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33 Weeks Pregnant

Very late in the week for my 33 week update, but better late than never :).  Happy Friday (Yes, it's Friday the 13th, but it can also be a good luck day!) Enjoy. How far along:  33 weeks. 6 days. Total weight gain:  If I've actually been calculating accurately, it's about 44 lbs! Sleep: Exhausted, and waking up throughout the night to relieve my bladder. Best moment this week:  Sleeping in past 7:30am! Movement: Yes, he is still an active Chili pepper.  Now I can even see his little body parts protruding around my belly! Symptoms:  Exhaustion, excessive back pain and … [Read more...]

Product Review: Pea in a Pod Maternity Leggings

If there's one piece of maternity clothing that I'd recommend you shelling out some extra cash for during pregnancy, it's maternity leggings! For the majority of my pregnancy, I've been able to get away with regular clothes...partially because over-sized sweaters paired with standard leggings were perfect for the cold winter months when my belly was barely noticeable to the outside world.  Then when spring hit, and my bump was much more apparent, the standard leggings just wouldn't cut it.  Not only did I feel like they were constricting my circulation and falling a bit too low on my hips, … [Read more...]

Sneak Peek: Pregnancy Photo Shoot

This past weekend I had my very first pregnancy photo shoot!!! My husband's friend offered to capture this very special time in our lives, and simultaneously build her portfolio.  So, like any excited momma-to-be, I dolled myself up with a new haircut/color, dress, shoes and accessories to complete the look. Although we'll have to wait 2-4 weeks to see the entire shoot results, we did get a little peek into what's to come.  Check the photos out below and let me know which are your favorites :)! … [Read more...]

32 Weeks Pregnant

What a week it has been! Not only am I 5-8 weeks closer to delivering my little bundle of joy, but so much has happened in a matter of days. To start with the positive, Charlie and I have been hard at work to complete our nursery: he diligently assembling the crib and changing table/dresser combo, and then we, making it a priority to complete the remainder of the wall paper border project. We finished everything all in a matter of hours this past Saturday and were able to have some relaxation time on Sunday, for the first time!  Now all that is left to do, is cleaning out the closet … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesdays: Baby Fish!

A few weeks ago, one of my Wordless Wednesday entries was about a questionable bump protruding out from our (female) tropical fish.  Today our suspicions were confirmed, when we spotted several baby fish swimming around in the tank! Oh, yeah fertility is all around :):   … [Read more...]

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...]