip, but keeping everything even in the end. I’m happy to say my kids have grown up to be great adults. I wish you many blessings in raising your family!

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    July 13, 2019 at 11:10 am

    Congrats on your little one! ♥️ Wishing you the very best. 🙂. After having four kids of my own (who are now all teenagers 🤯), my best advice would be don’t sweat the small stuff and focus on enjoying the present moment. Looking back, I didn’t fully enjoy some moments as I was so focused on trying to make everything “perfect” and “just right”, whether it be for her schedule, how things are “supposed to be” or even getting the perfect picture. Go with the flow and know that each stage is fun and amazing in its own messy way. 😉 Pay attention to the little things, it goes fast! You will be amazing parents. Can’t wait to see him. ♥️

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    Beth M Henningsen

    July 13, 2019 at 11:16 am

    Oh my – so many things go through my mind when I think back over the years to when my kids were babies. It was by far the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done and I wouldn’t change it for the the world. That said, there are days that it’s just so hard – you are tired and as lovely as holding a baby is, they aren’t very good at holding down their end of the conversation. If you stay at home, it can be very lonely when you don’t have other adults to talk to. You can’t reason with a toddler having a tantrum. Your heart aches when they are sick. Then they go to school and you get busy with all the stuff that comes along with school like conferences and concerts and dances and sports. And then one day, they are grown and you can’t believe the years passed by SO fast! How did you get so old? Those babies are now adults and they are ready to leave the nest and start lives of their own . And you look back and are so grateful that they are your kids and you got the honor and privilege of being their mom and you’re excited to see what these remarkable people will do as adults.

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    Mary K Thomas

    July 13, 2019 at 11:19 am

    “Making the decision to have a child – it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body.” ― Elizabeth Stone

    I have no advice other than trust in yourselves. You will be amazing parents! Wishing you all the best baby snuggles and smiles and love. <3

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    July 13, 2019 at 11:21 am

    I don’t have kids but…I wish for your pregnancy, delivery and post-pregnancy to go safely and smoothly. I hope you have a very healthy and content baby boy! Be forgiving to yourself, as I have witnessed many friends and family members struggle the most with the first few months after delivery, which they say is never spoken about. Be honest about your feelings and emotions and ask for help when you need it, as your family and friends will be sure to support you along the way. In the same token, also respect the time you desire by yourself with your new family. Do what you feel is best for you and your new, growing family! Sending you lots of love during such an exciting time.

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    July 13, 2019 at 11:24 am

    Things may go as expected or there may be surprises, bumps, or challenges. Your feelings can be all over the map. Your body may not feel like it’s yours again for a while, or maybe it will. All of it is okay as long as you and your little one are okay. If you could use help, ask for it; don’t wait until you need it to seek it out. It’s a journey that doesn’t end even as baby becomes child becomes teen; there are many times all throughout when you may want help and there’s no reason to think that you should “have this” just because baby isn’t a baby anymore or because someone else did or because you’ve “got this” with everything else.
    I’m not saying this because you don’t “have this” but because so often we moms put parameters on our feelings and reason ourselves into believing that because it’s our family’s journey, we should not need or want or ask for help in xyz situation. If you catch yourself thinking that, know it’s common and also untrue. I know you know this, but sometimes it doesn’t hurt to hear it from another mom.

    Wishing you and Adrien and your baby a long lifetime full of happiness and good health.

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    Alicia Millar

    July 13, 2019 at 11:24 am

    You guys are going to be great parents so all I really want to say is don’t sweat the small stuff. Remember that he is a new little human just trying to learn new things and figuring out how the world works. Also, cherish every moment because it really does go by way too quickly. (Mine is going to be 21 on Aug 6! Ahhhhhh!!! 😱😱)Also Also, enjoy each other as often as you can too. Babies are hard and take up a lot of your time so create some time for yourselves when you can. You guys are gonna rock this! Xo 😘

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    Daynia Pack

    July 13, 2019 at 11:29 am

    Newly empty nester to four awesome children.
    If I could do it again I wouldn’t change a thing.
    One thing I’m super grateful for was there wasn’t social media when my children were young. Therefor I had no distractions from raising them. No place that created a need to compete or overly do everything. My advice, be in the moment. Pretend like social media doesn’t exist outside your business. Don’t get caught up in it because before you know it it will steal your time and the perfect memories right in front of you that you’re missing due to screen time. Sending love and congratulations to the three of you!

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    July 13, 2019 at 11:48 am

    I wish you and your little family the absolute best! My best friend recently had a baby and he is the love of my life. It’s the most amazing thing watching new parents step into the their roles. My heart is full every time I see them. I know it’ll be the same for you two!

    Enjoy every minute of it, because time passes way to quickly. It is truly a miracle what a woman’s body is capable of, you will get through everything!

    XoxoxoXo – Bad Yogi supporter since the very beginning – Jenny

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    July 13, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Erin and Adrien,

    First and foremost, I wish you a happy and healthy baby boy. I wish you both patience, love, and wisdom: with baby boy, each other, and with yourselves. It is a process, and every day you will have a chance to learn and experience something new.

    I saw this recently, and I thought it worth sharing:

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    Brittany Manning

    July 13, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Prayers that your baby boy will be first healthy. But also, always feel loved and having his needs met so he can be grounded in reality seeing the needs of others to be service-minded like his parents. But he will have an adventurous spirit and be willing to follow his dreams. I pray that you and Adrian will have confidence as you go through this adventure in every stage and remembering to forgive your selves in short comings

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    Ellen Sandin

    July 13, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Reuse/recycle- babies grow so fast. There’s nothing wrong with second hand clothes. It’s great for the planet too!
    Luvs diapers are the best!!!
    I still have a diaper pin from my daughter and one from my grandson!!! I pin them inside every purse I use. I’m never without them. Just something I started when she was a baby because they come in handy, but now it’s because I just love the keepsake.
    This will be the strongest love you will ever know. May your family be surrounded by that love every single day! 💕

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    July 13, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    It is not easy, don’t let other peoples thoughts or expectations influence the decisions you make. I know you never do and I love that about you. Everyone will have an opinion and even more so since your a public figure. You and Adrian won’t mess this baby boy up so don’t think it’s even possible. Sleep when baby is sleeping that is NOT a joke! Lol as a mother of 4 that is my greatest secret lol. Let Adrian take baby so that you can shower and sleep and eat. It’s okay not to do everything yourself. You have a loving partner make him work. I breastfeed my babies so the rule was I give food my husband changed the diapers. Give it a try 🙂 Congratulations and I’m excited to see your baby boys journey into the Bad Yogi world 😉

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    July 13, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    I’m not a parent so I have no personal experience to share. Everything I’ve seen from others though, is that days are long and years are short. I have a friend who lost her oldest son who had special needs earlier this year. Yesterday was his birthday, she wrote about him teaching her to love the child she had rather than the one she dreamed of and how that helped her to better mother her following children. I wish you a happy healthy baby boy and know you’re both already equipped to be the parents he needs.

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    July 13, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    I know this is a yoga cliche, but it applies to childbirth 100%: trust the process. Your body knows what to do. I knew when I needed to push without anyone telling me to and I let everyone else in the room know they’d better her over here and pay attention, and I was right… lol.

    You’ll be just fine. Baby will be adorable. You two are gonna be awesome parents. I don’t have any fancy blessings or poetry because I’m not that kind of human, but these are just things I know. Let me know if you wanna adopt an almost-37-year old and I’ll pack my bags. I’m an experienced older sister… 😜

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    July 13, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    As long as there is love, you’ll all do just fine. Don’t be too hard on yourself and do what feels right for you. There are so many different ways to parent, and try to ignore others when they tell you what you are doing wrong and how you SHOULD be doing it. Babies grow so quickly, and I would highly recommend getting gently used clothing. Any chance that you get to sleep, take it! If you breastfeed, make sure to stay hydrated – try to have a drink beside you at all times, and especially while breastfeeding. If water is your main drink, try to add a bit of sugar and lemon juice to it if you are drinking a lot of it (to keep your system and electrolytes at good levels). You ill both do an amazing job! <3

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    July 13, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    Erin! You’re amazing!! You’ve got this. It’s incredible to me, but our bodies literally do know what to do. My son was born 2 weeks early and when we got to the hospital the nurse told me he was turned around. It seemed like we might be waiting a while and I really wanted a natural birth, so she suggested I walk the halls. We got to the end of the hallway and I could not keep going- I HAD to hold onto the railing and kick my legs around in a bicycle fashion. The urge was uncontrollable. The nurse saw me as we came back to the room. She told me I might need to stand on the edge of the bed and pedal my legs to help get baby in position. I told her I just did in the hall! 😂 I had literally never been told that, but my body KNEW what to do. Moral of the story: trust yourself!

    Adrian! You’re also amazing!! You’re going to be a fantastic dad. Take time for skin-to-skin as well with little man. He’ll be your sidekick in no time! Continue supporting Erin as she does the mom things you can’t, but know being present is just as important- bring her a fresh bottle of ice water at 3am, hold her when she’s overwhelmed and breaking down from stress/exhaustion/demands, leave a box of donuts on the counter (she’ll find them at 5am and be so grateful), and give her space and grace as her body heals from delivery and changes from pregnant to post-partum. Take little man out for walks around town and enjoy that dad life!!

    Blessings to you three, sending all the positive vibes and love! In a world that can make us shake our heads and wonder what’s happening, know you’re bringing more light and love to this place!!💙💙💙

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    July 13, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    I’m not a mom myself, but I love the Suddhosi buddhosi mantra and that wasn’t meant to be a lullaby. So I dedicate that to you three.

    May you never forget that

    You are forever pure,
    You are forever true
    And the dream of this world can never touch you
    So give up your attachment
    and give up your confusion
    And fly to that space that’s beyond all illusion ✨🌸🤗

    Lots of love and light to you in your journey and may the Mother guide you through the blessing that is bringing life to this world, that definitely needs more AWESOME and aware people like you guys 🤩

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    Ruth Rosselson

    July 13, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    follow up to the YouTube link in my previous post.
    My singing group also sings this when anyone has a child (or grandchild!). I do think it’s a kind of blessing.

    Words to On Children by Sweet Honey in the Rock

    Your children
    Are not your children
    They are the sons and the daughters of life’s
    Longing for itself

    They come through you
    But they are not from you
    Though they are with you
    They belong not to you

    You may give them your love
    but not your thoughts,
    They have their own thoughts.
    They have their own thoughts.
    You can house their bodies but not their souls,
    For their souls dwell in a place of tomorrow,
    Which you cannot visit,
    not even in your dreams.
    You can strive to be like them,
    but you cannot make them just like you.
    Strive to be like them
    but you cannot make them just like you

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    Carthy Shelton

    July 13, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    Congratulations on this huge step on becoming parents, entrusted with this small human. This small human will grow up to be a person, an adult who goes off on his own path in pursuit of his passions and finding his loves. All the things you do from now until that moment he leaves is parenting. This is the hardest thing you’ll ever do because every single one of us is so different and not a one of us has come with a book to explain exactly what to do in any stage. It freakin’ sucks sometimes, especially if you’re like me and like to know exactly what to do so you can do exactly that. I was very type-A before I had kids and my beautiful four children disabused me of that. The gift I would give you is to be flexible with a high tolerance for chaos.
    Without further ado, the things I’ve learned that have made this journey more joy-filled:
    Pain is only temporary, don’t be frightened, and the beauty of our brains is that you will forget all this.
    Oddly, the same thing applies to sleep! There will be long stretches of time when you won’t sleep a lot and it will feel like it lasts forever but there comes a day when you suddenly are sleeping through the night, every night.
    Speaking of, sleep when the baby sleeps.
    If breastfeeding is a bust (no pun intended), formula is a wonderful alternative or supplement.
    As babykins gets older… tag team for weekend days so that one parent is ‘off’ for sleeping in, not on for diaper-duty, and general kid-herding. (i.e., Mom is ‘on’ for Saturday and Dad is ‘on’ for Sunday)
    Time-out is your friend especially for toddlers (and even for yourself!). Have a chair or designated space always at the ready and send junior to it when he’s being a toddler twirp. You’ll know.
    Keep your sense of humor.
    When you go to restaurants, don’t plug them onto videos on your phone – bring a coloring book or book of puzzles / mazes and work together on them.
    Pick your battles sparingly when they are little – this sets the stage for future battles. This includes FOOD.
    Go do fun things with babykins at every opportunity and take him everywhere to let him see how to act in the real world.
    Insist on age appropriate good manners – please, thank you’s, pardon.
    Encourage your older child to make orders at restaurants or wherever you go. (When they turn into tweens, keep them doing this rather than hide in your shoulder blade.)
    No phones at the table or during family time, waiting rooms.
    Chores. Really, chores – start ’em young with little things every day to be part of your ‘home community.’
    Be affectionate and loving with each other in front of your son.

    Wishing you joy, love, happiness, a healthy baby, speedy delivery*, and wonderful days ahead for the three of you. (*though I did pick beyond the due date window, don’t hate me… 8/23 is my grandmother and daughter’s birthday and they are some of my favorite people in the world.)

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    Julie Flinn

    July 13, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    Blessings for Mom, Dad and Baby
    You are about to enter into a new journey as you welcome a new life created by love into your family. It’s definitely a remarkable God given love that you will experience the moment you lay eyes on your little boy. You will be so overwhelmed with love and emotion unlike any other you’ve ever felt. What a blessing it is to be able to have a child and watch them grow and guide them along the way into becoming a wonderful human being. Sending lots of love and prayers your way!
    “Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.” Psalm 127:3

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    July 13, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    May you all have love and laughter and find the joy in even the toughest of times. What an amazing experience you will soon have and nothing can ever be as meaningful. You are both awesome people and may your awesomeness grow stronger with your little guy.
    And when changing nappies, always remember to keep doodle down. In an ocean of advice, dos and don’ts that was the most memorable advice I ever received!

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    July 13, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    Isaiah 40:11 New International Version (NIV)

    11 He tends his flock like a shepherd:
    He gathers the lambs in his arms
    and carries them close to his heart;
    he gently leads those that have young.

    I pray that you feel God’s presence in both the good moment and the hard ones. I pray you know He is there for you, no matter what comes, and that He is giving you special care and attention as you care for your little one. Hold onto Him. Hold onto each other. Hold onto your sweet baby boy.

    All my love.

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    July 13, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    I’ve haven’t had children yet but one of the coolest thoughts is knowing that you are going to experience something you have never felt before. And (from what I hear) this will be a whole new level of true love and true happiness. May your hearts be full & your baby healthy ❤️

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    Amanda Ehrlich

    July 13, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    Wishing you and your (growing) family health, happiness, and love! ❤️

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    Jennifer Weir

    July 13, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    You two will be amazing parents. During those nights when the baby won’t sleep or stop crying just do what you do now- Keep your sense of humor, take care of each other, and always assume best intentions. Parenting can be challenging for your relationship but there is also nothing in the world as beautiful and meaningful.
    Sending you strength to help you through labor and delivery, and best wishes for a healthy baby. Can’t wait to see pictures of your cutie pie!

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    July 13, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    You are fearfully and wonderfully made… congratulations and many prayers, thoughts, and happy vibes to your growing family. You got this Erin, remember you’re perfect exactly as you are!

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    July 13, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    The days are long and the years are short.

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    July 13, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    Someone sent me this little poem when I had my son. Whenever things felt relentless or I felt trapped under a baby who would only nap on me I thought of this and it kept me sane. It’s so true, enjoy the newborn cuddles. Don’t feel guilty for not getting other stuff done, just kick back stick on a box set and soak him up. All the best for labour and parenthood, you guys are going to be wonderful xxx
    ‘Hold him a little longer,
    Rock him a little more.
    Tell him another story
    (You’ve only told him four).
    Let him sleep on your shoulder,
    Rejoice in his happy smile.
    He is only a little boy
    For such a little while.’

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    July 13, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    Psalm 139:13-14
    13-You brought my inner parts into being; You wove me in my mother’s womb. 14-I will praise you; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and You know me completely.

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    July 13, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    Bad Yogi Blessing from moi:
    May God bless your family with love, understanding, joy, patience, guidance, strength and whatever else He feels you, hubster and Baby Bad Yogi needs for a precious life filled with peace, grace and laughter. May your pregnancy be safe and your baby delivered healthy and chubby.☺️ Enjoy this new addition to your family and pay attention to the little voice speaking always, as soon his voice will become older. He needs to know you pay attention to him and his ideas, questions and cherish every moment with him. Children grow up so fast, truly, and become independent sooner than you thing. Cherish, love, and hug this wee one as often as you can. Best wishes to you and your family!☺️🙏

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    July 13, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Let go of any expectations you have — of what the baby will be like, of yourselves as parents, of how easy or hard things will be. Just take each day as it comes. You are being introduced to this new soul and to yourselves as parents, it may take some time before you feel comfortable in this new life. Give yourselves grace. All the best to you and your family on this exciting new journey.

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    July 13, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    The one thing that really helped my sanity was the Wonder Weeks app (or book). I know it doesn’t work for everybody, but it tells you the basic timetable for every developmental leap babies go through during the first 18 months of life. It really helped me realize that my girl’s tough phases weren’t going to last forever. I could look at the basic timetable and see that her new strange behavior (night wakings, fussiness, lack of appetite) were normal.
    I’m showering you guys with positive vibes. I know that you’ll be amazing parents. Trust your gut and do what works for YOU. Every single baby is unique. My first niece refused to sleep alone and coslept with my brother and SIL. My second niece hated cosleeping and had to have her own space. You just gotta do what works for you and yours. You know him better than anyone.

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    Grace Jingco

    July 13, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    25 She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. 26 When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness. 27 She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness. 28 Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her: 29 “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!” 30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the LORD will be greatly praised.

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    July 13, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Blessings to you Erin and Adrien as you approach the birthday of your new baby boy. Take in each moment as it happens. Take photos, write things down, make life long memories. And don’t forget to savor the last few moments of life without baby and really cherish this time as a couple, too. You both will be amazing parents. Good luck as you enter this new phase of life! ❤️

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    July 13, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    Best wishes to you and your little boy. Boys are such fun to raise.

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    Cathy Burke

    July 13, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    Two quotes from Emerson, both somewhat cliche but they guide me every day and I hope they will help your child in life too.

    “To laugh often and love much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch…to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived…this is to have succeeded.”


    “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in. Forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”

    Bless your family at this amazing time and always. Sending you all lots of hugs and prayers!!

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    July 13, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    I don’t have a blessing. . .nor do I have advice. Every person is different and experiences labor in all kinds of crazy ways, because it is truly a crazy busy time! Both of my labors were longer than I would have liked, but when it is over, it is really over. However, I do want you wish you and Adrian a lot of love and happiness for the day <3 as well as the little one.

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    Lindsey Wall

    July 13, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    Congrats! You are going to be amazing parents! My advice: just do you. You can listen to a ton of advice, but you need to do what works for your family and situation! What works for one mom (or kid or family) doesn’t always work for another. (But never leave the house without diapers…the one time you think you’re just running a quick trip, you’re going to need them 😂)

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    July 13, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    I wish you Erin and Adrien all the best wishes for the arrival of your baby boy. Enjoy every second of it as it flies very quickly.
    My best advice would be a simple one: sleep while the baby sleeps 😋. I always thought people were exagerating, but at 5months post partum, I tell you, it’s the best advice I was given !! 😆

    Hereby a poem, I’ve read while pregnant and that deeply resonated whitin me, it’s by Khalil Gibran, The Prophet, On Children:

    Your children are not your children.
    They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
    They come through you but not from you,
    And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

    You may give them your love but not your thoughts, 
    For they have their own thoughts.
    You may house their bodies but not their souls,
    For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, 
    which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
    You may strive to be like them, 
    but seek not to make them like you.
    For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

    You are the bows from which your children
    as living arrows are sent forth.
    The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, 
    and He bends you with His might 
    that His arrows may go swift and far.
    Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
    For even as He loves the arrow that flies, 
    so He loves also the bow that is stable.

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    Lisa Powers

    July 13, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
    ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭139:14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

    Lord, we thank you for the parents to be, Erin and Adrien, and lift them up to you to watch over them and protect them with your love and grace. You have known them and created them and the miracle of birth is such a beautiful thing. They are blessed with this new life that is about to come into the world. We lift up this sweet baby boy to you Lord and that you carry Erin through the delivery process as quickly and safely as possible. We thank you that you have brought these two together to raise up this little family. Amen.

    So much love and light to you all. Enjoy every single second. Take the good days in stride with the bad days. Never say no to the offers of help, it seriously takes a village to raise a child up. It’s ok to feel like you have no clue what you are doing, don’t be afraid to ask for help either. There is no instruction manual and it’s not always intuitive. That’s ok, don’t feel bad or beat yourself up. Give yourself as much grace as you can as you learn to be parents. It’s definitely an ever growing and changing process. It’s never bad or easy… it’s just different, a good different though. Embrace all the changes, the good and the bad, it takes some time to adapt to a new lifestyle that includes a new little person. It’s a really fun challenge. Just remember to have fun!! Get into the pictures, don’t always be behind the lens. And get down on the floor to play or be playing outside and actively participating. You’ll be so glad you did. You’ll remember what it’s like to be a kid again while raising with and playing with your own kiddo and seeing their joy. Their joy really does bring you joy. Final piece of advice. Don’t stop dating your spouse!! You two came first, continue to foster and grow that love as you include your child into the family. Let him see you holding hands and kissing and let him see your relationship and see you go on dates and see how to have a marriage and be that good example. As you raise your child up to be a strong and independent person he will know what kind of relationship to look for when it is his turn. You have 18-21 years of stewardship before he flies the nest. Be good stewards of his life and teach him well. You and your hubby still need to love each other once he flies the nest, don’t forget that he came from your love for each other. Don’t lose that love in over attention to your child with inattention to your spouse. It’s ok to be a little selfish sometimes and love on your spouse even when kids are in the mix. 🙂

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    July 13, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    Your body knows what to do.
    Whatever happens, don’t worry about how you feed your baby, the important thing is that you are feeding him.
    Just sit back and enjoy it your baby as much as you can. You don’t get the same time with subsequent babies. I know it can be really exciting when they start changing and developing but don’t rush it, enjoy the process.
    Also co-sleeping for the first 3 or 4 months saved my sanity when I had my second boy this January…as did having a baby carrier.
    Seriously get sleep whenever you can. The chores will get done eventually, no one is actually judging a mom with a newborn for a messy house.

    Have fun! They really do grow so quickly!

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    Kayla A Bruce

    July 13, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    A woman shared this poem excerpt at my shower, and I thought it was so sweet. Blessings on the remainder of your pregnancy!

    “The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow
    But children grow up as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
    So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
    I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.”

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      July 13, 2019 at 8:16 pm

      It’s so true 😭😭😭

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    July 13, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    My mom always told me something that took me a while to understand: “children don’t belong to their parents”.

    She has 5 daughters, and has loved each one of us without trying to shape us into the same mold. She raised us so that we would be ready to live our lives the way we want. She never tried to keep us for herself, but opened us to a world of possibilities.

    I don’t have any kids; and even though I have 9 nephews and nieces, I can’t imagine what you are about to live. Practically, I do, but emotionally… I just can’t! This must be the most magical/surreal days in a life.

    I am pretty confident about the great parents you already are. Don’t blame you if something doesn’t work as you had planned it; life is full of surprises, and you’re trying your best.

    I wish you a lot of happiness with that new little badass yogi.

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    July 13, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    I wish you three a lifetime of happiness and love! And don’t forget to sleep when the baby sleeps, cry when when the baby cries, cook when the baby cooks, and handle heavy machinery when the baby handles heavy machinery. 😉😂

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    July 13, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    All the best for the delivery and can’t wait to hear all about it when you’re recovered!

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    Stephanie Hinkley

    July 13, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    Do what you feel is best for your family. Everyone finds it necessary to weigh in or give advice or judge but you know what’s best for your life. It’s hard to block out the noise but just enjoy the ride!

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    Jess and Kristi Beroldi

    July 13, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    Adrien and Erin we are so excited and happy for you! Sending so many positive vibes, love, and warm thoughts to you both as you embark on this new journey together. Baby Bad Yogi is so lucky to have you two as parents. Also praying for a quick delivery!

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    July 13, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    Cherished and loved may this precious child be blessed from above!
    Wishing you a peaceful and enjoyable delivery and many wonderful moments with your new baby!
    All the best 🙂

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    July 13, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    There will be hard seasons, but they are so worth it! My 2 yr old challenges me in ways I didn’t know were possible, but he is such a ray of sunshine in our lives! And I can’t wait to see him become a big brother this winter. 😊 Prayers for you and your husband as you walk into this new chapter! Parenthood is such a beautiful blessing and I’m so excited for you! Weather the storms and soak up the sunshine 💕

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    Connie Chamberlain

    July 13, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    Erin & Adrien, The journey you’re about to embark on is scary, amazing, fabulous, frustrating, mind-numbing, mind-blowing, and just plain woo-hoo!! Look what we did! And its the best ride you’ll ever go on! Our “babies” are young women now and watching them grow, learn, and become the people they are has been incredible. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat!!! You will have lots of help in the way of advice, and some of that advice will be critical. Smile and nod, make like Teflon…let any unkind comments slide right off. You will know your child better than anyone and you need to raise him the way you feel is best. Our kids were saddled with parents who had many projects and they were with us just about everywhere and sometimes life was, well, unique. Others found it weird. But we’ve had a lot of fun, a lot of adventures, lots of frustration and a lot of love. Do what you feel is best! Its a wonderful experience and you’re gonna have so much fun!! Congratulations!

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    July 13, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Best advice I received (from my mom): your children don’t belong to you – they’re on loan from God.
    Best advice I can offer: whatever choices you make (breastfeeding/bottle-feeding, co-sleeping/crib sleeping, whatever), as long as they result in you getting enough sleep and a peaceful home, they’re the right choices.

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    Vanessa B.

    July 13, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    My love is so high, and so wide and so deep,
    it’s always right there, even when you’re asleep.

    So hold your head high and don’t be afraid
    to march to the front of your own parade.

    If you’re still my small babe or you’re all the way grown,
    my promise to you is you’re never alone.

    You are my angel, my darling, my star…
    and my love will find you, wherever you are.

    ~ Nancy Tillman, “Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You”

    This is going to be such a wonderful adventure! Some days will be the more joyous than you can even imagine and some will be more difficult than you can even imagine. It’s okay to feel happy, frustrated, exhausted, amazed, angry, distant, awe-struck. It’s all alright.

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    July 13, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    May God give you both love that overflows, patience when things get crazy, strength to learn to live on little sleep and wisdom where you need it. Enjoy every moment they grow up so fast. Blessings to you and your family.

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    July 13, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    During the newborn months you will yearn for some semblance of a routine that will only take shape much later. It will be just fine though— savor the routine-less craziness of it all, the interrupted sleep and late night feedings, the days that bleed into nights that’ll leave you disoriented. Treat it all as a super long game of improv with a “ yes, and…” mindset, and cuddle baby boy like there’s no tomorrow. He will fall into a pattern that works for both of you in his own time, and those early months will be some of the best ever 🙂 May you all be blessed with only the best of experiences and health! Much love <3

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    July 13, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Many blessings to you and Adrien and family. Enjoy ever moment. I’m not a mom, but I am an aunt and my nieces have brought me so much joy. All you need is love!

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    July 13, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    Masterpiece by Sandi Patty

    Before you had a name or open up your eyes
    Or any one could recognize your face
    You were being formed so delicate inside
    Secluded in God’s safe and hidden place
    With your little tiny hand and little tiny feet
    And little eyes that shimmer like a pearl
    He breathe in you a song and to make it all complete
    He brought the masterpiece into the world
    You are a Masterpiece a new creation he has formed
    And you’re as soft and fresh as a snowy winter morn
    And I’m so glad that God has given you to me
    Little lamb of God, you are a Masterpiece.
    And now you’re growing up, your life’s a miracle
    Every time I look at you I stand in owe
    Because I see in you a reflection of me
    And you’ll always be my little lamb from God
    And as your life goes on each day, how I pray that you will see
    Just how much your life has meant to me
    And I’m so proud of you, what else is there to say
    Just be the masterpiece He created you to be.
    You are a Masterpiece a new creation he has formed
    And you’re as soft and fresh as a snowy winter morn
    And I’m so glad that God has given you to me
    Little lamb of God, you are a Masterpiece.
    you are a Masterpiece.

    This song was sung by my cousin at the baptism at most of our family’s babies. It’s special to my family.

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    July 13, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    You have everything you need to raise your son, you were chosen to be his mama. So remember in the moments when you might feel overwhelmed..remember you (and Adrien) are enough.

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    July 13, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    Quite late for the party already, but I really wanted to send just another bit of love still 🙂
    This excerpt is from my heritage as an Egyptian. It is one of many pieces from what is known as ‘wisdom literature’ from ancient Egypt, which is basically social teachings and general life wisdom.

    The Maxims of Ptahhotep [2375-2350 BC]

    4 (Papyrus Prisse, column 5, lines 8-10)

    Then he addresses his son …

    Do not be proud on account of your knowledge,
    but discuss with the ignorant as with the wise.
    The limits of art cannot be delivered;
    there is no artist whose talent is fulfilled.
    Fine words are more sought after than greenstone,
    but can be found with the women at the grindstone.

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    July 13, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    Congratulations! Following your journey has been bittersweet because exactly a year ago I was in your shoes (I was due August 14, baby boy arrived the 13th). I wish someone would have told me that it’s ok to deviate from what you think will happen or plan to happen during birth and after. Pretty much nothing about his birth went to plan, but here we are 11 months later and it all worked out. Take it one day at a time and trust that the decisions you make are best for your family. No one else’s opinion matters. You will be wonderful parents! Best wishes for a safe labor and delivery!

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    July 13, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    Enjoy every moment… even the hard ones! Don’t buy too many infant sized clothes or designer baby clothes (such a waste!). Monoprix has great, plain white cotton baby cloths which I still use all the time, 5 years on. They get softer as you wash them.

    All the best, from a Bad Yogi follower around the corner in St Jean Cap Ferrat.

    Ps. Breast feeding hurts! No one ever told me that! But hang in there if you choose to do it – it does get easier and the bonding is incredible (cuddles and a bottle is amazing too).

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    July 13, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    I am not a mother so no particular advice to give, but I wish you, Adrien and the baby all the best as you welcome the little one and adjust to life as a family of 3!

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    Malin Winstrand

    July 13, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Just remember that as a parent it is enough to be good enough and your child/children will grow up to be awesome people!

    All the best to you and your family!

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    Stacey Schwall

    July 13, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    So incredibly happy for you and Adrien! You two are going to be amazing parents. I don’t have kids, so I can’t offer much advice, but I do have 2 nieces (and a nephew due the same week you are) and it’s just crazy how fast they grow up. One of my favorite quotes is “If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money.” I also work at an elementary school, so my other advice is to read to your little guy as much as you can. They absorb it all and it gives them and incredible vocabulary at a young age. I hope you have a quick and easy delivery and a healthy little man❤️.

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    July 13, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    Trust your instincts, no one knows what your baby needs more than you and Adrien. Seek advice when you need to, trust each other, and be patient. Being a parent is the most difficult, scariest, rewarding, and beautiful job all at the same time. God Bless your growing family and as we say in Arabic “ May we see you and the baby in a thousand times good health” .

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    July 13, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    Take lots and lots of pictures while they’re sleeping!
    Also, this passage has always blessed me and my family:
    “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorsteps of your house and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:6-9

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    July 13, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    Wishing you much love and laughter through the precious moments and the mundane. <3

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    July 13, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    Enjoy the process. Your body was built for this. Countless women before you have done this, and countless women after you will do it.

    This will change your lives, of course. Your lives will be enriched immensely. It won’t always be easy. It is so cool getting to know a little person that is made up of both of you! I wish you and your little family all the best!

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    July 13, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    There is no right way to parent. Do what feels right to you and don’t think twice! So excited for you two!

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    July 13, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    I was once told “ cleaning your house with children is like shoveling snow in a blizzard”. It is so true!! Do the best you can. Don’t stress about the small things and enjoy your new baby!

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    Devon Warren

    July 13, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    My favorite quote, and one I always try to keep in mind…”There is freedom waiting for you, on the breezes of the sky. And you ask, what if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?” – eh. Congratulations again and many blessings for all 3 of you!

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    July 13, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    I’m not pregnant, nor particularly interested in pregnancy, but I still cried a little at the outpouring of love. Erin, you and Adrian have built a beautiful community, and if you can do that, you’re 100% going to be incredible parents.

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      Odette Rivera

      July 14, 2019 at 12:00 am

      This! Yes 😊

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    July 13, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    James 1:17
    Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
    God’s Blessings to you!

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    Nikki Overmeyer

    July 13, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    Just a quote I saw recently that spoke to me and I hope speaks to you.

    Children learn more from what you are than what you teach.

    Congratulations to you both!

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    Holly Anne Frenyea

    July 13, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    “Speak to your children as if they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful and magical humans on Earth, for what they believe is what they will become.” – Brook Hampton

    While I’m not a mother, I definitely feel like one most days as a 5th grade teacher. This quote always sticks with me and I do my best to make sure students feel this way.

    And beyond a shadow of a doubt I know your child will know and feel this based on what incredibly wise, kind, and beautifully magical humans you both are. Sending all my love to your growing family!

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    July 13, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    I pray peace and wisdom for you both as parents, Erin and Adrian, and I pray for joy and laughter as your family grows, even in the mundane days and on the hardest days. Bless you both as you seek to raise up your baby boy to be a kind, loving, and intelligent man. Much love to you and your family of three!

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    Odette Rivera

    July 14, 2019 at 12:11 am

    Erin and Adrien,
    Thank you for including us in your journey! I know you will be wonderful parents and will know exactly what to do and when to do it.
    I’m praying your little boy is healthy, happy and feels the warmth of your love already and always.
    Enjoy these last few weeks alone with each! Then… remember to take care of each other so you can care for your son.
    My best always,

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    July 14, 2019 at 12:36 am

    Of course I wish you an easy labor and all the health and happiness for all three of you. But since so many people have shared dar more beautiful words than I can muster, my “blessings” are a few bits of practical info that I wish someone ANYONE had shared with me before my first child was born. (I’m lookin’ at you my dear parents, and all my friends who had kids first!) It would have saved me a ton of anxiety.

    1. When the baby comes he’ll almost certainly be the most alarming shade of blue/grey/purple that you’ve ever seen. While utterly terrifying if you’re not expecting it, this totally normal and will go away in a few minutes.

    2. Due to swimming in your hormones for 9 months, he’s gonna have little hard baby manboobs, and his *ahem* bits are going to be similarly engorged. Also normal, and will go away in a couple of weeks.

    Good luck! You two are gonna be the best parents! 💖

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    Leanne Bishop

    July 14, 2019 at 12:46 am

    ‘It takes a village to raise a child.’
    Wishing your new family member a safe arrival, an abundance of love and for you to share quiet moments to reflect on the amazing joy he brings to your life.

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    Evelyn Wilkins-Green

    July 14, 2019 at 1:40 am

    The love you will feel for this little guy will be nothing like you’ve ever experienced. You will know how much your parents love you when you hold him in your arms. It is a fierce and beautiful love.

    Parenting is the hardest thing you will do and it lasts the rest of your life, whether your child is four or forty. It is also the most fantastic, adventurous, truly awesome thing you will do.

    You get to rediscover the world each day through your child’s eyes. He may or may not be like you or have the same aptitudes or desires, and you will grow as you learn from him.

    There will be days when you wish you could just take a shower or go to the bathroom by yourself. You will be frustrated, worry and wonder where they are when they are teenagers. Every second of this is precious and so worth every moment.


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    July 14, 2019 at 1:57 am

    Dear Erin and Adrien,
    as much as you are Bad Yogi(s), be Bad Parents. Do whatever works for you and your baby. Listen to yourself and people you trust. Don’t get caught up in all the things that ‘people’ say you should and shouldn’t do.
    My husband and I wish you all the happiness and love in the world <3
    Much love from Germany!

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    Joana Eufrásio

    July 14, 2019 at 8:08 am

    Baby Bad Yogi,
    May the Universe conspire at your favour and make you the happiest human being on earth.
    Baby Bad Yogi parents,
    May the Universe give you the strength to ear all of the advices and ignore most of them, because You are his parents and Only you know what’s the best to him. And most important, enjoy all of the moments because it’s true what people say, time passes too fast.
    Mine has almost 6 months and it seems like yesterday…
    Congratulations!!! All of the happiness in the world!!!

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    Stephanie Amick

    July 14, 2019 at 8:23 am

    For the Parents-To-Be:

    A baby is a little slice of heaven that you can cuddle and hold. Everyday he will doing something new that will surprise and delight you. You will learn right along with him; you will grow together as parent and child. It will be an exciting adventure that will far surpass any other that you have been on. You may think that you will never get the parenting thing down, but you are not every baby’s parent you are your baby’s parent and you ARE ALWAYS doing a great job. Remember he will not remember the times that you may have screwed up…..he will remember you ALWAYS being there for him!

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    Marie Christine

    July 14, 2019 at 9:03 am

    You might get lost and tired and worried. And a lot of people will tell you how you should do things or how you should not. It will be challenging sometimes. But. This baby chose you and you are the best person to take care of him. Trust yourselves and each other. I often say that our children are not ours really. They are a person on their own and we are here to give them what they need to become the best version of themselves and most of all: love. Enjoy all the happy moments, tous les petits bonheurs du quotidien, all the first times (and second and third). The smiles, the laughters, the cuddles. Learn from the harder moments. Having a kid is not the end of any world. It is the beginning of a new chapter in your lives. It will open up your hearts in ways you never thought possible. Bonne rencontre ! ❤️

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    Jessica Doerr

    July 14, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Congratulations to you both and many blessings!

    “I’ll love you forever,
    I’ll like you for always,
    as long as I’m living
    my baby you’ll be.” by Robert Munsch

    “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch is the book that I fell in love with when I was young girl. When I was expecting my oldest child, my sister gave me a copy of this book as a gift. I remember crying so much!! Hahaha hormones 😉 but after 21 years and a mother of 4 (ages 21-13) this book still rings truth. No matter how old my kids are they will always be my babies <3

    My only advice I have is to listen to your hearts. Everyone will have advice or opinions (all with good intentions) on how you should/shouldn't be doing things but at the end of the day is just the three of you. Do what works and feels right for you.

    Wishing you all many blessings, happy and healthy vibes!! <3 The Doerrs

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    July 14, 2019 at 11:07 am

    Love and light to you and your growing family from my heart to yours. It has been so fun watching your pregnancy story, thanks for sharing.

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    Desiree Ruud

    July 14, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    I know you guys will be great parents. My advice for you is to remember no matter how hard you prepare you won’t be prepared for everything. There might be times where you will feel like you don’t know what you’re doing and that’s okay! No parents are perfect. I promise you you’re child will not know that you don’t have it under control sometimes. I always thought my mom new everything, it wasn’t until later that she told me she didn’t always know everything and how scared she was at times ( she was a single mom of three kids). I never could tell. I think it is her unconditional love and her dedication to us that makes her such a great mom. I can see that same love and dedication in the two of you. Congratulations and many blessings!

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    July 14, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    I don’t have a child myself, so I don’t have any parenting stories. I just want you to enjoy every second with your new baby and with each other and remember to keep going, even when it gets rough, because it’s all worth it, when you watch your baby grow into a beautiful person every day at a time.

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    Carin Jansson

    July 14, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    You are the best mom for your child, in all matters. LOT’S of people will tell you what to do and what not to do. Especially since you are online. Noone!! knows your child the way you do. Remember that.

    And the firts weeks will be an emotional rollercoaster. Just hang in there! It will settle and you will work things out. It will be the most amazing thing you’ll ever experience. You will learn love in a way you wouldn’t think was possible!!

    I hope you’ll have a nivlast month being pregnant. Wish you all luck! ❤❤❤

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    Steph and Jon

    July 14, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    This was the homily at our wedding…

    Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front by Wendell Berry

    Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
    vacation with pay. Want more
    of everything ready-made. Be afraid
    to know your neighbors and to die.
    And you will have a window in your head.
    Not even your future will be a mystery
    any more. Your mind will be punched in a card
    and shut away in a little drawer.
    When they want you to buy something
    they will call you. When they want you
    to die for profit they will let you know.

    So, friends, every day do something
    that won’t compute. Love the Lord.
    Love the world. Work for nothing.
    Take all that you have and be poor.
    Love someone who does not deserve it.
    Denounce the government and embrace
    the flag. Hope to live in that free
    republic for which it stands.
    Give your approval to all you cannot
    understand. Praise ignorance, for what man
    has not encountered he has not destroyed.

    Ask the questions that have no answers.
    Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
    Say that your main crop is the forest
    that you did not plant,
    that you will not live to harvest.
    Say that the leaves are harvested
    when they have rotted into the mold.
    Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.

    Put your faith in the two inches of humus
    that will build under the trees
    every thousand years.
    Listen to carrion – put your ear
    close, and hear the faint chattering
    of the songs that are to come.
    Expect the end of the world. Laugh.
    Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
    though you have considered all the facts.
    So long as women do not go cheap
    for power, please women more than men.
    Ask yourself: Will this satisfy
    a woman satisfied to bear a child?
    Will this disturb the sleep
    of a woman near to giving birth?

    Go with your love to the fields.
    Lie down in the shade. Rest your head
    in her lap. Swear allegiance
    to what is nighest your thoughts.
    As soon as the generals and the politicos
    can predict the motions of your mind,
    lose it. Leave it as a sign
    to mark the false trail, the way
    you didn’t go. Be like the fox
    who makes more tracks than necessary,
    some in the wrong direction.
    Practice resurrection.

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    July 14, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    Breathe! Parenting is the most challenging, overwhelming, incredible and precious experience you will ever have. Breathe! This little guy doesn’t come with a manual or step-by-step instructions. Breathe! There are numerous parenting books – which together, can give conflicting information so read for information purposes only. Breathe! You & Adrien are both smart, amazing, caring people so go with what works for the three of you and know that this baby is truly blessed to be surrounded by such love! Breathe!

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    July 14, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    Wishing you both the best on your new adventure! You will both be wonderful parents, don’t ever doubt that. May your baby boy bring you all the joy in the world! <3

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    Deni B

    July 14, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    Congrats and many blessings to all three of you. Enjoy every moment of the babyness because it goes by so quickly and suddenly you have a toddler on your hands! And toddlers are sweet and smart and adorable… but they are also assholes! So remember that when you get to the toddler stage and check out Honest Toddler, both the book and the blog and try to laugh your way through it.


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    Elisabeth Vigneault

    July 14, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Here’s my advice from what I remember from 20 years ago! 😉 Just make sure you breathe deeply and slowly between the contractions during labour and to relax your whole body. Also, try to keep your face relaxed and making “oooo” and “aaaa” sounds (to “open” your body) instead of “eeeee” sounds (which “closes” your body and tenses it). Finally, visualize each contraction as opening the passage for your little boy. And remember, don’t stress about it; women have been doing this since the beginning of times! I’m sure you’ll be amazing parents! 👪❤️😘

    PS: for the survey, I indicated 4h45 for the labour… but the system changed it to 445!!!! I wouldn’t wish this to my worst enemy!! 😜😜🤣🤣

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    July 14, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    A baby will fill a space in your heart that you never knew was empty.

    “If I am thinking correctly, a new baby is probably undoubtedly the grandest gift that could ever be,” said Pooh.

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    July 15, 2019 at 1:06 am

    We said this prayer for all our babies while I was pregnant and then continue to say to them each night. Our oldest is 12 😉
    Heavenly Father Bless ” our baby” (later insert his name) and Keep “our baby” in your love.
    Grant “our Baby” a good rest tonight and send your angels to protect him.

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    Jill Giard

    July 15, 2019 at 5:47 am

    Welcome to the world, sweet baby! Explore it completely and embrace it fully knowing you are always surrounded by the love of family and friends.

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    July 15, 2019 at 8:11 am

    A Poem to a Mother
    So look in the mirror, and then see what’s within, see the good that you do, and the love that you bring, Look at your strength and your courage, true beauty is what you should see.
    By Pamela Macdonald

    Congratulations, Erin and Adrien! I am so happy for both of you.

    Another favorite quote of mine is “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.” (Mother Teresa). I feel better and happier for having “known” you and I can’t wait to see the light that your child brings into this world.

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    July 15, 2019 at 8:11 am

    A Poem to a Mother
    So look in the mirror, and then see what’s within, see the good that you do, and the love that you bring, Look at your strength and your courage, true beauty is what you should see.
    By Pamela Macdonald

    Congratulations, Erin and Adrien! I am so happy for both of you.

    Another favorite quote of mine is “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.” (Mother Teresa). I feel better and happier for having “known” you and I can’t wait to see the light that your child brings into this world.

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    Emily O'Toole

    July 15, 2019 at 8:16 am

    Below is a prayer my family always passes along to expecting mothers! Many positive and happy vibes for a smooth birth! I have loved watching your journey and can’t wait to “meet” baby! 🙂

    Lord Jesus, I lovingly pray for this sweet hope
    that I keep within my womb.
    You have granted me the immense gift
    of a tiny little life,
    living in my own life,
    and I humbly thank you for choosing me
    as an instrument of your love.
    In this sweet waiting,
    help me to live in a constant attitude
    of self-surrender to your will.

    Grant me a motherly heart that is pure,
    steadfast and generous.
    I hand over to you my own concerns;
    any anxious fears that may come,
    my own wishes for the little person
    that I still have no knowledge of.
    Grant that it may be born healthy in body,
    keep far from it every peril to its soul.

    Mary, you have known
    the ineffable joy of a holy motherhood;
    give me a heart that can transmit an ardent, living
    Sanctify my waiting,
    bless this joyful hope that is in me,
    grant that the fruit of my womb
    may open out in virtue
    and in holiness through your working
    with that of your divine Son.


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    Keisha Matt and Haven

    July 15, 2019 at 9:46 am

    Congratulations and best wishes to you all. I gave birth to my daughter on 11/25/18 and she is the brightest light on my life. The sleepless nights, the days of doubting what’s right or wrong for her and us as a family, the serious adjustment and changes that come with motherhood/parenthood – it’s all completely worth it and her gummy toothless smile makes all the challenges seem so.. minor, in the grand scheme. My only advice is to trust yourself and be willing to learn with your baby. And have fun! Parenthood is a ride like no other in the best of ways.

    Love, light, and support

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    Heather NeRoy

    July 15, 2019 at 10:23 am

    The days are long but the years are short.

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    Denise Marshall

    July 15, 2019 at 10:27 am

    As with anything your breath is so important. During those peak moments when you feel
    consumed with sensations of birthing ( and after – when mothering ) drop into your breath. Close your eyes, feel into your self , your strength, your wisdom, your inner knowing. Trust your breath to calm you, guide you and soothe you.

    you got this – 💖

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    July 15, 2019 at 10:29 am

    I hope he comes when he’s supposed to and not too early or too late.
    I hope you don’t have any huge surprises during delivery.
    I hope he looks at least a LITTLE like Momma because it’s so unfair when they come out looking exactly like Daddy.
    I hope he latches easily.
    I hope he sleeps.
    I hope you have everything you need when you get home so Dad doesn’t have to make an emergency run to the store.
    I hope he likes being in Momma’s yoga videos because we’re all going to need to see that.
    I’m not going to say I hope you love being parents or that he’ll love being your kid. That’s already a given.

    Good luck. Can’t wait to meet the little guy!

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    carly mathiau

    July 15, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Grace upon Grace upon Coffee!
    You two will make amazing parents!❤️

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    Christin J Slyngman

    July 15, 2019 at 11:01 am

    Dear friends,

    It’s a LOT to take in and you don’t really know what to expect, despite however much advice you get! I have two babies. Both girls. The second one was easier in many ways, and harder in others than the first.

    That being said, the best advice I can give is this. TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS. Nobody is going to know your baby better than you. You will know every cry, every laugh, every movement better than anyone else.
    Your doctors, friends, family, and (gulp) us out here on the interwebs all mean well. But everyone has their own experiences that cause their advice to differ from each other and possibly from the advice you actually need.

    Don’t overthink about anything, and be PATIENT (with yourself, your recovery, each other, and of course your baby). In the first year, everything changes week by week. You won’t truly have a routine. Learn to be comfortable with the uncomfortable and expect the unexpected. LAUGH loud and often at the errors, mishaps, and hardships. Embrace the journey and don’t strive for perfection. The perfect is in the imperfect when it comes to motherhood (and fatherhood). Drink it all in slowly. Take lots of deep breaths.

    I pray for you a labor, delivery, and first few days that are exactly what you need to prepare you for your journey. Not hard or easy, but perfectly what you need to prepare you. I pray that God’s love would surround you, comfort you, and bring you joy and peace. I pray patience for you, and calmness. I pray that any anxiety would be squashed, and any bad advice silenced. I pray for health and a quick recovery from birth. I pray your baby lets you sleep, and that your friends and family will be able to help you and be around as much or as little as you need. I pray that you’ll be CONFIDENT and know that YOU CAN DO THIS! In Jesus name, I pray, Amen.

    Blessings to you and hugs! Christin Joy

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    Ana Rita Cardoso

    July 15, 2019 at 11:15 am

    No quotes or words of wisdom here. I just want to share my biggest regret. I was always so worried about stuff (food, sleep, etc) that I forgot to take the time to just watch my baby laugh or play, too tired to play with her. Enjoy him above all else. Hold him. Just let love teach you how to parent. Be patient with your doubts and mistakes. Take time for him and for you. 😘😘

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    July 15, 2019 at 11:34 am

    You will be amazing parents! Trust, and go with the flow – figure it out together as you go along. I am so happy for your baby – he is so lucky to have you already! I can’t wait for our new Bad Yogi family member to arrive!! Love and hugs to you.

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    July 15, 2019 at 11:52 am

    In the words of the one and only Tina Fey “Ah, babies! They’re more than just adorable little creatures on whom you can blame your farts”. Excited for you two to find out all about baby’s “more than justs”!

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    July 15, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    The best advice that I can give is to take it all each day at a time and, while everyone has opinions on how to raise your baby, all you can do is take each comment with a smile and do what works for you!!!

    Some days will be hard… like, REALLY hard. You’ll look at your little one and wonder “WTH were we thinking?!” and just need a moment to your self (this is completely normal!!! Take that moment even if you don’t really want to) and the next day you will not want him to leave your side for anything (“I have to pee but I don’t want to put him down because I will miss him!”… I legit still feel this way some days). You’ll cry for no reason and for every reason… Hormones and emotions are STRONG… ALWAYS reach out to SOMEONE when you need it!! Even if it’s just to vent all your worries to! Community is HUGE is raising a baby! But, In my opinion, it’s more for the emotional support than the advice of how/what to do with the baby… To hear that what you are experiencing is normal or that others have gone through it. I could go on and on but I’m sure it’s all been said above 😀

    Baby Bad Yogi, we all can’t wait to (virtually) meet you! Remember that your parents will always be there for you no matter what. The world may be a big and scary place but it’s also full beauty. Take each day as it comes and find the beauty in everything.

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    Emily Hart

    July 15, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    One of my favorite verses is from Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go,
    Even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

    A couple of things:
    This is a reminder first and foremost to me as a parent that my role will always be there, you never stop being a parent. It reminds me to err on the side of grace, and that mercy triumphs judgement (James 2:13) instead of being rigid and harsh, yet to balance it with the words from Hebrews 12:3-15, where your goal of training is that though difficult and painful it is to produce the peaceful fruit of righteousness.

    For your child it is a promise that your foundation that you lay is a gift to them for their whole lives. It may seem small and insignificant, but your day by day consistency in love and and compassion and correction gives your child the confidence they need to make it day by day. These boundaries make them independent and strong.

    This little human you’ve been given is such a gift, the greatest thing on earth is life. He is yours to train, grow, teach, and encourage. God’s peace be with you all as you look towards the day of birth but also into the years to come. Parenting is a gift, it tests you beyond what you’ll know possible and grow you too. (I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve looked at my husband and said “how are we the experts?”) But yet YOU are the expert for your child. You will learn the intricacies if his character and when you need to show him patience or firmness.

    Kind of long, sorry. You guys will be great!

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    Sarah Nichols

    July 15, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    I don’t have quotes, but these songs just pull at my momma heartstrings: “Lullabye (Goodnight Angel)”, Billy Joel and “When you dream”, Barenaked Ladies

    As for advice, birth and motherhood will feel possible and impossible, awful and awesome, disastrous and perfect—sometimes all at once, sometimes one takes over the rest. But there are times when you can step outside and just be at peace with all of it and you are just overcome with the enormity of your love for this baby and the rest just becomes fuzzy.

    Best of luck to you all, and all the good juju vibes your way.

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    July 15, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    I remember how long some of the early days used to feel, but try to soak in all of those little moments. Best wishes to you and Adrien, and many blessings for your baby boy! How lucky he is to have you as parents!

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    Casandra Jones

    July 16, 2019 at 10:31 am

    You have it! It’s all going to be okay. You will learn your little, and he will be different from other people’s kids, so what works for others doesn’t always mean it will work for your family. Podcasts are a big help, I love “the mom hour” and “what fresh hell, laughing in the face of motherhood” when I feel lost or need to feel less alone in mothering.

    May you all get sleep to have the energy to enjoy every moment, and support when you can’t get enough rest to be able to enjoy it together. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, and take lots of pictures! They grow so fast.
    Lots of love!

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    Jessica Stafford

    July 16, 2019 at 10:38 am

    If I were at your shower, I would give you a covered dipes case that would be so cute, and I would make baby a flannel blanket that would smell like frssh Downy and be as soft as baby.

    My advice is this: take him to church and read him the Bible every day. Give him a strong foundation. For Dad, show him how much you love his mother. For Mom, play with him! Take him everywhere you go, make him mind you, and shower him with affection. You can’t spoil a baby! Lastly, save the iPhone and ipad for doctors offices and airplanes. Let him play with toys instead—he will be a happier child.

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    July 16, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    Erin and Adrian,

    I’m not a parent but I do have a niece and was once a kid. Let the kid get dirty! (Obviously once he gets old enough to play.) Encourage imagination. Read to him, give him books, and encourage him to read. I was read to for a long time by both of my parents and it is one of my fondest childhood memories. Give hugs and show love. Teach kindness. Do what works best for you. Blessings on your new family adventure!

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    Martie Cornwell

    July 16, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    I say this to my granddaughter frequently (maybe over used, but always my favorite):
    If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together…
    There is something you must always remember.
    You are Braver than you believe,
    Stronger than you seem,
    and Smarter than you think.
    But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart…
    I’ll always be with you.
    Winnie The Pooh

    Many blessing to you, Adrian, and your son.

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    July 17, 2019 at 9:27 am

    I wanted to go find a favorite bible verse or poem but it was taking too long. And I knew I wanted it to be ‘perfect’ and that’s just not happening. So THAT is my advice to you. I tell my own kids all the time. There’s so much pressure to be perfect. To feel like you’ve done everything RIGHT, to not have messed up any scenario. Especially in this day and time where you only see the PERFECT posts on social media. My wish for you is to try hard to let that go. You’ll miss out on so much if you’re worried about not being perfect. If your photo sessions didn’t work out, if the party fell apart, etc. It turns out that those imperfections and spur of the moment decisions, situations etc. ARE THE STUFF!! The true best part of this crazy ride!!! I’ll give you one example. We were making all kinds of plans to make sure my son (who is autistic) had a great vacation. It was his 18th birthday and we went to Universal. SO much planning went into it. Turns out, the best moment by far was when we were finishing a lunch at thr hotel restaurant and my hubby and girls were heading back upstairs to get ready for round 2 at the parks. My son stayed with me. While we were waiting for thr check, a song came on the speaker. (It was the Hard Rock hotel because we all love music). It was Dream a Little Dream. I said to my son, oh I love this song, it’s the perfect song to dance to. And he got up, put his ha f out and we danced together, right there at thr table. BEST MOMENT OF THE TRIP. Totally unplanned. Could not have been scripted. Ah. Enjoy every moment you two. There’s so much joy ahead for you. Even when it seems SO HARD, remember that it’s just one moment, one imperfection. And possibly one you later look back on with happiness. Erin, I will offer up prayers for you for the birth and then for all of you in thr first blurry weeks. Much love and happiness to you all on this new adventure!!

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    Amy R.

    July 17, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Not having kids of my own, my blessing is words to share with your child and comes from an Apache prayer:

    May the sun bring you new energy by day.
    May the moon softly restore you by night.
    May the rain wash away your worries.
    May the breeze blow new strength into your being.
    May you walk gentle through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life.

    Congratulations to you both and enjoy the journey.

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    July 17, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    Never turn down hugs, kisses, and snuggle time!

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    July 17, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    “I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.” ~ Alice in Wonderland
    Everything changes, and so fast with little ones, and it’s amazing and terrifying. Go with it and enjoy the minutes as they pass, even if they’re ones that make you pull out your hair. Enjoy all the firsts as you watch this amazing little human discover the world around them.
    My best advice (non-parent here, but an aunt of 6) is that when that little one is a toddler and you read him a book, make sure you love it. Because at some point you’re going to hand that book to the kid to flip through while you recite the entire thing from memory. (There may have been a 14 hour roadtrip with my oldest niece and three adults reciting “The Lady with the Alligator purse” for the better part of an hour.) 😉

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    July 18, 2019 at 6:03 am

    I’d like to wish you lots of happiness and share this quote from a poem by US poet Lyn Hejinian:
    “and now that I think back I remember that there
    was a baby on a barge in a lake full of flowers, and out of these
    there’s a story to weave
    and probably more than one

    Are all wonders small?”

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    Danielle Mroz

    July 21, 2019 at 10:17 am

    Wishing you and Adrien a wonderful, happy, healthy (and speedy) birth of the new little bad yogi!

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    July 22, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Dear God,

    I pray blessings over this baby and this new family. May there be peace, patience, and understanding a plenty in there home. May they know that they’ve got this and that they have those near and around the world that love and support them when they feel like they don’t got this. And my they always apologize for any unkind words they may say at 3 o’clock in the morning. 😉

    In Jesus’ name,

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    July 26, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    May God bless you and the baby and your fuller family! May he/she grow up to know they are loved and that they are a precious gift from God. May you all know that God loves you even when times are hard…. and those sleepless nights are! Hang in there!! And enjoy parenthood!

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    Tara Azzarello

    July 30, 2019 at 11:05 am

    “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” – Winnie the Pooh

    Congratulations and best wishes as you begin your newest adventure. Enjoy every second with your precious little one!!

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    May 19, 2020 at 8:38 am

    Love all of this! Thank you so much for sharing honestly! It’s true that I think “love” & “bond” are different. Love can be automatic whereas a bond requires a bit more effort. Super interesting!baby gate reviews

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    July 28, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    Congratulations, auntie!!! This is exciting for me too because I am also due in Feb. and I can’t wait to see what fun inspirational things y’all come up with for the nursery! You’ll have to let us know as soon as she tells the gender, if they’re finding out. 🙂 For more visit

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