What Do You Miss About Being Pregnant?

Pregnancy is rough. It's hard on your body, it's hard on your emotions and it's just plain hard. But it's also an absolute beautiful time of life and one that, once you're out of, you kind of miss. Today, I'm focusing on the good parts of pregnancy, and sharing what other moms miss about being pregnant. "Me time. It's few and far between now that my baby is my number one priority!" –Katie R. "Eating whatever I wanted, and blaming it on 'cravings.'" –Claire D. ...more

3 Tips for Throwing a Successful Baby Shower in the Office

Our office held a baby shower for one of the members of our team, Dana, who is about to head out on maternity leave. This isn’t our first rodeo when it comes to throwing baby showers for team members expecting either —not to toot my own horn too much, but we’ve got everything about hosting baby showers down to a science! But for many offices, and startups especially, holding a baby shower for a pregnant coworker for the first time can look like a daunting task. Where do you get started? The answer is a lot simpler than you think!...more
AmateurNester  That's a really good note to make - great point!more

Should You Let Your Kids Watch Your Next Birth?

I got into hot topic conversation on Facebook this week. It started as me truthfully answering a friend's curiosity question. And while I would usually leave it at that, or offer clarity/details if necessary, I got sucked in to the conversation because it was something I am so passionate about. My friend is expecting her third child and planning her third homebirth. She wrote: "When I tell people I might have my kids at my homebirth, they react one of three ways: 1) whatever. 2) it's too traumatic and scary. 3) it's too distracting for mom. 4) it's inappropriate. Just curious, what do you think?" What do I think? ...more
CaroleMcKee I completely disagree that birth is an adult thing, it is a life event just as death ...more

Demand, Then Supply (a.k.a. Use It or Lose It)

So, here’s how milk-making boobs work:Your body starts making colostrum in the last few months of pregnancy.  It is sitting there, ready to go, just waiting for baby to be born.Your baby eats colostrum for the first three days or so. Colostrum is small in quantity, thick ,and super duper nutritious and usually all baby needs for the first three days....more

What Do You Miss About Being Pregnant?

Pregnancy is rough. It's hard on your body, it's hard on your emotions and it's just plain hard. But it's also an absolute beautiful time of life and one that, once you're out of, you kind of miss. Today, I'm focusing on the good parts of pregnancy, and sharing what other moms miss about being pregnant. "Me time. It's few and far between now that my baby is my number one priority!" –Katie R. "Eating whatever I wanted, and blaming it on 'cravings.'" –Claire D. ...more

The 33rd Annual Houston Chronicle Best Dressed Luncheon and Neiman Marcus Fashion presentation benefiting the March of Dimes

Today marked the 33rd Annual Houston Chronical Luncheon and Neiman Marcus Fashion Presentation, benefiting the March of Dimes; in which was chaired by Rosemary Schatzman. I had the pleasure of asking a few questions to better acquaint myself with the mission, purpose and overall goals of the organization....more

Why this time around my birth plan is to not have one

When I was pregnant with my first child three years ago I faced labor and delivery with a much different mindset. Before I even went into the hospital, I gave my doctor a typed two page birth plan that included things like being able to bounce on the birthing ball and no nurse should even attempt to give my baby a bottle of formula because I was exclusively breastfeeding. The fact that my doctor managed to take this with a straight face is a testament to how amazing she is. The only thing she said was to me was it's great to have a plan, but plans can sometimes change....more

You Can't Control Breastfeeding

Intention. Attention. No Tension.This concept is borrowed from Happy for No Reason  by Marci Shimoff.This applies to anything and everything, but here we are going to apply it to breastfeeding (because, you know, that is all I tend to talk about).IntentionSet an intention, also known as a goal. Make this mean something to you.In my course “The Secrets of Breastfeeding Success”  I ask you to set a clear goal and identify three to five MOFA (motivating factors)....more

Maternity Outfit Ideas

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How to have a good pregnancy? Do pregnancy YOUR way

Do you want to know how to have a good pregnancy?You’ve heard some complaints about pregnancy, I’m sure. You’ve maybe even heard some horrific horror stories.You know pregnancy is not always all “sunshine and roses,” yet you’d like it be. Couldn’t it mostly be that way for you? Why couldn’t it be? You tell yourself it’s not realistic, and yet you want your story to be different…...more

The Birth of My Son

As Liam's 3rd birthday is coming up, I have been going through some old things and came across something that I had written when Liam was first born.  I wanted to share it with my readers. Enjoy!...more

38 weeks

I am getting so close to meeting this new baby girl and I couldn't be more excited. I'll have to say I have been exhausted beyond belief the last couple weeks. Not sure if it has to do with just my pregnancy or the fact that I have a three year old who follows me around constantly saying "Mommy, watch this". All I know is experiencing pregnancy with a toddler has been a lot different than when it was only Jared and I. At 38 weeks I have: ...more