New Baby Advice : Brickyard Buffalo

The mamas of Brickyard Buffalo are here! Two inspiring business women and mothers whom we love and adore. And don’t forget their third Blair, who is as hard-working as she is hilarious and will make the best mother some day!

First up, Kami!

My mom had just arrived to town and I took a big sigh of relief. The two people that calm my nerves are my husband and mom. Now that she was in town, baby boy could come! As we sent my husband off to school, we headed to Wal-mart for a few last minute things. The next thing I know, my water broke…in Wal-mart! We had a good laugh. I mean, of all places! My husband was carless for the day so he bummed a ride to the hospital from his buddy who just so happened to ride his motorcycle to school. I wish so badly that I had a picture of those two on the bike– his friend with the handle bars in his armpits and my husband dangling off the back wheel to avoid too much contact.

Fast forward through 4 nurses, 1 epidural and 23 hours of labor with 4.5 hours of pushing and my beautiful first born son came into our world. I will never forget his goofy looking cone head and his chubby cheeks. Love at first sight!

New Baby Advice : Brickyard Buffalo

1. What is one thing you would go back to tell your new-mom self?
Calm down! It’s really hard to not be anxious bringing a newborn home. You’ve heard so much advice and it can be hard to sift through it and determine what is useful. I would tell myself, it’s fine if your baby uses a pacifier. It’s fine if your baby doesn’t sleep through the night at six months old. It’s fine if you get the baby blues.

2. Was there anything surprising or shocking that happened that no one warned you about?

It seemed like every friend of mine just popped their baby out in 15 minutes. I was shocked to push for hours! Why didn’t someone tell me that most people don’t push for just 15 minutes?
3. Do you have a bedtime routine? Our nightly routine varies a little but one thing that is consistent is a snuggle song. As an infant I would choose a song for them but now that they can express their opinion on which song they want– they request it and we snuggle and sing.

And next we have Karlee:

Our little Perry Shea Dutson safely arrived on Friday, October 29th, 2010. This is her birth story.

New Baby Advice : Brickyard Buffalo

At my 39 week OB appointment I was informed that I had an “unfavorable cervix.” (Sounds harsh, right?) Long story short, I was carrying her very high and it was unlikely that she was going to drop on her own. After discussing some possible scenarios, we decided a C-section was our best option. Just like that, we were scheduled to meet our little girl the following morning!

The rest of my day was a blur. I got in my car and drove around aimlessly as it sunk in. Once I made it home I took the longest shower of my life, packed our bags (that’s right, I still hadn’t packed the bags), and we headed out on our final childless dinner date.

Waking up at 4 A.M. the next day was a cinch knowing we were about to meet our baby. We hit up McDonalds and headed up to the hospital. As soon as I stepped foot into the OR I couldn’t stop shaking. I’m talking major shakes, people. I should have felt right at home given I spent 40+ hours a week working in the OR. But I knew too much and I was scared. Brad held my hands as the anesthesiologist popped the spinal block in my back and I immediately felt relaxed.

Surgery began and it was time for her to come out. Normally, they would just scoop the baby right out. But, as my sore ribs already knew, that little gal was tucked way up under my rib cage. After a lot of (them) pushing and pulling, I heard the cutest little cry. My doctor held Perry up long enough for us to spot some dark hair and fall right in love with her. Brad and Perry were swept away to clean her off and I was closed back up.

We spent the next couple of days at the hospital recovering and cuddling our little girl. We were blessed with a perfectly healthy, happy and sleepy baby. We didn’t know we were capable of loving her this much and can’t wait to raise this little beauty!

New Baby Advice : Brickyard Buffalo

What is one thing you would go back to tell your new-mom self?

To stop crying! No really, I was a never-ending waterfall of happy, sad, scared and crazy tears. I would tell myself to relax and soak up that newborn baby love.

Was there anything surprising or shocking that happened that no one warned you about?

I read Jenny McCarthy’s book, Belly Laughs, so I was prepared for the good, the bad and the ugly. The only thing that truly surprised me was how much fun it is to be a Mom. I knew I would like being a Mom, I didn’t know I would love it.

Do you have a bedtime routine?

One of my favorite routines was smothering Johnson & Johnson’s Bedtime baby lotion on her every night. (Purple bottle.) The smell of that stuff will always bring back the greatest memories of our little Perry Shea as a baby.


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  • Julie
    February 18, 2014 at 8:22 am

    So exciting to read about all these birth stories. It seems like forever ago that I gave birth to my son who will be turning one in just a few weeks! Love see all the new baby things that are available especially because we are expecting baby number 2!!

  • Lindsey S
    February 18, 2014 at 8:33 am

    As an expectant mom this was a nice post to read and see what these mom’s have as a little bit of advice in hindsight.

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    February 18, 2014 at 8:33 am

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    February 18, 2014 at 8:37 am

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    February 18, 2014 at 10:40 am

    baby girl gets here in a little over a moth – I need to get prepared!

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    February 18, 2014 at 10:49 am

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    February 18, 2014 at 11:09 am

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    February 18, 2014 at 11:30 am

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    February 18, 2014 at 11:32 am

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    February 18, 2014 at 12:13 pm

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    February 18, 2014 at 2:13 pm

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    February 18, 2014 at 2:51 pm

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    February 18, 2014 at 8:30 pm

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    February 18, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    I have the boon highchair, and love it! I didn’t know they made other products. Would live to win these for baby no.2, due in May.

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    February 18, 2014 at 10:00 pm

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    February 19, 2014 at 8:14 am

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    February 19, 2014 at 8:31 am

    LOVE Boon products!!

  • Jessica
    February 19, 2014 at 9:08 am

    I love this segment on advice for new moms (due in 6 weeks- yikes) and the giveaways are a bonus!

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    February 19, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Just love the simplistic design and fresh colors!

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    February 19, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Love all the giveaways -Thanks for doing this for all the new moms out there!! 🙂

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    February 19, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Love these products!

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    We love the Boon Lawn and love these new products!

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  • Kari
    February 24, 2014 at 10:24 pm

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    February 25, 2014 at 1:00 pm

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