15 Weeks

This week we had our gender reveal for family. As I wrote last time, Manley and I found out on Monday that baby is genetically normal and what their sex is. There were going to be a lot of emotions with either a boy or girl, so we felt the best option for us was to find out privately. But, we still wanted to do something fun to share it with everyone else. As you can see in the video[Read more]

14 Weeks

As I write this, I am officially 14 weeks. Which also means I am uncontesdedly in my second trimester. There’s a lot of disagreement over when the first trimester ends and the second begins. Some say it is at 12 weeks, as that is developmentally significant and your risk of miscarriage drops dramatically. But, the main argument seems to lie in between 13 and 14 weeks. If you divide 40 weeks of pregnancy by 3 trimester, you get 13.33333. So[Read more]

My Rainbow Baby Died

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Shortly after being diagnosed with recurrent miscarriages, I was pregnant again. This time, I had answers, a plan, and a few prescriptions. The days passed. I began to believe this pregnancy might last. At some point between the first 100 sticks I peed on and the last baby shower, I stopped saying “this will be our rainbow baby”. I allowed myself to say, “this is our rainbow baby”. Then, our rainbow baby was born. The months rolled by, full of feedings[Read more]

Our Real Budget #2: Living on Just $1800 Monthly *Update*

Back in August I published the post, Our Real Budget, Living on Just $1800 Monthly. If you haven’t read it, you might want to take a moment and hop over there so you’ll have a better idea of what I’m talking about. Don’t worry, I’ll wait. All caught up? Great. At the end of that post, I listed 3 goals I wanted to work on over three months: lowering our grocery and utility bills while upping our savings. So how did[Read more]

37 Weeks Pregnant: How to Tidy the House and Dress Up for Your Husband

Step 1: Come to the gross realization you haven’t showered in a bit. Or changed out of your pajamas. Or put on deodorant. Take a moment to appreciate your saint of a husband who has yet to stage an intervention. Step 2: Decide you will show your appreciation by showering, putting on some real clothes, and straightening up the house. Make plans to greet him at the door with an amazing dinner on the table. Lay out your perfect cute-but-comfy outfit.[Read more]

What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag (Free Checklist!)

As I hit 34 weeks this week, I’ve decided it’s about time I start getting serious about preparing to meet this little dude. That means washing clothes, prepping diapers, and of course, getting our bags ready. Deciding what to pack in your hospital bag can be tricky as you’re trying for that balance between too much and too little. I especially felt this pressure since our hospital is a 45 minute drive from home which means forgetting something entails Mr. Man leaving[Read more]

Bumpdate: Week 32

  Week 32: Baby Shower! How big is baby? Assuming he’s gaining around 1/2 pound every week, he should be a little less than 5 pounds now and around 19 inches long. Movement? Lots! He likes to stick out what is either a foot or a knee near my belly button. It’s such a cool feeling! Weight gain? Yes, sort of. I gained 8 pounds in two weeks. My doctor (and legs!) tell me it seems to be almost all fluid retention.[Read more]

Books for the Bump: Reading to Baby While Pregnant

Reasons to read to your baby while pregnant

Reading to baby while pregnant can have many benefits for you as well as your baby. Take some time out of each week leading up to delivery to read to your bump. You’re not only introducing a great time for bonding, you’re laying the foundation for a habit that can benefit them the rest of their life! Note: this post contains affiliate links, which means I may receive compensation if you purchase something from the links included.  Reasons to read to[Read more]