pregnancy and parenthood

The countdown continues: 34 weeks

The weeks are flying by, but the days feel slow. For a person who gets ancy waiting more than 10 minutes in line at Starbucks, waiting nine months to meet my son is asking a lot.  I run from the question "When are you due?" because I am trying to get in the mindset that it… Continue reading The countdown continues: 34 weeks

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How being a dog mom has prepared me for a tiny human

Totally not the same, but not that different either ...  I experienced all nighters - The high-pitched screeching was enough to make you cry after 10 minutes straight. But when it continues literally all night as puppy adjusts to being away from his mom and litter, you can't help but feel like you have a… Continue reading How being a dog mom has prepared me for a tiny human

Family life · Love and Marriage · Travels

Tracing our roots: my family history

I come from a big family scattered across the states. Growing up I was told that I was about one-quarter Italian, Russian, Scottish and English. This  knowledge was satisfying enough until I married Sean, and we decided to grow our own family. Then, I began to crave a deeper understanding of my roots so that I would… Continue reading Tracing our roots: my family history

pregnancy and parenthood

Treasuring this journey: 33 weeks pregnant

I want to fast forward through these remaining weeks so that I can meet my son, but at the same time I don't want to overlook these beautiful fast-escaping moments of pregnancy. So, I decided to turn my weekly bump selfie into a more detailed update, forcing myself to slow down and appreciate all that my body is… Continue reading Treasuring this journey: 33 weeks pregnant

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You know you’re pregnant when …

It really is a whole new world in motherhood ...  Eating is polarizing. It either brings extreme joy if it's a craving, or brings serious disgust if it is an aversion. You can smell things within a 10-mile radius. Going to the doctor becomes a regular part of your schedule, and the first thing you do is… Continue reading You know you’re pregnant when …

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Why we should stop assuming there is a perfect time for everything

"I just don't think I'm ready." Many of us know this feeling all too well, typically before curveballs or major crossroads in our lives. To some extent, I think we are being groomed to feel this hesitation when we so often hear "You will just know when the timing is right. You'll feel it."  I'm guilty of… Continue reading Why we should stop assuming there is a perfect time for everything

pregnancy and parenthood

How I stopped fearing childbirth

When I first discovered news of the little miracle growing inside of me, I almost passed out from anxiety at the thought of having to actually deliver the baby. At that point in time, I never, ever, would've pictured myself coming to a place of such confidence or excitement about giving birth, but as it turns out, childbirth is not… Continue reading How I stopped fearing childbirth

Love and Marriage

The myth of the perfect kiss

I love inspirational quotes. The cheesier the better. My coffee table book called "Be Happy" is filled with words of optimism. So, unsurprisingly, I follow similar platforms on social media. I came across a graphic on Instagram posted by @thegoodquote that said: If you don't get excited when you're about to kiss someone then you… Continue reading The myth of the perfect kiss

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What pregnancy has done to my marriage

One of the most unsuspecting challenges of pregnancy thus far has been its impact on my marriage. I had this vision that my husband would be overjoyed at the news and would seamlessly step into the unknowns of parenthood with me day by day, hand in hand.  Things didn’t unfold quite so beautifully: “Sean, I think we got… Continue reading What pregnancy has done to my marriage