Meet Bert, First Time Mom’s Creatorbert

Hi!  My name is Elizabeth but my family calls me “Beth” and my friends and hubby call me “Bert.” Bert?  Yes, Bert as in Bert and Ernie and no, I don’t know where Ernie is.  I’ve had the nickname Bert since I was 10 years old and was going through an initials-as-a-name-are-cool phase (Thank you DJ from Full House!).  I chose the initials B.J. because my mom told me I couldn’t use B.M.  Anyways, after declaring to the world that my new name was B.J., my assistant swim coach thought it was inappropriate (yes, I thank him to this day) and coined the nickname Bert.

I have been married since July of 2005 to my college sweetheart and complete opposite, Ben. Definitely the other and better half of me.  Ben’s a numbers, details and logistics guy – I am not any of those things.  You can bet that anything I’ve posted on this site as recommended has been thoroughly researched and number crunched by my brilliant half.  We often laugh at the mere fact that we’re together and see that as proof that God is active and working in our lives.  We have one six year old son whom I call “The Boy”, and a four year old little lady I call “Pippy”, and the one year old baby girl whom I call “Missy LooHoo” or “Missy.”  We also have a beagle named Chula. She’s the first being we ever raised as we got her a month after getting married.  Not good for our love life but an excellent lesson in teamwork and how to train and discipline.

I’m completely in love with the Lord and am fascinated by how His Word all fits together into this neat little puzzle.  You don’t see it at first but it’s there and that’s amazing to me.  I grew up as a Military Brat and for that I’m proud.  It was not difficult, it’s the only life I’ve ever known – moving every two to three years – and because of the constant change in my childhood I now go a little stir crazy being in the same place.   I have lived in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota now longer than I have any other place in my life.  I’d love to move though. I’m ready for some change.  Alas, my dear opposite has never left the state…I really feel that even though I have three children, I will always be a first time mom – “FTM.”  I like to say that whether you have one child or 20, there is always a first time for everything!

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 Meet Laura

First Time MomHi, I’m Laura, Bert’s little sister. I married my college sweetheart and we have a busy toddler boy and a baby girl. I’m a lifelong lover of music, bassoonist, and music educator. Before becoming a stay at home mom, I taught elementary music and band in the Boston area. Now I have a classroom of two and love using music to nurture, entertain, and teach my son and daughter. While I’ve always been health conscious, becoming a mother has made me more aware of what my family consumes and how we take care of ourselves. Bert introduced me to cloth diapers. We’ve used them on my little guy since day one and I love it! Bert also ushered me into the wonderful world of blogging. In addition to contributing to First Time Mom I am also the social media coordinator for the cloth diaper company, Thirsties. I’m so grateful to navigate the waters of motherhood here on First Time Mom.

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Meet Lindsay, First Time Mom Photographer

Hi, I’m Lindsay.  I have two amazing daughters, ages 5 and 6, and one spunky little boy, age 2.  I am married to my wonderful husband who is creative and compassionate, and also a lover of hockey.  My family lives in Delano.  I am the owner of L.O.v.B. Photography, specializing in family lifestyle photography.

Simply put, I adore motherhood.  My favorite time with my family is the summer months.  My kids spend their days digging up carrots, building fairy gardens and selling lemonade on the corner.  They are usually sticky and running around barefoot… but they are happy and sweet and I adore each of them so.

Life is full of such precious fleeting moments.  I have a heart and passion for capturing this beautiful life, in all it’s sticky and dirt-filled glory.  Children bring out these joys and make the magic of this life easy to see.  As adults, we have to choose to notice it-  to honor it, and to remember to take a picture.

 Want to contact Lindsay? Send her an email or visit her website.


Megan ZarsMeet Megan, First Time Mom Contributor

Hey! I’m Megan and I’ve been married since February 2014 to my incredibly creative hubby, Jacob.  We are the parents to two sweet boys, born just 18 months apart. They definitely keep us busy! I work professionally in Marketing for a local nonprofit, teach dance during the school year and run a online health business from home. Our family is passionate about living healthy: We eat a plant-based diet (and grow most of our food in the summer months), stay physically active and try our very best to make earth conscious decisions when it comes to everything else; yup, we cloth diaper, too! 

Since becoming a mom, it’s been a constant adventure (that I LOVE) and wouldn’t trade it for anything! I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to contribute to First Time Mom and hope to share many stories to come! 























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