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 Rissa meant so much to me. It meant she was finally coming to join us. Then it
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). I grew up knowing that I had to find a special person to accept that fact
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 weeks) that Baby A’s head was in front of my cervix instead of over it and
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 was considering a doula. After she shared her story with me, I thought the rest of you would
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 to give birth, I’m thankful for having safe deliveries of my own. No matter how frustrated I become
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 due dates, but I seriously thought I’d be home with him by now! This belly is heavy. This is the
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 said You are probably feeling eager, anxious and restless I was like… um YES! HOW DID YOU KNOW?
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 new baby. Overall, Rissa has seemed open to the idea of a new baby. She loves babies (especially
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 at the end of last week. I thought I might go into labor by now, so I felt
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.. and closer to the timing if when I had Rissa (in terms of gestational age). He can really
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 journal will be my last! We just got a DSLR camera so you’ll start to see better quality pics around here.
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 and I haven’t had much alone time. It almost seems unfair that you’ll never get the experience
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. Once she was conceived though it was too uncomfortable to sleep on my tummy. Between sore breasts and a growing
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 approach the due date. I certainly can’t sit or lay down very easily without wondering if I’ll be
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 we entered the third trimester. Around 30 weeks or so he had not turned yet and I was
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 work up until I give birth just like I did with my daughter. Of course, my work now is
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 to try and tighten her car seat straps. Too much pressure, pulling and straining! I mean, I know my baby
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 a mixed bag though. All strapped in and ready to go! When I was pregnant with Rissa, the first couple NSTs
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 can’t count on her stethoscope though unless I want to believe we really are hearing frogs in there.
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 after Rissa has gone to sleep so that I can spend time with her during the day. In some