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    December 3, 2010 at 2:47 PM


    Thanks for swinging by my blog! I love yours…just wanted to make sure you get my response…I wrote an article about Pregnancy and Weight gain that you might want to check out. 🙂

    “Thank you!!! 🙂 I’ve been working hard at it (and I’ve been lucky not experiencing morning sickness, etc…so working out has still been manageable!). So far, I’ve gained ~22 lbs…depending on the day and the meals I ate the day before, of course!

    I also just wrote an article that you should check out – http://tapmommies.healthtap.com/pregnancy-and-weight-gain-%E2%80%93-part-1/

    Hope that helps! :)”

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    December 11, 2010 at 4:12 PM

    Thank you for checking out my blog! Please do subscribe, I appreciate it!! Looking forward to keeping up with your blog, my husband and I are in the same place!! Starting to TTC in three months!!

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    b. lee
    January 30, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    what a beaut’ couple * cheers to embarking on ur next era as a couple! new follower from …


    excited to peek thru the rest of ur corner 🙂

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      January 30, 2011 at 9:17 AM

      Aw, thank you, B! I’m excited to share my journey with all!

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    March 11, 2011 at 8:47 AM

    I love love LOVE the top photo. All the colors just pop. You two are adorable together.

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    Mrs. Pancakes
    May 16, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    I love the name of you blog and i hope nothing for you and your hubby to make loads of cute and adorable baybes!

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      Elena @ Art of Making a Baby
      May 16, 2011 at 10:36 PM

      Thank you, dear! And congrats on your wedding and your newlywed status. Marriage is awesome! I wish you many years of happiness!

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    September 30, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    Even I heard some stories about you guys before it was really nice to read about you again.


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    October 7, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    Hi Elena, I just found your blog through top baby blogs. I love reading your story…it is so similar to my husband and I. We also spend every waking hour together, and have been together for nine years (married for almost 5 of those years). We had known we wanted children at some point, but were so happy with our lives that we kept waiting. Finally in Oct. of 2009 we started trying (we also wanted an August or a July baby). Little did we know it would take us ALMOST EXACTLY a YEAR to conceive! (We also REALLY wanted a girl and did the Shettles method and Chinese gender chart.) It worked for us too! We got the girl we’d been dreaming of!
    Congratulations to you!!! I had my baby girl in May 2011, just as you were starting your journey!! I look forward to following your blog and seeing how things progress for you.

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      October 8, 2011 at 12:16 PM

      That’s too funny, Rachel! We do have a lot in common!
      Congrats on your baby girl and I’ll be definitely subscribing to your blog!

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    Kat @ Living Like the Kings
    October 12, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    Hi! One of my friends sent me a link to your blog and I must say, I’m already addicted. I’m Russian as well! I moved here when I was 12. We live in CT and had our first baby girl in January 2011! I can’t wait to keep up and meet your little one when she’s born! 😉

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    October 18, 2011 at 2:00 AM

    I’m not sure how I happened upon your blog, but I’m glad I did! You have a cute family and I’m sure you will have the cutest little girl! I have three little girls myself, all under the age of three. Love em!

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    November 3, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    How did you and Andrew meet?

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    November 4, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    You said Andrews family is in Ohio and that you went to a Kent halloween party? Does Andrews family still live there.
    I don’t live too far from Kent that’s why I asked. I knew a lot of people that went to college there too.

    I look forward to the post when you are willing to post such a long story. Those are always fun to hear about.

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      November 4, 2011 at 11:28 AM

      He grew up in Mentor but at this point only his dad is still there. He lived in Akron at some point and went to Kent state and Akron U. His best friend lives in Akron that’s how we ended up at kent parties

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    November 4, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Oh yes…. The Kent parties. I always heard about them but never went. I wasn’t much of a party girl. I was always afraid of getting in trouble. You can trust yourself and be good. But, you can not trust other people. Especially college boys! 🙂

    I don’t blame you guys for living in Florida. If it weren’t for family here I would have moved already. I love my family but can not move away from them. Especially when I have kids. I can only imagine how hard it is to have you mom so far away. I have heard you talk about that. But, I do see that you talk to her all the time so that is just awesome! Gotta love the momma!

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      November 4, 2011 at 9:22 PM

      A doesn’t have a big or close family, and his sisters left Ohio as soon as they turned 18 ( smart girls), so we really didn’t have much family holding us there. I do wish my mom could be here… and theoretically she could, but she thinks it’s too late for her to make such a big move 🙁 We do talk daily on skype which helps.

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    November 7, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    TOOO LATE? It’s never too late. Will this be her first grandchild? If it is….. I’m sure it will only be time before she moves here!

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    Julie Schelling
    January 5, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Hello Elena,

    I really like your blog!

    We just launched our new photo cards and I think they may be a good fit for your subscribers.
    Can you please email me rates for a small ad?

    I’d also be interested in possibly sponsoring a giveaway.


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    January 17, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Great website! I love your post on organic. We also spent the extra cash on an organic mattress ($400), but I think it is worth it. Plus, Ben sleeps about 13 hours a night on average, so he must be comfortable! I spent less on the crib, and splurged on the mattress.

    Good luck with baby!

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    Evee B
    January 18, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    Hi Elena! Love your blog and reading about your pregnancy! I have kind of a photo-related question for you. What kind of camera do you use? I’m new to the photography thing and am looking to buy a DSLR. Wondering if you have any advice for a newbie? 🙂

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      January 20, 2012 at 11:20 PM

      Hi, Evee! I shoot with canon 5d mark II, but I gotta tell you- the quality of your photos have more to do with lenses and your skill than the camera itself. My favorite lenses are canon 50mm 1.8 and Tamron 28-75mm 2.8.
      And then good post processing makes even a bigger difference, so knowing how to use Lightroom or Photoshop is crucial.
      You can visit my photo blog (www.everyavenuelife.com)- there are more tips there on photography.

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    February 7, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    You would not believe .. even before I read that you’re from Russia, and that your name is Elena, I was at 90% confident that you are Russian girl.))
    Maybe because I myself have lived for over 20 years in the former Soviet Union ..
    Our girls can be seen from far away ..!!!
    Sorry for my english, I try to pull up.

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    June 11, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    where did you and your husband meet? You make such a cute couple.

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    July 17, 2012 at 2:40 AM

    Elena, you are awesome! Love your blogs 🙂

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    July 23, 2012 at 2:37 AM

    Hi Elena, in your blogger fan from the Philippines. I super love how you handle motherhood with such grace and happiness and im totally inspired of it. I am also a new mom having 2wks old baby girl.

    Can i follow you on Instagram? i just didn’t know you IG name 🙂

    More power and kisses to Lexi!

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    July 26, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Hi Elena,
    I’ve been enjoying your blog tonight. We just hauled our 3 month old (also named Elena) and 3 year old to Russia to visit family. I guess finding your blog has been the good result of my horrible jet-lag. I look forward to keeping up with your blog!

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    October 4, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    AH! You used to model too! So did I 🙂 Models to Mamas 🙂 I had a hint you did, ever since I started reading your blog I was like “she photographs like a model, and looks like one, hahah) BTW I just read your birth plan which was so great to read and things to think about that I didnt. Thank you for that personal insight!

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    Linda Nguyen Gallucci
    January 16, 2014 at 2:08 AM

    This is my first time stopping by. I really like your blog. No – I LOVE your blog. I love the layout, your writing style, your shared stories, and this blog inspires me to create my own. You are so creative! You and your family are beautiful. I look forward to reading more. Your blog names are so cute too. Hasta luego, chica!

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    July 25, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Hi Elena!
    I love your blog, too. You and Andrew had an amazing story, there is no doubt about your Lexi, she is a truly lucky baby. I’m also very like your header photo with her smile, very lovely!

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    October 15, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Do you think you will have another child?

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