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    An Important Tool

    Being an EMT in the ER for the past 4 years, I have faced many situations. Constantly children are shuttled in because they swallowed something and parents are worried that it will not pass. Other times we get children who are choking and the item couldn’t be cleared by the Heimlich maneuver. I am so glad to partner with Life Vac and ihelpmoms for this post. Life Vac gives me peace of mind at home. If the Heimlich doesn’t work, this tool steps in. With a quick suction to the face, and a pumping action, you can dislodge the object that is obstructing the airway! It comes with face masks…

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    Getting Closer

    As the days get closer to us welcoming a second little bundle joy into our family, I have been reflecting a lot. Reflecting on how lucky I am to be a mom to a healthy happy 19 month old, a wife to the most amazing and supportive husband around and a daughter/grand daughter to the best family I could ask for. As I grow larger and get more uncomfortable, I want to remember these moments. I want to remember the kicks I get after finally sitting down after a 12 hour shift. I want to remember the way Harley sits on top of my belly and laughs when her sibling…

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    The 3rd Trimester

    Oh boy! You have made it to the finish line! The third trimester is said to be full of magic and rainbows! In a few short weeks, a new baby will be in your arms. You will soon encounter the most pure love of your life. But is the third trimester really that great. Definitely not in my experience. The second trimester was a time where your energy came back. Even though your belly grew, you felt pretty normal. Life is peachy keen. You get ultrasounds, see the doctor every month and start to feel little flutters in your belly that turn into full blown kicks. Well the third trimester…

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    Beating Anxiety

    I remember the day as if it was yesterday. Having my first anxiety attack with Harley was paralyzing. I had never experienced any sort of anxiety until I was about 5 months pregnant. I honestly didn’t know what was happening to me. At that point in my life, I was working night shift usually 3 days a week, and then going to school two days a week for over 11 hours a day. I am sure my lack of sleep greatly contributed to the anxiety attacks. It also didn’t help that our classrooms had no window, so for most of the day I was only under fluorescent lights. I remember…

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    Murphy’s Naturals

    Camping has always been a favorite pastime for my family. Yet, the worst part about camping is the fact that mosquitos absolutely love me and Harley. I can barely step outside without having millions of them on me just waiting for a quick bite. Then the itch ensues. On any certain trip, I can count on going through numerous bottles of anti itch cream because my bites turn into full on welts. With this pregnancy, it seems that the mosquitos officially can’t leave me alone! I think the baby has turned my blood even sweeter. I am constantly tormented by the buzz in the ear. I am so thankful to…

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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…