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Everything We Bought On Amazon Since Having a Baby

I’ve never been the type to have an Amazon package arrive and have no clue what’s inside… until I had a baby. The number of packages that have showed up at our door after late-night panic purchases is astounding. However, I am proud to say that all the items I have bought have been critical and highly useful, which is why I’m sharing them today. There are so many baby items you can get ahead…
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Introducing…

Introducing James Christopher Carmellini. He had quite the entrance into the world, joining us three weeks early and via C-section, after a 24 hour induction and 16 hours of labor. At 36 weeks I was diagnosed with gestational hypertension after some high blood pressure readings had my OB nervous for my health. From there, a 37 week induction was scheduled. Between a week of bedrest and an extended hospital stay, it felt a bit like…
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Reflections on Pregnancy: Weeks 30-36

You may notice from the title of this post that I am reflecting on weeks 30-36 of pregnancy and not from weeks 30-40. It appears my “birth story” has begun around 36 weeks (more on that in a later post) but I still wanted to capture these more “standard” experiences on the blog. If there’s one thing these last nine months have taught me it’s that there’s so much information out there and if you…
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Reflections on Pregnancy: Weeks 20-30

The stretch between weeks 20 and 30 felt really long, but I’ve officially entered the third trimester. Maybe it was the time of year (February and March are always the longest months where school is concerned) but it feels like I’ve been really pregnant for a while. I suppose my continuously growing bump is also a contributing factor. By 26 weeks, I was really starting to feel the impacts and pulled out all the tools:…
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Pregnancy/Parenting Books

Today I’m sharing the books I’ve read and would recommend for anyone trying to get pregnant or expecting their first child. I’ve tried to be really selective about the maternity content I consume and how much I consume and I feel that these books have helped answer a lot of questions I’ve had. The authors’ perspectives, while varied, have given me plenty of food for thought and allowed me to loosely plan, with intention, how…
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Reflections on Pregnancy: Weeks 0-20

I’ve been itching to write about Baby C since we first found out we were pregnant in early November. Processing such a distinctly new season of life has been challenging and I was surprised to find I actually wanted to do less once I saw that first positive test. I assumed I’d go into “full planning mode” right away, but instead, I’ve found it more of an instinct to retreat. I don’t think I truly…
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We’re Having a Baby!

Ryan and I are very excited to announce that a baby boy will be joining our family this July! Cody is not quite sure yet about his big brother role, but we have no doubt the two will be best friends. (Based on how active Baby C has been on each ultrasound, they’ll be running around the yard together in no time!) Between finishing up my masters coursework, finishing up the school year, and getting…

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