Planning for a Natural Hospital Birth 3

For this baby, I am planning/hoping for a more natural childbirth.  We are still planning to deliver at our hospital in case of emergency, but I’m mentally preparing for no pain meds.  Before I get into the why of wanting a natural birth, I want to emphasize that I am extremely grateful that I have a healthy baby boy at home and he was brought into this world safely.  In the end, that is all that matters. My views on childbirth have changed dramatically since I gave birth to my 10+ pound son 2 1/2 years ago.  With him, I went into labor wanting the epidural.  I was scared of the pain because I had never done any research on natural childbirth and because all the […]

a new addition: part 2 2

08.01.16 On Saturday, 07.30.16, I got 2 glorious strong pink lines on a test.  Later that day, I was feeling so yucky that I decided to take this digital test and couldn’t believe it when, at just 10 DPO, I already got a positive on a digital test! We are so happy.  I can’t believe our son is going to get a little brother or sister! I’m so, so, so nervous, too.  We keep saying how much more nervous we are this time around, especially after last month.  When I got pregnant with my son, I never worried about losing the baby.  It was that wonderful first-pregnancy naivete. I spotted once on Friday, the day before the positive test.  And very slightly today.  But none over […]

a new addition

07.07.16 I’ve been getting very faint lines for a couple of days now.  I’ve taken a bazillion tests and they’re all starting to show faint lines.  I’m 14 DPO (days post ovulation… for those of you hip to the fertility lingo). I keep comparing this to my pregnancy with my son and it’s already so different.  With him, I had all day nausea starting at 9 DPO.  I had a very definite blazing positive line by 12 DPO with him. So, I’m nervous.  I’m also spotting.  I’ve been spotting for nearly a week now.  I didn’t spot once my entire pregnancy with my son.  So, that’s throwing me off.  I’m not sure what to think! As far as my symptoms, I definitely have them.  I […]


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Why I Love Working For The Man 3

The Internet is full of entrepreneur-types and self-employment pushers.  And they all claim that working for yourself is the ‘BEST THING EVER’.  And while it may indeed be the best thing ever for certain people, it’s definitely not the right choice for me. I love my job.  While I complain about the little, everyday annoyances just like everyone else, overall, I really do love my having a full-time job.  It just works for me.  My personality type is just not suited to be a self-employed entrepreneur.  At least not at this point in my life.  Here’s what I love about having an employer. My Boss. This wasn’t always the case, but I can say with 100% certainty that I frickin’ love my boss.  Not so long […]

10 Things That Helped Me Breastfeed for 13 Months While Working Full-Time 3

I wrote this in August 2015 and never got around to posting it, better late than never… A few weeks ago, I had my last nursing session with my son.  I breastfed him for a little over 13 months and it’s one of my biggest accomplishments of my life.  Maybe even my biggest accomplishment!  If you’ve ever breastfed or tried to, you know what I mean. I work full-time and commute 90 minutes to 2 hours every day.  It was tough to keep up with the physical demands of breastfeeding being away from my baby so much, but I was determined to make it work.  This is what helped me make it work: Supportive work environment.  I could not have been successful at breastfeeding (and […]

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2016 Goals & Resolutions Update 1

So, I realize I never posted an official ‘2016 goals’ post, but I did write some things down on January 1st that I had been thinking about for awhile.  I wrote them in my Day Designer planner (which I love, btw!). Now that we’re nearly 2 months into the year, I feel like I’m actually doing pretty good on my goals.  Its all about habits — breaking bad ones and making good ones.  So here’s how I’m doing! Take lunch to work & be active over my lunch hour.  Since I started my new job in September 2014, I have gotten into a horrible habit of going out to lunch ALL THE TIME.  A big part of it is that I’m now working closer to much […]

House Updates Lately 1

We have been busy making updates and changes to our house as per usual over the summer.  Here are a few of the updates! We put in a patio at the beginning of the summer which we love.  It is colored stamped concrete with a diamond cut.  It is beautiful!  Our existing deck is rather small and our backyard is pretty big, so it’s nice to have more outdoor living space in our backyard.  This summer was kind of crazy (aren’t they all) and we didn’t buy furniture until the end-of-summer clearance in September, so it looked pretty sparse all summer.  Since our son started walking over the summer, we spent a lot of time using this open space to practice our toddling skills. The […]



READING : Old journals from the past 9 years that I found while cleaning out my closet.  How embarrassing!  After reading them I realized 2 things: I am actually happier now than I have been probably in most of my life and I still complain about the same unimportant problems that I had 9 years ago (like wanting to lose 5 pounds, not sticking to a routine, and annoying problems at work — I guess I’ll never escape those things! Ha.).  I am pretty certain that the main things contributing to being so happy are being really fulfilled by motherhood (it is a true and pure happiness, love and fulfillment every single day) and my husband and I are in a GREAT place in our relationship. […]

No Cry Sleep Training Tips 2

  I used to think I would be a full-on cry-it-out mom before I had my son.  But as soon as he was in my arms, I knew I wouldn’t be able to do the cry-it-out thing.  I was desperate for both of us to get the sleep we needed at night, but I wanted to find a way to do it with no crying.  And I’m here to say that we DID successfully sleep train without crying (fussing is allowed in our house!) when he was 4 1/2 months old.  He’s now nearly 15-months old and is (knock on wood) a FANTASTIC sleeper. (By the way, I am referring to sleep training as teaching the baby to put themselves to sleep and not relying on being […]


My Browsing History

My Browsing History This Week

Here is a peak into my browsing history this week…hope you find these links as interesting as I did! Maternity Leave: How Long Is Too Long?: The author says this about going back to work after having a baby: “I feel completely and utterly discombobulated.”  In my experience, this is 110% accurate.  Nothing prepared me for the anxiety-filled first year back to work. Reasons Why Clothes Shopping is the Absolute Worst: Yes.  Why am I just now finding out about Matt Bellassai? I was LOLing at this video. The Year I Embraced Minimalism and Completed a Yearlong Shopping Ban: I’ve ‘known’ Cait for a few years online, but I found this post fascinating.  She is accomplishing big things right now. Find The Thing You’re Most Passionate […]