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December 21, 2014

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The Downside of Having a Baby


The Downside of Having a Baby

At 32 weeks pregnant, I'm starting to shift out of the "fun" pregnant part into the "ugh" pregnant part. My back aches, I'm tired, my breasts are sore, I can't tie my shoes, I'm peeing constantly...you know, the usual. I'm starting to remember how bad everything hurts. For some reason, I had pushed my labor way back in a safe place in my memory, but now it's starting to come back to me. In fact, all of the not-so-fun parts are coming back to me... Labor and delivery: There's really no reason to get into specifics on this one. Even "good" deliveries are still painful. It's just that afterwards, that whole area (you know, down there) it's just, well, an unfortunate situation. Plus, it goes on for longer than anyone...

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The Secret Life of the Pregnant Woman


The Secret Life of the Pregnant Woman

Nothing is more mysterious than the nocturnal habits of a pregnant woman (I say in my best Discovery Channel voice). I've hit that point in my pregnancy where I'm up a minimum of five times a night to use the restroom. It never fails. Every night around 8-9 p.m., I become extremely thirsty. I'll down glasses and glasses of water, knowing all-too-well that I'll be paying for it later. If you're picturing a quick jump in and out of bed, you'd be very wrong. More often than not, I've got a two-year-old pretzeled in between my arms. So, I must slowly untwine us. Then, I've got the ol' stiff back issue that makes the first couple of steps out of bed look more like I'm walking in quick sand. While I'm working that out, I...

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Where's the harm in Bully?

"The Hunger Games" is extremely violent. You know this if you've read the book or seen the movie. If you haven't, I'm telling you it is violent. I'm not going to get into the details of the book or movie, except that I enjoyed them both very much. Although the book was more realistic than "Harry Potter" or "Twilight"...at 30-years-old, I'm mature enough to be able to read it for what it is, fiction. Since my son is still into The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear, the ratings and whether or not my tweenager should be allowed to see it isn't on my radar. I'd like to say I wouldn't alow it, but I've never felt the pressure of a 14-year-old wanting to do something that all his/her friends are doing. Plus, I think...

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The 5 Things That Kept Your Child Awake Lastnight


The 5 Things That Kept Your Child Awake Lastnight

One of the perks of my job is getting to go to informational events under the guise of a professional. For example, this morning I went out to Jenks and listened to Tara Hess speak about "The 5 Things That Kept Your Child Awake Last Night." Tara is a Certified Gentle Sleep Coach and Happiest Baby on the Block Educator. She was speaking to a group of moms who either have children with sleep problems or who are staying ahead of the game by learning different sleep techniques to teach their babies. Currently, I am in the process of transitioning my 2-year-old to his big boy bed; or, let's be honest, out of mommy and daddy's bed. It wouldn't be an issue for me, except with little sister coming in June, I want more flexibility in the middle of the night. So far,...

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My Third Trimester Guilty Pleasures


My Third Trimester Guilty Pleasures

I have officially entered the third trimester, or as I like to call it, the "whatever shoes I don't have to tie" mester. Since my son is on a pretty reliable sleeping schedule, I am trying to pack in all of the books and movies I can after he goes to sleep. This go around, I'm very well aware that I won't read a book for a good two years once the baby gets here. My last pregnancy, I read the Harry Potter series which resulted in my son's nursery morphing into a wizard/ owl/ star themed something. Based on the information below, this little baby's nursery could get a little bizarre. So, I thought I'd share these guilty pleasures with you (in order of degree of guilt 1-5). If you haven't already indulged, you're welcome. If you've...

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The Magical Land of Grammy's House


The Magical Land of Grammy's House

I hope you are all enjoying your very first day of Spring Break. We started off ours last Friday by road tripping to my hometown to stay with my mother, or Grammy as she's now known. My sister and I loaded up our kids (7, 3 and 2 years old) and headed south. Grammy's house has become this magical place (especially to the 7-year-old) where anything is possible. Growing up in the country, I took for granted that cows and horses were just part of the backdrop, but to my 2-year-old, seeing cows is an event. Although I do love midtown, country living has its perks. For example: 1) There's something to be said for not having to worry about traffic. When I open my front door, it's an immediate "hold my hand" situation. At Grammy's house, it's a...

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Stop Kony 2012


Stop Kony 2012

I'm a skeptic. I think...I hope that everyone is these days. I didn't say pessimist. It's just important with the our unreliable media to do a little research or ask a couple of questions before you completely swallow a news report.  So, have you all seen the Stop Kony 2012 campaign that has taken over the www? Maybe you have, but haven't had time to watch the video. I took some time today to watch the video and also read a few articles and blogs discussing its accuracy. Here are some blogs/ articles I read: CNN, NPR, Forbes. For good measure, I tried to look on Fox News, but couldn't find anything. There's no doubt that Joseph Kony is the worst kind of human being. His crimes are unthinkable and it's beyond what many of us can...

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Feeling the Love

You know, there are times when you feel like the whole world is against you; now is not that time for me. I was just reading my editor Betty's newest blog post and it made me feel good. It also reminded me of a good interaction I had with a mom this past weekend.... You may have read that one of my son and I's special places is the kid's area in Barnes & Noble. He loves the train set, and I love reading while he plays with the train set. However, lately it hasn't been such a special place. This whole sharing thing has become a struggle for us. As soon as a possible "enemy" shows up to the set, he begins hoarding as many trains as he can hold. Then, when his arms can't hold anymore, he has a nervous breakdown as they fall to the floor. If...

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Co-Sleeping Transition: Take #Infinity

Sunday....we got a new twin-sized bed for our son. Yesterday....I bought sheets and purchased a bedrail. Today...is supposed to be the day that we actually use these items. We hadn't originally planned to co-sleep with our son, it just kind of happened. He slept perfectly fine in his crib from 4-18 months, but then he would wake up at 5 a.m. and I would just put him in bed with us. Then it was midnight. Then it somehow turned into full blown co-sleeping. To be honest, I'm not opposed to co-sleeping in any way and tend to side more with the whole "it's our culture" side of the argument. Not to speak for my husband, but I think he enjoys our son being in bed with us, too. Sure, there are times when it's inconvenient, but for the most part it's...

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Amoxicillan No Better than a Placebo--Wha???

Here's something to discuss with your pediatrician at your next visit. I came across an article this morning claiming that Amoxicillin is no better than a placebo for most sinus infections. "Our results show that antibiotics aren't necessary for a basic sinus infection - most people get better on their own." Dr Jay F Piccirillo Any mom out there knows exactly what Amoxicillin is...the pink stuff that gets prescribed to your children for ear infections, sinus infections, etc. I'm not a huge fan of my child taking medication, and luckily I have a pediatrician who isn't either. She's sent me home with the a prescription of "if he doesn't get better in 3 to 4 days come back" many, many times. However, I have also been on the losing...

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The first years of motherhood are the most educational years of your life.  Abby Rodgers shares the highs, the lows, the love and complete shock of being a new mom.  She'll write what she has learned and also seek advice from you about things she has yet to figure out.  Abby keeps it real with a little humor and a lot of love. 

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