May 082015
 
The Pregnancy Test: Child 1 Vs. Child 2

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, I can’t help but think back to the moment I found out that I was going to be a Mom.  Here I sit, 2.5 years later, and not only am I a Mom, but I’m a Mom to two children!   I always knew in my heart that I wanted to be a Mom.  I grew up surrounded by dozens of little baby dolls that I cared for as if they were real.  When I became a teenager, I always jumped at the chance to babysit, especially for the littlest babies.  I just had that motherly instinct inside of me, and an overwhelming desire to have children of my own. When my husband, John, and {CONTINUE READING…}

Feb 182015
 
Support Pregnant Women in Need with Kangu

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central and Kangu. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. When I found out I was pregnant with my daughter Kayleigh, having a safe birth was one of the first thoughts that entered my mind.  There was a hospital 10 minutes from where I lived, but I wasn’t just satisfied with that.  I wanted to make sure that I was doing what was best for myself and my baby, so I started to research the different options available to me. After watching several documentaries and reading as much information as I could find on childbirth, I knew that I wanted to have a natural (unmedicated) birth {CONTINUE READING…}

Jan 162015
 
Pregnancy Insomnia in the 3rd Trimester

I’ve been struggling with pregnancy insomnia for a while now, but it seems to have gotten a lot worse since I entered the 3rd trimester. Right now, I’m sitting on the couch, stuffing my face with Chex Mix, and binge-watching Friends on Netflix.  It’s after 1:00am, and even though I’m physically exhausted, I’m wide awake. I tried to go to sleep earlier tonight when John did, but the same thing happened that happens every night.  He falls asleep the second his head hits the pillow (lucky bastard!), and there I lay, wide awake, staring at the ceiling.  I roll over onto my side, turn my cell phone on to browse Facebook and play a few rounds of Candy Crush, in {CONTINUE READING…}

Dec 192014
 
How to Survive the Holidays When You're Pregnant

This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. The holidays can be a very busy, stressful time of year, and it’s easy to become overwhelmed by everything, especially if you are pregnant.  I just entered my third trimester in this pregnancy, and I was also pregnant with Kayleigh during the holidays two years ago, so I know first-hand just how difficult it can be to get everything done. Between shopping for gifts, wrapping them, ordering and mailing out holiday cards, preparing food, attending parties, etc., all on a lack of sleep and a growing belly getting in my way,  some times I just feel like giving up all together! This year, I have kind of taken a step back, and figured out {CONTINUE READING…}

Jun 172014
 
10 Ways to Cheer Up a Pregnant Woman

If you’re reading this post, there is a good chance you are wondering how you can cheer up a pregnant woman. Maybe your pregnant wife, friend, sister or daughter just hasn’t really been feeling like herself lately. You’d like to do something nice to cheer her up, but you’re not exactly sure what to do. Well, I have some really great ideas to help cheer up a pregnant woman in your life. This post contains affiliate links, and I may receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. My sister, Angela, is 32 weeks pregnant now, and has hit that end of pregnancy slump, so I’ve been thinking of some things to do to cheer her up {CONTINUE READING…}

Oct 272013
 
Clearblue Advanced Pregnancy Test with Weeks Estimator {+ My Pregnancy Test Story!}

You know how you hear about those women that didn’t know they were pregnant until they were actually giving birth, and then you hear about those women that knew they were pregnant from the moment of conception? Well, I was in that latter category. John and I had been “not actively preventing” pregnancy for about a year. We were in love, and knew we wanted to have children together, so we decided to just let things happen on their own. If I got pregnant, it was meant to be, and we would be thrilled. After a year went by though, we began to wonder why it hadn’t happened yet, so we actually tried that one month. I immediately felt different, {CONTINUE READING…}

Apr 282013
 
Counting Down the Final Days of Pregnancy

  It’s been a while since I’ve posted a pregnancy update, and I’m 39 weeks along today!  I can’t believe I actually made it this far, and am now in the final days of pregnancy.  I always had this feeling in my gut that Kayleigh was going to arrive pretty early, but she’s proving me wrong!  John’s birthday is on May 3rd, and he’s really hoping she will be born that day.  We found out we were pregnant on my birthday, so having her on his birthday would be super cool and special! I haven’t really tried any of the old wives tales for getting labor started in the final days of pregnancy.  No spicy foods or bumpy roads here. {CONTINUE READING…}

Feb 142013
 

  I’m now 28 weeks along in my pregnancy.  I met with one of my midwives on Tuesday this week, and I also had the dreaded glucose test.  I had heard horror stories of the “nasty orange drink”.  My appointment wasn’t until 4pm that day, so all day long I was dreading this drink. As soon as I arrived at my birth center, I gave my usual urine sample, and before I could even step out of the restroom completely, the nurse called me in to check my weight and blood pressure.  I had gained 2 pounds since my last visit 2 weeks earlier, for a total of 30 pounds gained so far.  I’m really hoping I don’t gain too {CONTINUE READING…}

Feb 052013
 
Weird Pregnancy Symptoms No One Really Talks About

WEIRD PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS CAN DRIVE YOU CRAZY! Are you experiencing weird pregnancy symptoms? It’s really not that uncommon to start feeling and seeing some pretty strange changes in your body during your pregnancy. Each pregnancy can differ, also, so you may or may not experience the same symptoms that your pregnant friends and family do. You may see and feel differences in each of your own pregnancies as well. One pregnancy you may experience a whole host of pregnancy symptoms that you don’t experience during the next. Before I got pregnant with my first child, I knew that I’d probably get some morning sickness, my boobs would hurt and I’d be tired.  Those are all “normal” pregnancy symptoms that everyone talks {CONTINUE READING…}