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    Are You A Good Mom

    In my 18 months of being a mom to a wonderful little girl, I often find myself asking am I a good mom? I constantly compare myself to the moms I see around me. I notice when their child looks happier, has less meltdowns, and seems more advanced. It immediately starts a cascade of thoughts running through my head. Because let’s face it, we go through this world looking at others hoping our lives have just a glimpse of what others are looking for. With this second pregnancy, I have decided that I need to take a step back and give myself the affirmations that I am doing the right…

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    The Secrets of Motherhood

    When you become a mom, you become apart of a special club. A club that is reserved for women who have spread their love to another being. Often people say motherhood is beautiful. Motherhood is easy. Motherhood is perfect. They forget to say a lot! Motherhood is messy. The messes start from the minute you conceive. You are throwing up, you are losing your independence, you are losing your body, but instead you are gaining the biggest love you could ever imagine. Motherhood is messy after giving birth. From the spit ups to diaper changes and everything in between. I never knew a small creature could make such a mess…

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    The Hospital Bag Dilemma

    From the moment I hit my second trimester with my first baby, I knew the hospital bag situation needed to be placed more in the front of my already overloaded pregnancy brain. I kept saying that I needed this and this, I would mentally make lists and swear that I would pack it on the upcoming week. I started this at about 24 weeks and kept meaning to pack it as time got closer. Now I was 37 weeks without a bag in sight. I was indecisive. What was I going to need? What could I not live without? Then at 38.5 weeks my water broke spontaneously. Was my bag…

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    Lovely Pregnancy Side Effects

    When I got pregnant, I always thought life would be easy peasy. I thought growing a child would be easy, I thought I would feel 100% and my life wouldn’t change, but boy was I wrong. When my side effects started in my first pregnancy, I freaked out. Now with the second pregnancy going on, I have realized most are normal yet they are never talked about. Restless legs- Holy cow, never have I experienced such an annoying and painful side effect! My poor husband has to rub my legs and feet at night, as I toss and turn, trying to get comfortable to sleep. Please talk to your doctor,…

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    Second Trimester

    You have made it! You have hopefully surpassed the first trimester morning sickness and feel that your energy is coming back. The second trimester is a time for reflection, mom pampering and time to prepare. In the 2nd trimester, you can expect to have a doctors appointment once a month. You will also receive an anatomy scan ultrasound from 18-20 weeks. The anatomy scan is usually a little longer than your average ultrasound as they look at every system of your baby. They measure the head, check the heart, and even see how blood is flowing through the body. If you are extremely lucky, the ultrasound technician may tell you…

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    Registry Questions

    When we announced our first pregnancy, questions about our registry almost immediately came up. They always started off as where are you registered? What do you need for the baby? And what are you having? With my first, we knew that we were having a girl from 12 weeks on. I knew that I didn’t want an overabundance of pink but that was my only concrete thing. After two weeks of being asked constantly about a registry, I decided to look at my options. In the end, I ended up with 3 registries. One was for family members who lived out of the country and shopped on Amazon. Then I…

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    The First Trimester

    Being a first time mom, I had no idea what to expect with the first trimester. All of a sudden I had received the news that I was growing a human being and I was thrown into the trenches! The first trimester isn’t meant to be scary! Instead it should be a time of learning how to accept the growing changes with your body and bonding with the baby that you are growing. Some things I learned with the first trimester are: You will be tired. This fetus is taking a lot out of you. Some of the biggest changes take place during the first trimester. You may feel like…

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    Positive Pregnancy: Now What

    Once the positive pregnancy has been confirmed, being a first time mom I was at a loss. I realized that there was no real plan to follow. All the talks about appointments, classes, doctors, and just life changes was stressful! I didn’t know where to start and now being on the second child, I feel a sense of ease.   I want this blog to be a guideline, a way to help someone who may be struggling in finding the answers because we all know doctor google can give way to many answers that may not be the best for our question. Get a positive conformation of pregnancy, for this…

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    Finding Out Your Pregnant

    I still remember the day that I found out I was pregnant with my first. I had grabbed a pregnancy test on the way to work a night shift and I filled myself with water the entire night, just to ensure I had enough of a sample to give. Right before the end of my shift, I used my clear blue stick and it turned instantly. I panicked. I had no idea where I was supposed to start. I kept thinking that my ovarian cysts may be causing a false positive. I immediately got into the car and drove to Planned Parenthood thinking they would have more answers. When I…