Claire was born on Tuesday, but her birth story started on Sunday. I woke up with spotting, and some Googling revealed it was probably my bloody show (which I never had with Henry). I always thought a “bloody show” was a one-time, dramatic thing, but mine was slow and light and lasted until Monday afternoon [...]


Little One: 39 Weeks + 1 Day

This is an exciting update for me to write – the last weekly update I wrote with Henry was my 39 week one (the due date is set at 40 weeks).  I went into labor with him at 39 weeks and 5 days and delivered the next day. Last time around, my water broke about [...]


Little One: 37 Weeks

Time for another pregnancy brain dump!   Physically, I am…   …Meh.  I came down with a really bad ear, nose, and throat infection over the weekend (I have a double ear infection!).  A terrible cold + being 9 months pregnant is kind of the ultimate EFF YOU to my body.  I’m on antibiotics to [...]


New Mom Survival Stations

Bringing a newborn home is so exciting – and stressful!  It really helps to ease the transition if you set up what I call ‘survival stations’ throughout the house (organize your stations before you go into labor!).  With Henry, I had three types of stations – diaper, breastfeeding, and in-the-bathroom.  I started compiling my survival [...]


Little One: 30 Weeks

30 weeks.  Holy hell!  I gave birth to Henry in Week 39.  Assuming I follow the same pattern, that means that we’re in single digit week countdown mode.  <—If you could see my face right now, it’d be an combination of sheer panic and utter joy. I feel the blog has been rather baby and [...]


How I Stop Temper Tantrums

When parenting is fun and lighthearted, it is easy, fulfilling, and wonderful.  And truly – it’s like that more often than not.  But on a daily basis, parenting can also be hard.  I’m talking about the cranky meltdowns, the temper tantrums, and the complicated behavioral stuff, plus your own constant self-doubt and fear that you’re [...]


Panic-Free Pregnancy: Round Two

I was reading through some of my old pregnancy posts and came across my 31 Week Update with Henry, which is when I wrote about having a panic-free pregnancy. I’d made a list of all the things that I had chosen not to stress out over (because there are a LOT during pregnancy) and the [...]


Little One: 27 weeks

I blink, and it’s suddenly been over a month since I did a pregnancy update.  I think my lack of updates is mostly due to the only things I can think to say are:  I am pregnant.  I am getting bigger and bigger.  The number of weeks I have left are getting smaller and smaller.  [...]


Our Drug-Free Birth Plan

When I was pregnant with Henry, I wrote a lot about my plans for a drug-free birth. Some people said to me, “You can’t plan birth!  What’s going to happen is going to happen!”  That’s true.  You can’t really plan birth.  But I do think that preparation can really pay off, especially if you’re  hoping [...]


I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the ‘lessons’ I learned during Henry’s first three months of life.  When you’re a first time mom, you try really hard to IMAGINE life with a newborn, but it’s impossible to know what it’s really like until you’re living it. And then, of course, all babies and experiences [...]


Little One: 22 (and a Half) Weeks

Way more than halfway there.  Time is flying.  FLYING! Here’s what I looked like with Henry at 22 weeks v. what I look like carrying Little One.  It’s fun for me to read the old Henry recaps so I can compare what I was thinking and doing then to what I’m focusing on now.  At [...]


Little One: 17 Weeks

17 weeks – already?  Seriously.  Time is flying. Thanks again for your congratulations on our pregnancy announcement and my first trimester recap!  Many of you requested regular pregnancy updates, so here I am.  I’m impressed that I remembered to sneak in bump shots this weekend!  It’s crazy how fast the weeks are going with Little [...]


First Trimester Recap

First of all… Thank you all so much for the well-wishes.  It is so appreciated.  In particular, I really loved the comments from people who have been reading since before K and I got married – it’s so lovely that you’ve followed my blog and my family for so long.   Obligatory mirror selfies shall [...]


I’m baking someone sweet! We are so excited to announce that I’m pregnant!   And Henry is super pumped to have a sibling (especially if there is cake involved…).  In all seriousness, we are confident that he’ll truly enjoy having a baby brother or sister. Henry will be a great big brother. Kristien and I [...]

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