BabyHTP: 18 Months

It’s time for a Henry update! This Thursday is Henry’s 18 month birthday. A year and a half. Can you believe it? I can’t.  He’ll always be BabyHTP to me, though.     Henry is such a joy. We love him SO much. I wish I could convey his personality accurately, but it’s so hard [...]


I summed up Henry’s birth story with this thought:   Labor was, by far, the most emotionally and physically intense moment of my life.  But I look at Henry now and know it worth it.  The entire pregnancy, the labor – it was worth it.  I really believe that all women should be very proud [...]


The Second Morning

We all survived the second night – and now it’s our baby’s second morning.  Well, the night and the morning kind of ran into one another, if you know what I mean.  However, all things considering, I’m feeling much, much better than I did yesterday – as does the Husband and Henry.   Yes – [...]


Baby Boyle

Our six pound, eleven ounce baby boy is here! It’s been over 12 hours and he’s still nameless.  We’re working on it.  I can’t wait to share our birth story with you all in the next few days.  It was everything and nothing like I expected it to be. Thank you so much for all [...]


This Is It

I woke up in the middle of the night and just knew it was about to happen.  And then I moved my legs and it did.  My water broke, very dramatically – just like the movies.  A few hours later, early labor began.  So – June 12.  Sounds like a good day to have a [...]


BabyHTP: 39 Weeks

On one of my biggest parenting concerns…   My, my.  How things have changed.   Today marks Week 39 of my pregnancy.  I’m due in a week.  This, of course, means nothing.  Did you know that only 5% of babies are born on their actual due date?  For what it’s worth, I was one of [...]


On post-baby birth control   I really do feel like I’m in the homestretch now.  Only two weeks ‘til my due date, although I’m telling myself that I won’t go until at least 41 weeks so I don’t get too antsy.  Considering how fast the days go by, I have a feeling the next few [...]


BabyHTP: 37 Weeks

Pregnancy: My expectations v. my reality   Today is a very big day, indeed!  Today marks 37 weeks of pregnancy. That means that I’m officially ‘term’ (although I’m not due until 40 weeks), and if BabyHTP was born today, he or she would not be considered premature.  What a relief!  There are, of course, many [...]


The nursery tour!   I must have pregnancy brain because yesterday, I spent the entire day telling people I was three weeks from my due date.  40 weeks minus 36 weeks is 4 weeks, not 3.  Meh.  Well, regardless, Happy 36 Weeks, BabyHTP!   I’m feeling pretty good this week.  I have really bad carpal [...]


Most of the review of the various types of birth classes (hospital classes, Lamaze, Hypnobabies, Bradley Method) are written post-birth, which makes perfect sense.  But I thought it would be kind of fun to split up my review of Bradley Method classes into two posts – one before birth and one after birth.  After all, [...]


BabyHTP: 35 Weeks

Thoughts on the cord… and not the invisible one that attaches me to my dogs I know that some of you think I give Maggie a hard time – always teasing her on the blog for being a few crayons short of a full pack – but I love her so much.  In five weeks [...]


BabyHTP: 34 Weeks

On sleeping arrangements   What a difference 20 weeks makes!  Today, I’m 34 weeks pregnant and feelin’ pretty good.  It’s amazing to me that I will be in charge of a baby in six weeks or so (when did I become an adult?!).  Baby is now 4.75 pounds and 18 inches long.  The central nervous [...]


BabyHTP’s Shower

Did you read Pat the Bunny when you were a kid? Seriously – most terrifying book ever.  I couldn’t make myself pat the bunny as a kid, and I can’t do it as an adult.  I am not faking that face of fear.  Pure. Fear.    Today was BabyHTP’s shower, and not only were the [...]


BabyHTP: 33 Weeks

On maternity photographs   I feel like I’m in the home stretch.  Only 7 weeks to go until my due date… but only 4 weeks until I’m ‘full term.’  Life is going to change, and it’s gonna change SOON!   I officially feel every inch of 8 months pregnant.  I waddle.  I could go to [...]

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