Tag Archives: Michelle Phillips

April Fools’ baby: The birth of Nathan

On the night of March 31, my jokester of a husband devised a plan. His oldest brother was out of town, and Dave thought it would be a hilarious April Fools’ Day joke to tell him our baby was born … Continue reading

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Week 40: Five ways to keep your identity (and sanity) as a new mom

In August of 2014, I joined an exclusive club. The initiation period was a lengthy nine(ish) months in which I studied, trained and prepared. I counted down to D-day (delivery day). Yes, I was becoming a mother after many years … Continue reading

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Week 39: Second guessing

There are many wonderful things about nearing the end of pregnancy: Those final kicks and jabs. The last-minute preparations in the nursery. The anticipation of a cuddly little bundle arriving. And then there are the not-so-wonderful parts—like the nervousness. Can I … Continue reading

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Week 38: A little click, a little crack

This week has been a busy one! It included a baby party in my classroom, where the majority of my students think I am having a girl. They offered name suggestions and ideas of when the baby will be born, … Continue reading

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Week 37: Online shopping, how I love thee

I had high hopes that by the time I was ready to write this week’s post the issues I was having with my sciatic nerve and/or muscle would be resolved. Yeah—no. Not so much. Although I’m better off than I was … Continue reading

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Week 36: A pain in the butt

Last week, my school was on Spring Break. It was glorious! I had all kinds of time to check items off my to-do list, such as getting the baby’s sleeping nook ready, organizing baby clothes (by color, of course), and preparing … Continue reading

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Week 35: The big E

Here I am, approximately one month from my due date, and believe it or not, things are slowly but surely getting checked off my massive to-do list. Of course, this week being Spring Break certainly helps! My hospital bag is … Continue reading

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Week 34: Tweet, little birdie

The weeks are flying, and as you’ve seen in my previous two weeks’ worth of posts, I’m starting to get a little bit nervous about everything I have yet to do to prepare for Baby P’s arrival. I did successfully … Continue reading

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Week 33: Pack it up

Last week, I visited my doctor’s office for my 32-week appointment. It was my last monthly appointment before I start going every two weeks (eek!). During the visit, we happened to start talking about birth plans. We chatted about delayed … Continue reading

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Week 32: So much to do!

If you, lovely readers, read my Week 31 post, you already know I experienced an unexpected trip to L&D last week as a result of a nasty stomach issue. My visit (and the time I spent lying in the hospital bed … Continue reading

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Week 31: Unexpected preview trip

Ah, week 31. It shall forever live in infamy as the week of the stomach bug. Or the food poisoning. Either way, it will live forever as the week I got to take a sneak peek at what my life will … Continue reading

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Week 30: How can I possibly be this tired?

I’m currently sitting at home in Omaha and enjoying one of the blessed little treats that are occasionally awarded to us teachers—our very first snow day! Since the school districts called off school yesterday around 2 p.m., I had a … Continue reading

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Week 29: How about a babymoon?

I have to admit, I’m glad I live during a time when babymoons are actually a “thing.” I know it’s a relatively modern tradition: deciding to go somewhere fun as a couple before your baby is born. I’m fairly certain my … Continue reading

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Week 28: A farewell letter to cheese

You guys. The time has arrived. It seemed so far away when I first found out I was pregnant, so long ago at only 5 weeks’ gestation. It felt like I had forever until I entered my third trimester. At … Continue reading

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Week 27: Pregnancy brain

Many of my blog posts have centered upon the “extras” you get to enjoy as a pregnant woman. Fun bonuses, such as varicose veins and dropping 50 percent of what you touch. One more of these ever-enjoyable add-ons is the side effect … Continue reading

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Week 26: Excuse me

There’s nothing like pregnancy to give you ample opportunity to use the phrase, “Excuse me.” I’ve found myself using it a lot recently, and for quite a few reasons. Brace yourselves, dear readers. Here comes another Michelle Phillips Pregnancy List! … Continue reading

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Week 25: The dropsies (plus a healthy dose of emotion)

Pregnancy comes with a variety of blessings and a decent amount of curses. There are the beautiful ones: seeing your baby for the first time on an ultrasound, hearing baby’s heartbeat, feeling baby’s kicks that start as slight fluttering and … Continue reading

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Week 24: ‘Tis the season to be pregnant

I’ve been waiting to post about Christmas for at least a month now. I’m sitting here on the couch, watching the Saturday Night Live Christmas special and writing while gazing at our beautiful tree. I just love Christmas. I’ve always … Continue reading

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Week 23: The name game

One of the most important tasks of becoming a new parent can also be the most daunting. Choosing a name for your child is such a vital job, and it is one that varies greatly from couple to couple. Some … Continue reading

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Week 22: Oops

When you’re pregnant, you’re totally inundated with advice—things you should do while pregnant, things you shouldn’t … things you should do once baby arrives, things you shouldn’t. It’s all a bit overwhelming, especially if it’s your first pregnancy. When I … Continue reading

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Week 21: Total lack of willpower

Well, it would figure that the week after I blog about making healthy choices, such as exercising while pregnant, I would have to follow it up with a post about my complete and utter lack of willpower as of late. I’d … Continue reading

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Week 20: Get that baby moving!

Confession: I have never been a very enthusiastic exerciser. That’s not to say I haven’t ever exercised. … Of course I have! I danced all the way through school at a local dance studio and on my high school dance … Continue reading

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Week 19: I’m in a glass case of emotion

The first time I watched the movie “Anchorman” (the first of approximately 47 times), I had no idea Ron Burgundy was such a prolific philosopher. I just thought he was funny. But as I was thinking about my past week, … Continue reading

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Week 18: Maternity must-haves

I am a big fan of lists. Sure, I make lists of the usual things: Christmas gifts, things I need to do during the day, and books I want to read. But I also make lists of others things, like … Continue reading

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Week 17: To gender reveal or not to gender reveal?

Some of the most exciting appointments in a pregnancy (at least for me!) are the appointments when you have an ultrasound. Knowing the telltale swoosh swoosh of the ultrasound wand (is that what it’s called?) means you are about to … Continue reading

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Week 16: Welcome back, maternity clothes!

Well, I did it—this weekend, I carried two tubs of my own maternity clothes, one laundry basket of my sister’s and a tote bag from a friend into our closet. One by one, I pulled normal-sized-me clothes off their hangers, … Continue reading

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Week 14: An ode to my husband

As I was sitting down to draft this post, I said to my husband, “I’m not sure what I should write about this week.” He immediately responded, “Probably how great husbands are.” I laughed my obligatory laugh and then started … Continue reading

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Week 13: Cross your fingers …

One of the most obvious things that happens during pregnancy is your changing body. It’s obvious—in order to make room for a growing baby, your body has to change. But it’s always kind of surprising/alarming/depressing when your body finally does. … Continue reading

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Week 12: Sharing our secret

The 12-week mark is kind of a magical time in pregnancy. I’m nearing the end of my first trimester. Those sick feelings of nausea are starting to subside and—dare I say it—my energy level is starting to feel closer to a real … Continue reading

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Week 11: I hear you, baby!

This week, I went into the doctor for my 11-week appointment. (A 12-week appointment makes more numerical sense to me, but I’m no doctor. What do I know?) After asking for a urine sample (an OB/GYN’s way of saying, “Welcome back!”) … Continue reading

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Week 10: I’ll never eat another … again

People are constantly asking us pregnant women about our cravings. If it’s not whether I eat pickles with my ice cream, it’s if my husband has had to run out and buy something in the middle of the night. During my first … Continue reading

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Week 9: Is this for real? Like—really?

Here we are—embarking upon week nine of pregnancy No. 2. Other than the fact my pants are starting to feel a wee bit snug (especially jeans—the jeans always go first, don’t they?), I have to say I’m still having a difficult … Continue reading

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