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Big Fat Positive is a smart and funny podcast about two best friends who found out they were pregnant at the same time. The show follows the moms-to-be on their journey through pregnancy and into new motherhood, week by week. With weekly check-ins, special guests and segments such as "OMG I’m Freaking Out," hosts Shanna Micko & Laura Birek recount the often hilarious and always honest highs and lows of being a pregnant woman and new mom.
 
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Shanna and Laura answer more listener questions in part two of “Checkin’ the Inbox,” diving into the topics of trying to conceive, sex after kids, handling meltdowns and more! Also, Laura reports on some big verbal- and motor-skill developments in her 10-month-old, and Shanna discusses her three-year-old’s speech and hearing assessments. Finally, t…
 
In the special segment “Checkin’ the Inbox,” Laura and Shanna answer listener questions about everything from babies’ first words to toddler nursing, to handling comparisons to your kids and more! Also, Shanna reports on her daughter’s third birthday celebration, and Laura announces that her two-year-old has transitioned to a toddler bed. Finally, …
 
2021 has come to an end, and Shanna and Laura reflect on the last 12 months. They keep it real as they look back on 2021, from the biggest laughs, to the deepest challenges, to their hopes for the new year, to their favorite podcasts. Also, Laura reports on her 10-month-old’s journey in baby-led weaning, and Shanna talks about how she realized she …
 
In the segment “Mom Confessions,” Laura and Shanna divulge some of their deepest, darkest, most hilarious mom secrets, as they dive into the topics of hiding from toddlers, feeding kids inappropriate things and more! Also, Shanna talks about the death of her family’s dog and how she talked about it with her kids, and Laura reports on the big feelin…
 
Laura reports on her nine-month-old’s strong will and independence, and Shanna discusses some good advice she came across about how to handle her two-year-old’s tantrums. Also, in the special segment “Loose Ends,” Shanna and Laura provide updates on past topics they left hanging, including whether Auggie is still in the “why” phase and if CeCe is s…
 
In the segment “What the Hack?” Shanna and Laura share more of their favorite mom hacks, including a brilliant tip for getting toddlers to thoroughly wash their hands, the best DIY ice pack, tricks for making mealtime easier and more! Also, Shanna talks about her five-year-old getting her first Covid vaccination, and Laura reports on her two-year-o…
 
In the segment “Gripe Water,” Laura and Shanna vent about the ridiculously annoying things they’ve come across lately, including ill-placed ice cream treats and toys, pointless parts of kids’ books and more! Also, Shanna reports on her two-year-old’s upcoming third birthday, and Laura shares an incredible trick that has stopped her two-year-old’s n…
 
In the special segment “Internet Insanity,” Shanna and Laura share some wild and wacky things they’ve found online recently, including rare kids’ snacks, nightmare children’s toys, weird things toddlers love and more! Also, Shanna reports on her two-year-old’s latest sassy catchphrases, and Laura discusses her baby’s newest motor skill development.…
 
Laura applied to be a breast-milk donor for the University of California Health Milk Bank, and her two-year-old has a newfound love for getting his groove on. Shanna tries a new method for getting her kids to cooperate. Also, in the special segment, “Throwback,” Shanna tells the story about the strangest high school job she ever had. Finally they s…
 
Shanna and Laura both end up in urgent care this week, for very different reasons. Also, in the special segment, “Throwback,” Laura tells a story from her childhood about the one and only time she hit her older brother. Finally they share their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Shanna's kids are 2.5 and 5 years old, and Laura’s kids are 2.5 years old and…
 
Laura takes her kids to the happiest place on Earth, and Shanna tries her hand at disciplining her two-year-old. Also, in the special segment “OMG I’m Freaking Out,” they discuss the parenting-related situations that have been keeping them up at night, including collapsing ceilings and Christmas shopping complications. Finally they share their BFPs…
 
Shanna gets an upsetting call from her daughter’s school nurse, and Laura takes a roller coaster of a road trip with her eight-month-old baby. Also, in the special segment “Never Have I Ever: Parenting Edition,” Laura and Shanna reveal embarrassing and shocking situations they’ve never been in before having kids, including acting quickly in the fac…
 
Laura’s two-year-old has become obsessed with spooky stuff, and Shanna’s girls are sticking with their true animal essence with their Halloween costumes. Also, in the special segment “They Said What?!,” Laura’s son is adamant that something disturbing will happen on Halloween, and Shanna’s awkwardness at the beach with her kids does not go unnotice…
 
In the special segment “What I Googled This Week,” Shanna and Laura admit the unusual and/or embarrassing questions they’ve asked the internet recently, including the topics of family genetics and toddler visual disturbance. Also, Shanna tackles her toddler’s early-morning wakings, and Laura celebrates her baby’s new and under-appreciated milestone…
 
Laura’s two-year-old has entered the “why” phase, so she is faced with answering the whats, wheres and whys of everything, and Shanna deals with her two-year-old’s continual nap rejection. Also, in the special segment “Stump the Moms,” Shanna and Laura grill each other with exciting trivia questions about childhood games, unusual pregnancy symptoms…
 
In the special segment “Mom Wins!” Laura talks about the miraculous new bedtime technique that has worked wonders with her two-year-old, and Shanna recounts her desperate attempt to remove permanent marker from her child’s face before school. Also, Shanna talks about her two-year-old’s clinginess, and Laura wonders if her baby said his first word a…
 
In Part 2 of “Checkin’ the Inbox,” Shanna and Laura answer more listener questions about everything from our favorite books, to miscarriage, to breastfeeding toddlers and more! Also, Laura talks about her two-year-old’s new anxieties about preschool and gives an update about her baby’s plagiocephaly, and Shanna reports on her daughters’ first illne…
 
In the special segment “Checkin’ the Inbox,” Laura and Shanna answer listener questions about everything from postpartum depression, to solid foods, to c-sections and vaginal births and more! Also, Shanna talks about her two-year-old’s transition out of the crib and into a big bed, and Laura discusses the intrusive thoughts that plagued her after h…
 
Shanna and Laura interview pediatrician Dr. Mona Amin from PedsDocTalk about how new parents can reduce their anxiety about topics such as baby weight percentiles, sleep training, reflux and more! Also, Laura reports on her two-year-old’s first day of preschool, and Shanna talks about her five-year-old’s first day of kindergarten. Finally, they sha…
 
Laura talks about her attempt at sleep training her six-month-old baby and reports on the process of weaning him from nighttime feedings, and Shanna discusses her two-year-old’s new fickle phase. Also, in the segment “Today I Learned,” Shanna and Laura dive into the fascinating topics of sperm kings, morbid poison, the Virgin Mary and hydrotherapy.…
 
In the segment “Mom Confessions,” Laura and Shanna divulge some of their deepest, darkest, most hilarious mom secrets, as they dive into the topics of impulse purchases, pissing off two-year-olds, staying up too late and more! Also, Laura talks about the situation that led to her bed sharing with her baby, and Shanna discusses putting her sleep anx…
 
In this must-listen episode, Laura and Shanna provide big updates about how the surge of the Delta variant is affecting their lives, what they have decided about sending their kids to school during the pandemic and how “the sniffles” means so much more than it ever did before. Also, they interview Dr. Mona Amin from PedsDocTalk about the importance…
 
Shanna gets an IUD inserted and unexpectedly gives her kids a lesson about menstruation, and Laura throws in the towel on her toddler’s nap time and goes with a different strategy. Also, in the segment “Loose Ends,” Laura and Shanna provide updates on past topics they left hanging, including whether Laura’s son is still pursuing a modeling career a…
 
In the segment “What the Hack?” Laura and Shanna share their favorite mom hacks, including several need-to-know breastfeeding tips, a super trick to get toddlers to cooperate while washing their hands and more! Also, Laura reports on her baby’s first week in his plagiocephaly helmet, and Shanna talks about her toddler’s appetite slump. Finally, the…
 
Shanna reveals an epiphany she had during her daughter’s MyGym class, and Laura talks about her 5-month-old’s new obsession with an unexpected item. Also, in the special segment “Gripe Water,” they dive into the topics of kids' clothes, going down internet rabbit holes, farm animals and more. Finally, they share their BFPs and BFNs for the week. Sh…
 
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