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Week 35: A baby anti-shower

We have made it to week 35! This week was always a big milestone for me because it’s the week we scheduled our baby shower. I kept feeling like it was forever away, and I remember thinking, “Okay, that’ll put … Continue reading

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Week 34: Third trimester obsessions

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I started taking a weaving class. Y’all, I love it so much. Here’s how much I love it: This is me after dragging my poor, innocent husband 75 miles away to go buy, … Continue reading

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Week 33: Three truths and a wedding

How many times over the course of a week (heck, even a day!) do pregnant women get asked some form of “How are you feeling?” If you’re anywhere in my number range, I would say 4 to 6 times a … Continue reading

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Week 32: The Texas edition

Mamas … REJOICE! The Big Littles are finally back in school! Go get a pedicure, take a nap, and take a breath before fall sports, school plays, class parties, teacher conferences, and the like start back up. I do realize … Continue reading

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Week 31: Boundaries

Have you thought about who you want around you while you’re having your baby, or when you come home with your new family member? That’s been the topic of conversation in the Payne household this week. If you’ve been reading … Continue reading

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Week 30: Mommy shaming

Oh my goodness, week 30! This week I experienced my first dose of mommy shaming. Honestly, I’m surprised it took this long. Let me give you a little background: I have done Bikram Yoga for the last eight years. It’s … Continue reading

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Week 29: The Bradley Method: Day one

Hip, hip, hooray! We made it to the week that our birthing classes started! We had our first class on Sunday, and we will continue to have them every Sunday for 2 1/2 hours for 8 weeks. To be honest, … Continue reading

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Week 38: Can we just get labor over with?

If anyone else is at the same point I am … I’m 38 weeks and 4 days pregnant, 4-5 centimeters dilated and beyond ready to get the process of labor over and done with. As a first-time mom, what some describe … Continue reading

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Week 28: The dreaded glucose test

I did it. I survived. Barely. Two weeks ago, my midwife brought up the glucose test. You know the one. The fasting/sugar binge/sugar crash/let’s make sure your body is processing sugar the way it’s supposed to-test. She gave me the … Continue reading

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Week 37: 26 going on 37

This week started out as any other normal, hot, super pregnant week … but, it was also my birthday week, 26 … how ya’ doin’?! James is finishing up the final piece of furniture for Penny’s room (dresser/changing table), and … Continue reading

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Week 27: Happy 3rd! (Almost?)

I pointed this out at the end of last week’s post, but here’s a refresher. Depending on what measurement calendar you look at, either week 27 or week 28 marks the beginning of your third trimester. I choose to think … Continue reading

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Week 36: Butt swabs and maternity photos

I must say, week 36 has been quite the whirlwind of exciting things! From adding the finishing touches to Penelope’s room to having our maternity photo session, it’s becoming more and more real that we’ll be meeting her so soon! … Continue reading

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Week 26: Pregnancy brain

Remember that time, one measly week ago, where I wrote all about the heat during my 26th week? You guys—the heat fried my brain! Last week was week 25, and this week is week 26!Lesson learned. Do not travel to … Continue reading

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Week 35: Nursery hustle

We’ve had 35 weeks now to work on Miss Penelope’s room—do you think we’ve taken advantage of that time? Nope! Of course, we have pretty much waited until the last minute. Cue the anxiety attacks, and stock up on the … Continue reading

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Week 25: Holy hot!

You guys. It’s hot outside. Have you noticed?  I don’t think I’ve mentioned the temperature yet. It’s hot outside. No really … it’s scorching.We had a busy week visiting my in-laws out in the Permian Basin in Texas. (Friday Night … Continue reading

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Week 34 : Why it doesn’t suck to be pregnant during summer

On a frosty morning in early December, I found out I was pregnant. With snow flurries starting to fall and Christmas music full blast on my car radio, the last thing on my mind was how I would be 7, … Continue reading

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Week 24: Happy terrified-dogs day!

It’s Independence Day celebration time! I don’t know about your neighborhood, but these fireworks have been going since Saturday and have no signs of stopping. We may have a firework ordinance, but the city doesn’t seem to be too strict … Continue reading

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Week 33: To Lamaze or not to Lamaze

I’ve been at this third trimester party for a little over five weeks now, and it’s the most exhausting party I’ve ever been to. It’s uncomfortable, draining … and did I mention uncomfortable? With this bump growing at a steady … Continue reading

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Week 23: Keep in touch

Whoa, y’all. It is getting mighty warm down here in The Lonestar State. We had our first 100 degree day already. This usually happens in mid-July and then stays that way until close to September. I’m a little nervous as … Continue reading

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Week 32: The whys of pregnancy

In rounding the corner to week 32, I find myself continually experiencing not only new symptoms but reoccurring ones as well. It’s like the first trimester is coming back to haunt me with random, extreme fatigue and food aversions. This … Continue reading

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Week 22: Happy Father’s Day!

We’re eyeballs-deep in that special time of year when we all get to celebrate those we love. It’s my favorite time of year! It was Father’s Day in the U.S. this past Sunday. Whether the dads in your life have had … Continue reading

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Week 39: The uterus that cried wolf

Happy summer solstice! It’s the longest day of the year, which seems only fitting because this pregnancy is winding down to an excruciatingly slow pace. I am two days away from my due date, but I’m beginning to wonder if … Continue reading

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Week 39: Are we there yet?

Wednesday night was fun. Shawn and I had an atypical date night at the hospital, then out to dinner (that part was more typical). I’ll be delivering at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City because they’re on my insurance plan, … Continue reading

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Week 21: Baby kicks and birthdays

Happy birthday to me! This week, I turned 27, and I celebrated the day by taking my husband to the airport at 4 a.m. Woohoo! After I napped, I ate Mexican food for all three birthday meals, went to the … Continue reading

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Week 38: Four things getting me to the finish line

There are lots of things that are making these final weeks more tolerable (even enjoyable), such as my sweet and supportive husband … or the glory of afternoon naps. But this is a post about products that are making all … Continue reading

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Week 38: Heating up

Utah has hit the mid-90s this week! I tend to swell in the heat even when I’m not pregnant (poor circulation, I guess?), so at least now I have an excuse for exhibiting cankles and sausage fingers whenever I get … Continue reading

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Week 20: 20 weeks and two years

Happy anniversary to us! My husband and I have officially reached two years of married life. We just got home from our anniversary date full of fondue goodness. Any restaurant that I can stuff my pregnant face full of cheese, … Continue reading

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Week 37: Oh the anticipation

It is the month of my due date. Wait. What? How did that happen? I checked the calendar, but it’s true. It’s June, and this baby will be here in a matter of weeks … possibly even days now that … Continue reading

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Week 37: Road tripping at 36 weeks

Remember how I said that Hawaii in March would be our last trip before baby? And then how I said that St. George in April was really our last getaway? Turns out, we were able to sneak in one last … Continue reading

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Week 19: Home sweet remodel

Since we had all of our big exciting baby appointments last week, this week has been pretty quiet. We’ve turned our attention to our other needy baby … our house!In addition to all this “growing a human being business,” we’ve … Continue reading

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Week 36: Hello, my baby’s name is …

Lee and I settled on our boy and girl names weeks ago, but we decided to keep them under wraps until we have a baby to introduce as so-and-so, which has annoyed our friends and family members to no end. … Continue reading

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Week 36: It’s the final countdown

36 weeks, people! I had an appointment with my OB on Wednesday to check on my cervix and the baby’s position; I’ll be going in weekly now to keep tabs. As extremely embarrassing as pelvic exams always are, I did … Continue reading

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Week 18: It’s a … !

Wait, wait, wait … You’ll have to read a bit of my blathering before you get to the good stuff! I had an appointment at the birthing center with our midwife on Monday, and I got to hear sweet little … Continue reading

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Week 35: Let’s talk about sex … baby’s that is

If you’ve been following along on my weekly prenatal updates, you’ve heard that Lee and I decided to keep Birdie’s sex a surprise. (If you haven’t, now you know!) I already covered the reasons why way back in week 22, … Continue reading

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Week 35: Almost healthy

“Mom, you should stop eating food because I think you’re starting to get fat.” Words of advice from 4-year-old Graham. Honestly, he was generous to say that I’m only “starting” to get fat—my workout clothes, which I wear nearly half … Continue reading

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Week 17: Wherefore art thou, hunger?

Yay! We’re 17 weeks in! I’m still shocked every single Tuesday when I get the notification that there’s a new size comparison. There is a baby in there! I’m now solidly into the first month of the second trimester, and … Continue reading

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Week 34: Happy (belated) Mother’s Day!

At 34 weeks pregnant, I didn’t have big plans for Mother’s Day. Part of me didn’t feel like I should … because technically speaking, I’m a mom-to-be … not a mom. But my thoughtful husband snuck out early Sunday morning … Continue reading

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Week 34: Shifting Dynamics

Bringing home a baby always means a major shift in the family dynamics, especially for the members of the household who are experiencing this upheaval for the first time. With baby No. 1, mom and dad experience a hefty lifestyle … Continue reading

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Week 16: I’m leavin’ on a jet plane!

Well, we left on a jet plane, and now, I’m back to tell the tale. Phew! Y’all. This week’s post is going to encompass the last 18 days, as that’s how long we were traipsing around Europe. It’s the longest we/I have … Continue reading

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Week 33: Ready, set, labor

I’m curious to hear how other moms-to-be are planning for the big day (aka baby’s birth day). As a first-timer, I have been trying to set positive but realistic expectations for my foray into the labor and delivery world. I … Continue reading

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Week 33: Finn’s birth story

No, I haven’t had the baby yet! This is the tale of my second baby, my first boy. And it’s the story of my one and only natural delivery! On July 27, 2010, I finally cashed in a gift certificate … Continue reading

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Week 32: Or maybe I should say eight weeks to go

People used to ask me when my due date was, but more recently I’ve noticed a shift in the words being used to ponder my pregnant state. Now, I am often asked, “How much longer do you have?” I’ve taken … Continue reading

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Week 32: Hitting the snooze

This week I wrapped up a feature article for the December issue of P&N (I know, December sounds crazy far away!). It was all about trying to get a decent night’s sleep during pregnancy. I asked my social media world … Continue reading

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Week 31: Hi, I’m a mom … sort of

When I thought about what it would be like to be pregnant, to be on this path toward motherhood, I always imagined that I’d experience some great awakening inside me. That I would become a mother. That I would embrace … Continue reading

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Week 31: April fool me once

April 18 came and went, and I did not have a baby! This is great news because my husband, daughter and younger son all share that birthday. There are more people in our house born on April 18 than not. … Continue reading

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Week 30: A little reminder

After sharing my blog post from last week, a sweet mama gave me a gentle reminder on Instagram that I needed to hear. I have a long list of things to get done in the next nine weeks—a whopping total of … Continue reading

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Week 30: Bottoms up

As a third trimester door prize, I got to take a glucose test this week! I haven’t had one with every pregnancy, but I know I had one during pregnancy No. 2, because I failed the first test and had … Continue reading

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Week 29: The beginning of the end

I have hit the third trimester deluge, and I am definitely feeling the pressure to get stuff done. (Confession: I may or may not have gotten overly emotional after leaving the Motor Vehicle Tag & Title office because I was … Continue reading

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Week 39: Riding out the storms

It’s been a stormy week, both literally and figuratively; the bizarre weather patterns outside our windows mirrored the emotional tides within our home. The week started with spring rain and built into actual thunderstorms. I had to drive an hour … Continue reading

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Week 29: Greetings from St. George

It’s Spring Break, people! As Atlantans, we drove south a few hours so we could spend the break in Florida; now living in Salt Lake City, a four-hour drive south takes us to sunny St. George. We’re near Zion National … Continue reading

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