Childbirth Prep Class: Part Two

This Saturday was the second part of our childbirth prep class.  Yes, 10 a.m. was still a bit early for the both of us, but our eyes lit up at the sight of the Dunkin Donuts munchkins waiting for us on the table :)! The session began with a review of the different types of births (vaginal vs. cesarean), the specific details entailed in each, and some medical procedures often necessary (aka episiotomies, use of forceps etc.).  The instructor seemed to want to fly through a few of her slides to avoid gasps from the men in the audience! Afterwards, we practiced some more breathing exercises … [Read more...]

Childbirth Prep Class: Part One

This weekend, my husband and I got up bright and early to attend our first childbirth preparation class!  It was the one class that I knew we needed to sign up for, to be as ready as we'd ever be for the reality of childbirth! We had a bit of a rough start to the morning as my husband isn't a morning person; He was super grumpy to be up and about at 9am on a Saturday (yeah, he better get used to it, I know!).  But as the morning progressed, he seemed to liven up a bit and looked less miserable then when we first arrived. The instructor began with a a power point overview of general … [Read more...]

3 Tips for Decorating a Nursery

With only 12 weeks 'til my official due date, I am thrilled that our baby nursery is slowly but surely coming together. Charlie and his dad painted the room a couple weekends ago, to what is now a medium, tropical blue.  Once that was tackled, I spent hours (literally!) looking for a complimentary wall paper border.  I was having such a tough time finding a perfect match, simply because all the underwater-like themes were already blue, which was a bit redundant.  However, I finally found an adorable border that fit into the theme; not only does it bring a smile to my face (think: soft … [Read more...]

Fear of Labor Pains

Lately, I've been giving a lot more thought to what labor and birth will actually feel like.  A bit too much at times.  I think I may be going overboard worrying, but I honestly just want to know what to expect as a first-time mother. I know that everyone says each and every pregnancy and experience is quite unique, and I don't doubt this is true since a number of factors play a key role here, including whether or not medication is administered.  But I still think that being aware of some of the signature pains and symptoms, will somehow prepare me for what is to come...if only mentally.  I … [Read more...]

3 Easy Tips for a No-Fuss Baby Registry

When I was planning my wedding two and a half years ago, I never thought anything could be more daunting than creating a wedding registry...until I was tasked with creating a BABY registry! Wow! To sort through hundreds of baby products to find the most affordable, recommended and brand-worthy items for your new creature! Overwhelming! Searching for tips to get started online, can only lead to more frustration, as the general "advice" offered often includes a useless list of the obvious: start early, think about your needs, do research, use a checklist! Well DUH!  What us first-time mothers … [Read more...]

Product Review: Neutrogena Naturals

There are a multitude of things a pregnant woman must be cautious about.  Not only do we have to worry about the things we eat or the physical labor to avoid, but we also have to be very careful about the everyday products we use on our bodies, face wash included. I was really surprised to learn that there are various chemicals in the seemingly benign products we use daily, that can have serious side effects on a fetus.  Don't get me wrong, I was aware of the obvious "no-no" products to avoid that can cause serious birth issues: Accutane, retinoids and salycylic acids to name a few, but it … [Read more...]

Eating Healthy for Baby

I have to admit it: I wish I could eat healthy all the time now that I'm pregnant.  But the truth is, it's just not possible.  Don't get me wrong, I've definitely changed my eating habits for the better now that I'm expecting.  I mean, I always make sure to add at least two pieces of fruit each day (whether it be adding a banana to my morning cereal or forcing an apple down my throat during my afternoon break)...I also make it a point to add a green salad medley into either my lunch or dinner (albeit a small one). It may not sound like much, but before my pregnancy I got away with eating a … [Read more...]

Can Pets Sense Pregnancy?

I've always heard that your pets (dog in my case), can sense when you are expecting.  But how true really is this, and what signs should you look for? Most research suggests that dogs and cats do detect differences in your mood, posture, behavior, and body chemistry that clue them in to the enormous changes you're experiencing. They can become overly protective, never leaving your side and growling at everyone who merely crosses your path, including your spouse.  But not all animals exhibit the same behaviors. To dig deeper into this phenomenon, I tried to analyze the particular changes … [Read more...]