Week 23: Little decisions

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Darrin and I are on our way to one of my favorite cities: Austin! We have been driving since yesterday from Atlanta, passing through Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, before stopping for the night in a little town called Marshall, Texas.

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Week 27: Home delivery

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You guys, we blinked, and before we knew it, the third trimester had arrived! I can still hardly believe it. Yesterday, I had a prenatal appointment with our midwife Brenda, and everything looks great. It’s always such a joy seeing

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Week 22: An ode to the working mama

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Working mommies-to-be, I feel your pain—in every foot and backache, every sleep deprived workday, hunger-attack (this is a true situation) and stint of heartburn: Let’s admit it—it’s rough. To quote the title of one of my favorite Indie songs from

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Week 26: The best nest

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Something strange and wonderful happens during pregnancy: I get the urge to nest—big time. I’m not just talking about picking up a few accoutrements to decorate the house to make it a little more cozy, either. No, no. What I’m

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Week 21: Our girl

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Hi there. It’s nice to meet you, and thank you for sharing this journey with me! I know you may not know me, and if you don’t, you should know one thing about me before you begin to follow along:

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Week 25: Celebrate good times, come on!

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I just looked at the calendar and cannot believe that I’m already at 25 weeks! This pregnancy is going by so much faster than my first, and I’m really taken aback by it. I thought that because we already kind

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Week 38: The final countdown

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We are officially in “baby week!” This time next week our family of four will be a family of five. Sister and brother (as well as mom) have been counting down the days until his arrival. This week has been

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Week 24: What’s in a name

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There are a number of things that can irk a pregnant woman. Some are admittedly maybe slightly odd, like getting enraged over accidentally stubbing your toe while making the bed (which may or may not have recently happened). Others are

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Week 37: Struggles of a “working” SAHM

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37, 38, 39 … wait what? Are we really less than two weeks away from welcoming our little man into the world? The end of this week we will mark 38 weeks, and some days I still can’t believe it. Other days (like

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Week 23: Let the wild rumpus start

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So, pregnancy hormones. They’re weird and sudden, abrupt and at times, rude. On any given day, I’m pretty sure I function quite normally in my pleasantly plump state. You might even say that I actually enjoy being pregnant. But since

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Week 36: Is it over yet?

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Our week 35 was a little scary. I’m so thankful to be past that—and to find out that everything is fine with our little man. We had our 36-week checkup last Friday. I was two centimeters dilated and 70 percent thinned

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Week 22: And all that jazz

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Greetings from New Orleans! After two days of stuffing our faces with the local fare, people watching and walking until our feet hurt, I’m writing to you on the eve of the French Quarter Festival in our cozy hotel room

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Week 35: Hospital visit No. 1

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Week 35 started off like all of the other weeks. Besides the common fatigue I’m now experiencing, I was feeling pretty normal. Last Thursday I went for my checkup and told my doctor that we were planning on traveling to

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Week 21: Hungry like the wolf

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Let’s take a moment to talk about food. Food, glorious food! We all need it to survive. There are magazines dedicated to its art form, as well as cookbooks and blogs that praise one of the very basic necessities of

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Week 34: Packing the hospital bag

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Is it just me or do these last few weeks of pregnancy feel like it takes a lifetime? We went for our 34 week checkup, and everything is measuring right on track. We will go again at 36 weeks …

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Week 20: Boy, oh, boy!

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“It’s a BOY!” I could hardly believe it. But I did believe it. Of course I did. The very obvious proof was right in front of me, and there was absolutely no denying that the little one kicking and doing

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Week 33: Downtime

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About two weeks ago I remember telling my husband. “If it weren’t for my belly I would forget I was pregnant!” and then we would laugh and change the subject. Fast forward two weeks, and I have completely changed my

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Week 19: When it rains, it pours

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A few days ago, our 3-year-old, Anaïs, got a mean case of tummy troubles that had her out for two full days. It had been going around school, and it was only a matter of time before she caught it.

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Week 32: Switching gender gears

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It’s official! May 4 we will finally get to meet our sweet baby boy who we have been thinking about for the past 32 weeks. We went to the doctor last week, and he set the date for our scheduled

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Week 18: All the feels

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Over the weekend we met a 6-day-old baby girl who we all fell in love with. She’s the first child of friends of ours and is perfect. Holding her for the first time made me melt. Then, I saw my

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And then there were four: The birth of Grace Elizabeth

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We have a fourth family member! It is always such a crazy thing to have a baby in your belly one day, and then cuddling her in your arms the next. The week before our little girl arrived, our town

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Week 31: The choice between breastfeeding and bottle-feeding

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Week 31 of this pregnancy has probably been like week 31 of most pregnancies. I’m just ready to get this baby out! At this point in the third trimester everything just becomes uncomfortable. I can’t seem to find a comfortable

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Week 17: Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes!

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My pre-pregnancy jeans can no longer be buttoned, let alone zipped up. And wearing the belly band attempting to hold them in place feels like an exercise in futility. Nearly four years ago and pregnant for the first time, I

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Week 30: Newborn days

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Every time I think about adding a new baby to our family, all I can think about are the newborn days. With my first I was clueless of those days. During that pregnancy I would think about bringing her home,

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Week 16: Here we grow again!

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Hello, sweet readers! I’m Tanya, P&N’s latest Knocked Up blogger, and I’m thrilled to have you along for the ride. My husband Jesse, daughter Anaïs and I live in Atlanta where we can be found discovering new haunts or dancing

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Week 29: Healthy snack options

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Most days I still wake up and think, geez, where did this belly come from? It really is like it happened over night. Our baby shower is coming up this weekend, and the thought of it makes this thing real! Nine weeks

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Tanya Clark

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Tanya Clark is a mother, teacher and writer based out of Atlanta, Georgia. An avid traveler with a taste for adventure and culture, she has lived in Italy and Japan and has visited regions in Southeast Asia and Europe. When

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Week 37: To epidural or not to epidural

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I know what you are thinking … Oh geez, a post about some pregnant lady’s quest to make me agree with her stance on using or not using pain medication for delivering MY baby! She’s either going to call it

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Week 28: Right-sided baby

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Hello, third trimester! Finally we are in the homestretch. Some days it feels like we found out we were pregnant yesterday, and other days it feels like it was a year ago. One thing I am not a fan of:

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Week 36: Going from one to two

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As the weeks tick down to the Robertson party of three becoming a party of four, I get more and more focused on my time left with my little 2-year-old tornado, sidekick and only child, Boone. Now, don’t get me

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Week 27: Preparing for a new sibling

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We have had a crazy last few weeks in our home. We rearranged two of our main rooms, and—as you can imagine—that took an entire weekend. We then decided to paint our daughter’s room and also our son’s room, which

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Week 35: When is it best to nest?

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As I close out on week 35 of pregnancy, I keep waiting for my nesting phase to kick in. Come on organization kick … any day now will do! With having preterm labor the first time around, I never really

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Week 26: Scheduled C-section

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I can’t believe in one week I will be seven months pregnant. So far this journey has been pretty nice. Yesterday I had my 26-week checkup. At my previous appointment I was in and out within 20 minutes. My daughter

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Week 34: Uncharted territory

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preterm labor and delivered my son at 34 weeks. On the right, here I am currently a
few days past 34 weeks with my little girl still cooking away! Woohoo!

This is a monumental week in my pregnancy. For most ladies, being 34 weeks along in pregnancy comes and goes with no real fanfare or excitement. But for me, it is a point that I have waited patiently for since I found

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Week 25: The baby registry

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Last week at 24 weeks pregnant it felt like this pregnancy was flying by. I was getting use to it until I realized the quicker my due date gets here the older my daughter will be, she will be ending

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Week 33: Getting schooled

Just studying up a bit after our Labor and Delivery class!

As my husband and I walked into our labor and delivery course this past week, you could almost feel the air buzzing with excitement. Lots of couples with their notebooks and pens were sprinkled throughout the rooms sitting and chatting;

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Week 24: The nesting phase

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My energy is like a roller coaster these days. One day I have so much I feel like I could run a marathon, but the next I feel like I was run over by a train. I’m two weeks away from

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Week 32: Picking a pediatrician

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A month or so back my OB happened to ask me if I had decided on a pediatrician yet. Hmm … about that … no I hadn’t. “Well, it is best that you figure that out prior to the baby

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Week 23: Date nights

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Like all other parents my husband and I get completely consumed by our children. Of course we love it and wouldn’t have it any other way, but we all know parents need a date night every now and then. Our

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Week 31: Progesterone ponderings

All the essentials for my weekly injections: medicine, syringes, needles and my trusty husband-nurse.

I feel a bit like a ticking time bomb. I’m out of town visiting my family, and all I can think about is getting another week further along in my pregnancy and keeping this baby inside my belly. Most women

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Week 22: Embrace it

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It’s official—2015 is here, which means we have about four months left until we meet our sweet little man. I know there are so many women who claim to love being pregnant, and I promised myself in September that I

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Week 30: Three-quarters pregnancy crisis

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Somewhere around a few weeks ago I started getting this weird feeling that I’m sticking out a bit more than I’d like, in several ways. I think it first hit me when I mentioned to someone that I still have

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Week 21: The five-minute workout

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I wish this post was about this amazing five-minute workout that keeps your body totally hot during pregnancy. This post is far from that. It’s about the fact that I am trying extremely hard to keep up with my workout

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Week 29: Happy New Year!

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As 2014 comes to a close and we get ready to ring in the New Year, people all around the world start to set goals and create resolutions to guide them in the new year (or at least the first

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Week 20: Shake it off

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I’m usually pretty laid back when it comes to shopping, even when I decide to bring my 2-year-old. A few days ago we decided to embrace the crazy world of holiday shopping. We had pretty much all of our shopping

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Week 28: Merry pregnancy!

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It’s the week of Christmas, and my pregnancy brain is filled with lots of Christmas-y things—so it is altogether amazing that we are all still functioning over here. As I’ve been cruising around town listening to all the Christmas songs

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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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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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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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