My Latest Read ;)

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Ok so when I get a minute to read it’s usually at the gym while bouncing up and down on the eplitical or in the middle of the night when I’ve deicided to stay up way too late as if I’ve forgotten I’m a mother of a 19 month old who loves rising with the sun!  So in this case it was at the gym that I decided to start reading Lift, thanks to Nancy I received Lift as a Mother’s Day gift last month.  Right away as I skimmed the pages of this new book I could tell it would be good.  The nice part about Lift is it’s only 80 or so pages so it’s a quick read and lets face it thats really all moms now a have time for!!

So here I am banging away on the stairmaster sweating my butt off, as I’m burning through this book (yeah it’s that good) it can even keep your interest while doing the stairmaster!  So I get to a really heartfelt and quite emotional part of the story and begin to tear up just a little mid calorie meltdown!  I really haven’t seen a book like this ever.  I don’t want to give too much away so just take my word for it, if you’re a mom you will love it!  Not only did it validate so many of the emotions and feelings I’ve experienced thus far being a mommy, it really made me think about my mothers experience and mom when I see you your getting a huge hug 🙂

Lift did just that! It lifted me up and really gave me this super amazing alternative outlook into moms in general.  I know we are all amazing and think the world of our children, however sometimes its the really really little stuff that makes being a mommy so fullfilling!  Pick it up, you won’t be disapointed…

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-Amber

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Inspirational Women!

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Upon my journey into the web publishing world I’ve had the opportunity to meet and work with some amazing women who have changed and affected so many lives.  During the recording process of HB Radio’s Pregnancy Podcast Series we had the opportunity to interview Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein.  The ladies where so inspiring to talk to and really changed the face of how many women look at labor and the birth process in America.  Check it out and let me know what you think 🙂

Click here to listen…

Enjoy
Amber

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My innevitable return to our very first blog…

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Even though my blogging on our first ever family blog came to pretty much a screeching halt once River actually arrived, I have returned. Yet this time I come armed and prepared with some amazing tips, advice, stories and products to share with the world. Some of my blog readers are well aware of what became of the Janke family once we became pregnant, however there are many that have no clue. So the following short summary is for those new blog viewers 🙂

When I became pregnant with River (our first and so far only child) I was super disappointed at the lack of GOOD information on the net. The so called pregnancy and parenting sites that where around didn’t speak to the desired parenting information I was looking for. I knew there had to be a better place for moms-to-be like me to go, but where? Thus became The Healthy Belly! A pregnancy and child development website for positive and organic minded parents! It’s been over two years since the inception of The Healthy Belly and I couldn’t be more proud of our baby (both of them) 😉

The Healthy Belly has grown into an entire family of sites and we have a tremendous amount of support from some really great specialist. On our site you will find experts in all areas. Dr. Bob Sears contributes articles, videos and some really educational interviews that we’ve covered with our own webisode production HBTV!  Along with providing a complete child development timeline from in utero through age three you can follow along with your childs growth through our very own podcast series on HB Radio.

As we grow we have so many plans for iphone and facebook apps and I would love nothing more than to hear from real moms like yourself! If you’re a social networking mamma who likes to stay connected in an online social media environment then our most recent project Dooddles is a must see!  Dooddles came about when we saw how popular our Pregnancy site was becoming and realized what a perfect environment it was creating to keep family and friends in contact with what was going on with our new addition!  Dooddles is a family-safe social network that allows you the parent to control who accesses your child’s profile.  So unlike facebook your dooddles profile is just about your child.  You can track growth, development, share pics and video as well as make buddies with others in your area.  Set in a similar social networking environment dooddles is easy to use and understand.

Thanks for taking the time to read up on my blog and follow the passion that parenting has brought me!

-Amber

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I’m a half a year old!

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6monthsHey everyone! It’s so hard to believe we are half way to River’s 1st Birthday.  Time is flying by and we are having the time of our lives playing with are little angel.  So much happens with her everyday…..little Riv as I call her loves the water!!!! Yay we took her out to the river last weekend and she really enjoyed swimming and kicking her little legs.  The next day we made a day of water play and took her to the lake where it’s a bit warmer in the water, she loved that too.  She even got to nap in her little tent that grandma bought for her, it was perfect.  The weekends are going to be so much more fun now that its warm and we can all play in the water together!  Today River sat up on her own for a good five minutes without falling over, after that she started to catch herself every time she did begin to sway.  More to come!!

xoxox

Amber

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New Tricks!

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5monthsoldIt’s only been a few weeks since my last post and River has been up to all sorts of fun stuff!  She’s surprised us with so many little tricks lately its amazing.  Adding lots of new sounds and even her first word “Dada” she started out with Dada when she was mad, she’d mumble it in her cries.  Now when shes excited, happy, hungry, sad whatever it’s dada.  She makes us laugh with her new little stunts daily!  She has discovered her feet, and boy does she love them!  There isn’t a moment when we lay her on her back that she doesn’t grab them up and roll around hanging onto them!  Yesterday she got to sit in the grass and touch it and she really enjoyed this, infact she was kind of mad at me when I picked her up.  Her sitting skills are getting close, any day now and I think she’ll be there.  She loves pulling herself forward in her carseat and stroller which is helarious because it looks like shes working out.  When we are outside playing with Jetty she likes to yell at her (I think she is trying to play with her) and she loves to try and pet her, well grab her wiskers and eyes 😉  She is continously rolling over front to back and back to front and when she’s on her tummy she kicks her legs like crazy, I really think she is going to pick up crawling right away!   Last week she got a taste of Sweet Potatoes for the first time and she loves them!  This morning she had Oatmeal Cereal instead of Rice and she ate two bowls!  She is becoming more and more social and loves to watch people especially kids. There is so much to say about our little one she continues to grow and work on things every second.  My favorite part about her right now is her determination, she really really works on something when her mind is set on it.  I hate to say it but she’s gonna be a stubborn one like her mommy 🙂 Tomorrow is her first day in the water, we are heading out to Lake Mohave where the water temp is a little bit warmer.  I will make sure and take plenty of pics to share as I’m sure everyone will want to see her in her bikini!!!  Thats all for now

xoxox
Amber

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4 1/2 Months Old!

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4andhalf3Thats right our little STAR River is now 41/2 months old!  Time is flying by….  She’s working on all sorts of skills, like rolling over from Tummy to back although she looks startled everytime she does this, shes working on her little abs trying to sit forward in her carseat, laughing all the time which is the best and she loves to scream! There isn’t  day that goes by that she doesn’s do something amazing!  Stay tuned for more River news.

xoxox

Amber

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River has a few words with Daddy…

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The other night Daddy and River ♥ had a quite a special moment.  This little conversation went on for nearly 30 minutes!  It had to be the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen.  She really has changed alot this week, wiggling around when we change her, stretching out her arms and legs and just constantly trying to wiggle away.  She’s also become so much more social with lots of ooohhs and ahhhs and now little screams!  It’s so fun and we are having a blast with her.
More videos and photos to come!

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xoxoxox
Amber

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River Giggles!

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Here is a video of little River giggling to us on Valentines day!  I sneezed and it made her laugh, so I did what any mommy would do I kept on sneezing hoping to get more and I did.  We missed the first two really good ones, but the giggles we captured are more than perfect to us!
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Here we are with our littlest Valentine!
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Our Girl!

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familyphotos1 River’s getting so cute and so fun, we are having a blast being parents.  She is such a good baby and has been sleeping through the night now for about four weeks!  She’s drooling like crazy as you can see from the pic and talking up a storm.  She loves saying agoooooo, it’s really funny but she likes to say that to everyone.  I think it’s her universal word for everything.  She loves seeing herself in the mirror and always give herself the sweetest smile and she finally likes her swing (for about ten minutes) and her bouncy chair.  River can hold her head up pretty much all the time now, and loves to try and push herself up with her legs when your holding her.  She’s gonna be a fast learner we can tell, she seems to want to get up and move around already! Three months old next saturday, so that means shes officially no longer a newborn 🙁 I’m really going to miss holding her tiny little body.  Although the next stage of her life will be just as rewarding.

xoxox

Amber

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