Pregnancy & Childbirth

24 Weeks and 1 Day

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By my very nature, I don’t like to make a fuss. I don’t like extra drama. I don’t like asking for help. But, late last week I had to put all that aside when our twins tried to make their grand arrival. At 24 weeks and 1 day. I woke up Friday morning not feeling [...]


Homemade Heating Pad

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Now at 23 weeks along in my pregnancy with twins, I’m feeling the aches and pains I felt when I was 33 weeks with the first four babies. Perhaps the most nagging is the round ligament pain, a burning, searing, jabbing sensation on the left side of my lower belly. At times it is almost [...]


Just One? Not Quite.

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I KNEW it. I knew all along it was twins. From the moment I found out I was pregnant, I knew it. Just ask Chris if you don’t believe me! This pregnancy felt different from day one – I found out I was pregnant weeks earlier than I did with the other four, I’m more [...]


The CDC’s Missed Opportunity

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It has been six whole days since the CDC issued its warning to women of childbearing age regarding alcohol and birth control, and in the life of the internet that makes this story officially old news. But, I’ve been thinking about it for the past few days so I want to get my thoughts out [...]


Peskiest Post Pregnancy Problem

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Ugh. It happens every time. So I shouldn’t be surprised. But, still. My hair. Three or four months after I have a baby, my hair falls out. In clumps. It is gross and so annoying. But, three or four months after that, the hair starts to regrow. Yay, right? Not quite. Because it grows back [...]


Earth Mama Angel Baby…LOVE!

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Now that baby Ben is four months old, I feel like I am finally starting to feel like myself again.  He still wakes up 2-3 times a night, but after a quick feeding he falls right back to sleep so I now much have more energy than I did after his birth.  Every day offers us [...]


Tired. So, So Tired.

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Ever since we brought Ben home six weeks ago, friends and family have all asked me the same question: “How are you doing?” The short answer? “I’m doing great, but I’m really tired.”  Ben wakes up every 2-3 hours, and at least one of his nighttime feedings lasts at least an hour.  And, with three [...]


Reunited!

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When baby Ben was born, my mom took the three big kids for a few days.  Her generosity of time and energy afforded me a chance to recover from the delivery and bond with my new sweet baby.  The first few days home with a new baby are overwhelming and exhausting, so a bit of [...]


Early…But Right on Time

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I knew he was coming early. I felt it in my bones, my soul, my heart.  I knew his arrival was imminent. And, I was right. This was my fourth pregnancy, so I understood that the weeks of furious nesting and many sleepless nights were a sign of a baby on the way. I had [...]


Packing Up

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My due date is fast, fast approaching.  I am at the point in my pregnancy where the unknown is a little bit daunting.  I could have the baby tomorrow…or nearly a month from tomorrow.  Only Mother Nature knows! To put my mind at ease, I decided to pack up my hospital bag tonight.  I have [...]


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