Category: Pregnancy

May Impatience Abounds

May Impatience Abounds
May is a month to be impatient. Children slough themselves to the bus stop every morning, impatient for the last day of school to arrive. Businesspeople begrudgingly walk from vehicle to office fighting the ever-changing weather, anxious for more than one sunny day after another. For me, May brings impatience for a different reason every... Read more »

Visualizing Natural Childbirth

Visualizing Natural Childbirth
Being the visual person I am, I like to always imagine how things will go, in my “happy place” before they actually happen. When I was a competitive athlete, my trainer wouldn’t let me watch other athletes we knew would complete a less than stellar performance. She knew how visual I am and understood if... Read more »

Life Outside of the Baby Aisle: Living My Middle

by Brandi Lee, Parenting Without A Parachute Contributor Do you remember being pregnant? Did you sign up for the newsletter that would email you a weekly estimate of the size of your baby?  As the weeks went by, your baby would be a compared to a grape, a fig, an avocado, a spaghetti squash, a pineapple.... Read more »
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Tips for the Perfect Maternity Photo Shoot

Tips for the Perfect Maternity Photo Shoot
For Christmas last year my mom gave Hubs and I a maternity photo shoot with the amazing and talented Jenelle Kappe Photography. A few weeks ago we cashed in our gift and I couldn’t be happier with the results. While Jenelle has incredible talent, I had to bring myself to the party for these photos... Read more »

Trusting My Instincts

I am an obsessive researcher and throughout my pregnancy I have researched absolutely everything from normal pregnancy symptoms to strollers to baby led weaning ad nauseum. Officially, I have reached my research limit. I cannot read another breastfeeding book, tummy time pamphlet or cloth diaper diagram. So what now? What if I didn’t learn the... Read more »

Still Keeping it a Secret? Tips on How to Hide Your Baby Bump

Still Keeping it a Secret? Tips on How to Hide Your Baby Bump
About two weeks ago, my bump has popped out. I can’t comfortably wear my regular attire. Reluctantly, I have started to wear maternity clothes. I have decided not to share the information of my pregnancy at my places of business yet. I’m trying to hide my bump as much and as long as possible. If... Read more »
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Minivan = Mom Identity Crisis

Minivan = Mom Identity Crisis
It all started a few weeks ago when we bought a crib for the new baby. We were so excited to find a great deal until we realized that the huge crib box would not fit into my husband’s mid-size sedan. Crap. Again we are calling good friends to help us deliver a large purchase,... Read more »

Second Pregnancy = Soda and Brown Meat

Second Pregnancy = Soda and Brown Meat
When women are excitedly pregnant with their first child, they don’t mind turning down offers of roller derby lessons and raw meat sandwiches. They are excited to say, “I’m sorry. I can’t join you. I’M PREGNANT!!!!” I’m currently pregnant with my second child and I couldn’t be feeling more the opposite. This past weekend was... Read more »

My Birth Plan...that’s not a birth plan.

My Birth Plan...that’s not a birth plan.
Well, I’ve successfully made it through my second trimester and as I coast into my third, the “birth plan” is a common topic among the girls in my prenatal classes. Because my mom is a labor and delivery nurse, I am aware of what labor and delivery is really like. It was literally dinner talk... Read more »
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Pregnant Girl Purse Staples

Pregnant Girl Purse Staples
Being pregnant calls for many of the same things I would regularly carry in my purse. That said, if I am stuck in traffic or a waiting room without these things the result could be fainting, gagging, or vomit. Here is a list of items I won’t leave home without now that I’m expecting. What... Read more »