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An Angel for My Little Angel

POSTED ON April 3, 2014

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Sleeping Ruby Angelcare

For the last 4 months, I have hardly gotten a wink of sleep at night. I don’t like being in the dark, stuck with my thoughts about what might happen to Ruby if I don’t micromanage her sleeping. My mind is plagued by the stories I’ve heard of perfectly healthy babies leaving their parents while sleeping.

It’s been paralyzing. I don’t remember being like this with any of my other 3…I can’t pinpoint why it’s so different this time. Regardless, my (false) reality has been that the ONLY way I can keep Ruby safe is to sleep next to her, watching her virtually all night long to make sure she is breathing.

Maybe it has something to do with the fact that she is my last, and I’m terrified of the possibilities. I do know that no matter what happens in life, good and/or bad, it is all for a reason…sometimes for a reason that we don’t understand until later. But even knowing this hasn’t helped me.

Thank goodness for friends…

A couple of weeks ago, a phone conversation held in the middle of my local Target had started with talk around some business tasks that needed to be done. Somehow, 30 minutes later, I was a blubbering mess, crying about my fears of losing Ruby, like I lost my dad. My poor friend (who’s been through quite a bit in his own life) was stuck to pick up the pieces and try to make me feel good.

Luckily, this friend of ours is pretty darn amazing. As always, he knew exactly what I needed to hear and helped me recognize the unnecessary damage I was doing to myself by letting these fears overcome me. I am letting this FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real) dictate my reality. It is robbing me of my health and the sleep I need, and ultimately, it’s robbing me and my kids of the happiness we should be experiencing.

In addition to his incredible coaching, he knew I needed a more tangible form of comfort too, and he had just the thing:  The AngelCare Monitor he used for his last baby.

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This thing, I’ll tell ya, is amazeballs. It lies beneath Ruby’s mattress and somehow senses her breathing!!!! After 10 seconds of sensing no breathing, all monitors around our home beep. After 5 more seconds of no breathing, the monitors beep loudly and repetitively, until either baby starts breathing again, or until I come in and turn it off.


This, my friends, is a must for all moms and dads who worry even a little bit about their babies sleeping. It is an Angel for my little Angel.

It’s been 2 weeks now. Ruby is sleeping in her own bed, and she is safe . We have had a couple of nights where the monitor has beeped. When we walked in she seemed to be holding her breath in a deep sleep (don’t worry – I woke her up as fast as I possibly could!!). While I’m sure both times she would have started the breathing again on her own, I can never be too sure. I’m happier being safer, rather than risking being sorry….

Moms and Dads, lacking sleep? Get one of these and you will NOT regret it!!!

Heidi :)

There are several variations! Single monitor, video monitor, even multiple listening stations! Check them out!


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In Touch Weekly: What a Week!

POSTED ON December 9, 2013

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Originally published in In Touch Magazine December 09, 2013.In Touch Magazine: What a Week

Category: in the press / magazines

People Magazine: Passages

POSTED ON December 2, 2013

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CP & HP - People Magazine - 12.2.13

Day 21: Today (and Everyday) I am Thankful for This Little Sleeping Beauty

POSTED ON November 27, 2013

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Ruby Lane Powell

Day 21. Today (and everyday) I am thankful for this little sleeping beauty. I swear, her sweet little spirit was meant to be a part of our family at this time. The Man upstairs must have known that life was going to be crazy for the Powell Pack when she made it into this world. He must’ve taught her to be patient, sweet, mellow, mild-mannered, and cuddly (which Mom needs :)). She is all of these things and so, so much more. I love our Ruby Lane :) .

Category: blog / family

Day 18: I’m Thankful for Love in My Arms Again

POSTED ON November 22, 2013

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Day 18-Baby Back

So happy to have this little baby back in my arms again. Day 18 – I am grateful.

Category: blog / family

Guessing Game Winner!

POSTED ON November 21, 2013

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Ruby Lane Powell has arrived, and we are over the moon for this little ray of sunshine ☺.

Many of you are asking if we have a winner for the guessing game of Ruby’s arrival date and time, and I am here to tell you…YES! We do☺.

The winner of the $500 Reebok gift card (who I may add, guessed the exact time AND date within the first 10 minutes of the Guessing Game beginning) is…

Molly Brauer




Category: blog / giveaways / living

Day 11-15: Thankful for Magic Hands…and for Little Miss Ruby :)

POSTED ON November 20, 2013

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This post was created about 30 minutes before my water broke at home last Saturday morning :). Because a trip to the hospital was in order, it was clearly never posted. But I really do think this may have done the trick! It’s funny to read this post, knowing so much was just on the cusp of happening…and at the time I had no idea.

Blog post, typed just hours before Ruby was born, below. 

PS – I am counting this as Days 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 that I missed during labor and recovery. Little Miss Ruby has given me so much to be thankful for in this Month of Thanks, I believe this is warranted :).

pregnancy-massage-istkI don’t get them often, but when I do get a massage, I sure do appreciate it :).

Yesterday’s was amazing.

Once I realized that no amount of physical activity, hiking, jumping, or sex (sorry if TMI, but many of you suggested it!) could put me into labor, I decided to take a shot in the other direction with some much-needed “rest and relaxtion”. “Maybe THIS will do it for me,” I thought.

I called our amazing massage therapist and she made it to our home within 3 hours to do the job :). It. Was. The. Most. Amazing. Massage. Ever. Maybe because my body has been in need for so long, or maybe because I was so tired…or maybe because Jenn has magic hands! I don’t know, but I will tell you this…I am SO thankful for yesterday’s massage.

Let’s hope the R&R did the trick! The clock is ticking…no baby yet…

Category: blog / living

People.com: Chris and Heidi Powell Welcome Daughter Ruby Lane

POSTED ON November 19, 2013

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Originally published on celebritybabies.people.com.

Chris Powell has never been so thankful for a six pack.

The Extreme Weight Loss trainer, 35, and his wife Heidi, 31, welcomed a daughter on Saturday, Nov. 16, their rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

Born at 8:20 a.m., Ruby Lane Powell arrived weighing 6 lbs., 15 oz. and measuring 20 inches.

“We are so incredibly grateful for such a beautiful and healthy little addition to our family. The six pack is now complete,” the couple tells PEOPLE.

Chris and Heidi Powell with new baby Ruby Lane

Baby girl joins 2-year-old Cash, who is “so eh-sited (excited)” about being a big brother, and Marley, 6, and Matix, 8, Heidi’s children from a previous relationship.

Chris, who is also the author of Choose to Lose and Choose More, Lose More for Life, and Heidi announced the pregnancy in June.

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WonderWall.msn.com: Extreme Weight Loss Trainer Welcomes Baby


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Originally published on WonderWall.msn.com.

“Extreme Weight Loss” trainer Chris Powell and his wife Heidi welcomed a baby girl on Tuesday, People reports.
“We are so incredibly grateful for such a beautiful and healthy little addition to our family,” the couple told the news source. “The six pack is now complete.”
The new addition, named Ruby Lane Powell, arrived weighing 6 lbs., 15 oz. and joins siblings Cash, 2, Marley, 6, and Matix, 8.

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