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 [...]


BabyHTP: 32 Weeks

On cloth v. disposable diapers   My, what a difference a month – and six pounds – makes!   Here’s what BabyHTP is up to this week: “By now, your baby weighs 3.75 pounds and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You're gaining about a pound a [...]


BabyHTP: 31 Weeks

On having a panic-free pregnancy. Only 9 weeks to go until my due date.  I’m in single digits now!  So very excited.  What once seemed so very far away now seems extremely close.  June 13 is going to be here before we know it… And I’m starting to really understand that baby could come even [...]


BabyHTP: 30 Weeks

On having a ‘birth plan’ per the Bradley Method   Holy crap.  How the heck am I thirty weeks pregnant?  Where did the time go?!  I used to think thirty weeks sounded soooo far away, but now it’s here.  BabyHTP will be in my arms in ten weeks, give or take.  Ten weeks to go [...]


BabyHTP: 29 Weeks

Dear BabyHTP:  On the 29th week of your development, we moved into your first house.  Hooray!   Here’s what BabyHTP is up to this week: “Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (like a butternut squash) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. His muscles and lungs are continuing [...]


BabyHTP: 28 Weeks

Happy 28 weeks, BabyHTP! Truthfully (and I know this sounds so superficial), the most exciting baby-related part of this past week was going shopping for new maternity clothes.  It’s hot as heck in Charlotte, and squeezing into my pre-pregnancy tanks, floaty tops, and shorts is just not an option.  Times (and body parts) have changed, [...]


Oh yes. This is ‘that’ placenta post.   But first… Happy third trimester to BabyHTP!  Everyone counts trimesters differently, but my sources say that the third tri starts at 27 weeks, so I’m going with it.  So excited to be in the third trimester.   Here’s what 27 week-old babies are up to: “Baby's lungs [...]


BabyHTP: 26 Weeks

Blogging from a somewhat strange location today! I’m doing two Operation Beautiful presentations at a high school and middle school in a small town in New York state today.  Since I didn’t get to my hotel room until 12:30 AM and was up at 5:30 to make the first presentation at 8:00, I’m catching up [...]


SoBe By Night

Looking around, it’s hard to tell that it’s Sunday night on South Beach.  It’s bumpin’ out there – music, drinks, dancing.  And we’re in bed, reading and computer-ing.  Hey, it’s a babymoon, after all! After a long nap and a peanut butter sandwich (eaten in bed… one of the luxuries of staying in a hotel [...]