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The Fourth Trimester is the Hardest

The Fourth Trimester is the Hardest

When I was pregnant, I thought the hardest part was the 3rd trimester and the labor and delivery part. Now I understand that the 4th trimester is really the hardest. I haven’t heard the first 12 weeks of your baby’s life being referred to as the 4th trimester until the last month of my pregnancy. I thought it was an interesting tongue-in-cheek type comment, but it really is hard. I don’t remember my pregnancy being this hard. In the first month I even joked about sticking baby back inside.   Reasons why the 4th trimester is the hardest:   Labor […]

Posted January 19, 2015 by Julie in Parenting, TopPosts, / 20 Comments
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Hospital packing list

Hospital packing list

I thought it would be a good idea to reflect on my hospital packing list for my delivery. I read a lot of articles on what to pack in your labor and delivery suitcase and many of them were repetitive, and some had some great ideas that I haven’t thought of. So here is what I packed, and my discussion on whether I used the items or not. My Labor and Delivery Hospital Packing List For Me – General: Sweat pants Several /t-shirts Robe Sports bras/ Underwear Pads Warm socks Slippers Toiletries – for showering, teeth brushing, deodorant, etc that […]

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Goals for 2015

Goals for 2015

I haven’t really been big on making New Year’s Resolutions, but I decided it would be a good idea to think about some personal goals and things I wish to accomplish. I saw this great post at Crazy Little Projects and thought it would be fun to think about the changes I hope to make and then reflect on them at the end of the year. I like how she came up with different tracks for the types of goals one can make. 2014 saw a lot of changes in my life – moving, baby – so my world is […]

Posted January 2, 2015 by Julie in Family, Health, Parenting, TopPosts, / 14 Comments
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My breastfeeding journey so far

My breastfeeding journey so far

One of my goals with this baby was to breastfeed. While I understood exclusive breastfeeding may not be an option, both my own mother and grandmother struggled with low supply, but I was hopeful. I realize you have to have goals but be flexible in how things actually turn out, since things in life don’t always go as planned. My baby was born on a Monday but my milk didn’t come in until Saturday. Before that, I supposedly should have had colostrum, but I really don’t think I did. Baby H’s first day in the hospital was very stressful because […]

Posted December 20, 2014 by Julie in Family, Parenting, Smurfberry, TopPosts, / 29 Comments
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Top 10 Things I Am Thankful For This Year

Top 10 Things I Am Thankful For This Year

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Today is a day we gobble till we wobble and many think about all the holiday shopping they plan to do, but it is also important to set aside some time to think about everything wonderful that has happened to us and share what we are thankful for. Top 10 things I am thankful for this year: My husband coming back safely from deployment. The fact that I am strong and independent and was able to take care of everything by myself for almost a year. The amazing house we bought thanks to the money we saved […]

Posted November 27, 2014 by Julie in Family, TopPosts, / 24 Comments
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My birth story

My birth story

So here it is, the obligatory birth experience post. I was induced at 38 weeks due to gestational diabetes, and I’m writing this on my 40th week. Happy due date. I was told to report to Labor and Delivery on Sunday evening (Nov 2) at 5pm to start the inducing process. I had to change into a hospital gown (boo, didn’t even get to sleep in my own clothes before labor truly kicked off) and get the IV started. Let me tell you, the IV hurt so much! I had no idea. This is one of those things no one […]

Posted November 17, 2014 by Julie in Pregnancy, Smurfberry, TopPosts, , / 19 Comments
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My body is amazing.

My body is amazing.

As my pregnancy is drawing to a close, I wanted to reflect upon the amazing journey my body has been going through. Ladies, this body that we have – it is amazing! It can do amazing things that I didn’t appreciate until now. Being the typical girl, I’ve always had body issues and was never satisfied with the way I looked. It wasn’t until I agreed (finally, after many years of people wondering if I ever would) to try out this whole baby thing, that I realized how amazing my body really is. I’ve watched my body change and grow […]

Posted October 30, 2014 by Julie in Pregnancy, TopPosts, / 34 Comments
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3rd Trimester blues and some helpful stuff I bought

3rd Trimester blues and some helpful stuff I bought

I’ve posted a funny post previously about some of the not so fun things that creep up on you during the third trimester. That was more tongue-in-cheek sillyness, but this one will be a little more serious. Some of the biggest issues I’ve had have been lower back pain, pelvic pain, and just other all around pains. You just get so dang big and everything is pressing on everything. Sleeping gets hard because you have to sleep on your side, but all that weight cause my legs and hips to cramp up. So I’m constantly waking up and rolling over […]

Posted October 27, 2014 by Julie in Pregnancy, TopPosts, / 9 Comments
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5 things that make pregnancy oh so glamorous /sarcasm

5 things that make pregnancy oh so glamorous /sarcasm

There are things we are commonly warned about that occur in pregnancy, such as stretch marks and nausea. But there are also other interesting tidbits about being pregnant, especially in the 3rd trimester, that maybe not all of us are aware of. Here are a few observations I’ve made recently that show just how UN-glamorous pregnancy can be. Come have a chuckle with me and enjoy the list. 5 things that make pregnancy oh-so glamorous. Hemorrhoids. Yep, apparently these are common. Yech. Not only are you constipated a lot, but when you do go, it isn’t all that pleasant. TMI? […]

Posted October 15, 2014 by Julie in Pregnancy, TopPosts, / 26 Comments
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Gestational Diabetes and the managed carb diet. Pricking your finger is no fun.

Gestational Diabetes and the managed carb diet. Pricking your finger is no fun.

Late in my second trimester I had to do what every pregnant woman gets to do in the mid-20th weeks – take the glucose tolerance test. Well, I failed the 1 hour test, as many people do, and I was really trying to be optimistic about having to take the 3 hour test. Unlike the 1 hour, you have to be fasting for the 3 hour. So not only do I have to skip breakfast, but I have to have my blood taken 4 times, before, and at each hour after drinking the extremely sweet stuff, and not be able […]

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