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Great Expectations

My husband is disappointed in my pregnancy. Okay, not really … he is actually very supportive, but he did have some expectations about my pregnancy that didn’t quite pan out. 1. Ice cream cravings. He was CERTAIN that after I got pregnant, I would demand ice cream. I certainly don’t hate it – but let’s just say that […]

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Awkward.

I’m two-thirds cooked these days.   Two-thirds round and waddling, two-thirds wheezing and pausing, two-thirds rotund and awkward. It really is a monumental occasion reaching this third trimester mark, one I have certainly not passed up celebrating. I may have treated myself to a plate of seconds at dinner (a few times), may have even […]

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What is love (for a pregnant woman)?

In honor of the much-loved – or greatly despised – Valentine’s Day, I thought I would share with my fellow moms the joys of how marital love has played out for this pregnant woman. When you’re pregnant, often times you’re hungry, moody, and emotional – all while getting bigger every day. That’s a rough combination! […]

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The Things People Say …

When people find out you are pregnant, they offer you all sorts of advice – well-meaning, to be sure, but advice nonetheless. When people find out you are pregnant with twins … Katy-bar-the-door, the floodgates of advice are WIDE open! I was often shocked to find out that the people who had the MOST advice […]

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Work those ABs!

Abs! To do – or not to do – while pregnant? There is a big misconception out there that you shouldn’t work your abdominal muscles while pregnant. While it is true that in your second and third trimester you should avoid ab exercises that require you to lay on your back, pregnant moms should still […]

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Modest is Hottest

I thought it would be easy. That’s right. I said it. I, naively, thought that we would make our appointment for our twenty week ultrasound and walk out with an envelope which would eventually reveal the sex of our baby. I had already prepped gender reveal party favors, made the snacks, and told everyone where to […]

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Dreams vs Reality

I rose to a beautiful bouquet of flowers nestled next to my bed, my husband presenting a tray of my favorite organic breakfast foods, my three children as the peaceful audience to this loving tribute. We shared a steamy shower together as the children went about their morning routine independently, productively, cooperatively. As we giggled […]

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Halfway is Not Nearly Enough

I delivered our first son on Halloween, the day AFTER his due date. I had been dilated to a 3 for weeks and the doctor was sure that I would deliver a good two weeks early. (Side note: If you are an obstetrician and you happen to be reading this, please never tell a woman […]

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Categorical Changes

(Note: This is the second post in our series dedicated to Prematurity Awareness Day; to read the other posts in this series, click here.) During our routine twenty-week sonogram with our first pregnancy, we learned that we were expecting twins. This revelation meant the end of a “normal” and the beginning of a “high risk” pregnancy which […]

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My kids DON’T NEED a HOT mom

The recent HOT topic about the mom who posted a picture showing off her post-babies bod has been on my mind a lot these past few weeks. The changes my body is going through while being pregnant with my third child, to both my joy and dismay, have brought her story to my attention again. In […]

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