One Week Ago

One week ago, on Thanksgiving Day, Baby A+ made her debut at 38 weeks, 2 days.

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Jacqueline Grace weighed 5 lbs., 13 oz. and measured 19 inches long.

We made it home for the hospital in one piece on Saturday and were greeted by a very eager and already overprotective big brother in Watson.

We’re doing our best to adjust to our new normal and, to be completely honest, it’s been rougher that I ever imagined. But this face makes it worthwhile and walks outside do WONDERS for both body and soul.

Hope you all have been doing well! I have so much to tell you and, depending on schedules and such, am hoping to spout off a few words here and there again soon.

The Sh!t No One Tells You: A Guide to Surviving Your Baby’s First Year

For generally being a Type A person, I’m not doing a lot of reading regarding my pregnancy. [Googling, on the other hand, is another story.]

I was looking through Amazon and this book came up as suggested reading. I figured that after many a conversation with female friends and co-workers regarding pregnancy and childbirth, I was adequately prepared for what lay ahead.  But before we get to my thoughts, let’s get some background on the book.

 

Sh-t No One Tells You

Summary (from Goodreads):
There comes a time in every new mother’s life when she finds herself staring at her screaming, smelly “bundle of joy” and wishing someone had told her that her house would reek of vomit, or that she shouldn’t buy the cute onesies with a thousand impossible buttons, or that she might cry more than the baby.

Best-selling humor author Dawn Dais, mother to a one-year-old and author of The Nonrunner’s Marathon Guide for Women, is convinced that there is a reason for this lack of preparedness. She believes that a vast conspiracy exists to hide the horrific truth about parenting from doe-eyed expectant mothers who might otherwise abandon their babies in hospitals and run for it. In The Sh!t No One Tells You, Dais tells it like it is, revealing what it’s really like to be a new parent and providing helpful insights, humor, and hope for those who feel overwhelmed by the exhausting trials they’re suddenly facing. Eschewing the adorableness that oozes out of other parenting books, Dais offers real advice from real moms—along with hilarious anecdotes, clever tips, and the genuine encouragement every mom needs in order to survive the first year of parenthood.

My Thoughts:
LOVED IT. I thought I had a pretty good handle (or at least a small understanding) of all things motherhood related (ha!), but this book proved me wrong. It was funny, yet informative  – often leaving me in giggles as I relayed pertinent information to the JA. From what to take home from the hospital (everything that’s not nailed down, apparently) to how to deal with postpartum depression, this book showcases a woman’s first year of motherhood via the lives of ‘seasoned vets.’ I have a feeling I’ll be re-reading it again closer to my due date and possibly even referring to it once Baby A+ is born.

Rating: 5 of out 5

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Five Things That Made Me Think

YAY! It’s Friday! I know I say this often, but this truly felt like a really long week. Maybe it’s because of the snow and cold weather. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that with Daylight Savings this weekend (don’t forget to spring forward!), Mother Nature will get the message and send some consistent spring weather our way.

Regardless, being cooped up inside (both due to the weather and our sick pupalup) gave me time to browse them Internets and present a round-up of articles that made me think this week.

 All images link back to their source.

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What If Everybody Ran Mizuno Running
Thought #1: I wonder how much research was put into making this.
Thought #2: Amazing.
Side note: I’m totally on board with grabbing a victory beer (or meal) with you if we run together 😉

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Jessica Alba’s Abs – Then and Now by Women’s Health

Thought #1: Dang, girl!
Thought #2: Way to rock it!

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This 4-Year-Old Makes Dresses with Her Mom — And They Keep Getting More Amazing by Huffington Post

Thought #1: OMG – how cute and creative! I only hope to be that cool of a parent.
Thought #2: I wonder how they recreated Oscar outfits? (Spoiler alert: they’re awesome.)

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10 Minute Baked Banana Bread Doughnut Holes by Sweet C’s Designs

Thought #1: Get in my belly.
Thought #2: Must find a cake pop machine/pan.

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The PR Pro’s Guide to Producing, Curating and Creating Amazing Content by prTini

Thought #1: Lots of good stuff in here from Andrew Shipp, social media manager for Go Pro.
Thought #2: Great tips not only for PR pros but bloggers, too!

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What’s got you thinking this week?

A Clean Break

I tried not to glance back – to see those big, brown eyes staring at me with a look of confusion. I distracted him enough that I thought I could make a clean getaway. Yet, as I pulled out of that driveway, there he was…sitting stoically where I left him.

We went to the beach for a few days and didn’t bring Watson. He stayed with my parents, who were given written instructions on his schedule, and an understanding that they could call us anytime with questions or concerns.

It was easier than I thought, but still difficult. Thanks heavens for Mommy Janks and her love of long, descriptive text messages and Daddy Janks and his wanting to test the camera on his new iPhone.

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While it was nice to get away (and to know my parents have the confidence to handle Watson while we’re out of town), we can’t wait to see that face ‘in person’ again!

What’s one thing you miss most while on vacation? Obviously, we missed the pup, but I also miss sleeping in my own bed. It’s just not the same!