Mom. Mommy. Mother.
There is no greater joy — or responsibility — than being a mother.
So in my opinion everyone who entered momaha’s “Mom-To-Be” contest is most-deserving.
Unfortunately, contests don’t work that way. Sigh. I was charged with an extremely difficult task: selecting three finalists.
When the applicant stories filtered in, I was impressed with all the different kinds of moms (and soon-to-be moms) nominated. Every message had a unique take and heart-warming anecdote.
I read the entries, printed and re-read them. I highlighted characteristics and little nuggets that made me smile, laugh or cry. I narrowed the list down to three mothers. Three extremely devoted moms.
Now it’s up to you — momaha readers — to decide who will be named the “Most Deserving Mom-To-Be” at the Baby Love Essentials Omaha Baby Fair on Sunday, Sept. 15 at the Ramada Convention Center, near 72nd and Grover.
Winners must be at the 1 p.m. presentation.
Read and vote below.
Votes will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. Sept. 13.
I encourage you to share this post. Happy Voting!
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Jacob Sendgraff nominated his girlfriend Nickolette Koschak. Here’s what he had to say:
I am sure all the moms that are entered into this contest are deserving moms-to-be, but Nikki is the most deserving. Nikki already has two amazing boys with a third boy on the way in late October or early November.
If she could make the time of a day longer than 24 hours she would so she could spend more time with the boys.
What does “most deserving” entail?
From changing dirty diapers to waking up in the middle of the night when one of our boys is sick, Nikki does it all. She is definitely their “favorite” parent.
Nikki is a special mom that loves to enrich our kids’ lives with education and fun. Every day is a new adventure, whether it be going to the zoo and learning the animals or staying at home and learning colors.
The day starts off with our son Justin waking us up by saying, “The sun is awake for you momma!” He won’t stop until Nikki gets up to make him breakfast and give him a ton of kisses.
She is not the most privileged financially, but she does what she can to spoil our children to the extreme. When she is not working, you can definitely bet that she is with Justin and Jackson every waking second. Her idea of an exciting night out is to go to dinner with our children or going to a park somewhere to play.
Nikki is the most deserving mom-to-be and our new baby is lucky to have her as his mother.
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I know my story is not extraordinary and there are a million others like it that suffer in silence. I know many couples have, are, and will suffer from infertility. The problem is as a little girl you don’t think about things like not becoming a mother. Instead you get the birds and bees talk while dreaming of your knight in shining armor and read magical stories of two people falling in love. Not once is infertility mentioned in what we all presume is rainbows and butterflies.
For more than two years my husband and I have been trying to conceive. For awhile I have been angry, hurt, confused, and even jealous at times. I know that’s not who I am and have learned that infertility does not discriminate and will change anyone. I eventually accepted the reality that with Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) I would have to end up on medication.
With all the hype today of doing things the “natural” way it made me feel less of a woman and guilty to the extent that I shouldn’t be a mother. Infertility has tested me as a person and even has tested my marriage at times.
After an ectopic pregnancy in March of 2012 and switching doctors for a third time I am finally going to know what it will be like to be a mother coming February 2014. After seeing the heartbeat and our little peanut on the ultrasound screen it has all been worth it.
Infertility has not been all rainbow and butterflies but my story has a magical ending in which will start a new chapter in becoming a mother.
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I’m a proud mother of two toddler girls — Angel, 2, and Laura, 3 — an 11-year-old stepson, Michael, and expecting my first son Christian on Nov. 11.
I work part time at Hobby Lobby. I co-own a local concert promotion company with my husband of almost five years. I’m a stay-at-home mom, who serves as chair for Sarpy County Home Base Head Start and Policy Council Member for Sarpy County Head Start. I run my own small business where I sell a wide variety of custom made crocheted hats.
I help run and organize events for my girls’ school programs, take my 3-year-old to speech therapy twice a week for a speech delay and have class time once a week with my 2-year-old Angel who also has a speech pathologist home visit once a month. I’m also a licensed cosmetologist, and I do all of this while keeping up a great relationship with my super supportive husband David.
Winning the gift package would be the best gift I could ever receive — except of course for the births of my amazing children. The grand prize would also financially help me out tremendously as my husband will soon be taking a second job to help support us while I’m on maternity leave.
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