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Life as a Mom

My Labor & Delivery Story


By the time I reached my third trimester, I valued reading about other women’s labor stories so that I could understand all the different things that I may or may not experience.  Realizing I would be able to do the same thing for someone else, I wrote all the details down the night we came [...]

Caring for Yourself After Delivery

There is a lot out there about how to take care of your baby in those precious first few weeks after birth.  But, this post is not about that.  It is about how to take care of yourself.  You have just gone through the most aerobic and crazy thing a body can possibly do, you [...]

Maternity Clothes – Shopping Checklist

Despite what the stores seem to insinuate, you don’t need everything in your pregnancy closet to say “maternity” on it. When I was first pregnant, I received a gift from a friend of a book called Bump It Up,which taught me to have a few basics, a “uniform”, and to mix and match to get [...]

Why Bottles Were Best for Zachary – My Personal Breastfeeding Journey

Like many (most?) expectant moms, I was bound and determined to nurse Zachary for the first several months, hopefully through the first year.  I researched, talked to friends who breastfed successfully, bought all the right accessories (nursing attire, pump, cover-up, heat compresses, etc.).  I thought I was fully prepared. In the hospital, Zachary latched a [...]

Zachary’s Nursery Part 1 – Designing and Creating the Nursery


Within a few weeks of finding out I was pregnant, we got to work transforming one of our spare bedrooms into a nursery.  We painted, ordered furniture, and did lots of DIY projects to make the space one where Zachary can learn and discover. Painting and Space Planning We started with overall paint and space [...]