Category Archives: Pregnancy

Real as it Gets


Blurry cell phone photo, but isn’t she adorable? Playing around at Home Depot.

I have been writing this week’s edition of Keeping it Real in my head since yesterday. I’m going to make an attempt to write it, but don’t have high hopes. A microburst hit our little neighborhood tonight so we’re in hour four without power and I’m writing from my phone in the dark, too hot to sleep. A power outage right at the end of a heatwave is pretty poor timing, but at least we have power most of the time, right?

But back to keeping it real – I love these posts for creating a space for celebration and honesty all at once.

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What’s New: Stomach Bugs and Giant Bellies

Every Wednesday I write a post to reflect on any big events in our family’s life, along with all of the small changes and new developments I notice with Annabelle during the week. Life moves so quickly, and this is my way of keeping track – my virtual scrapbook, if you will. If you write a post, or put together a collection of photos, to record the happenings with your own children or family, I’d love to have you link up so I can follow along. There’s a link-up at the bottom of this post for anyone who would like to join. This year, I’m also participating in Mamatography, a 366 day photo challenge, started by Luschka at Diary of a First Child, and this weekly update seems the perfect time to post the photos I take during the week, so you’ll see them scattered about in each post.


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Preparing for a Second Child: Bibliotherapy

I am a huge believer in the value of books as a help to child life in general, but especially during difficult times and transitions. As a parent, it’s incredibly difficult to find the balance between preparing Annabelle, helping her to process the things she’s dealing with, and just plain talking too much. I’m sure the excess talking doesn’t hurt in the long run, but after a point, it becomes little more than noise. Continue reading

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Preparing for a Second Child: Examining Routines

It seems that going from one to two children can rank among the most challenging transitions that many families will ever face. For Annabelle’s sake, as well as our own, we’re trying to prepare in a number of different ways and I’ll be sharing those with you as we go along in an informal series I’ll call Preparing for a Second Child. Continue reading

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Beaked Hazelwood for Morning Sickness

See, isn't it pretty?

During my first trimester, I dealt with what some call morning sickness, but what I believe is more accurately referred to as “all day sickness.” Nausea is the pits, and I wanted to do something about it. Annabelle has worn a baltic amber teething necklace from Inspired by Finn for most of her life, and I have been really happy with its quality. Remembering that they also carried beaked hazelwood necklaces which are said to help with excess acidity in the body and, by extension, morning sickness for many moms, I checked their site out again. Continue reading