All the Junk Food I Love to Eat

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All the Junk Food I Love to Eat

Not long before my youngest was born, my friend Coreen quipped, “Denise, you are the only woman I know who loses weight when pregnant.”  At that point, I had not gained a pound. I weighed what I did at the start of the pregnancy. Due to morning sickness and an increased metabolism, due to my pregnancy, I lost 14 pounds during my first two trimesters. I didn’t start gaining the weight back until my third trimester. Being an obese woman, my doctor had no complaints or concerns. The most she wanted me to gain was 15 pounds, if I gained

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Nesting

Most pregnant women, at some point during their pregnancy, nest in preparation for their newborn babies. Almost all the women I’ve known during pregnancy have nested from my sister to friends. One woman I do know says she never had the urge. I’m a bit jealous. I nested with Ginny and Grace. With Ginny, I needed to get her nursery together and had an overwhelming urge to bleach the garage floor. When my mother heard (and possibly saw…I vaguely recollect my parents being at our home) this, she shook her head and laughed at me. I couldn’t help myself. It

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The Miracle of Birth

As a young child, I thought birth having a baby was a simple and natural thing that just happened. In my mind, if you wanted a baby, then you just had one. Period.  The ignorance of youth is a blessing and a curse. You believe all is possible at all times, but as you grow older you realize there are certain realities no one told you about or that you didn’t notice. As I grew up, I learned that having a baby, especially a healthy baby, is a miracle. It isn’t merely a biological fact as I once thought it

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Summer To-Do List

Summer is almost here! Normally, I dread summer. It is my least favorite season, mainly because I get hot easily and hate heat. (How I survived living in Florida for seven years straight is beyond me.) However, this year, with our baby girl, Sweet Pea, due in early June, I’m looking forward to the start of summer.  One trend I see a lot on Pinterest is the seasonal bucket list. I don’t really understand this urge to make a bucket list for every season. Are there things I typically want to do? Sure. Does it merit a bucket list? Not so

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What NOT to Say to Pregnant Moms

Being pregnant seems to invite conversation from random strangers to yourself. While there are plenty of polite people who know how to engage in conversation without offending someone, there are a few people who are clueless, particularly when they notice that a woman is pregnant. And, unfortunately, sometimes these are people you know, like friends and family.  So, for greater awareness, I thought I would give some tips on what not to say to pregnant moms and what you might want to say instead. 1. “Get used to not sleeping, it’s preparing you for the baby’s arrival!” Ummm….bullshit! Not sleeping doesn’t prepare

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I’m Done

Being pregnant comes with my many joys, one of which is feeling your little angel move. My baby, Sweet Pea, is an active baby who moves a lot, most days. Some days I can just watch her movements by staring at my belly. Other days, I just feel constant kicks. Then there are times like yesterday when it feels like she’s tap dancing on my cervix, a less than pleasant feeling. But just the feeling of movement reassures me that she’s okay.  This is my seventh pregnancy, but only my third to make it past the first trimester. Now, I’m

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The First Full Day of Spring

Yesterday, it finally happened. Spring arrived. While I enjoy snow and don’t mind the cold, I was done with winter. I needed warmer temps and the opportunity to take my girls outside more. And, happily. Spring came. But instead of spending the first full day of spring outside (it was warm enough with the sun shining), I spent the day inside. My oldest daughter, Ginny, woke up several times the night before in tears. It turned out her right ear hurt as did her throat. After giving her some children’s ibuprofen, she and my husband went to the guest room

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10 Things This Pregnant Woman Needs

How does one survive pregnancy? Patience. Lots and lots of patience.  When you are pregnant, you find yourself counting weeks, not months. Your life revolves on the age of your growing fetus. Most pregnant women probably know how many weeks pregnant they are better than the day it is. For example, I know that I’m 20 weeks 2 days pregnant, and have another 19 weeks to go. If asked the date, I’d have to look it up. Sad, but true story.  Anyhow, I’ve been through this pregnancy thing seven times (if you do the math, yes…I lost a few. And

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Cravings

Every time I’ve been pregnant, I’ve had cravings and aversions. Cravings and aversions are a normal part of pregnancy for most women (although not all). With Ginny, I couldn’t get enough of watermelon, Buffalo wings, and Pasta House salads. What I hated eating was hamburgers and sweet pickles (the only type of pickles I like). I didn’t want them at all. Then, when I was pregnant with Grace, I had no issue with hamburgers, but couldn’t stand a dish I normally love, my husband’s Mexican Stuffed Shells, which broke Chris’s heart. I craved McDonald’s French fries, wings, and strawberries. In

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Paranoid Mess

I’ve turned into a paranoid mess.  And, I hate it.   I’m 10 1/2 weeks pregnant and not enjoying my pregnancy. Instead, I keep waiting for a sign that I’m losing this baby like I did the last one and the three I lost before having my two girls, Ginny and Grace. The fear of another miscarriage haunts my every thought. If I feel slightly less nauseous than I did the day before, I worry that something is wrong. Rationally, I know that some days will be better than others when it comes to morning sickness. But, it is hard

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