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Week 38: My contribution

In the wake of last week’s mass shooting tragedy, I had a personal revelation. As details of the event slowly unfolded and we learned the names, the faces and the families of each victim, I was truly broken by the … Continue reading

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Week 21: Hello, pregnancy brain

I get asked how I am feeling a lot these days. I can honestly answer that as far as my health goes, I feel pretty good. I’ve got a good amount of energy, an overzealous appetite, and aside from some … Continue reading

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Week 37: I can feel her head!

At my most recent appointment, my doctor decided to check me for the first time after I told her I was experiencing contractions (woo!). It was the same appointment as the, ahem, lovely swab test, so I was already feeling … Continue reading

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Week 20: Little milestones

Pregnancy is all about the milestones … getting past that first trimester, hearing your baby’s heart beat for the first time, discovering the sex of your baby, feeling that first kick. These little milestones are what keep us sane. These are … Continue reading

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Week 36: Am I leaking?

I cannot believe June 2016 has finally arrived. It feels like yesterday I had a full-blown meltdown over realizing I was having a baby come summertime. The hot heat of Atlanta makes me happy to know this process will come … Continue reading

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Week 19: Can you hear me in there?

I’ve been talking to my belly since around eight weeks, when I first saw the little embryo during an ultrasound. At first, it wasn’t more than a random thought here or there or occasionally some words of encouragement. After that … Continue reading

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Week 35: Our new home!

Wow. That’s all I can say after this wonderful long weekend. What a truly memorable time I had creating new memories—most notably, creating a space for Bellamy in our little loft apartment. This was a long time coming and a … Continue reading

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Week 18: The prenatal waiting game

This morning I had another one of my monthly OB/GYN visits. Never a fan of doctor visits, dental check-ups or any other sort of medical appointment, I find it funny how much I look forward to each and every prenatal … Continue reading

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Week 34: Team BWD

You know what pregnancy is? Humbling. It’s the ultimate checks and balances system for checking who you once were at the door and swallowing all the misguided things once said before going through this process. I can only imagine how … Continue reading

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Week 17: The big reveal

When you’re pregnant everyone wants to know if the bun in your oven is a boy or a girl. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked that question since the news of my pregnancy first began to spread. … Continue reading

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Week 33: A Bellamy belly

My one and only sister got me a Mother’s Day gift this past weekend. Out of everyone I encountered that day, she really made an effort to celebrate me, and I was so touched by her gesture. What struck me … Continue reading

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Week 16: Did I just feel something?

Lying in bed the other night, I’m pretty sure I felt my baby move for the first time. At only 16 weeks, I was skeptical, but according to my pregnancy apps it’s possible to feel some “fluttering” around this time. … Continue reading

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Week 32: Support system

I know Mother’s Day just passed, and I could be consumed with the reality I am included in the people group being celebrated! After all, I am now a mom, but instead of thinking about “my day,” I am weeks ahead of … Continue reading

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Week 15: Hunger pains

I am the first to admit that I was perhaps a bit too vocal about the unpleasantness of the first trimester. All day nausea is enough to make anyone complain. And while I couldn’t be more relieved to have the … Continue reading

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Week 31: Just me and the bump

Ironically, pregnancy can feel lonely sometimes. Even though I am literally with another human at all times, I have experienced some really trying moments of feeling alone. I don’t think this is a bad thing, but something some of us … Continue reading

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Waiting game

Cue the Final Jeopardy music, you know, the kind you play in your head when you’re impatiently waiting for something. Yeah, that’s us. L wants this baby out here already, and honestly, the sleepless nights ahead are appealing to me. … Continue reading

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Handy how-to: Manage pelvic pain

If you’re in your final weeks of pregnancy, you’re probably feeling the annoying ouch your doc calls “round ligament pain.” Take heart that it’s a normal part of bump-hood and a common complaint among expectant mamas. (So you’re not the … Continue reading

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Week 14: Finding my pregnancy zen

As the nausea and exhaustion of the first trimester very slowly creep away, I’ve been feeling a little more like myself again. Of course those nuisances have been replaced by other fun little symptoms, like the aching hollow feeling I … Continue reading

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Week 30: Clocking out

Bringing a baby into the world can come with a fair share of things to figure out. Although you can continue to plan on living life as similarly as possible, I think most women would agree they at least entertain … Continue reading

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Due date approaching

Today is the day. Or was it the day? (I’m writing this prior to the actual due date despite it being published on the due date.) Truth be told, it’s the beginning of what I’m planning on being a hectic, unpredictable … Continue reading

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Week 13: The “is she pregnant, or just overweight” stage

I know that every pregnancy is different, but that doesn’t stop me from making ridiculous comparisons, like Googling belly bump pictures at 13 weeks to see how my body measures up. Like I said, I know that is ridiculous, and … Continue reading

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Week 29: Her name

I’ve surprised myself with how relaxed I have been throughout the past 29 weeks of my first pregnancy. I kept waiting for this intense motherly protectiveness to rear its ugly head when someone coughs too close to me, or I … Continue reading

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Hold off, just a little longer

T-minus seven days and L feels more pressure and more exhausted by the day. Pregnancy pressure, not pressure to have the baby. We’ve sorted through bin after bin of clothes of 0-6 month and 6-12 month clothing, most all of … Continue reading

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Week 12: Making the big announcement

One of the most common pieces of advice you hear in early pregnancy is that you should wait until at least 12 weeks to start telling people that you’re pregnant. Everyone says so; everyone woman who’s been through it all … Continue reading

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Week 28: Do you catch my drift?

In case you haven’t had enough of my over-sharing, I thought I would really let you in on my biggest struggle of each day. It trumps the battle of the bladder, the terrible night sleeps and chub rub I have … Continue reading

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In the teens

The pregnancy countdown is in the teens. Well, technically it was in the teens last Wednesday. Semantics. He’s in a good downward position, heartbeat sounds good, weight right on par with the first two. When he finally decides he really … Continue reading

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Looking back

Wake up and hop around ‘cause I gotta go. It’s 7 a.m., and I’m doing the wiggle dance until I find an ovulation stick and a plastic cup. Doc says the ‘first catch of the day’ is the most reliable, … Continue reading

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Week 27: Pursuing peace

  I love that State Farm commercial for “all the never(s) in life.” In case you haven’t seen it, it’s a collection of a few snapshots from a man’s point of view. It stars with him claiming he will never … 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 26: Modesty milestones

Pregnancy is full of milestones charting the progress of a growing baby. There is the “fruit of the week” milestone to show the baby’s size, three trimester milestones every couple of months and new symptoms to go with each one … Continue reading

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28 days

Twenty-eight days. No, not the movie where Sandra Bullock plays a newspaper columnist who enters a drug and alcohol clinic, though L and I will finally be able to partake in a celebratory glass of champagne together. We’re four weeks away … 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 25: We all go through it

Ugh. I already feel a little weird bringing up this topic because I do not want to put negativity out there regarding pregnancy. Too many women have problems associated with fertility, so let me preface my perceived “complaints” as actual … Continue reading

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Hospital bag packing list

We’re six weeks out, and I guess technically L can go at any time. While unlikely (N was born a day late, G four days early), you just never know. We live close enough to the hospital that I can make … Continue reading

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Chill out

Prepping a batch of freezer meals during pregnancy can make postpartum dinners less of a headache. Just thaw and bake (or add them to your slow cooker), for a minimal-effort meal. You won’t even have to stand and stir the … 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 24: Who runs the world?

In case you missed it, we recently celebrated International Women’s Day, reminding women everywhere how BA they are for being themselves. It was a unique experience celebrating womanhood knowing I’m pregnant with a girl. I was on cloud nine all … Continue reading

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Getting down to it

We’re roughly seven weeks from becoming a family of five. Seven week from no longer fitting at a square table for four at a restaurant (if we find time to go out to eat as a family). Seven weeks from … 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 23: Just the two of us

You know the saying, “that’s a good problem to have?” I have one of those. This week I realized (again) how blessed I am to be bringing a baby into my world with the person I love the most. Although … Continue reading

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Officially nesting

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably heard the term ‘nesting’ before. Whether or not you’ve experienced in it firsthand, however, depends on whether or not you’re almost to your due date, are newly pregnant, or have already had the pleasure … 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 22: Soak, sip and sexual healing

I read something the other day that made me go, “What am I doing with my free time?!” I was reading about French parenting and how pregnancy is portrayed (in writing) as a nine-month retreat to the spa. Expectant moms … 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 21: Sew it begins

It’s amazing how pregnancy changes you. The physical changes are expected, and moms assure you the maternal instincts will come—but I’ve experienced additional changes of self-discovery as a result of becoming pregnant. Naturally, I didn’t view my world the same … Continue reading

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Cooking for a crowd

I’m the resident chef in our home. And let me tell you something else: It’s impossible to appease everyone. The only two people who eat our nightly meal without fail are L and me. After all, we’re the ones who decide what’s … 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 20: Cute or nah?

There is one phrase everyone likes to say to a pregnant woman, usually out of politeness or nervousness of not knowing how to interact with a human growing another human—because it’s a tad alien to some, I guess. This phrase … Continue reading

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Week 40: The one where I’ve been pregnant for 10 months

Forty weeks … because apparently I don’t know how to NOT be pregnant. I can’t say I’m surprised that I’m still pregnant. But yet part of me couldn’t help but hope that I wouldn’t go passed my due date this time. … Continue reading

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Stay-at-home-dad again

Even though I work during the day, there are still days where I tell the nanny she can have a day off because school is closed. These are the days I cherish. The entire family will be together every day … Continue reading

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