Things that surprised me about pregnancy #2

-How quickly things happen! It seemed like the day after my positive pregnancy test, my belly sprouted overnight and the weight gain avalanched on. It felt like things started to physically appear before I could really get used to the fact that I was indeed pregnant. There are also some pros to this, including the […]

Party of 4

Hi friends! Hope your day is going well. Thank you so much to all of you who have checked in with us, sent heartfelt wishes, and congratulations over the past couple of weeks. I’m so thankful to you all, and thank you for hanging in there as we got settled back from the hospital and […]

Penelope’s Birth Story- Part 2

Part 1 of the birth story is here. P’s little heart, which had remained strong and steady, had started to slightly dip with each contraction. Thankfully, the midwife and nurses were on top of it, and brought me an oxygen mask. It helped to elevate her heart rate, and they tilted my hips to the […]

Penelope’s Birth Story – part 1

Alternate titles: “Dates did me wrong.” So very wrong. And “I cook big babies.” When I’m asked about Penelope’s birth story, everyone seems to be curious if it went “how I wanted it to go.” I know what they mean. I was definitely hoping for an unmedicated birth, since I’d already done it with Liv […]

40+ weeks and all the old wives’ tales

Hi friends! We’re still here, haha.  Since I wasn’t sure how far the midwives would let me go before induction – the doctor who analyzed my ultrasounds for the VSD and baby’s size put in a recommendation for 39 weeks, which I declined- I’ve been trying out the old wives’ tales to encourage labor, including […]

{Family} How workouts have changed: end of third trimester

We’re down to the last haul. I think? I hope. It’s definitely hit the point where I’m convinced I’m going to be pregnant forever. Thank you again for all of your wonderful comments on my last post. I really appreciate all of the kind words, sweet emails, virtual hugs and support. <3 It also made […]

Family: Weeks 37-39… and into Week 40

and feeling… nervous/ready/excited/let’s do this.  Random thoughts/things that I’ve noticed: -The funk that I was in from weeks 37-38. A lot of things compounded, and I wasn’t feeling like myself at all. After 4 days of constant on and off crying, I gave the midwives a call. I talked to the midwives, Tom, and my […]

Family: Nursery Peek

Hi friends! I’m kind of in shock that we’ll likely be meeting our newest member of the family THIS WEEK. It feels like all of the holidays rolled in one; such a magical surprise, and we’ve been waiting in anticipation. We’ve been getting things ready around the house for a while now, packing hospital bags, […]

Family: Core training during pregnancy

aka tips as you work your way to a reverse six-pack 😉 Core training during pregnancy was something that I was totally clueless about when I became pregnant with Liv. I did as much research as possible, and at the time, was teaching in Tucson at a health/fitness resort (so I had a lot of […]

advice for the newborn days + a preschooler

This is one of those times when I’m asking for your invaluable words of wisdom. <3 Right before we had Liv, many of you shared the most awesome advice for the newborn days. (I loved re-reading this post! SO many awesome comments and tips.) Some of my favorites from the list: 1) Sleep when the baby […]

Third Trimester Faves

Hi friends! Here we are at the end of the third trimester, and I feel like I’m waiting for a giant pot of water to boil. Every night when I get Braxton Hicks, I’m like, “IS THIS IT?!” and alas, it is not. Such a tease. No idea when the party will be starting, but […]

Family: Weeks 35-37

A little trip down belly memory lane: 8 weeks (when I thought I was totally showing already) 17 weeks: and now, 37 weeks and feeling…. Ready! Even though I think I still have at least another 1 1/2 to 2 weeks left.  Random thoughts/things that I’ve noticed: -I’ve been having Braxton Hicks contractions almost every night […]

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