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January 6, 2015

Welcome, Archie! + a 4moms giveaway (CLOSED)

For those of you who already know, Archer was born via emergency c-section on December 12, weighing in at a whopping 10 pounds, 15 ounces (!), measuring 22 inches long. He and I were healthy and happy post-birth and I've recovered well from surgery over the last few weeks. We are so in love with his squishy, sweet face -- most days when I look at him I still can't believe after all this time wishing and waiting for him that he's finally here. It's the best feeling. Someday very soon I will get around to posting his birth story and photos from the hospital, but in the meantime, I want to celebrate our little man's arrival with a big giveaway!

But first, let me back up just a bit. You guys. As much as I love this baby boy, adjusting to life with a newborn has been interesting to say the least. Don't get me wrong -- it's been the most beautiful, wonderful, best kind of adjustment possible, but I didn't quite know what I was in for that first week at home. Archie is a great baby -- he rarely cries longer than a couple of minutes, he eats well, and he's generally pretty happy when he's awake. Sleeping, however, was a big challenge for him -- and us! Like most babies, he doesn't like being put on his back to sleep. I tried putting myself in his shoes -- if I'd been all crumpled up in the fetal position for 9 months, I probably would feel pretty vulnerable and uncomfortable lying on my back all spread out to sleep, too. So, what to do? Placing him on his stomach is dangerous because of SIDS risks, and co-sleeping in bed isn't for us. He sleeps on our chests, but newborns sleep up to 16 hours a day, and obviously we can't sit on the couch with him on our chests all the time -- even if I do love a good baby cuddle now and then. It took us a second to figure it out, but he likes to relax or sleep at an angle in a cocoon-like place. 

Enter the mamaRoo.


I was so sleep deprived the first week home that I literally wanted to cry when I discovered places Archie would nap other than my chest -- like the mamaRoo. I want to hug the folks over at 4moms! The bucket-like design of the swing makes Archie feel secure and enveloped, and the swing-like motions mimic us bouncing him around on our feet, the car (another place he will go to sleep easy-peasy), and a tree swing, among others.


There are built-in sounds, too -- a favorite being white noise, likely what Archie was used to hearing in the womb, which makes him feel right at home. Their new design even comes with a coordinating app for the iPhone and Android, so you can quickly adjust the settings on the device without getting too close (I've learned quickly that you never want to wake a sleeping baby!).


The mamaRoo is convenient, comfortable and overall pretty darn stylish, too. I'm such a fan!


So, to celebrate the gift of sleep -- and Archie's arrival! -- let's give a mamaRoo away, shall we? 

To enter, hop on over to my Instagram page here and quickly enter by telling me why you'd like to win. I will be choosing a winner at random there tomorrow before midnight EST.  ***CLOSED*** Winner announced here: http://bit.ly/1xHc9vV

Be sure to check out 4moms on the webFacebook and Instagram as well -- they have some pretty fab products to offer all you mamas out there. 


Good luck! And thanks for being so awesome, 4moms. xo -- Natty

This post is in partnership with 4moms. All opinions expressed are my own. Top photo credit: Caroline Singletary // all other photos: Natalie Kilgore


24 comments:

  1. This rocker has such great reviews!!

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  2. Archie is adorable, congrats! =) Thank you for hosting this giveaway so one of us can have a mamaRoo too, and for doing such a great review - the pictures are very clear and helpful! P.S. LOVE his little shoes! =)

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  3. great blog, congrats and thanks for the giveaway.

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  4. We had a swing for our first daughter that kept breaking so we got rid of it but now we have nothing for our second daughter so I would love to win this!

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  5. Enjoyed the Blog as well as your Instagram! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity as well.

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  6. We've heard such marvelous reviews on the mamaRoo - I'd love to win one! Twins on the way!

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  7. its so easy to move

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  8. My 3 month old will only sleep when he is held! I would love to have a mamaroo so I could actually get things done around the house during nap times.

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  9. Congrats on a beautiful bouncing baby boy :) ~ you even beat my biggest one by two ounces... first was 10lb 1oz and 22.5" long and second was born at home 10lb 13oz and 23" long ;)

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  10. I would love to win so I can set my baby down!

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  11. I would love to win for my sister in law. She is due in May

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  13. My husband is mostly deaf (80% in both ears) so he is absolutely no help at night. This would be so incredibly helpful for our next baby especially at nighttime and I am a super light sleeper. �� I have an almost 3 year old who sleeps great and I'd love to keep it that way when baby comes. The mamaRoo would be a lifesaver for me!

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  14. How adorable! This would be a huge help when my daughter is born in May - I'll have 2 under 2 :)

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  15. Vicky Boggus1/07/2015 4:35 PM

    I would love to win this for my daughter she will have her second child in April. This would help her to spend time with her baby and her 2year old at the same time. Would love to surprise her with it.

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  16. courtney south1/07/2015 4:58 PM

    I am so excited really would love the chance to own one of these since I'm due in June! ! Ty for the chance!

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  17. I would love to win this for my soon to be new baby in my life!

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  18. i would love to win for my baby boy due this spring

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  19. I would love to win one for my baby in july

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  20. I would love to win this for my baby girl who was just born 11/19

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  21. Adorable and congrats! Enjoy the little moments and the many 'firsts' to come!

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  22. I own one but care for twins so could use another one! The mamaroo is the only way to go.

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