Tag Archives: Sam Dobson

An uphill battle: The birth of Lily

As I sit here typing with my 3-week-old daughter sleeping on my lap, our 32-hour struggle to bring her into this world seems so surreal. As if out of a movie, my contractions started around midnight during the only thunder … Continue reading

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Week 39: False alarm

I think the last week of pregnancy is meant to prepare you mentally for the addition of a new baby—just teetering on the edge of sanity. Every day we wonder if today will be the day that I go into … Continue reading

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Week 38: And now we wait…

With just 10 days to go before my due date arrives, these last few weeks feel like the ultimate test in patience. Knowing our little girl could come at any time—or make us wait a little longer—has us sitting on the edge … Continue reading

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Week 37: The rough patch

A few days ago I went in for my vaginal exam. Normally, the words “vaginal exam” don’t elicit any sort of excitement from me, but I was very eager to get some insight on how things were progressing with my … Continue reading

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Week 36: Mommy and daddy bonding time

Now that we’re in our last month of pregnancy, Blake and I are eagerly and anxiously awaiting the day we get to meet our baby girl. Her impending arrival has lit a fire under our butts. We’ve given all our … Continue reading

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Week 35: The nursery

Blake and I have been slowly putting our baby girl’s nursery together for months now, but it’s been a side project for the most part due to a busy summer full of bachelorette and bachelor parties, bridal showers, weddings and … Continue reading

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Week 34: Pregnant AF

Holy crap! I was so not prepared for how hard the last trimester would be. It’s not that I didn’t read about the details in the pregnancy books or listen to third trimester warnings of the pregnant women who have … Continue reading

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Week 33: Back to school

I’m no genius by any means, but I’ve always considered myself a fairly intelligent person— that is until I got pregnant. As a first time mama, this pregnancy has me feeling like a first grader in a fifth grade class. … Continue reading

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Week 32: One big baby shower

My mom started planning my baby shower early on in my pregnancy. Not only was she excited and eager to get started, but we had to nail down a day among a summer filled with weddings, weekend getaways and family … Continue reading

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Week 31: The final countdown

This pregnancy is going by so fast that every week when I sit down to write this post I second guess how far along I actually am. I struggle to remember what week my Bump app says I’m at, and … Continue reading

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Week 30: Things you should never say to a pregnant woman

I’m well into my seventh month of pregnancy, and I’m pretty sure my belly can be seen from space. OK, I know that’s dramatic—but that’s how it feels sometimes, especially when I frequently get comments about how big I look. … Continue reading

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Week 29: Third trimester goodies arrive right on schedule

I know every pregnancy is different and that those body changes and symptoms broken down month-by-month are more like guidelines. Even so, I’ve been surprised at how textbook my pregnancy has been thus far. My first trimester symptoms were typical … Continue reading

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Week 28: Sh*t is getting real

I was so excited to finally get those milestone alerts from the pregnancy apps on my phone detailing everything I wanted to know about week 28. I gleefully told my husband, “We are officially in the third trimester.” The hype … Continue reading

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Week 27: Glucose testing 1, 2, 3

A couple of weeks ago I walked into the lab with a doctor’s order in hand for a one-hour glucose screening test. I chugged the sugary lime drink provided by the tech and waited patiently for one hour before having … Continue reading

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Week 26: Party like a pregnant chick

During these past six and a half months, I’ve had plenty of reminders that life doesn’t stop just because you’re pregnant. Unless you’re diagnosed with some sort of high-risk pregnancy, it’s business as usual for the majority of those 40 weeks. … Continue reading

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Week 25: Pregnant and #blessed

Yesterday I asked my husband what I should write about for week 25, and he responded by rattling off all the things I’ve been complaining about lately. I instantly felt guilty, like all I had been doing was grumbling about … Continue reading

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Week 24: The registry

This past weekend Blake and I decided to tackle the daunting task of registering for Baby Dobson. The pressure was on as my mother reminded me that the shower invitations are going out this week, and all of our aunts, … Continue reading

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Week 23: Constipation and other fun second trimester goodies

Now that I’m fully entrenched in my second trimester of pregnancy, my body is responding with a whole new gaggle of not-so-fun symptoms. While I do feel pretty good the majority of the time, new challenges have surfaced during this … Continue reading

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Week 22: What a might good man

This past Sunday I made sure to include my husband in the Father’s Day festivities. Even though his daughter hasn’t been born yet, he’s been an amazing father since the day we got a positive pregnancy test. The morning after … 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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