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#1 Tip to Avoid Sleeping on Your Back When Pregnant

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You’re supposed to avoid sleeping on your back when you’re pregnant…here’s how to achieve that!

I always struggled with sleep when I was pregnant. I’m normally a stomach sleeper. Can’t do that, but can’t sleep on your back either!

According to the medical professionals at Parents, “when you lie belly-up, the weight of your uterus can compress a major blood vessel, called the vena cava, disrupting blood flow to your baby and leaving you nauseated, dizzy, and short of breath.” Read More »

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Baby Registry Essentials

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Find out what you NEED and what you definitely DON’T NEED when making your baby registry!

Baby Registry Essentails
Over the years I’ve had many a friend and relative ask: What do I put on my baby registry?!

I finally decided to put it in a helpful post for you to use, Pin, and share with your friends. You can even print it out! (Printable version at the bottom of this post.)

What’s great about this list is that it doubles as a list of ideas for baby shower or new baby gifts.

Now, I’m not saying that you need EVERYTHING on this list. Much of it depends on what kind of space you have in your home, whether or not you’re breastfeeding (there’s a few nursing accessories on here), and whether or not you want a lot of the baby “stuff.” Some people don’t want a vibrating baby chair. Some swear by it! So peruse through the list at your leisure and decide what among this makes up your essentials list. Read More »

Parenting Pregnancy Problems/Tips

When You’re Going to Have Your Second Child

Second Baby

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Note: I wrote this essay for my sister-in-law’s baby shower, as she prepares to welcome her second child in a few months.

It’s no secret that being a mom is…challenging.

With the birth of your first baby, the world as you know it ends. Your life now revolves around a tiny little creature’s feedings and nap times. You pass out by 8:30 only to be awoken two hours later and then two hours after that. (And repeat.)

You say goodbye to your friends, your social life, and any hope of having a day in which you get showered, dressed, blow-dry your hair, and put makeup on.

There are so many things to learn, so many decisions to make. Do I breastfeed or use formula? Sleep-train or not? Should I let her use a pacifier? Which diapers are the best? Read More »

Parenting Pregnancy Problems/Tips

Hey You in There– Not So Fast!

Jessica Simpson Pregnancy Quote

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Let me start by saying who would’ve thought Jessica Simpson would be able to provide such words of wisdom?? Even though due to the current weather, I’m definitely not sweating. But I also definitely don’t have a glow. Just a fat face.

Anyways, I’m torn. My due date is nine days away.

On one hand, I’m so excited to finally be done being pregnant forever meet my new baby. But on the other hand, I don’t feel quite ready. 

Last night, I definitely thought that I was maybe possibly potentially going into labor. I had crampy sensations for a few hours and that’s always what my contractions have felt like– bad menstrual cramps.

At first I got excited. This is it! The wait is over! Read More »

Parenting Pregnancy Problems/Tips

Pregnancy’s a Bitch (and So Am I)

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Ahh pregnancy. So amazing and wonderful, right? It’s not at all painful and annoying and uncomfortable and drags on for almost an entire year. Let’s commiserate about those dreadful last few weeks of pregnancy…

10 Sucky Things About the Last Few Weeks of Pregnancy

I have written a post about the perks of being pregnant, but now that I’m a bitter, cranky bitch with three weeks to go, I’ll write one about the ten most annoying things about being pregnant.

I’m feeling especially annoyed because the midwife told me yesterday that my due date is February 6. NOT February 4, which I had in my head for some reason.

And before you tell me to be thankful that I am having a healthy pregnancy yada, yada, yada, I get it. I am. This is just me complaining. As usual.

So here’s a list of 10 sucky things about the last few weeks of pregnancy.

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Hospital Bag Checklist

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If you believe what you see on Pinterest, your hospital bag is actually the size of a suitcase and needs to be filled with designer birthing gowns, books and toys for your newborn who can’t even see yet, and a white noise machine.

Don’t get me started on the fact that almost every Pin has a section on what you should be packing for your husband. Can he not handle the simple task of throwing some boxers, a clean outfit, and a toothbrush into his own backpack? I mean, honestly.

Now I’m not saying that if a designer birthing gown showed up on my doorstep, I’d turn it away. I’d pack it in my bag. But it’s not something I would call a hospital bag essential. And that’s what I tried to make this list– just the essentials. 

I polled my Facebook fan page community and got tons of responses when I inquired about hospital bag must-haves. So thank you, ladies, I couldn’t have done this post without you all!

Note: Printable version of the checklist is at the end of the post. Read More »

Me, Myself, & I Parenting Pregnancy Problems/Tips

A Slow Panic

A Slow Panic. It's creeping in as I prepare for Baby #3.

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I have been feeling a slow panic start to creep in as I realize that there are less than five weeks until my son (my third child) will be born.

It’s kind of like when you know a big snowstorm is looming on the horizon, but looking outside it still looks clear. Yet everyone is at the grocery store stocking up on bread, milk, and eggs. (And booze.)

My brain screams competing thoughts like “NOTHING IS READY!” and “Eh, the third one’s not a big deal…you’ll be fine.”

But I’m panicking, nonetheless.

Do we have enough newborn clothing? If so, can we even find it in the attic?  Read More »

Marriage Parenting Pregnancy Problems/Tips Relationships

You Want to Name the Baby What?!

Last night as we were laying in bed, my husband comes out with, “I want to name the baby _____.”

(Insert name that I do not like into that blank.)

Oh really?

So for months he has had nothing to say about the topic of baby names except for “No” and “I don’t like that one” and all of a sudden six weeks before the baby is due, he has a name he’d like to use?! Read More »

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Water Water Everywhere

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It’s December 9th and I’m looking out the window at pouring rain. Can’t we get some snow? Pretty please?

Inside my house is also an exciting scene: half-decorated tree, pumpkins (don’t ask), and a three-year-old in a smock and my shoes.

Speaking of torrential amounts of liquid, yesterday I started a challenge to drink a gallon of water each day for 30 days (which I am referring to as “Operation Chug-A-Lug”). 

Day 1 went swimmingly (hehe). Seriously, though, it was not hard at all. 

Frequent trips to the bathroom? Of course. But that was really the only bad part.  Read More »

Parenting Pregnancy Problems/Tips

Bed Rest Sounds Good Right About Now

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I was 31 weeks yesterday, so nine more to go…hurray!

As I was driving to my OB appointment, I was talking to my friend on the phone.

“God, I wish the doctor would put me on bed rest. Just for like a week,” I told her. “I need a break. Bed rest sounds good right about now.”

“Just ask her to!” said my wise friend. “Make something up like your husband doesn’t help out and you’re really tired and stressed.” (HA– as if I would be making that up!) Read More »

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Gotta Love Pregnancy Brain!

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Good morning, everyone! I am still getting rudely awakened in the 5:00 AM hour by my one-year-old, but at least he slept through the night last night…which is more than I can say about Saturday night.

OMG. You think you’re over the waking up in the night era and then BOOM! They throw you right back in. Read More »

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November is Flying By Plus Win “The Andy Cohen Diaries”

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Seriously, where has this month gone?

Less than two weeks until Thanksgiving and I feel like November just started. I still have so much to do to get ready to host Thanksgiving, finish up my Holiday Gift Guides, and just generally get in the holiday spirit.

In other news, today I have that fun sugar test to see if I have gestational diabetes. Remember that one? Where you drink the sugar water and wait an hour while having fasted all morning? Good times! Wish me luck…

Since Andy Cohen’s new book, The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year, was released this week I thought I should have a giveway. So if you want to win one of three copies of The Andy Cohen Diaries, keep reading! Read More »

Food Parenting Pregnancy

Sriracha Turkey Recipe? Anyone? Bueller?

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Since it’s November and the Thanksgiving season, I try to remember to be extra thankful this month.

Today I am thankful for having a completed kitchen and a working sink!

I definitely did my fair share of complaining throughout this kitchen renovation process, but it actually flew by pretty quickly. (I can say that now, because it’s over!) Read More »

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The Guilt-Free Glass of Wine

Guilt Free Glass of Wine

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Ahh. The ever-elusive guilt-free glass of wine. Moms of little ones, you know what I’m talkin’ bout. (Willis.)

Remember when you could have a few glasses of wine at night with no other cares in the world? When will that happen again?!

I’m 25 weeks pregnant right now. I have 15 weeks to go. Read More »

Parenting Pregnancy Problems/Tips

Choosing a Baby Name

Choosing a Baby Name

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I had my girl baby name for awhile before I was even pregnant with my first child. I just knew I wanted it to be Lilly, and Lilly it was.

I also had several favorite boy names (Jack, James, Lucas) when it came time to name my son, but my husband didn’t like any of those. We eventually decided on Nathaniel, with Nate as the nickname.

With our third baby (also a boy) on the way, it’s back to the same old struggle: Read More »

Parenting Pregnancy Problems/Tips

ACK! It’s a Newborn!

Ack! It's a Newborn!

Some people love the newborn stage. I am not one of those people.

Sure, they are cute and tiny and they tend to sleep a lot.

But personally, I’d rather just fast forward to around three months when things have settled down a bit.

I’m only 21 weeks pregnant and already having the typical new mom fears about the hospital stay and the ensuing newborn weeks.

My nervousness starts with anticipation of giving birth. Read More »

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Fall Skin Care Tips


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It’s officially fall! (Even though I’ve been kind of pretending it’s fall since September 1st.)

The weather has shifted, the scent of apple pie and pumpkin lattes is in the air and women are timidly stepping out in their Uggs. Or are Uggs not popular anymore? I’ll have to seek out an answer to that from a more fashionable person than myself.

Make sure your skin care routine is adjusted for this new weather. Check out my Fall Skin Care Tips!

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Melasma: The Mask of Pregnancy


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Two weekends ago, my sister was visiting. I hadn’t seen her in over a month.

As we were catching up, she started staring at me. “What is up with your face?” she asked.

“What do you mean?” I responded. “Oh, you mean the splotches on my forehead? That’s called melasma…the mask of pregnancy. You get it when you’re pregnant. Mine isn’t so bad and it’s only on my forehead a little.” Read More »

Parenting Pregnancy

It’s A…

It's a Boy

I had my twenty-week ultrasound this morning…everything is looking good and it’s a BOY! It was so funny– the technician said a minute into the exam, “I know what it is, I can see right now.”

And my husband interrupted her and goes, “Me too, it’s a girl!”

The technician goes, “Nope, it’s a boy!”

We are feeling so happy and blessed 🙂

Parenting Pregnancy

One Week, One Week, One Week!

Ultrasound Calendar

As I sit here writing this, there is only less than ONE WEEK until I find out the sex of Baby #3.

How do people wait until birth to find out?! I could never. I’m barely able to wait until September 19th at 8:00 A.M. (Yes, I took the first available appointment of the day!)

Confession: on Thursday, I called to try to reschedule my ultrasound to an earlier date. I lied and told the lady that I couldn’t get child care for my son on my original appointment date. Read More »