It doesn't have to go the way you're assuming - and dreading - it'll go

It’s well-known that there are physical ailments that are considered “common” during pregnancy. Morning sickness, fatigue, swollen ankles, back pain, and shortness of breath, to name a few. While many pregnant women experience these, I want to share the idea that you don’t have to get these ailments. You don’t needto expect to experience them. It’s not a “given,” even if a condition is hereditary. It may be a well-known fact that women in your family retain water and swell during pregnancy. You may have been told for years that you can look forward to this phenomenon....more

Vomiting And the Best Day in the World

As soon as I hit week 7, I started throwing up. This is what my days look like, more or less. I wake up feeling relatively fine. I get up and eat breakfast, which is when nausea shows up....more

What Eating for Two Really Means

Pregnancy is such an exciting and challenging time of your life. Balanced nutrition during pregnancy not only helps your baby grow properly, but can lead to a healthy family later. Studies have shown that your food choices during these nine months can shape your baby’s eating habits in childhood. Making the healthy choices now will provide your growing baby with nutritious habits for a lifetime. Give your baby the best start; eat healthy for TWO! ...more
@bellejarblog bellejarblog You were probably vitamin D deficient. Studies have shown that a ...more

SOS - Sperm Missiles Invading!

Operation Cheers To The Second Time has been launched.  Yes - we had unprotected sex. A little sperm missile invaded my egg. At least I think it did. It's too early to tell for sure. I know it doesn't sound especially romantic, but once the purpose of sex is baby making, I see myself as an assembly line. I blame my scientific background for it. This is not to say I did not enjoy the means by which one gets pregnant. I did. But that's not the point....more

It's Not Just Morning Sickness

According to the Merriam Webster dictionary the definition of morning sickness is: nausea and vomiting that occurs typically in the morning especially during the earlier months of pregnancy. Okay got that? According to the same Merriam Webster dictionary the definition of Hyperemesis Gravidarum is: excessive vomiting during pregnancy. Although they may seem similar, find one women who has been diagnosed with HG and ask her if she thinks they are comparable. Oh you found one, oh! It’s me? You really want to know what I think? Well, let me just shed some light on this situation shall I? Screw you Merriam Webster!!! Yea, you heard me!...more
Been there, done that! My first pregnancy was a breeze...my second pregnancy I was admitted ...more

Vasovagal Syncope Strikes Again

  Note: I feel like I should apologize in advance, because this is the third post in a row that is rather complainy. Normally, I really do try to keep a positive outlook on life, and I see my blog as a way of sharing my joy with others.    But I also don’t want to make stuff up, or pretend things are better than they are....more
I am so sorry. I had "morning sickness" throughout the day, too and fainted with some ...more

Nothing Left to Give

It is only Day 6 of full-on pregnancy symptoms, and I’m already losing my mind. How in god’s name am I going to make it through another five weeks of this insanity? I wish I could just buck up. I wish I could soldier on, and not let the morning sickness drag me down....more
 @dvorakoelling Anytime. Keep up posted. Don't forget to post something about Emmy too :-) --We ...more

Here We Go Again!

At the end of February, when my husband and I discussed our family planning timeline, we decided we would give ourselves a year to try and get pregnant again. We were both pretty excited about the efforts we would have to make to try and conceive. For four or five nights every month, we would dim the lights and revisit our carefree pre-Emmy days....more
 @edavis Thank you so much for your enthusiasm! I am very much looking forward to Em having a ...more

10 Things I'm Glad No One Told Me About Becoming a Mom

Awhile back I read a post by author Julie Buxbaum titled, Ten Things Every New Mom Should Know. It is hilarious and right on point. It got me thinking about pregnancy, motherhood and all the things I didn't expect and/or didn't like. It made me wonder if knowing these things would have affected my choice to have children....more
@lovelylyons I hope your feet don't grow... That really was unexpected. My life is so much ...more