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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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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 19: The week I started to forget—everything

Upon finding out I was pregnant, I started thinking about the clichés and supposed symptoms of bodily changes I would possibly endure. Admittedly, I was a naysayer of things like cravings and the “eating for two” mentality. I believed it … Continue reading

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Week 39: The one with all the progress (and also no progress at all)

Thirty-nine weeks. No progress. My doctor’s appointments are weekly now, and last week confirmed that there’s been no progress made towards this baby’s exit. I can’t say I’m surprised.   People keep asking if I’m still working. The answer is yes. … 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 18: Almost halfway to baby!

Hi! I’m Lauren. I am almost 19 weeks pregnant with my first baby. My husband (his name is Matt) and I are thrilled, but it certainly took time to process this change! Time is flying by, so allow me to … Continue reading

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That’s about the size of it

Keeping tabs on your girth growth does more than clue you in to how much your wee one is changing inside you. The size of a mom-to-be’s bump can also predict troubles beneath the surface, such as slow fetal growth … Continue reading

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Week 38: The one where I’m still crazy

Thirty-eight weeks. Still pregnant. Still crazy. People keep asking me how I’m doing. Well, last week I gave the finger to a school bus. So that should tell you everything you need to know. My husband emailed me last week and … Continue reading

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What to eat when

Once you find out you’re dining for two, you’re likely to become more mindful of your daily diet. How can you be sure you’re getting the nutrition your peanut needs? It’s simple, really: Load your plate with fruits and vegetables, … 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 37: The one with all the crazy

Welp, I’m now 37 weeks pregnant and totally crazy. I knew the crazies would set in eventually, and now they’re here. Join me as we explore some of my favorites … I’m an emotional train wreck. Last week I found … Continue reading

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Boys will be boys

N’s after school activity of choice—regardless of temperature or precipitation and completely independent of time constraints—is running around the fields with his school friends. G tries to keep up even though all he does is run in the general direction … 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 36: The one with no nursery

Just last week I saw a picture on Facebook of a friend’s nursery. She and her husband are having their fourth baby. (This will be their fourth girl!) The picture showed a perfect baby girl’s nursery; a beautiful white crib … 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 35: The one where things are hard

I can tell that the end of pregnancy is drawing near because things are getting harder. Like what? Like … 1.  Putting on socks and shoes. My feet. They’re suddenly so far away! But it’s cold, and there’s snow on the … Continue reading

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Our three pregnancies

I’ve been talking a lot about the two tiny humans we have running amok at home, inadvertently neglecting to discuss in any depth the third son who’ll be joining our brood in April. I apologize—to you and D3—for treating him … 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 34: The one where I’m not done being pregnant

As this pregnancy moves along, people’s comments regarding my appearance turn to questions regarding my preparedness for the baby’s arrival. You know, all the classics: “Are you ready?” “You’re still pregnant?” “Are you sure they got your due date right?” … 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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On your mark, get set …

As excited as you are to feel that first contraction finally hit, you’ll spend much—if not all—of the first phase of labor in your own home. Learn how to keep tabs on your progress and cope with those first pains … Continue reading

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Bill of health

Bringing a baby into the world tends to put the squeeze on your bank account. But just because you’re tightening the purse strings to buy a stroller or crib (or even start saving for college) doesn’t mean your diet has … Continue reading

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Safe deposit

How often do you have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity? If you’re currently expecting, you have one right on the horizon. When your baby is born, the umbilical cord attaching him to you will also make its arrival in the world—and you’ll … Continue reading

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Week 33: The one with the year-end review

2015 Highlights: -Our oldest turned 5 in January. This fall she started kindergarten. She takes dance lessons and earned the role of baby penguin and snow flurry in her dance school’s performance of “The Snowman” this fall. She loves to … 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 32: The one with the due date speculation

On the topic of due dates vs. when the baby actually arrives—I know it’s not an exact science but I still think it’s fun to think about. Baby No. 1’s due date: January 10. Every single person I talked to told me … 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 31: The one with the Christmas list

My Pregnancy Christmas Wishlist: 1. For everyone to stop asking me when I’m due. I know people are just trying to make pleasant conversation, but it’s annoying. I feel like I should wear a sign that says, “I’m due in … Continue reading

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Week 30: The one with the vaccines

Hey—I made it to the third trimester! (I realize I’m two weeks behind in this recognition, but you may understand why when you read about what I’ve been dealing with in that time.) Two weekends ago, our 5-year-old came home … 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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What lies ahead

We’ve laid it all out—every step of your 40-week trek, so you can know what’s going on inside your barely there (or hard-to-miss) bump. Wherever you are in your pregnancy, get excited for the many changes to come. Note: Don’t fret … Continue reading

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Party poppers

Just like the end-of-year holiday marathon, childbirth is action-packed, labor-intensive and messy. As if planning parties, preparing epic feasts and trekking through crowded shopping centers weren’t enough, some moms-to-be are managing the additional stresses and demands of a third-trimester pregnancy … Continue reading

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Week 29: The one where pants are the worst

Today my pants are too tight … and it’s really cramping my style. Am I wearing maternity pants? No. Could this be why they’re uncomfortably snug? Possibly, but who can say for sure? I don’t own any work-appropriate pants that I … Continue reading

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Welcome home

You don’t have to be a granola-loving, tree-hugging, Birkenstock-wearing mom-to-be to consider a home birth. (Although with the sole-comforting sandals back in style, many of us might be a step closer to supporting the stereotype.) The truth is, you just … Continue reading

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Feeding frenzy

There’s something ridiculously sweet about your partner racing around at midnight to find the exact Vienna sausages and frozen cola you’ve been craving. And there’s something ridiculously convenient about being able to blame your unhealthy hankerings on your bump. But … 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 28: The one with the bedtime peekaboo

Every night at bedtime, I sit in the rocking chair with my 19-month-old, and we spend a few minutes together, rocking slowly and quietly before I put her in her crib for the night. She spends the time checking out … 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 27: The one with(out) the names

Choosing a name for a child is a really, really difficult task. Whatever name you give them, they’re going to have forever. So you better not screw it up. That’s a lot of pressure. My husband and I agree that there are certain … 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 26: The one with the books

While I don’t think that toys are important, I do think that books are a great thing to have a lot of. I will warn you … even if you have 4,000 children’s books to pick from, your children will inevitably have their … 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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