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Emily’s Weekend Links

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Happy Friday! I hope everyone has a nice weekend planned. Is anyone planning on having a baby? Today is Charlie’s 2nd Birthday! She’s excited to eat cake and wear her new pajamas that my Grandma sent her. While we enjoy cake for breakfast, you enjoy these links from around the web. Do you fall within the 15% of people that find this creepy? Then don’t read about this! The reviews on this had me laughing for days Various ways to fold a pocket square I could live in a grey “sweatshirt.” As my Mom would say, cornfields have big ears. No matter what time I wake up, I never have enough time! How to apply blush. My husband says my memory is too good. Bras For A Cause Easy, step-by-step Halloween nails. Pack more efficiently Pumpkin sour cream bars. Serena and Lily by Hanna Andersson Truth.

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Due In A Week

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Today marks the final week (fingers crossed) of my pregnancy.  I’ve mentioned before that I was past due and induced with both Jack and Charlie; I don’t think I’ll be one of the fortunate ones who gets to deliver even a few days early.  I’m bound to be past due, hot, and swollen until the very end! It’s 92 degrees and humid here.  I’m ready.  I spent the past weekend on Lake Michigan with my family trying to go into labor – eating pineapple, marching up and down stairs, taking walks, and plenty of ankle massages from my husband.  No luck.  I even tried paddle boarding! I’ve previously said that I feel like I’m missing out on the big, theatrical  ‘Honey, it’s time!’ kind of moment, but my OB assured me that’s not really how it happens.  After delivering two other babies by induction, at least I know what to expect…

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Pregnancy Regrets

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While I don’t live with many regrets (I love planning for the future; hate reminiscing about the past – mostly because I get depressed thinking about how quickly life goes), there are a few things I regret not doing while I was pregnant with Charlotte.  I always stress how different your first pregnancy is in comparison to the rest of your pregnancies because it’s all about you the first time around.  It’s so easy to plan your day/week/life when you have no other little human whose life depends on you.  While I was pregnant with Jack, I kept a journal of how I was feeling, had professional maternity photos taken*, and was religious about taking weekly bump pictures.  I didn’t do any of these things during my pregnancy with Charlotte.  It’s just so much harder to remember/schedule/be awake for those minor details. Minor details I really wish I had paid…

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It’s a Boy!

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Rory Gerard was born July 24, 2013 at 7:53pm.  As I predicted, this labor and delivery was nothing like my other two; however, Rory is just as healthy and perfect as Jack and Charlotte. I labored for 15 hours, had two different epidurals, and pushed one time; it was a long and painful labor, but a very easy delivery.  Overall, the emotions were the same.  Having a baby never gets old.  No matter how many times I’ve done it, or will do it, delivery is the coolest, most amazing thing I’ve ever experienced in my life and nothing can ever top it.  I absolutely love it. Of course, it’s easy to say that a month afterwards. Rory is a month old today and already so much bigger than when he was born.  It’s crazy how fast his first few weeks of life have gone. Having three kids in less than…

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The Feeling Better Rut

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13 weeks seems to be the magic number for me! Last night was the first night IN WEEKS that I stayed up later than 7:30. I was getting so sick in the evening that instead of fighting it, I just gave in, went to bed, and slept through the nausea. Nighttime, AKA when my kids are sleeping, is the time when I’m most productive. It’s the only time of the day that I can catch up on cleaning, laundry, and cooking. I’ve given up on all of it the past few weeks; my husband has been doing ALL of the laundry (I know, he’s amazing.) and my kids have been eating a lot of pasta (not that they’re complaining). Today, since I’m finally feeling better, I’ve been catching up on all of those things by doing what else? Why going through my Pinterest boards for motivation and inspiration of course….

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PFCs and Obesity

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A new study conducted at Emory University found that babies born to women exposed to polyfluoroalkyl compounds have a greater risk of obesity.  Polyfluoroalkyl compounds (PFCs) are chemicals commonly found in plastics, non-stick cookware, and stain-protecting solutions.   The study found that babies born to mothers who had high exposure to PFCs were smaller at birth, but gained weigh more rapidly after birth.  This is a bad combination because the rapid, overcompensating weight gain can lead to obesity.  My typical rule of thumb is if I can’t pronounce it, I don’t want to cook, eat, wear, or sit on it.  Would you rather eat food cooked on a pan made from polyfluoroalkyl or cast iron? Here are some ways to avoid exposure, both pre-natal and after your peanut joins you: Cook with pots and pans made from cast iron or stainless steel. Avoid products that say “non-stick” or “Teflon coated”.  Cast…

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My Baby Is Breech. Eek!

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As I near the end of this pregnancy, (less than a month to go!) I can’t help but reminisce about Jack and Charlie’s deliveries. Their pregnancies and deliveries were extremely similar from start to finish. Both times I found out I was expecting at six weeks along; I was sick throughout the first 20 weeks and felt GREAT during the final months. Both times I was overdue, induced, and labored for less than half an hour (please don’t hate me.) Both babies weighed roughly eight pounds and had textbook, vaginal deliveries. Here’s where it gets even more similar: both Jack and Charlie were born at the EXACT same time, 2:05pm. Crazy, right? Up until now this pregnancy hasn’t been much different, but at my last OB appointment my doctor told me the baby is BREECH. EEK. I still have five weeks until I’m due so I’m hoping the baby will…

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Cord Blood Banking

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When I was pregnant I heard a lot about cord blood banking and received many pamphlets from different companies offering cord blood banking services.  I didn’t know much about the process or the reasons to bank my baby’s cord blood, so I decided it was worth some research.   Cord blood is the blood that remains in your baby’s umbilical cord after delivery.   The blood is a source of stem cells that can be used in different medical treatments.  Cord blood and stem cells have been used to treat different ailments, including cancers, blood disorders, and immune diseases.  If needed in your child’s lifetime, he or she will always be a perfect match to the cord blood collected at delivery.  Cord blood banks cryogenically freeze the blood and hold on to it for you if ever needed.  When discussing the topic with other pregnant moms, someone told me that they weren’t…

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Family Pictures

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Every year I have the ideal family picture planned in my head. I imagine my family perfectly dressed, well-rested, great weather, and the kids on their best behavior. It never happens like this, but somehow we get a “perfect” family picture. I say, “perfect” because we have three kids, three and younger. Someone’s tongue is always out, someone is usually throwing a tantrum, and someone is always tired. This year was no exception; however, we had an amazing photographer who has young kids of her own – that always helps. I’m a huge fan of candid family pictures, especially with young ones. My kids being kids is what I define as perfect – tongues out and all! What about you? Do you do an annual family picture? What do you use it for? Holiday cards? Do you tend to avoid the camera? I read this post a while ago and…

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The Anti-Craving

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Cravings seem to be a topic people are highly concerned about when talking with pregnant women. I think anyone who hasn’t been pregnant is curious to hear some crazy concoction, and those who have been pregnant want to compare crazy concoctions. As far as specific cravings go, the only thing I can remember that was “weird” was the grilled cheese sandwich I once made with raspberry jam on it; but I don’t even think it was that weird because fruit and cheese are a very common combination. Anyway, it was delicious and Jack liked it too. During my first pregnancy I had a change in preferred tastes. I used to have a huge sweet tooth, but as soon as I got pregnant with Jack, I didn’t care for desserts or sweets anymore. I wanted salty foods, mostly olives, constantly. Then, during my second pregnancy, I only wanted chocolate all day,…

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