Chapter 1

Chapter 1

As a consistently rated top performer and loyal employee of 11 years, I never thought in a million years that I’d find myself on unemployment, trying to get approved for state-sponsored health insurance. But last month, a fifteen minute meeting changed everything. I was called into a meeting with an interim department manager and HR, […]

Secret Costs of Pregnancy

Aside from the obvious stuff like maternity clothes for your swollen belly, bigger shoes for your swollen feet, and the absurd costs of medical care and unpaid maternity leave, I’ve discovered some other, less publicized costs of pregnancy. This is the random stuff nobody tells you about. Impulse buys. We’re talking snacks. Powdered mini donuts and chocolate, […]

Pregnancy Week 34

I’ve had a pretty happy, sunshiney pregnancy so far. No complications (knock on wood), not a huge amount of discomfort. Everything according to plan. Basically it’s been pretty easy. But ahhh, in the last couple weeks, how the tides have turned. All of a sudden things are getting a liiiiittle bit rough. So rather than […]

Work Life vs. Mom Life

Part of me is scared that being at home with baby girl is going to be boring. I know I’ll be busy and tired and hormonal and all those other fun things, but I’m scared to be bored. Will going out for little walks in the neighborhood be enough? Meetups at the zoo or the […]

Pregnancy Week 22

This week has been kind of strange. I’ve been in a funk, just not really feeling like myself. I don’t know what to do to snap out of it, either. Usually some time relaxing or walking outside or a couple days of really healthy eating will cheer me right up, but neither of those things has […]

Chocolate Banana Date Smoothie

Chocolate Banana Date Smoothie

Have you guys heard all this hype about how good dates are for preggos? Just in case you aren’t a birth board creeper like I am, here are a few of the (many) benefits: Women who ate dates on a daily basis throughout pregnancy were more likely to start labor on their own and keep progressing, […]

Pregnancy Week 21

Pregnancy Week 21

I’ve been successful at putting off starting our registry until this past weekend. Decisions, decisions, decisions! It’s hard to pick from the hundreds of baby gear options out there. Even narrowing it down to the best in safety, price, and comfort still leaves a lot of options, and honestly it’s just daunting. Adrien, because he is the […]

Pregnancy Week 20

Pregnancy Week 20

Adrien has been reading Dr. Seuss’s ABC to Sesame Seed every night since we found out SS can probably hear our voices. Sometimes twice. That makes the total times we’ve read it to about a million. “Big J, little j, what begins with J?” Yeah, we should really buy another book. But daddy + baby […]