Week 40: The final countdown

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And so it goes, all good things must come to an end. After documenting nearly 40 weeks of pregnancy, here’s a summary of my final weeks and a timeline of my baby’s big day: Week 34: Day 6 Bye, bye

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Week 19: Thank you, second trimester!

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I still shiver when I think about the first few weeks of my pregnancy. Addie Rivers usually comes in our room every morning around 6:30. She’s like our little alarm clock. I love these moments. The three of us get

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Exploring the limits of love

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Let’s pretend that love is something that we manufacture somewhere in our body, as if a gland secretes it. I thought of love that way for a long time. In this view, love is a finite resource. We only have

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Mom shaming isn’t very festive

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This week I witnessed something that caught me off guard. During a Christmas party, a mama brought in a plate of beautifully decorated homemade cookies to share with the crowd. While she was setting out her spread, another mom walked

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Week 27: The heart of the matter

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You know that old wives tale that says that if you have lots of heartburn during pregnancy, your baby will be born with a full head of hair? Well, I have no idea if there is any truth to that

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Baby differences

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Our nearly 5-month old baby girl—and I still can’t believe she’s that old already—had her 4-month well-baby visit a few weeks ago. We went through the basics (yes to sleeping on her back and the rear-facing car seat, no to

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Happy birthday (part one)

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After nine and a half months of waiting, it has finally happened. Our baby has joined us in the world, and as all parents say it changed my life in the very moment I first saw him. It has done

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Our little blessing: The birth of Chinua

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On a Tuesday evening I went to bed and suddenly had this huge “wee.” I thought, “How can it be because I just came from the toilet?” And yes it was clear water, smelling like bleach coming down. Luckily I

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Week 18: Finding out the gender

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One of the main things people ask when you are expecting is, “What are you having?” Even if you aren’t far enough along to know, they always ask when you will be able to find out. I know there are

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No two are alike

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One of my favorite things to do is to pace around the house while bouncing our new little guy in my arms. I study him and ponder life while doing this. My most recent pondering had me thinking about the

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Tis’ the season to babyproof

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Baby mobility is a funny thing. Andy and I loved watching Bea figure out how to push herself up and wiggle in tiny, uncoordinated scoots across the floor. However, this “bumbling” phase was short lived, and now she’s crawling all

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Week 26: The name game

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I could never go by just “Emily” in school. I was always “Emily S.” growing up because so many other girls in my grade were also named Emily. I think for a while there was even another “Emily S.,” so

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Big news!

Darren and his son an hour after he arrived in the world.

Baby Ben is finally here! Stay tuned for details in next week’s post …

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Right on time: The birth of Ivan

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My birth story was the conclusion to an extremely difficult eight-month journey we went through; however, given the chance, I would do it all over again. I suffered hyperemesis during my pregnancy, which is one of the worst sicknesses that

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Three reasons every mama needs mom friends

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No matter how it happens—you get knocked up around the same time, you make excited eye contact during the pre-baby hospital tour, your kids are in the same kindergarten class—having a few friends in the same parenting boat is a total

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Week 17: Oh what fun!

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Hi! My name is Ryann, and I am very excited to be P&N’s newest Knocked Up blogger. I live in Columbus, Mississippi with my football coach hubby and our two littles: a sweet 7-year-old boy and a dramatic 2-year-old princess.

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The beginning of birth is not the end of sex

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I’m a member of an online group of dad bloggers. Last week, one of the dads in the group shared an article to get some feedback from the group. The article gave one woman’s account about why she believes that

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Road trip recovery

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After 25 hours, 1,600 miles, nine days and countless cheek squeezes, I’m happy to say that Bea survived—and thoroughly enjoyed—our Thanksgiving road trip. We’re relieved she’s such a road warrior since we’ll be turning around in a few short weeks

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Week 25: The dreaded diabetes test

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The funny thing about the pregnancy diabetes test is that I think for most people, the anticipation of the test is so much worse than the actual thing. I remember with my first pregnancy I was so worried about the

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Buying for baby

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Aren’t the holidays fun with little guys? So much anticipation and excitement—tattletale elves and Santa and all those decorations. Our baby girl is big-eyed at all the lights, and now that Thanksgiving is behind us and our Christmas shopping is

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Home birth in a hurry: The birth of Eldon

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My due date was May 26, so I was late as per my usual—as I had expected to be. On the morning of June 1, I woke up a bit before 6 a.m., and I was feeling some pretty decent

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The great wait

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Well, as you can tell by the title he hasn’t arrived yet, and at this point I should be talking about the arrival of our little boy, but instead, we find ourselves in the middle of … … The Great

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Week 39: What I won’t miss about pregnancy

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My miracle of pregnancy is preparing itself to become the miracle formerly known as pregnancy. I can’t help but look back and say, “See ya” to all the things I didn’t like this time around: Pillows to sleep. A pillow

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I’d take a bullet for him

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Our little guy is 13 weeks old now, and he’s encountered another first. It’s his first stuffy nose. It’s nothing life threatening. The only noticeable consequence of it has been that he’s a bit more wakeful at night because he’s

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Seven things I’m thankful for

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I can’t believe Thanksgiving is already here! That means it’s time to add to the zillions of other “I’m Thankful for Everything!” lists that are floating around the Interwebs. But my list is special! I’d like to think it’s like

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Week 24: Thankfulness

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Happy Thanksgiving, friends! This is the week for family gatherings, football games and lots of food. I know there are “thankful” lists all over the place this time of year, so I don’t want to sound cliché, but I sat

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Date night delivery: The birth of Josie

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Date night, up until I had hit the third trimester, had been my favorite night of the week. I loved the process of getting dressed up, going somewhere nice and spending some one-on-one time with my husband, Josh. I love

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It’s that time again

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When you have kids and then you go and have a new baby, the game is totally different. It’s not half as scary, and the wisdom of experience means you know that eventually, this baby will have to sleep. That

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Knowing the cots from the car seats

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I now have just one week until the due date of my little boy, and I’m so excited to welcome him into my world. But, my gosh, there are a lot of new things to learn. It’s wave after wave

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Week 38: Why I’m not writing a birth plan

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I have nothing against birth plans. I think they’re great, and everyone should have one. Even me. Heck, I should have had one with my first pregnancy, then my second and probably this one too. But alas, I find myself

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You know what causes that?

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We became a family of seven after our new little addition 11 weeks ago. I guess that makes us a “big family” by American standards. Now that we are able to go out in public more, we are getting the

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Crawling, teething and travel—oh, my!

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This has been one of those weeks. I feel like I need a sign to hang on our front door that reads “Welcome to Crazy Town,” just to give fair warning to anyone who drops by. (And maybe, if I

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Week 23: Living the good life of the second trimester

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Oh, the second trimester. I’ve been cruising through it for the last several weeks, and all of the sudden it hit me: This is the sweet spot of pregnancy. We’ve long since left behind the days of the gross-feeling first

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Part-time mama’s girl

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She is 4 months old, officially, and along with graduating to size two diapers and serious mastery of tummy time, she’s become something of a mama’s girl. Sometimes. I’m never sure when. It makes me feel like a super special snowflake,

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Has anyone got any water wings?

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This is it, the final two week countdown (hopefully) until I embrace the trauma, wonder and sympathy pains of my first child being born into the world. But, before I begin to really talk from my perspective of this soon to

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Our tiny tough guy: The birth of Hunter

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Hunter Ray was born on April 14 at 6:27 p.m. He weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and was 21 inches. My husband, Josh, and I are super proud parents, and we think he looks like me. I got Braxton Hicks a

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Week 37: My third trimester guide to picking things up  

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It’s approximately 92,960,000 miles from Earth to the sun. That’s about four miles less than the distance between you and anything you drop on the floor during the final weeks of pregnancy. When it comes to picking stuff up off

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Smiles

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Who doesn’t enjoy a good smile? A smile signifies joy and happiness. It allows the sender to say to the receiver, “Hey, I’m glad to see you,” except that no words are necessary. That’s a good thing because our 10-week-old

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Three-and-a-half glorious hours

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Sometime during the last few weeks I feel like a calm has settled over our house. Life with a giggly and wiggly 6-month-old is proving to be pretty darn doable. It’s more than doable, actually; it’s awesome. A huge part

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Week 22: Working on my fitness

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I was reading online last week, and I came across an article about a pregnant woman who is nine months along and still running … 40 to 60 miles a week. I’ll let that sink in for all you pregnant

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The mom club

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A friend of a friend had a baby last week, and social media being what it is, I was privy to all the details. From going to the hospital to a mid-labor update (“She’s doing great!”) to pictures of the

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Unexpected turns ahead: The birth of Cruz

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Our precious son was born at 9:40 a.m. on Thursday, February 20. He had already taught me my first lesson of mommyhood: Be flexible. I had my birth plan written by my second appointment with my midwife: birthing tub, all

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Week 36: The end is near. I think.

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Back in week 15, I talked about progesterone shots and “Grey’s Anatomy.” Neither is really related to the other, but “Grey’s Anatomy” seemed like a good pop culture reference to something medical. Also, Patrick Dempsey. Week 15 seems like such a

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I’m not usually a germaphobe

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Sometimes I wonder how people stay alive at all. It seems like every other headline is a report about Ebola or a Pertussis outbreak or the next big antibiotic-resistant superbug or this year’s deadly flu strains or the zombie apocalypse—especially

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Bea’s first sniffles

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Runny nose, low-grade fever, icky diapers … it appears Bea has her first cold. Or maybe she’s teething because it seems that just about every abnormal behavior or physiological reaction could also be a sign of a sprouting tooth. Either

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Week 21: Too cool for (baby) school?

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Recently, I was looking at a pregnancy calendar app that goes week-by-week detailing what a pregnant mom should be focused on each week. It could be anything from “start a registry” to “do some light stretching to help loosen up

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Our second princess: The birth of Selah Faith

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It was a cool morning in October, and I was expecting to do another home birth with my sixth baby. I hadn’t found out the sex, and I was waiting in anticipation to see if my only daughter would finally get

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Ditching the labels

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I realize that things like co-sleeping and babywearing make me seem like one of those “attachment parenting” types. It’s a bummer of a label—people make the leap from the word “attachment” to “you’re raising a child who will be totally

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Week 35: Costumes I can pull off this Halloween

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I don’t generally dress up for Halloween. So, when my 3-year-old asked me what I was going to be this season I told her, “tired.” At the time, it seemed an accurate costume to represent being almost nine months pregnant

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What are grandparents for?

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The title of one of Wendell Berry’s books famously asks the question: “What Are People For?” I’d like to narrow the scope of that question and ask: What are grandparents for? This question is burning on my mind right now

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