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Life Lately

We are in full baby mode! I’ve got about six more weeks until the due date, so naturally, we are consumed with all things baby.

baby showerBut that doesn’t mean I haven’t found time for other interesting things in my life, they are just receiving less and less brain power 🙂

What I’m Clicking On Lately

The uber-love going out to Kate Middleton and Prince George.
Some fabulous advice about motherhood.
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ideos that make we want to continue my graduate school research.
A brilliant advertising campaign
Only the greatest music-related thing that COULD EVER HAPPEN TO ME.

What I’m Loving Lately

1. Water (hooray! something healthy!)
2. Pedicures
3. Perks of Being A Wallflower – finished the book and loved it as much as the movie
4. Real Housewives of New Jersey
5. Book club tomorrow!

What I’m Listening To Lately

“Sing You Back To Me” – Trisha Yearwood
“She Is” – NeYo + Tim McGraw
Mozart Pandora Station (specifically for Audrey!)

What I’m Cooking Lately

Meatball Subs

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Thanks For The Memories

Making memories, remembering the milestones. I’m talking about marking the special parts of this pregnancy journey over on my Woman’s Hospital blog today!

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And who knew my beautiful mother and me had such similar fashion tastes 30 years apart? 🙂

Check it out here: http://bit.ly/13DcPpa


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There’s An App For…Motherhood?

I have a problem.

My favorite app right now on my iPhone is…Bingo.

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I probably have six different Bingo game apps on my phone right now. I’m not sure why I love it so much, but Bingo is soothing to me. It’s the symmetry of winning with a straight line, it’s the cool power-ups you win each time you daub a spot, and it’s the Type-A personality in me that has to complete each level and win each in-app prize before I move on to the next level.

Jason thinks I’m crazy. I probably am. I have actually USED REAL MONEY to play these games. Not the fake “coins” you get, but actually paid money to buy more Bingo chips.

Any therapy suggestions are welcome….

BUT! It got me thinking about the power of apps. There are thousands of articles out there talking about Web 2.0 and how we live in a world of apps–apps that actually improve our lives and brain functions vs. the time-sucking pleasure of Bingo.

If I really think about it, I use mostly apps. I hardly use any direct Internet on my phone at all. I check e-mail on my Gmail app, search in my Google app, check Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Instagram/LinkedIn/Feedly on apps, I play app games, my pregnancy tracker is an app, find recipes on Epicurious, and check my CapitalOne app to see how much money I can spend on more Bingo chips (I’m telling you, it’s BAD). The few times I do use the web browser is to check celebrity gossip (another shameful confession). And I’m sure there’s an app for that I just don’t know about yet.

So, why would motherhood be any different? I expanded on this in my latest blog for Woman’s Hospital – what apps would make tracking all the things you need to keep track of with a baby easier? There are a lot of options.

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Read about it here: http://themommygoround.womansblogs.org/2013/06/27/4158/

I found a few apps that could be helpful when it comes to nursing, tracking medicine, feedings, etc. But I’d love to hear any other suggestions (including, just WING IT!). Head on over there to see what I found and let me know what you think!

….off to play more Bingo…I mean…really….


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The Merry Mommy-Go-Round

Hi friends!

I’ve got an exciting announcement. No…it’s not twins 🙂

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I’ve been asked by our local Woman’s Hospital to be one of their new guest “mommy bloggers” on their fantastic blog: The Mommy Go Round! Woman’s is an institution here and has always provided wonderful care and compassion to all the moms, babies and families that deliver at their hospital. It’s where we plan to deliver and where almost everyone I know has delivered as well. It’s just where you go to have babies!

The blog will cover my pregnancy journey, along with other moms in the area talking about raising children, as well as doctors and specialists giving advice all about pregnancy, labor/delivery, being a mom and everything in between.

Check out my first post:

http://themommygoround.womansblogs.org/2013/05/16/life-changes-in-a-heartbeat/

But never fear. This blog will still be rockin’ and rollin’ with all things marketing, social media, books, Sadie, family, cooking, etc. I’ll just link you to any new blogs over there, from here. Take a look around and let me know what you think!


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Baby/Life Update

So here we are. 18 weeks into our pregnancy and I sometimes still can’t wrap my brain or heart around what’s going on. And I am actually cutting myself some slack about it all because we’ve had just a few things happening.

18 weeks

– found out we were pregnant
– bought a house
– Jason moved jobs (in same company)
– traveled to Tampa
– defended my thesis
– moved and unpacked (somewhat)

And in the blank spaces between all the big stuff, we’ve experienced every emotion possible, joy, fear, apprehension, love, excitement, panic, backaches, heartburn, etc. etc. So if I’m not completely 100% put together and calm, I at least have some sort of excuse.

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BUT, I am very proud of myself. It’s not the usual spinning top, crazy freakout, paralyzing anxiety that I normally feel during big changes. Jason’s even commented on how “well-behaved” I’ve been pregnant (I think that’s a compliment…). And I can only chalk this up to God’s peace in our lives, and the fact that we know we are in the exact place we should be, physically, mentally, emotionally, family-wise and “big changes-wise.” We prayed for years for these moves, and now that they are happening, it doesn’t feel scary. Maybe just a little tiring…

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In the next month, we will find out if we’re having a boy or a girl (on our 3-year wedding anniversary), I will graduate and we get to visit with my sister and brother-in-law who are visiting amidst their own cross-country move! So the big moments aren’t slowing down, but only getting more and more exciting.

I’m feeling great. The baby is now the size of a large mango and I have felt (what I think) is the little gummy bear rolling around (feels like my stomach is grumbling), but no little baby kicks yet. Morning sickness is gone (hallelujah). And now we turn our focus to potential daycares, picking names and setting up the nursery.

People may think we are a little crazy packing all of these big things into just a few months, but I just say that’s how we are — a little crazy, but a lot blessed!