Being pregnant and a working momma is tough at times. As I’m nearing the end of my pregnancy, I’m realizing how very grateful and thankful I am for my coworkers. I don’t think I could have made it through this time, especially this last month, without them. Here are 10 reasons why I’m so very grateful to have these colleagues in my life!
Tracy Brennan is a working teacher mom to a precocious daughter born November 2009. She is the creator and manager of the blog Liberating Working Moms, where she has created a community of like-minded bloggers sharing the trials and tribulations–alongside all the joys! –of being a working parent. Tracy has utilized her Journalism background, as well, and has been published on BlogHer and ParentMap, a Pacific Northwest publication. She’s also been featured on Huffington Post Live chatting about all things “working momma.” She and her family are ecstatic to be growing their brood as they await Baby #2, due early December 2013.
With my first pregnancy, I didn’t document my growing bump that much. That, and I didn’t have a smartphone to make it super easy. It has been great to watch my belly grow, from the first half of my pregnancy until now. Check out my baby bump from 25 weeks to 38 weeks via my Instagram feed. I’m still pregnant and will be 39 weeks next Monday, but at this point you never know when baby might come, so I’m waving the white flag and putting this post together now. With my last day of work this Friday, I’m ready any time now!
For me, the holidays is all about creating memories with family and friends. A big part of that is snuggling on the couch with the fire going, watching holiday classic films. As my daughter gets older, it’s fun to introduce her to these new traditions and open her eyes to all the great films out there. Here are some favorites for you to share with your children. Amongst these 12 are several Chanukah options, Thanksgiving stories and even a mention of Kwanzaa! And the best part is that a bunch of these are adored classics that every generation will relish watching. Do you have any to add to this cherished list of Holiday films?
Even through pure exhaustion, I’ve managed to find myself in the throes of nesting as my due date quickly approaches, questioning my sanity along the way. So, of course, I chatted about it with other BabyZone blogger mommas and realized I wasn’t alone. We all got a little nut-so with our nesting tendencies. What do you think? Are we just nesting or a tad crazy? Here are a couple of my nesting stories along with theirs!
Last week I shared some great affordable toddler girl coats and couldn’t resist scouring the internet for some stylin’ affordable boy coats for your little man. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to keep your kiddo warm through the season especially as they grow so quickly! Better yet, take my parenting pro-tip and purchase next year’s coat when all these coats go on sale at the end of the season. You’ll feel you’re really getting your money’s worth. Here are 10 coats for your little dude to be on the lookout for!
Though you come out on the other end with the most prized possession ever—a freshly-baked newborn to snuggle—pregnancy isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The things your body goes through aren’t always the prettiest or the most fun. Then, there are all the limitations that are placed upon you, physically and mentally. Pregnancy is the beginning of you no longer having full control over your life—way before baby arrives.
This is my second time at the pregnancy rodeo, and I’ve grown so much since giving birth to my oldest daughter four years ago. She’s helped me to grow into motherhood and that has affected me on so many levels. Overall, the biggest life lesson Abby has imparted since she joined our family is that it takes a whole lot more energy to be negative than positive.
Am I perfect on this front? Nope. But I do step back from the ledge of stress and anxiety a whole lot quicker than the past.
Because of that, and as I really open up my eyes to the world around me, I’m totally grateful to have some pregnancy perspective this second time around.
I’ve been following along with Jenny Feldon’s journey, via social media, as she began her journey to write her first book, Karma Gone Bad, all about the trials and tribulations of her time right out of graduate school as a newlywed, headed to India to live for two years. It was a joy to get my hands on this book as a sneak peak into this world. In her personal narrative, she takes you on her journey of high expectations of a New York City yogi hoping to live out her dreams in India, only to find it’s not quite what she was hoping for. In a sense, she lost herself in India, but came out on the other side with a new perspective on life, a new identity and as a mom-to-be, expecting her first child.
As an English teacher, I find myself trapped under reading for work and rarely find time during the school year to read for pleasure. However, once I began reading Feldon’s book, I couldn’t put it down! Her writing is so personal,
Once we found out we were having another girl, we let our older daughter—who is now 4—pick what color we should paint baby sister’s room. Once she picked out purple, we decided that the soft hues of lavender mixed with pops of color and white would be perfect. Of course I scoured the internet looking for inspiration. Check out all the great finds I located for the perfect lavender nursery for baby girl!
I don’t know about you, but the thing I loathe about parenting is having to spend lots of money on an essential item that my kid will grow out of in one season. Clothing needs are on my list of top items I like to shop around for before committing to shelling out the funds. Coats tend to be more difficult to source because you really need a quality product to keep your kiddo warm. Thankfully, there are gobs of options to get an affordable quality coat for your growing toddler.
Here are 10 great options that are also super cute and trendy! On top of these affordable prices, you can also take my parenting pro tip: I purchase next year’s coat at the end of the current year’s winter season when they are all on sale!
With our growing family, I knew we would need to finally upgrade our second car, which was technically mine though my husband drove it more. It was a two-door, almost 10-year-old car that was struggling more and more each day. Also, having two car seats and two kiddos in the back just wasn’t feasible. I wanted to share what I found during my family car research, including the minivan we chose. The best part is that there are several top-rated family car options that aren’t minivans but still come equipped with all the amenities of seven- and eight-passenger rides without having to purchase a gigantic SUV!
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