APW Happy Hour

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HEY APW,

Maddie here, writing to you from the last few weeks of pregnancy (insert happy/scared/omg emoji here). I haven’t written much about the being pregnant on APW. I wish I had lots to say on the subject, but it’s been primarily a physical experience for me. Lots of nausea, falling asleep at 8 p.m., trying to figure out what foods won’t give me insta-heartburn, working on the perfect position to spoon my overpriced but totally worth it pregnancy body pillow.

But I will say, one unexpected upside is that pregnancy has given me a level of chill I don’t normally possess. All those people-pleasing tendencies and discomfort at being the focus of anyone’s goodwill? Gone. And since I haven’t had the energy to get in my own way lately, it’s made space for a lot of love and generosity to come my way. Case in point: last weekend, the APW team threw me a baby shower. And y’all? It was the most Maddie party I’ve ever been to. Meg’s son (aka my godson) dictated many of the details, so highlights included a onesie bedazzling station and party food from McDonalds. I was in heaven. I’m hoping the zen carries over into parenting, because I could get used to this new me.

In totally unrelated news, you may have noticed some new ads on APW this last week or so. We’re testing out a new ad delivery system, which means that things are going to be changing in real time over the next few weeks as we figure out what works best. It’s very much a living breathing thing right now and hasn’t been finalized yet, so thank you for your patience while we’re sorting it all out.

In the meantime, I really appreciate the feedback we’ve received from you guys so far. Y’all are always so nice when giving us bad news. We’re taking all of it into consideration as we work on the final ad configuration. If you do see anything you want to bring to our attention (especially any ads that seem against the ethos of APW), the best way to do it is to email team (at) apracticalwedding (dot) com. If you can, please include a screenshot illustrating the issue so we can forward it to the ad folks.

And with that, it’s your happy hour so get to it!

XO,

MADDIE

P.S. If you’re in the Bay Area, there’s still time to get in on the Phenomenal Woman campaign event happening at the APW offices on Saturday and Sunday. Head here to get more info and sign up!

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