Preparing for the Big Move

Moving to a new home is never a picnic. And let me tell you, moving while pregnant is even worse. We moved when I was seven months pregnant with Sweet Girl, luckily just about a mile away. I hated being relegated to director, because I have always been one of the heavy lifters. And this …

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Packing the Hospital Bags for Labor & Delivery – Baby’s Hospital Bag

When you reach the end of your pregnancy, one of the things you are probably thinking about, if you're planning to give birth outside the home (hospital or birthing center), is what do I pack? There are lists everywhere that will give you extensive lists of the things you will "need", the things you will …

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Elimination Communication for the WIN!

What's better than being pregnant again, expecting another bundle of joy? Knowing that I won't have to deal with two babies in diapers. Whew! I know a lot of parents don't have this issue, waiting 3+ years before trying for baby number two, or whatever number you're on. But we will have two under two …

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Ups and Downs of Life & Pregnancy

I can't believe how long it's been since I last posted. This pregnancy has been so completely different from my first and has certainly been keeping me on my toes. Add to that our current financial/job/living situation and I'm holding on by... well, not much. BJ was laid off at the beginning of the month …

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Your Presence Is Requested

Be present. Sounds easy enough - show up to the place and you are present. But is that enough? Should you then also be present of mind, not just of body? In an age where technology is getting more advanced and we are more reliant on our phones for everything it is easy to get …

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Fostering Independence in Young Children

It can be overwhelming when you find out you're expecting another baby before your first is still kind of a baby. I guess, technically, Sweet Girl is a toddler now - she'll be 2 in August - but I can tell you that if we didn't foster so much independence over the first part of …

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What to Expect When You’re Growing a Person, Part 3

Don't forget to check out Part 1 and Part 2 in the series to read about the more common and, generally, expected symptoms of pregnancy. This post will be looking at two of the, possibly, more serious symptoms women can experience during pregnancy. They could be normal but they could also be a sign of …

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What to Expect When You’re Growing a Person, Part 2

If you missed Part 1 of this series, check it out. In it I go over the most common pregnancy symptoms you may experience, and just how normal they are, no matter how severe you feel they are. I'll just jump right in and go over some other symptoms of pregnancy that are a little …

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What to Expect When You’re Growing a Person, Part 1

Pregnancy is a special time in life. Your body is working overtime, daily, to create a whole new person. And the further along you get, the more you get to really experience that new life - little kicks and rolls, hearing the heartbeat, hiccups, and seeing that squirmy little in your ultrasound. It is also …

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Plan for the Birth you Want, Prepare for the Birth you Don’t

Sound easy? Sound impossible? I promise it's neither. Going into birth, especially the first time, you have no idea what is going to or could happen. There are so many variables, so many possibilities - you just never know where your birth experience might take you, no matter how much you think you are prepared. …

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