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Tales From the Nursery: The Toddler Years

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The Best Part About Baby Showers

This is a sponsored story. The best part about baby showers is celebrating a baby.  Forget the gifts and sweets for a moment.  After trying to conceive for three years, having a baby shower for


Growing Up Through Infertility and Loss

 I asked Maria if she would share a story with you for Fertility Awareness Month. The Reality I grew up knowing that I would have problems conceiving a baby, because I have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).


An Amazing Twin Birth Story – Part 2

This twin birth story continues from last week, where we learned about Erin’s first born’s natural birth and her twin pregnancy.  The induction discussion I was so big at this point (measuring 46 weeks at 37


An Amazing Twin Birth Story – Part 1

This twin birth story comes from one of our readers, Erin B., a mother of 4.  She was always so encouraging when I posted about my pregnancy on our Facebook page, especially when I


Blessed by Safe Natural Birth

In some parts of the world, childbirth is still a scary process and baby’s birth day may also be their only day on this Earth.  In a world where there are still dangerous places


Pregnancy Journal: Due Date Edition

Today I am officially 40 weeks preggers. It is baby boy’s due date…a date I didn’t think I’d reach with him still inside. Only like 3-5% of babies are born ON their


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Pregnancy Journal: 39 Weeks and STILL Pregnant

When one of my pregnancy apps congratulated me on reaching my 39th week of pregnancy on Thursday, I was surprised.  When I opened it up to read about “this week in pregnancy” and it


Is Rissa Ready for a New Sibling? [Video]

Later I’ll share more about how we helped prepare our toddler for a new sibling, but right now I want to focus on her thoughts as we get closer to the arrival of the


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My Hospital Bag is Packed!

After enough hemming and hawing and slacking off, I finally finished packing my hospital bag last week.  I had it mostly packed for about a week prior, but put the last few items in


Pregnancy Journal: 38 Weeks and waiting…

It’s time for the waiting game now that I’m 38 weeks and 2 days along.  Baby boy was considered at full term last week, but now we are getting into the normal birth range..


Pregnancy Journal: 37 Weeks, A Birth Plan, and a Doula, Oh My!

Wow, here we are at 37 weeks. We are nearing the end of my pregnancy, my friends. At this point baby could literally come at any time. Never know what pregnancy


A Letter to Baby #2

Dear Baby Z, I’m sorry we haven’t gotten much time to just sit and chat.  It was something I was able to do with your sister each day as I drove to work, but you


Get More Comfy With the Utterly Yours Pregnancy Pillow

If there’s one thing pregnancy can guarantee it’s a change in your sleep. Before having my daughter, I was a stomach sleeper. Occasionally I’d be on my side, but never my back.


Pregnancy Journal: 36 Weeks and Starting to Make Progress!

At the end I’m finally getting a D belly! I’ve always wanted that basketball look. And wow I barely fit against that chunk of wall anymore LOL! Things are moving and shaking as we


What Would You Do If Your Baby Was Breech?

I’m not sure what I’d do if my baby was breech.  It’s actually something I was concerned about during this pregnancy.  Baby boy was still sitting in my pelvis (and on my bladder) as


Pregnancy Journal: 35 Weeks… It’s Really Happening!

This is me yesterday morning before heading to Chicago for Bloggy Boot Camp. I may feel limited in some of my activities at this point in my pregnancy but I am determined to


Pregnancy Journal: Week 34 and the Doula Decision

While I sometimes forget just how pregnant I am, my body keeps reminding me. It’s tough to go up and down stairs and is very uncomfortable to carry Rissa. It even hurts


Pregnancy Journal: 33 Weeks & Why Nonstress Tests are Stressful

This week I started my nonstress tests (NSTs). I’ll be having them twice a week until baby boy gets here. It’s part of being considered a high risk pregnancy. NSTs are


Pregnancy Journal: 32 Weeks!

As we get into the final weeks, I get poked and prodded even more due to being “high risk” thanks to my gestational diabetes. Even my daughter wants to check on the baby! I


Fear and Loss in Pregnancy Dreams

Last night I did a rare thing for me since having my daughter – I slept the whole night through. With the blog, I often have to stay up late to write well