For Parents of Preemies Day: How I Became a Proud Preemie Parent

In honor of Parents of Preemies Day on May 4, we’re honored to have preemie mom Rebecca from Preemies Today sharing her family’s story on our blog. Mom Meet Mom is a proud sponsor of the 2014 Parents of Preemies Day Boston event and believes that all preemie parents deserve all the support they can get.


I remember the moment I discovered I was pregnant. My husband and I had been trying to conceive for about six months. We were delighted to finally see the positive test result and had no idea what was about to unfold.

Over the course of the first trimester, my husband and I followed my pregnancy through the pages of a book. He rubbed my slightly bloated belly as we read about our baby’s size in terms of fruit and learned about the baby’s development. We breathed a sigh of relief when the first trimester ended (15-20% of pregnancies miscarry during the first trimester). We thought we were in the clear.

At the onset of the second trimester, my husband and I dared to dream about our near future. We pictured a comical and hurried drive to the hospital when I went into labor. We imagined our baby’s birth and pictured what it would be like. We laughed about how big I was going to get and joked about all the possibilities for absurd pregnancy pictures. Sadly, none of these things happened for us.

At the twenty week ultrasound, we discovered we were having a girl. Our baby girl was breech. The tech was unable to see and document her spine. We were reassured that things were fine and the documentation was a formality. I was instructed to return in two weeks for another ultrasound.

parents of preemies dayThe two weeks passed quickly and the ultrasound arrived. My baby was stubborn and wouldn’t budge from the breech position. The attempts to change my baby’s position were futile. I paced the hallways, contorted into strange positions, and let a perinatologist press on my stomach. But, my baby stayed put and her spine remained hidden from view. Once again, I was told to return in two weeks for another ultrasound.

I had scheduled an appointment with the obstetrician before the next ultrasound. I was twenty four weeks into my pregnancy when I arrived at the office out of breath and sweating profusely. My blood pressure was alarmingly high. The doctor’s narrowed eyes conveyed his concern as he proceeded with the examination.

Afterwards, my husband and I were summoned to the obstetrician’s back office. We sat in front of his large wooden desk and squirmed uneasily like two kids in a school principal’s office. The doctor gently mentioned preeclampsia was a possibility. He asked if we had any questions and provided instructions for further lab work.

My husband and I shrugged it off. We told ourselves it was a mistake. Pregnancy complications are the kind of thing that happen to other people… not us. I didn’t have any risk factors and did everything I was supposed to do. I told myself things would be fine. I convinced myself the doctor was just being cautious. We did not have much time to dwell on things. We needed to hurry off to the third ultrasound appointment.

At the ultrasound, the tech worked while we joked and giggled about our headstrong baby. Our jovial demeanor dissipated and panic set in when the tech asked, “Have you been losing fluid?” and began taking measurements. Without a word, the tech left the room for several minutes during the ultrasound.

When the ultrasound was finished, the tech ushered us into the perinatologist’s office. The doctor explained that my baby had lost weight and my amniotic fluid was low. My placenta was failing. She instructed us to go ahead with the previously planned lab work and we would meet again on Monday.

The meeting planned for Monday never transpired. Over the weekend, I was admitted to the hospital via the emergency department with severe preeclampsia.

The lab work revealed that I was stable enough to continue my pregnancy and a new plan was devised. Hospital bed rest was ordered and delivery at thirty two weeks was the best case scenario. I was not leaving the hospital until I had my baby.

The day my baby reached twenty six weeks gestation, my body had enough. I developed HELLP and my baby had reversed end diastolic flow in the umbilical cord (more was coming out of her than going in). We were both in danger.

parents of preemies dayOur baby, Charlie, was born at twenty-six weeks and weighed 790 grams (just under one pound twelve ounces). Due to the use of general anesthesia during my emergency c-section, my husband and I missed our baby’s birth. However, my husband did get to walk with her to the NICU and he said she screamed the entire way. A good sign. We were told she would not be able to cry.

parents of preemies dayAfter Charlie was settled in the NICU, my husband returned to my bedside with her picture. The picture was how I first saw my baby. I was not well enough to visit her for two days. I did not get to hold her until she was ten days old.

parents of preemies dayCharlie resided in the NICU for three months where she walked a fine line between life and death. On it, she precariously danced two steps forward and one step back or vice versa. I didn’t know what each day would bring. Every day, I held my breath, hoped, and waited. I woke each morning and whispered, “Please don’t let anything bad happen today.”

parents of preemies dayMeanwhile, I learned the nuances of our new world and watched as painful procedures were performed on a regular basis. I kept an almost constant bedside vigil. It was the only thing I could do for her. My heart broke each evening as I had to say good night and return home without her.

Finally, the day arrived that we got to take Charlie home. I sobbed silently as I carried her past the heavy NICU doors. I remember thinking, “It’s over, it’s finally over. Now we can get on with the rest of our lives.”

Little did I know at the time, it was only the end of the beginning.

After Charlie had been home for a few months, it became clear she had several unexpected issues. Our baby experience was anything but normal. She was diagnosed with motor delays, sensory issues, minor vision concerns, and a feeding disorder.

parents of preemies daySince her NICU discharge, our calendar has been full of appointments with specialists and therapists. I continue to find myself hoping, waiting, watching, and fearing.

Questions constantly bounce around in my head.

parents of preemies dayWill she reach the next milestone? Why is she having an issue with this? How can I help her? What are the treatment options? Is this illness or issue going to be a cause for another hospital stay? Will she ever catch up?

parents of preemies dayThis month, Charlie will turn two. In the preemie realm, two is a special age. It is the age that preemies are supposed to “catch up” with their full term peers. It is the point in which her age is no longer adjusted to account for her premature arrival. Two is the promised end of preemie hood.

Unfortunately, Charlie will not be a preemie that catches up by two. Nevertheless, I couldn’t be any prouder of her.

Charlie’s determination and fight has brought her through some very harrowing experiences. She has arduously worked for things that other people take for granted. Despite her difficult beginning and the challenges she faces, I rarely see her without a smile.

After everything my husband, Charlie, and I have been through, we came out the other side and haven’t forgotten how to laugh. Charlie’s early birth challenged me to be better, braver, tougher, and stronger than I ever thought I could be.

With all of its ups and downs, this is the story of how our family came to be. Our world has been markedly different ever since.

parents of preemies dayParents of Preemies Day is about celebrating our stories and journeys as preemie parents with all it entails. I take pride in our journey. It wasn’t an easy road. Although I never imagined I would find myself in the position to be one, I am a proud preemie parent.

Rebecca Wood is the mother of one and author of the blog Cheering On Charlie. She and her husband reside in northern Virginia with their daughter, dog, and cat. When Rebecca is not outdoors, she can be found volunteering in her community.

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Brands We Love: The Ultimate Mother’s Day Giveaway!

This Mother’s Day, we want you to forget about your worries, forget about serving anyone else, and just for one day, focus on YOU. To celebrate moms and to celebrate our own one-year anniversary, we’ve partnered with nine brands that we absolutely love – brands like, oh, Phil&Teds, Stokke, Combi, and more – to bring you some amazing giveaway prizes. Ten lucky moms are going to win some AMAZING products from brands we can’t get enough of. We’ve made entry super easy for you – Some entries are required and some are optional, but the more you do the better your chances of winning will be! Have fun with it, and good luck!

The Combi Catalyst Stroller! Click here to enter

A Stokke Tripp Trapp & Baby Set from buybuyBaby! Click here to enter

A $150.00 Gift Card from Boden! Click here to enter

Skinny Tee Package from Skinnytees.com (a celeb fave)! Click here to enter

The Phil & Teds Escape Carrier! Click here to enter

A Natural Skin Care Line & Dream Blanket Gift Pack from Aden & Anais! Click to enter

A $50.00 Gift Card to use at The Honest Company! Click to enter

Main Girl Creations’ Custom Chevron Whale Hoodie (winner picks colors)! Click here to enter

The Younique Makeup By Danielle Full Starter Package Click here to enter

2 Dozen Cookies Of Your Choice from The Cookie Girl Store! Click here to enter


Attention Brands! 

Are you a to-die for brand with a product/service that moms just have to get their hands on? Do you want to get involved in one of our exclusive giveaway campaigns? Give us a shout and we’ll see if we can work something out. 

Brands We Love Giveaway: Celeb-loved SkinnyTees (Review and GIVEAWAY)

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I’ve always loved a great startup story, so when I found out that SkinnyTees.com was founded by a single mom, I just had to learn more…

Three+ years ago when Annie Schlesinger found out she was going to be a single mom, she teamed up with her mother and brother and started a business: Skinnytees.com. No big deal. Her goal? To find or create the “perfect tanktop/cami” and bring it to the world.

What does perfect mean? You know, the one that covers the preggo belly, the one you can transition with and use for nursing, the one that hides muffin tops, the one that comes in over 60 colors, and the one that is great for layering. Annie was pretty much looking to build her business around the MOST essential clothing item in a woman’s closet!

Fast forward to today… the company is EXPLODING. They are selling out on QVC and SkinnyTees has been covered in all the hot magazines. Why? Well, let’s just say Britney Spears, Hilary Duff, Tiffany Thorton, and a few more big names are rocking them!

So this Mother’s Day, let’s give it up for one pretty awesome single mompreneur and her rockin’ company. To celebrate their success (and Mother’s Day and our own one year anniversary), we are partnering with SkinnyTees on the below giveaway. Good luck, mamas!!!

The winner can select 1. V-Neck 1/2 Sleeve Tee, 2. A Pair of Leggings, 3. A Basic Tank, and 4. One Item of Your Choice (restrictions apply). To enter, just use the Rafflecopter – it’s quick and easy.

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Brands We Love: Boden (Review and GIVEAWAY)

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boden giveaway - bodenusa giveaway - mini boden giveaway 2Moms may spend more time in sweats and yoga pants than other adults, but you have to admit that when we do get the time to really get dressed we put in the effort. Moms want to look good! For ourselves, for our partners, and for our kids, too. It is one of the best feelings when your little one looks at you and says, “Mama, you look so so so pretty today!” Heart melting, right?

So is it any surprise that moms love Boden?

boden giveaway - bodenusa giveaway - mini boden giveawayNot only do their clothes – especially the mom-friendly dresses – look good, but they wear comfortably and wash amazingly, too. In Boden, you look tailored without even trying, which is important when you’re trying to go out the door with one, two, or more kids who have all decided that they’re going to embrace anarchy now.

I should mention that Boden as a company embraces an ethical philosophy and is concerned with green issues, but who has time to think about that when throwing together an outfit in the a.m.? Luckily this brand makes it easy with pretty and sophisticated tops, slacks, dresses, shoes, and accessories that coordinate without a lot of fuss. Planning outfits is fun, but grab and go style is definitely better when you’re a busy mom.

mini boden giveaway - boden toddlerAs for Mini Boden – the brand’s line for little ones – the clothes are like a dream come true for moms. As stylin’ as they are on little ladies and gentlemen, they also wear and wash EXTREMELY well. Like ‘it’s okay to wear these to a fifth birthday party with a sundae bar’ well.

I’m speaking from experience here.

That’s why in honor of Mother’s Day and Mom Meet Mom’s one year anniversary, we want to give one lucky mama the chance to splurge with $150 gift card to spend on herself (or her little ones) at BodenUSA.com. To enter, just use the Rafflecopter – it’s quick and easy.

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Want to shop Boden now? Use this link to get 15% off plus free a shipping keycode that’s valid until May 24!

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Brands We Love: The Honest Company (Review and GIVEAWAY)

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You’ve probably seen the ads on Facebook: you get a free box of natural, non-toxic baby care or personal care items from the Honest Company for the price of shipping with no strings attached. If you’ve scrolled past because it seemed too good to be true, let me suggest that you scroll back and take the plunge.

honest company diapers - honest company giveawayThe Honest Company has built its rep on getting effective, safe, eco-friendly, beautiful, convenient, and affordable (no kidding) baby gear into the hands of moms who want great stuff for their babies without the hassle of having to go out and get it.

While you may be thinking, what? I can shop – I LOVE to shop! – tell that to the mom who’s out of diapers at 2 a.m. and trying to find the one major brand that won’t give her baby severe diaper rash. Or the mom who lives in an area where organic chest rubs for congestion aren’t exactly the kind of thing you can pick up in the local drugstore. Or the mom of a preemie who has to avoid bringing her baby out and about or the mom of triplets who just plain can’t.

The_Honest_Company giveawaySee, there are lots of reasons beyond the products to love the Honest Company. Did you know that Golden Globe-nominated actress Jessica Alba is the founder? She’s never made it a big secret that she cares about things like health, sustainability, family, and giving back – just like the rest of us, as the tabloids might say.

On the Honest Company website, she puts into words what so many of us feel – and what so many of us would like to do if we had resources like hers:

“When I became a mom, I finally became the person I am, that I always should have been,” she says. “It’s the most satisfying job in the world. But, it can also be overwhelming and confusing. I created The Honest Company to help moms and to give all children a better, safer start.”

honest company diapers - honest company giveawayAll in all, the Honest Company can’t take diaper duty (omg those diaper patterns – too cute) or the endless loads of laundry off your plate, but they can make it a little easier. And now, so can we! In honor of Mother’s Day and Mom Meet Mom’s one year anniversary, we want to give one lucky mama a $50 gift card to spend on Honest Company products. To enter, just use the Rafflecopter – it’s quick and easy.

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Brands We Love: Combi & the Catalyst Stroller (Review and GIVEAWAY)

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I have a confession to make. I, Christa Terry, am a stroller junkie.

I talk about strollers the way other people talk about cars or computers or clothes. While I don’t collect them, I do buy them one by one, selling the old to finance the new. Most of them have been pretty awesome because I do my research. But across the board one feature has been lacking.

The feature I would have gone crazy for? A built-in bassinet.

Converting from a flat-lying or reclined infant-friendly stroller is pretty common. A modular stroller with a bassinet that doesn’t need to be bought separately – that’s the Combi Catalyst and I am in love.


When Combi says three-in-one they aren’t kidding. While you can use the Combi Shuttle Infant Car Seat (or infant seats made by other major car seat brands) with the Catalyst as a travel system, you don’t have to worry about having an infant car seat if you’ve chosen to start with a convertible seat instead. The built-in bassinet that lays flat lets you use this stroller from birth!

It has plenty of other things going for it, too, though. The seat is big enough for toddlers and can accommodate kids up to 50 pounds. I should mention that the Combi Catalyst reversible, too, because there’s nothing quite like being able to chat with your baby or toddler during a beautiful spring stroll. Changing seat positions is easy – recline and forward and rear facing, too – and the all-wheel suspension makes the ride comfy. The oversize canopy and generous shopping basket are the icing on the cake.

If I was expecting, I would definitely put the Combi Catalyst at the top of my baby registry because it’s one of the few strollers out there that can really grow with your baby from birth into the toddler years. No attachments necessary. Check out the demo video below.

stroller giveaway combi catalyst reviewThat’s why, in honor of Mother’s Day and Mom Meet Mom’s one year anniversary, we want to give one lucky mama her very own Combi Catalyst in the color of her choice! To enter, just use the Rafflecopter – it’s quick and easy.

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Visit Combi for more great products!

Make sure you head on over to Combi at some point and check out more of their strollers and awesome baby products –  www.combiusa.com

Promotion: 20% off all Combi strollers (Sale runs through Saturday, 5/3)

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Brands We Love: Aden & Anais (Review and GIVEAWAY)

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I have a confession. I *love* the Aden & Anais swaddling blankets. Love them. Wish they had them in a grownup size, am seriously considering making them into halter tops for myself once the baby has decided she doesn’t need to be swaddled anymore. So, naturally, I was thrilled when Aden and Anais offered up a sweet giveaway prize for our Brands We Love: Ultimate Mother’s Day Giveaway contest.

And “naturally” is the right word for it, because what we have to share with one lucky winner is a full set of their dermatologist-developed, natural skin care line, including:

  • Ultra-gentle lotion – 12oz
  • Hair + body wash – 12oz.
  • Soothing ointment – 6oz.
  • Tear-free bubble bath – 12oz.
  • Stretch mark reducing cream – 6oz.

And, of course, this giveaway wouldn’t be complete without their classic dream blanket™.
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So let’s talk skin for a minute. My skin? It is like the Sahara in terms of dryness, and even more sensitive than Ryan Gosling.

What’s a girl to do? Because, let me tell you, I am sick of my itchy, flaky skin.

…so maybe I should treat myself to a rubdown with the Ultra-gentle lotion. It’s gentle enough for babies, but that won’t keep mom from benefitting from this pthalate-, petroleum-, and paraben-free moisturizer made with shea butter and pawpaw fruit.

And while I’m at it, maybe I’ll use the soothing ointment on the cracked, dry skin on the backs of my hands – you know how your skin takes a beating with all the hand washing that comes with a baby. Oh, and P.S.? This petroleum-free product makes a great diaper ointment, too.

And how about grabbing the bubble bath and the hair and body wash, and joining your baby for a luxurious soak in the tub? With no pthalates, parabens, or petroleum products, and free of dyes and harsh chemicals, bath time will leave you and baby relaxed and ready to curl up underneath your classic dream blanket™ for a long, restorative nap.

Oh, and there’s the clinically proven stretch mark reducing cream, of course. Enjoy ladies!

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Brands We Love: Stokke & the Tripp Trapp (a Review and GIVEAWAY with buybuy Baby)

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You’ve probably seen co-founder Christa’s Stokke Tripp Trapp review already if you check out our blog now and then, so you know it’s one of her all-time favorite baby products. That’s why we are so excited to be partnering with part of Stokke as part of our Ultimate Mother’s Day Giveaway! If you haven’t seen it, take a look:

 Like Christa, we think the all-wood, decor-friendly, world-famous Tripp Trapp is amazing because it’s easy to clean, looks amazing, and comes in colors like cherry red and cool aqua… but the best part is the versatility.

stokke tripp trapp giveawayWith the Tripp Trapp Newborn Set, you can use it from birth. With the Baby Set, you can use it from 6 months. And from there, you can use it with toddlers, kids, and big kids – adjusting the seat and foot rests is super easy. Even adults can use the Tripp Trapp! Christa actually used her daughter’s Tripp Trapp as a desk chair for a while.

What mom couldn’t use that kind of versatility in a baby/kid product?

In honor of Mother’s Day and Mom Meet Mom’s one year anniversary, we’re partnering with buybuyBaby to give one lucky mama a Stokke Tripp Trapp & Baby set in Walnut. To enter, just use the Rafflecopter – it’s quick and easy. Here’s what you’ll get if you win:

  • The award-winning Scandinavian designed Tripp Trapp chair in walnut
  • Baby Set attachment in walnut
  • A detachable dishwasher safe tray for flexible feeding options
  • Washable seat cushion in beige stripes

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Brands we love: Phil & Teds Escape Carrier (Review and GIVEAWAY)

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I think I may be the only mom I know with a bizarre aversion to stroller ownership. Something about their hulking mass, taking up space in hallways and trunks of cars – we drive a sedan, and, until recently, lived in tiny condos, so space has been a real issue. I also loathe the notion of negotiating “stroller parking,” unloading and reloading children just so I can be allowed into a zoo exhibit, trying to remember where I left the darn thing at a kid concert.

Still, I recognize the value of a stroller – kids take a while to learn to walk, and even longer to learn to walk far. So while I was (and remain) committed to a stroller-free lifestyle, leaving the house any time in the last 4 years has meant figuring out a way to carry a kid. We’ve turned to slings, wraps, and other styles of carrier to serve as our happy medium – decidedly less bulky than a stroller, but way easier than carrying your children in your arms all day long.

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In my 4 years of semi-professional kid carrying, I’ve come up with a list of key features that my preferred sling/wrap/structured carrier should have, and I’m proud to say that Phil & Teds is partnering with us to offer one lucky winner the Escape™ carrier, which meets all of my qualifications *and* includes a padded changing mat to boot!

  • Lightweight – at a mere 6.6 pounds, there’s a good chance that this pack is lighter than your newborn.
  • Long shelf life – you can use the Escape™ as soon as your child can sit up on her own, and keep using it until she hits the 40 pound weight limit!
  • Doesn’t smoosh your chest – especially while breastfeeding, I found structured front carriers super uncomfortable because of the pressure they put on my chest. This pack lets you carry your kid on your back, so no chest smooshing *and* you get to use your hands for other stuff.
  • All-weather – I live in the Pacific Northwest, which means that out of each year, for six months it drizzles, for three months it is blazingly sunny and very dry, and for three months it vacillates wildly between those two states with bonus windstorms. The Escape™ comes standard with a sun hood and removable rain/wind cover, so you and your kiddo can get out all year.
  • Safe and comfy for the kid – last, but definitely not least, it should be comfortable and fun for your child. This carrier has footrests, which help improve circulation, an adjustable neck rest, and extra padding and breatheability.

Like I said, it meets all of my requirements, but also has some neat extra features. There’s the aforementioned padded changing mat, a spot designed to accommodate a water bladder, a zip away day pack that you can let someone else carry, extra storage space…it’s basically a tiny Cadillac in backpack form!

Whether at the supermarket or on a mountain trail, you’re going to love the Escape™!

Win it! 

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Oh, and don’t forget to head on over to Phil & Teds to check out some of the other cutting-edge products they carry.

Brands We Love: The Cookie Girl Store (Review and GIVEAWAY)

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This is my friend Zoë, here pictured halfway delirious because we were three days into a sewing project that was supposed to take a couple of hours, tops.

Zoë and I have known each other pretty much forever. I think I lost my eighth grade yearbook, but if I could find out, you could flip to the back and find an inscription from Zoë which reads, “Don’t eat rat poison and die. That’s what you wrote in my yearbook in 5th grade.”

Okay, so our relationship has changed a bit over the years.

Zoë, under the guise of her Houston-based Cookie Girl Store, makes amazingly fabulous, decorated-to-order shortbread cookies. Like these:

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I mean, seriously, with the caterpillar holes and everything. AMAZING.

Zoë is also a mom to an adorable little blond kid who is getting so very close to his third birthday. This is him.

He’s such a cutie!

Anyway, Zoë breastfed her son, and, like many of us, discovered that for something natural, it sure doesn’t always feel easy. Since she has a knack for cookies and a strong desire to help out her fellow mama, she started testing recipes.

What resulted was her amazing line of Motherhood Cookies, including lactation-enhancing cookies, with ingredients like flaxseed and brewer’s yeast that naturally increase milk production, and morning sickness-reducing cookies with tummy soothers like ginger and lemon. Both varieties taste awesome. Both cookies come in a variety of flavors. From the morning sickness line, I love the lavender shortbread – it’s not too sweet, and a great choice for a bedtime treat even if you aren’t pregnant. For the lactation cookies, I’ll take the double chocolate chunk every time. And let me tell you, the lactation cookies really work, so much so that I have to limit myself to one a day or risk oversupply!

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Can you believe something that looks so innocuously tasty made me go up half a cup size that time I ate four in one day?

Miss Zoë has graciously offered to give away two dozen cookies of your choice, delivered anywhere in the U.S. Pick your favorite flavor for a sweet version of self-care, send them to a sister in lactation on her return to work, or nurture your favorite mom-to-be. Who knows, maybe you’ll get a baby named after you!

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