Shannon Evans

Shannon Evans is a wife and mom to three boys through adoption and her birth canal. Shannon enjoys hosing mud off children, scrubbing sticky furniture, and rushing to the ER to have nails extracted from small intestines.
Recent Articles

What To Do When Your Baby Starts Choking, According To A Paramedic

Like many parents, experiencing a serious first aid emergency with one of my small children is among my greatest fears. Babies in particular are so fragile that my husband and I sweat bullets when they begin to eat table food. Despite having sat thro…
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This Is What It Means If Your Pregnancy Test Changes Overnight

The time between when a woman suspects she might be pregnant and when it is confirmed for sure is the longest of her life. Regardless of whether you are hoping for a positive or a negative result, the odds are good that you are sweating bullets when …
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Here's How To Sanitize Your Baby's Most Used Items, Because They Get Gross AF

My house is probably a breeding ground for every possible germ. I like a clean home as much as the next girl, but with four boys ages eight and younger I take what I can get. I'm usually able to keep it looking presentable, but there are times when I…
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Here's The Deal With Indulging In All Those Poke Bowl Cravings While Pregnant

There was a time when everyone who was anyone was eating sushi. A sushi dinner spoke of culture, class, and just the right amount of daring. It was cutting edge and sophisticated, unless of course you were picking it up in the deli section of your ne…
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The Sweetest Thing Twins Do Inside The Womb Proves Their Bond Starts Early

As a kid, I was obsessed with twins. I basically spent my entire childhood disgruntled that my sister and I were two years — not two minutes — apart, and I dreamed of the day when I would become a mom of twins. That wasn't in the cards for me, but I'…
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7 Valentine's Day Poems For Your Boyfriend That Really Aren't Cheesy

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and lovers everywhere are wrapping up last minute preparations to show their significant other how much they care. Dinner dates, flower bouquets, and boxes of chocolates are obviously the most popular choices…
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Pediatricians Say The Flu Is Spreading "Like Wildfire" — Here's How To Stay Safe

I dutifully managed to get everyone in my family the flu vaccine this year, which is no small feat considering there are five of us old enough to receive it. The three kids protested of course, but begrudgingly resigned themselves to the shot when I …
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Don't Panic — Here's What A Faint Line On Your Pregnancy Test Actually Means

Aunt Flo is late. You've noticed a little breast tenderness. You cried yesterday for no apparent reason. After going back and forth over whether to grab a pregnancy test, you found yourself coming home with one in the bag. Once you finally got the gu…
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Here's How To Decipher Your Baby's Coughs & Figure Out What They Mean

I've come to the conclusion that a quarter of the task of raising children is deciphering their ailments. Is the preschooler waking up screaming about his leg because of growing pains or should I take him to the doctor in case it's cancer? Does the t…
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Here's What You Need To Know About An Increased Heart Rate During Pregnancy

I'll never forget when I began to suspect I might be pregnant for the third time. I was checking email, sipping my daily coffee, and savoring the relaxing morning. But about halfway through my cup of coffee, I realized my heart was racing. Caffeine h…
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What Does Super Bowl LII Stand For In Roman Numerals?

Super Bowl LII is just around the corner, and if you're anything like me you're doing a massive double take at those letters I just typed. LII? What does that even mean? As a visual person, it's tripping me up in a major way and definitely lacking th…
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Here's The Best Way To Handle Your Kid Yelling That They "Hate You"

I have vivid childhood memories of stomping up the stairs, slamming my door, and yelling out the most terrible insult I could think of to my parents: "I hate you!" While most people probably uttered the same words to their mom or dad at some point, a…
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Here's How Pricey Those Super Bowl Tickets Actually Get

Admittedly, I am not a football fan. It's a fun game to watch, but the outside issues of brain damage, insanely high salaries, and rape allegations leave me with a bad taste in my mouth. So needless to say, the Super Bowl is not the bona fide holiday…
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Here's How Your Baby's Actually Receiving All That Oxygen In The Womb

When I was pregnant with their little brother, my boys would daily assault me with an endless stream of questions. Some were cuter: "How does he eat in there?" While others had me rolling my eyes: "Does he poop inside of you?" But all were actually p…
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Here's Why Your Breast Milk May Look A Little More Blue Than White

I just gave birth a month ago and am committed to exclusively breastfeeding for awhile. Luckily, I can work with my son by my side so pumping isn't exactly mandatory, but it's nice to get a break — especially since my husband is willing to take the 4…
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Here's What Girl Scouts Are *Really* Making Off Of All Those Cookie Sales

I don't know about you, but the presence of Girl Scout cookies has dotted the landscape of my life. Although I was never a Girl Scout myself, that hasn't stopped me from three decades of fierce commitment to the glories of the frozen Thin Mint, and I…
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Actually, Girl Scouts Learn A Lot More Than You Think From Selling All Those Cookies

I'm a mom of four boys. My days are filled with superheroes, remote control cars, and flatulence jokes. Although clearly I was a little girl myself once, I sometimes feel mystified around my friends' daughters. It's a language I no longer speak. But …
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Here's The One Red Flag To Look Out For When It Comes To Swelling During Pregnancy

During the glamorous ride that is pregnancy, there are lots of places on your body that will be getting bigger. While some may be welcome (hello, new cup size!), others are likely less so (chipmunk cheeks, anyone?). But most of the enlargement you ex…
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So, Um, Here's Literally Everything You Need To Know About A Fourth Degree Tear

I have never had an easy recovery from childbirth. An episiotomy finally brought my stubborn firstborn son into the world, and the scar tissue tore mightily again with my nearly 10-pound boy the next time around. It's hard not to envy women who bounc…
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Here's What's Actually Causing That Stabbing Lightning Crotch During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is just full of delightful little surprises. Most of us are pretty well prepped for the most obvious symptoms of gestation: We know to expect nausea and food aversions in the beginning and anticipate some back pain in the end. The things we…
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