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Great Expectations

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My husband is disappointed in my pregnancy. Okay, not really ... he is actually very supportive, but he did have some expectations about my pregnancy that didn't quite pan out. 1. Ice cream cravings. He was CERTAIN that after I got pregnant, I...
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Awkward

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I’m two-thirds cooked these days.   Two-thirds round and waddling, two-thirds wheezing and pausing, two-thirds rotund and awkward. It really is a monumental occasion reaching this third trimester mark, one I have certainly not passed up celebrating. I may have treated...
In honor of the much-loved - or greatly despised - Valentine's Day, I thought I would share with my fellow moms the joys of how marital love has played out for this pregnant woman. When you're pregnant, often times...

Work those ABs!

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Abs! To do - or not to do - while pregnant? There is a big misconception out there that you shouldn't work your abdominal muscles while pregnant. While it is true that in your second and third trimester you...
I've officially popped this month. It's kind of an inaugural moment, really - the moment when the belly extends beyond the point of "perhaps she enjoyed some extra helpings at her holiday dinners" and into the region of bumping...

Dreams vs Reality

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I rose to a beautiful bouquet of flowers nestled next to my bed, my husband presenting a tray of my favorite organic breakfast foods, my three children as the peaceful audience to this loving tribute. We shared a steamy...

Halfway is Not Nearly Enough

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I delivered our first son on Halloween, the day AFTER his due date. I had been dilated to a 3 for weeks and the doctor was sure that I would deliver a good two weeks early. (Side note: If...

The Longest 27 Days

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when i went to bed on August 6th, 2011, i did so anticipating the lovely baby shower in my honor that i would attend the next day. when i went to bed on August 6th, 2011, i did so feeling...

Thirteen Weeks

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I started the day seated on our toddler-sized potty chair and puking into the cold toilet. The bright side? My two-and-a-half-year-old’s buns have been nowhere near the strategically placed chair, so it’s been unused (and we can pretend, germ-free)...
Today is my birthday - October 28, 1973. For those of you trying to do the math ... I am {*cough* forty *cough*} years old. Which means I had my twins at age thirty-seven ... two months shy of...
As soon as I get pregnant, the first question most people who know me ask is, "how much longer are you going to workout?" If I'm honest, this question makes me crazy; but I usually smile and say, "as...

Silent Grief

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                    Next week will mark the day I've been dreading for nine months. It's the day I was supposed to be meeting our second baby. Instead, my first ultrasound last March confirmed a baby but no heartbeat. A few weeks later, I...
Note: This post is the second in our three-part “Labor of Love” series. Join us in a couple of weeks as we close out this series with Bridget's birth story! My husband, Josh thinks it would be funny if a...

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The Mom’s Guide to the Kansas City Museum

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This post is sponsored by the Kansas City Museum. After seven years of being closed for renovations, the Kansas City Museum reopened in 2021 after...
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