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in which Audrey is born

in which Audrey is born

I had been having contractions for WEEKS. Mostly just Braxton Hicks, but they were regular, time-able, keeping me up at night (though not terribly painful) and doing NOTHING FOR MY CERVIX. Then at my 37 week appointment, finally some progress: 3cm dilated! Cervix looked ‘awesome’ (a direct quote from the doctor, by the way. A… KEEP READING »


thirty-six.

thirty-six.

So. I’ve made it. Week 36 of pregnancy seems to be a milestone of sorts. Nine months. It’s official. Just like it’s also official that ZOMG I’M HUGE. Some stuff about this pregnancy that’s different than my first pregnancy: 1. Braxton Hicks. I had them with Maggie, but at the time I had no idea… KEEP READING »


GEE I DON’T KNOW WHY I’M EXHAUSTED ALL THE TIME.

GEE I DON’T KNOW WHY I’M EXHAUSTED ALL THE TIME.

When I say this baby is a busy baby, I’m not kidding. (excuse the crappy quality of my BlackBerry video.) (Also, I can’t figure out what exactly it is that she’s doing at the end- that weird, pulsating movement. I don’t know if she’s tapping her foot or sucking her thumb or dancing to some… KEEP READING »


getting ready to get ready

getting ready to get ready

If you follow me on Twitter or read yesterday’s blog post, you know that the past few days involved a lot of UM, AM I IN LABOR?-type panic around our house. The good news is: not in labor. The bad news: after 2 days of time-able but never-closer-than-10-minutes-apart contractions, a doctor’s exam this morning confirmed… KEEP READING »


cheap entertainment

cheap entertainment

When you’re up with Maybe It’s Labor/Maybe It’s Not contractions every 10 minutes from 3am until 7am (pretty sure it’s not real… yet.) and then you have to keep a 3 year old occupied and entertained until dinnertime by yourself while you also make sure you have clean underpants, just in case you have to… KEEP READING »


hockey puck rattlesnake monkey monkey underpants

hockey puck rattlesnake monkey monkey underpants

So I made it through the weekend with Dan out of town without going into labor! Not that there was a real danger of it, but when your husband announces he’ll be a 5-hour drive away for 2 days when you’re 35 weeks pregnant? Crazy scenarios start running through your head. Scenarios involving birthing my… KEEP READING »


so I guess this means we’re… ready? maybe? kinda sorta?

so I guess this means we’re… ready? maybe? kinda sorta?

The room is nearly, officially, almost done. Done enough for pictures at least :) The furniture is all re-used from Maggie’s room- the crib and both dressers. We weren’t able to fit a glider in her room at our old house, so that’s a new purchase- SO EXCITED to have one this time! We didn’t… KEEP READING »


thar she blows (up her own house. with her belly.)

thar she blows (up her own house. with her belly.)

We were pretty spoiled with Maggie when she was just starting to toddle about the house. (toddle? that’s a word, right? the verb form of toddler?) Anyway. She’s always been a curious kid, but she’s also been cautious and careful (one of her first words: “CEEEAH-FOO!”) And she listened to us pretty well when we… KEEP READING »


I believe the word you are looking for is: WHOA.

I believe the word you are looking for is: WHOA.

This is what 32 weeks pregnant looks like: Do I look tired? Last week at my appointment, the first thing the doctor said when he walked in was “You look tired!” Um. Well. Do you SEE that three-year-old over there in the corner playing with that sticker book? Have you stepped outside lately into the… KEEP READING »


in which Mommy is Too Pregnant To Be Any Fun Anymore

in which Mommy is Too Pregnant To Be Any Fun Anymore

Today was a rough day for me. I woke up with an aching back and a sore groin/leg and just generally feeling every moment of my 30 weeks of pregnancy (that’s right: THIRTY. Already. And also: THIRTY. THAT’S IT. STILL TEN MORE FREAKING WEEKS, OMG.) Maggie and I had a rather nice breakfast on the… KEEP READING »


babies need stuff.

babies need stuff.

Okay everyone! Holiday weekend is over! Back to work! *clap clap* I NEED YOUR HELP. With another baby coming, we have a lot of stuff to buy. You might say, ‘But Jen, you already HAVE a kid. She’s only three! And you’re having another girl! Can’t you just re-use everything from Maggie?‘ And you’re mostly… KEEP READING »


28 weeks

28 weeks

I’m officially in my third trimester. Even if I didn’t have the weekly number switch to remind me, I would know things are getting close. How would I know? Because the other night I woke up, went to roll over so I could get up to pee, and my pelvis POPPED. Like, I think I… KEEP READING »


25 weeks (alternate title: WE ARE SO SCREWED.)

25 weeks (alternate title: WE ARE SO SCREWED.)

So I don’t have a new belly shot for this milestone (though there are plenty of pictures of my growing stomach in our beach pictures from last week) But I do have some pictures from my follow-up sonogram yesterday afternoon (Note on that: my placenta has moved up so no more placenta previa worries! Hooray… KEEP READING »


what’s in a name? APPARENTLY INDECISION, THAT’S WHAT.

what’s in a name? APPARENTLY INDECISION, THAT’S WHAT.

Hey guys! Guess what??? We’re having a baby in less than 4 months! And we have a list of names about a million miles long and none of them really stand out for us as favorites. We need help. Part of the trouble with choosing a name for our babies is that our families are… KEEP READING »


product review & giveaway: Curel Pregnancy & Motherhood Lotion

product review & giveaway: Curel Pregnancy & Motherhood Lotion

Pregnancy comes with a plethora of bodily changes. A huge belly, swollen ankles, sore hips, stretch marks. And dry skin. Dry, itchy, tight belly skin. I’ve never been one to have issues with dry skin normally, but during pregnancy when my belly starts to grow and my pants get tighter and my skin gets drier,… KEEP READING »


halfway point

halfway point

I am officially halfway through this pregnancy. TWENTY WEEKS. And I’m officially LARGE-BELLIED. I know everyone says this when they are pregnant, but holy cow, you guys! How am I half-done already? The weeks are flying past so quickly… in a few weeks, we go to the beach, then after that is July, then August,… KEEP READING »


Maggie’s little sister

Maggie’s little sister

That’s right, my friends: we’re having another girl. She says hello! I have to admit, I’m surprised. I really thought it was going to be a boy, simply because the way I have felt since peeing on that stick back in January? Very different than the first time around. From different food cravings to energy… KEEP READING »


inaccurate data

inaccurate data

Many of you have responded in shock and surprise at my mention in yesterday’s post that I’ve only gained 2 pounds so far in this pregnancy. Honestly, I was shocked too! But I also figure there is still PLENTY of time to make up for it, considering that at least 15 or so pounds of… KEEP READING »


17 Weeks

17 Weeks

This pregnancy is FLYING past. I’m nearly halfway done already, which just blows my mind. Next Thursday is The Big Ultrasound, the one in which we hope the little bun will have uncrossed legs so we can determine what flavor it is, and thus know what color to paint the room and all that fun… KEEP READING »


leaping

leaping

For whatever reason, so far during this pregnancy, I’ve been more cautious than last time. More worried, more nagging thoughts in the back of my head. I’m not entirely sure why. When I was pregnant with Maggie, my brain never really Went There with all the What Ifs? and Maybe Something Might Go Wrongs! Perhaps… KEEP READING »


well, hello there!

well, hello there!

So! What have you all been up to lately?… Oh, me? Well, let’s see… 1. TWELVE WEEKS! That’s how many weeks pregnant I am, as of today. And I’m happy to report that I’m starting to feel a bit more human. I’m still completely exhausted and need a lot of naps and occasionally get a… KEEP READING »


large and in charge

large and in charge

So yeah. I KNOW I’ll be growing to levels I can’t even imagine now- possibly even more than with Maggie- but OMG YOU GUYS. I’m only ELEVEN WEEKS PREGNANT. Lord help us if there are two babies in there.


you can do this

you can do this

The scene: Husband (Very Helpful Husband) is out of town unexpectedly. Ten people are coming to your house for a candle party tomorrow night. House is a mess. You are feeling every bit like you’re in the first trimester of pregnancy because- HEY! Guess what! You are! Long day of work. Headed to pick up… KEEP READING »


an ode to The Man

an ode to The Man

When Dan and I got married (nearly 8 years ago!), I knew he was a Good Guy. He’s friendly, smart, laid back, and the only tears he’s ever forced me to shed have been because I’m laughing so hard I can’t breathe. He loves me. He’s always been supportive of everything I’ve wanted to do-… KEEP READING »


the incredible expanding waistband

the incredible expanding waistband

So apparently, when the Baby Websites and Magazines and Books tell you that your second pregnancy will probably start becoming physically obvious a lot sooner, THEY MEAN IT. You guys. I’m seven weeks pregnant. And I can’t button my pants anymore. (At least not without worrying that I’m strangling my poor little bean in there!… KEEP READING »