Why I’m not going to the ABC Kids Expo in Louisville next week

I should be packing right now. My red patent Dansko clogs, a box of business cards, casual pants and tops and maybe a going out outfit.

I should be headed to Kentucky for the ABC Kids Expo, the ultimate juvenile products trade show that I haven’t missed since I started blogging. I’m a little bummed. I love connecting with my favorite brands, public relatons contacts and fellow bloggers.

But, it’s with good reason.

See, I’m expecting my 3rd child in March. Whoa right? A total surprise. And since I’m nearly 18 weeks along, and getting to Louisville from Seattle is more than a pain in the you know what, I’m skipping out. If you remember, my daughter Quincy came 8 weeks early, so I imagine my OB would have probably nixed the idea of me going anyway.

So I’m sitting at home, responding to well over 100 emails to my favorite companies and new ones too about why they won’t see me in Louisville. And yeah, I’m bummed. I love seeing all the new products out there – so much cool stuff is coming out this year!

If you’re a brand and reading this – drop me a line and we’ll connect. And next year? I’ll see you in Vegas. With 3.0 in tow.

3.0 Due March 2013

About Kerri Jablonski

Kerri Jablonski AKA The Maven lives in Seattle,WA with her 3 kids (2008, 2010, 2013), husband, cats and backyard chickens. Two of her children have special needs. Kerri enjoys cooking, travel, movies and spending time with her family.


  1. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I am sorry you have to miss out on the ABC Kids Expo, but you are right, it IS for a good reason!

  2. eeeekkkkk!!! How exciting! So happy for you and your family!

  3. Congrats! Can’t wait for 3.0!

  4. Congrats!!! You’re a great secret keeper! 🙂

  5. Awe, congrats! That’s such a pretty pic. I don’t have kids, so I can’t even imagine what it must feel like to be able to see your baby in your tummy :). And don’t feel sad that you’re not going to this event, it’s for a great reason ;).

    Have a great weekend!


  6. Aww, congratulations! If ever there was a reason to miss the Super Bowl of baby brand events, pregnancy is it. I hope you get to enjoy a well-deserved, flight-free rest 😀

  7. Congratulations! Babies are such blessings!

  8. chelesa sims says:

    congrats on the baby! Sorry you can go to the ABC Kids Expo but you are having some much more wonderful and priceless.

  9. Eliza Thornton says:

    I’m having to miss out too. 🙁 this year would have been my first time. My doctor suggested I not travel for the safety of my baby. My blood pressure was borderline high at my 5wk and 10wk appointments. Since he wasn’t going to see my again until after the expo he said its just best to stay close to home to play it safe.
    The amount of emails I have to respond to is overwhelming.
    As my day starts out with a massive headache today I’m actually a little glad I’m nit at the expo.

    • Oh Eliza, I’m sorry HBP is rearing it’s ugly head so early. I’ve had a history of problems too. Feel free to email me. Take it easy! The brands will be there for us next year!

  10. Congratulations!!!! Woohoo. This is so very exciting. Another little miracle is one GREAT reason to not be attending ABC this year. I wish you a healthy and “comfortable” pregnancy 😉

  11. Jennifer Johansen says:

    Congratulations! I don’t know how you’ll do it, though, keeping up a blog and a business, and travelling with babies. Sometimes I have trouble just taking a shower without getting screamed at by my progeny. Even as I sit here, trying to think of something intelligent to say, I’d got a toddler sitting on top of my head, pulling my hair out. So, again, congratulations, and GOOD LUCK. 😉

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