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  • To My Second Baby on your First Day of Daycare

    To My Second Baby on your First Day of Daycare

    Today I go back to work. I’m already feeling all the emotions today, no matter how strongly I feel going back to work is the right thing for us. Today is also Ella’s first day of daycare, and if she could understand me, these are the things I’d want her to know.  My sweet Ella –  Today I go back to work. I’ve been preparing for this for weeks, but there’s no real way to prepare you for it. It’s going to be a big change for you, but this is going to be your new normal.  Maternity leave is…

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    What’s in a Name?

    What’s in a Name?

    I feel like I need to blow cobwebs off this space or something. I’m still here, just slowly adjusting to life with a newborn and our new normal as a family of four. I have had a few people ask the inspiration behind Ella’s name, so I thought I’d start back into regular blogging with that. Choosing a name is a huge responsibility. After all, this is the name your child will have their entire life, and it’s got to fit them, your family, and be a name you enjoy saying (because let’s face it, with kids you say their names…

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    Overdue

    Overdue

    Well, I’m officially 6 days overdue. While I had a feeling this would happen, it doesn’t make the waiting easier. In the past few days, I’ve seen a few people, most due after me, have their babies… and I’m still waiting. While I’m happy for them, it also only serves to make me more anxious. I had all these posts planned in my head for this week, of everything concerning big sister, what I’ve packed for the hospital, etc. But you know what? Instead, I’ve been enjoying the first few days of my maternity leave, sans baby. With my induction…

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    Beer Baby Two: 40 Weeks – Due Date!

    Beer Baby Two: 40 Weeks – Due Date!

    Well, as I expected, my body likes to grow babies the entire 40 weeks… and then some. Happy due date, sweet girl! Consider this final bumpdate your eviction notice and GET OUT! How far along? 40 Weeks! Size of baby: About 20.2 Inches and 7.6 pounds – a pumpkin. For size reference, Abbie was born at 41 + 2  – she was 21 inches and 8 pounds, 2 ounces. General Thoughts/Feelings/Mood: I don’t know how many more times I can say I’m done. I’m uncomfortable as all get out and she’s putting pressure everywhere since she’s basically out of room in…

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    To My Daughter, Before You Become a Big Sister

    To My Daughter, Before You Become a Big Sister

    Well, any day now, it’s happening. With an induction date on the calendar, bags packed, and a nursery ready to go, it’s more evident than ever that our days as a family of three are numbered. Every night when we put Abbie to bed, I find myself wondering if this time is the last time we put her to bed as an only child. Is this the last time she’ll have all our attention and not have to share? I usually tell her I’ll see her in the morning, but I’ve stopped lately. Because the truth is, if I go…

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    Beer Baby Two: 39 Weeks

    Beer Baby Two: 39 Weeks

    Another Thursday, another bump update. I meant to do 38 weeks…. but life happened and hey, I’m still pregnant this week so it’s fine, right? How far along? 39 Weeks Size of baby: About 20 Inches and 7.3 pounds- a small watermelon! For size reference, Abbie was 21 inches and 8 pounds, 2 ounces at birth. General Thoughts/Feelings/Mood: DONE. I’m so done. I am so ready to meet this little girl, use her name, see what color hair she has, and get to know her. I’m so, so ready to see Abbie as a big sister, and so, so ready…

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    To my Husband, Before we Become a Family of Four

    To my Husband, Before we Become a Family of Four

    Late pregnancy is no picnic. For the most part, I’ve been fairly active and healthy this pregnancy. I’ve been fortunate to not have complications and to be able to go about my normal life and routines. That doesn’t mean it’s been easy, and it’s been a challenge for our family, and my husband especially, as well as myself. So, to my husband, before we become a family of four… I want to start by saying thank you. I know this pregnancy has been a challenge for you as well as me. I want you to know that you’ve been amazing…

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    Welcoming Baby Girl Number Two

    Welcoming Baby Girl Number Two

    This post is in collaboration with Gymboree. I was provided with items to review as well as compensation for this post. All opinions are my own. It’s been a busy month in our household. Unlike when I was pregnant with Abbie, we’ve left a lot of preparations for this baby girl for the last few weeks… which leaves us with a lot to do in very little time here at the end. With less than 5 weeks until my due date, I still need to finish hanging all her artwork in the nursery, find the bottles (seriously, I really need…

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    32 Weeks

    32 Weeks

    I am officially 7 months pregnant, and am starting to count down the days until my due date. Seriously, the third trimester is not for the faint of heart. With that, here’s my latest bumpdate… How far along? 32 Weeks Size of baby: About 16.7 Inches and 3.8 pounds – a bok choy General Thoughts/Feelings/Mood: I’m so emotional, all the time. I have a post in the works on how this pregnancy is kicking my butt and been different from Abbie’s, so I’ll keep it short and sweet here. I’m getting more tired by the day, I’m hating that I’m…

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    Five On Friday

    Five On Friday

    I feel like it’s been ages since I did a five on Friday post, so I thought I’d jump in with one today! Here’s what’s been going on in our lives…. ONE Abbie is all moved into her big girl room and loving it. I need to do one more thing (spray paint her bookshelf) and I’ll declare it officially done. Baby’s room though? Not a single thing done. I really need to get on that… or at least turn the crib back into a crib from a toddler bed. That’s step one, right? Seriously, there’s just random stuff everywhere…

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