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Snoogle Body Pillow: 8 Ways to Sleep Comfortably While Pregnant

I've suffered from chronic back pain for over 10 years, so knew that  sleeping comfortably during pregnancy was going to be an issue.  A body pillow was therefore a must-have on my list, but I didn't just want to settle for any old pillow; I needed something unique and comfortable enough to handle my severe muscular and joint pains. That's why when I read the raving reviews of the Snoogle Maternity Pillow from Leachco, I decided to make the investment (even though it was going for about $55 bucks)!  Yes, a hefty price to pay for a pillow, but I had to try something to rid myself of … [Read more...]

Letters from Daddy 3/15/12

{Letters from Daddy are a series of letters from expectant father to son, on what it means to be a man.} Dear Chili, I want to tell you something that you should not be afraid of saying.  You might be embarrassed to say it, but not always.  Saying it can be frustrating, but at times, necessary.  Acknowledging it should drive your curiosity, and fuel your efforts to avoid having to say it more than once in response to any question.  What is this saying; the “it” I’m continuing on about? It’s a very plain phrase that too many people have trouble saying nowadays: “I don’t know.” By … [Read more...]

31 Weeks Pregnant

And the countdown continues.....  I have 6-9 weeks to go if baby decides to make a timely appearance. How far along:  31 weeks. 5 days. Total weight gain:  I think…41lbs! Sleep:  Just hard to get comfortable these days. Best moment this week:  Celebrating with friends/family at my baby shower (1 of 2 :)) Movement: Oh yeah -- at night, at work, while I'm driving, when I eat something sweet, when I'm hungry...the list goes on! Symptoms:  A few weird blood vessel marks on my buttocks :( -- not sure if they are stretchmarks or bruises. Food cravings:  Anything sweet. Food … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesdays: Caring for Baby

Yeah, enough said.  Gave me a good laugh! :) Source: Dave Sopp's genius from his Safe Baby Handling book … [Read more...]

Baby Shower Weekend

What a great weekend!  Both my mother-in-law and sisters-in-law hosted a baby shower for Charlie and I to help us gather some very necessary items for baby Chili.  We received tons of adorable outfits, bouncers, car seat, high chair, stroller, glider and crib!  Everything looked beautiful and I'm lucky to say that another one isn't too far away, since the rest of my family (my mom and sisters) are throwing a second shower for the other half on Long Island. Below are a few pictures I wanted to share. Enjoy :). … [Read more...]

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...]

30 Weeks Pregnant

It's getting harder and harder...just feeling really tired and overwhelmed, but gotta suck it up for another 7-10 weeks! How far along:  30 weeks.  5 days. Total weight gain:  I think…40lbs! Sleep:  Tossing and Turning. Sweating. Waking up with full bladder. Best moment this week:  Getting a maternity massage – the one where there is an area for you belly! Also, had a great dinner date with the in-laws! Movement: Tons! Symptoms:  Upper back pain. Lower back pain. Itchy skin. Nausea?! Food cravings:  Sherbet and smoothies!!! Food aversions:  Smell of poultry cooking and coffee … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesdays: Sleepy Puppy

I know, I know, he better not get use to sleeping on my bed with baby on board, but just have to let him indulge sometimes :)! … [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...]

29 Weeks Pregnant

A little late posting again this week.  For various reasons, I haven't been able to stick to posting the pregnancy updates the very first day of the new week like I had initially hoped to!  There has also been a few time constraints....whether I'm making time to play fetch with Gizmo, figuring out what the hubby and I are eating for dinner, doing laundry, or simply watching a bit of t.v. to unwind after an exhausting day at the office, it's been tough! I'm really starting to feel the symptoms of the "third trimester".  I'm much slower overall.  Can't get out of the car too fast, can't bend … [Read more...]