Tales From the Nursery

Tales From the Nursery: The Toddler Years

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10 Ways to Show Your Partner You Love Them Without Saying a Word

10 Ways to Show Your Partner You Love Them Without Saying a Word “I love you.” It’s a simple phrase that conveys a powerful emotion.  However, if there aren’t actions to back up those words they


13 Reasons Why I Love My Husband

I’m happy to say I’m happily married, even if I don’t get to enjoy Brian the way I did before the kids came. Our lives are more fulfilled, but different. At times


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


39 weeks pregnant

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


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


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


Pregnancy Journal: Halfway There! (20 weeks)

I can’t believe I’m finally 20 weeks.  With my first pregnancy, it felt like it took forever, but then the second half flew by.  I have a feeling it’ll be like that with this


I Have Gestational Diabetes Again

In the near future I will share some helpful information about coping and managing gestational diabetes, but right now I just need to get my thoughts and feelings out. This is where I


Pregnancy Journal: 18 Weeks!

My belly continues to grow and is starting to go out the front a bit more. I’ll still never have a perfectly round basketball belly though! Naughty placentas… So, over a week ago I


Fulfilling Family Wishes

Like many of us, I often wish for material things like more money, a bigger home, a newer car, or a dream vacation. Yet these aren’t my most important wishes. They are things I


Pregnancy Journal: 16 Weeks!

This might sound strange, but I don’t feel very pregnant lately. Sure, I get cravings, I get worn out easier than usual, I feel random movements in my abdomen, and my belly is


Pregnancy Journal: 15 Weeks!

Here we are at week 15! This little one continues to grow. I can tell by how tight my clothes are getting. I’m still fitting into a few non-maternity pairs of shorts


Rissa’s New Book: Don’t Feed the WorryBug!

At the end of last week, Rissa was very excited that a package came just for her. Although when I asked, “what’s inside?” she put her arms up in the air and excitedly


The Big Fat Positive

A year ago today, my life changed forever.  Our life changed forever. My husband and I tried to conceive for three years.  The details of that journey may appear in another post sometime.  Suffice it


Dealing With My Child’s First Public Meltdown

In one word: humiliating! Last week I went on my first “mommy date” at a local coffee shop.  There really isn’t anywhere decent to meet up with kids around here.  (I’ve come up with a business


Scuttle Butt

Rissa nearly gave me a heart attack the other day. I had left her on the floor of the nursery while I quickly grabbed laundry from the dryer.  This had been working out fine for


Unfortunate Circumstances

Some of you may be aware (if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook) that my paternal grandmother passed away yesterday in the wee hours of the morning. I knew her life was coming to


“S” is for Smile

Rissy is 6 weeks old now (as of Sunday) and right on cue… she’s smiling!  Well, REAL smiles.  Social smiles.  The ones that melt your heart and make her smile even bigger in return


Center of Your World

For now, I am the center of your world I provide you with food, comfort, security and warmth You don’t quite understand why, but you know I’m important You love to gaze at my face, listen to


Time Paradox and Nesting

At this point, time feels fast yet slow all at the same time.  I can hardly believe our little one will be here in less than a month.  The weeks seem to go by