Pregnancy After Stillbirth: The Breakdown Point

I think I'm finally starting to realize just how much of an impact losing Addison is having on this pregnancy. The last month was such a whirlwind - it's been so packed with doctor's appointments, work transitions, events and chasing after my rambunctious toddler that I really haven't had a lot of time to think about things. Or how anxious I am to get through every little milestone that I set up for this pregnancy. I've been super behind on reading my favorite blogs lately. This morning, I sat down and read Hyedi's birth story of her son, Charlie. During pregnancy, sweet Charlie developed a rare heart tumor, was delivered about ten weeks Read more [...]

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Exhaustion. And Going to the Shooting Range While Pregnant.

Have you ever had one of those moments - those days, or maybe those weeks - where you're just so burnt out, you don't even know what you should do next? That's how I felt on Saturday. I hate that feeling. Mostly because you never know how long it's going to last. It's funny, because my doctor's visit on Friday really precipitated the whole...unproductive afternoon. On Friday, I was talking to one of the nurses about how this pregnancy has been so different - between the nausea, the fatigue, the headaches - it's been intense. And she turned to tell my very type-A, activator/achiever brain that, "oh honey. That's your body telling you Read more [...]

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When I'm not pregnant, I'm honestly not much of a snacky person. Being pregnant makes a whole different side of hunger come out - I'm basically ravenous all the damn time. I also have a toddler in the house, who LOVES snacks - and needs easy access to his favorite things. Because of this, I've had to come up with a stockpile that goes beyond the goldfish crackers to keep us both happy and full (have you ever seen a hungry, crabby toddler? Imagine the same thing in a grown woman with a baby belly when hungry. It's not pretty.). And if we're being honest...well, I eat a lot like my toddler anyway. Hey, it's just easier than not! And here are Read more [...]

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8 Weeks Pregnant: What it Feels Like This Time Around

With my previous pregnancies - especially in the beginning - I would sometimes forget that I was pregnant. Just a slip of the mind, I didn't always feel pregnant, so I just...didn't always remember that I was pregnant. This time around, even at 8 weeks pregnant, it's so much different. I can barely go five minutes without thinking - has another day passed? Because I've been so worried about doing this pregnancy right, there's not a moment that's gone by that I don't remember there's something growing in my tummy. It's a little weird, because I've never been quite this hypervigilant about anything before. In some ways, that's a really good Read more [...]

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Blogging Tips: How to Find Brand Partners

Read more blogging tips here! I've gotten several messages over the last week from readers asking me one thing: how do I find the right brand partners for my blog? The truth is, there's not one fit that works for everyone - but there's certainly similar steps every blogger can take to find partners within their niche. So that's where we'll focus this week's blogging tips: how to find great brand partners for your site. 1. Identify your niche. This sounds basic, but it's actually a step that most bloggers skip. This is because you go into blogging thinking that you're a tech writer. Or a fashion blogger. Or, in my case, a mommy blogger. Read more [...]

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Life After Child Loss: Four Months Later

This weekend, I went to the wedding of our friends. It was a beautiful wedding, full of life and laughter and love. But something struck me as I watched Lisa's mom be escorted to her seat at the front of the church. Followed by Lisa, in her beautiful gown, her dad by her side. I'll never see this for her. My little girl won't get a wedding. We'll never have a chance to talk about dresses, or flowers, or guest lists. Hell, I won't even know if that's what she wanted - the big hoopla wedding. It's so strange, because I've never thought about it like that. I've never thought about it in terms of the long-term future, and what she's missing Read more [...]

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One of the biggest reasons why I left the "office" world to work for myself was to have more opportunities to spend quality time with my little guy. I love having the best of both worlds - being able to get tons of work done (and feel like a really productive mama) while still planning super fun days with him. And one of our favorite things to do on our days together is to plan a playdate with a friend or two. It's great for him to be social outside of school with his friends, and great for mama to have some adult conversation about something other than...work...during the day. Sometimes, it can seem like a real drag to figure out what to Read more [...]

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Pregnancy Workout Mama: The First Trimester

So, before we found out we were pregnant, I was really working hard on getting to the gym four or five times a week. And I was doing such an awesome job. And then, we had a crazy week where Ricky was home for six days - no working breaks for mama - which meant mama got really behind. Which led to two weeks of playing catch up, and only two or three workouts. Then there was this week, where I've basically been nauseous and just trying to figure out how to cope with severe morning sickness. I haven't made it to the gym once, sadly. Although I have gotten on our elliptical a few times and done some squats. Something is better than nothing, Read more [...]

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Blogging Tips: Getting Back on a Fall Schedule

Read more blogging tips here! Happy fall! Ok, it's not really fall yet - we've still got another week. But it IS back to school time - which means it's time to get out of summer break mode and start focusing on your blog again. I know how it goes during the summer. The kids are home, you've got barbeques and bonfires to go to, vacations to maximize, beach trips to enjoy. Summer really is the time to get outside (and away from your computer) to enjoy everything that the outdoors has to offer. Trust me that I understand. I live in a state that spent like forty days sub zero last winter. I UNDERSTAND. Ok, now that that's out of Read more [...]

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Morning Sickness: So Bad I Scared Myself into Researching Twins

When I was pregnant with Ricky, I had moderate morning sickness. By four weeks, I felt a little nauseous in the afternoon, would lay down for 20 minutes and be fine. When I was pregnant with Addison, I have some nasty morning sickness (relatively), and spent a lot of nights moaning about feeling like I was going to puke. But it was still workable - as in, I could work around it, and just rest in the evenings. With this pregnancy, the morning sickness is not so fun. It's not all day, every day, but it's a lot of the time. This morning, I spent an hour on the couch before I could even make a cup of coffee. Then I was alright - a little Read more [...]

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