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

7 Pregnancy Shaving Tips, Because Personal Hygiene Is Getting Harder These Days

I'll admit it: By the eighth month of my last pregnancy I completely abandoned all attempt at shaving my legs above the shins. Luckily for me, it was November in the Midwest so only my husband knew the difference thanks to a closet full of maternity …
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5 Old Wives' Tales About Your Baby Being Born With Lots Of Hair

I can't go to a salon without the stylist commenting on the massive amount of thick hair on my head; it's happened every trip for as long as I can remember, even when I was a little girl. So I guess it should come as no surprise that my babies have a…
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This Wheelchair Stroller Attachment Is *Huge* For Disabled Parents

Parenting is hard enough for physically typical moms and dads, but throw in a disability and it gets a bit more complicated. I can only imagine the juggling act that would be required to get my kids ready for the day, much less go on outings together…
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16 Father's Day Quotes From A Wife, Because Your Guy Deserves To Be Celebrated

Modern dads are more involved in their kids' lives than ever before, and that's definitely something to celebrate. This Father's Day, you're likely thinking about how to make your husband feel appreciated. Breakfast in bed, perhaps? A day on the golf…
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Here's Some Inspiration To Help You Write Out A Father's Day Card To Your Dad

Every family dynamic is different, and sometimes the state of our own family relationships changes from year to year, so celebrating holidays like Mother's or Father's Day doesn't look the same for everyone. With the latter coming quickly around the …
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Don't Panic — Feeling Angry With Your New Baby Is Very Common, & Here's Why

New parenthood brings a lot of intense emotions: Love, joy, and gratitude, to be sure, but there are others that are not as pleasant to talk about. Along with the feelings of bliss, at some point or another, most new parents also experience a darker …
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Actually, Bottles Aren't Bad For Your Babies' Teeth If You Follow A Few Guidelines

In the first year of life, even after beginning to eat solid foods, a baby's primary source of nutrition overwhelmingly comes from breast milk or formula. Every mom, whether breastfeeding or bottle feeding, wants to give her child those liquid nutrie…
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Here's When Your Baby Should Really Be Giving Up That Bottle

Most of us know that babies need to be getting either breast milk or formula, or a combination of both, through their first 12 months of life. Proper nutrition is essential for their growing bodies and brains, yet their teeth and digestive system are…
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Here's Why You May Want To Seriously Consider Delaying Your Baby's First Bath

Our local hospital is "baby friendly", meaning the birthing ward adheres to certain standards that best promote a breastfeeding relationship between a mother and newborn. I have given birth twice here, and both times felt grateful that the nurses gav…
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8 Memorial Day Prayers To Remember Lives That Were Lost

It seems like we blinked once and spring is upon us — temperatures are beginning to heat up, graduates are walking the stage, and suddenly we're rounding the corner of the last weekend in May. That date on the calendar, of course, can only mean one t…
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Your Child's Earliest Memory May Not Be What You Expect, & Here's Why

On the rare occasion that I actually sit still and simply enjoy watching my children play together, I feel myself filled to the brim thinking about the memories they're making right before my eyes. With the long summer days ahead of us, my two oldest…
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Here's How Your Kid's Memories Work Before They Turn 3

My husband and I are planning a summer beach trip with our four little boys, ages 8 years to 5 months old, and we couldn't be more excited about it. Our oldest two are already giddy about the event, and I feel pretty sure that even the preschooler ha…
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Here's How Extended Thumb Sucking Can Affect Your Kid Later In Life

Most parents know they're not "supposed" to let their kids suck their thumbs, but can any specifically say why not? It seems more like a vague notion that our generation absorbed through osmosis rather than a medical fact we've been informed on. So w…
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Here's How Long Those Dreaded Night Wakings Are Going To Last, According To Experts

When I started out in motherhood, I had no idea how brutal the sleep deprivation would be. And while it's gotten easier to manage the more times I've had to endure it, you'll never hear me romanticizing that part of parenting. None of my three older …
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Every Baby's Different, So Here's How To Figure Out Just How Many Pacifiers You Need

With each new baby that has joined our family, I've had high hopes for pacifiers. Unfortunately, my hopes were dashed each time — that is, until baby number four. Luckily, this little caboose is chugging along quite nicely with his artificial boob, a…
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Here's How To Figure Out How Many Nursing Bras You *Actually* Need

I'm currently breastfeeding a baby for the third time and, with trial and error, I've learned that convenience matters. With my first newborn, I was convinced I didn't need a nursing bra; I could just lift up the bottom of my regular bra, I argued. A…
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Your Baby Can Totally Get Too Much Sun, So Here's How To Limit Their Exposure

"Be sure to supplement with vitamin D drops," the pediatrician reminded me at my son's last check-up. "That's the only nutrient breast milk doesn't provide enough of." I was exclusively breastfeeding my 4-month-old and had picked up some of the recom…
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Here's How To Keep Your Babies Cool In The Extreme Heat Of Summer

Summer is possibly the most enjoyable season as a parent, both because we tend to have more free time to spend with our kids and because there is an endless amount of memorable experiences to share with them. But along with the fun, summer brings ext…
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Here's How To Figure Out If You Have Enough Crib Sheets

Ask a group of moms how many crib sheets they own, and you're likely to get a wide range of answers. When I had only one child, I owned exactly two crib sheets. I didn't think I would ever need more, because I could throw one in the wash and put the …
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How To Organize A Playroom So Your Kid *Actually* Plays In It

When we first walked through our new house, my husband and I were thrilled to see a small sunroom off the living area — the perfect spot to turn into a playroom for our four boys. As their toys tend to multiply all over our home, I'd hoped that havin…
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