4 Ways To Combat Allergies Without Medicine

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Allergies are just the worst! Can I get an amen?

When I was pregnant with Max I had an awful bout of seasonal allergies from May-August. I’d wake up coughing and sneezing, my eyes were constantly puffy and all I wanted was a heavy dose of allergy meds for a few hours of relief. I tried lots of natural stuff, and found some relief, but nothing helped more than applying some advice from my midwife.

She advised Dominic and I to allergy proof our space. Reduce allergens and then actively work to keep them out. Here’s what we did … and of course, what I’ll be doing this year too!

CLEAN THE VENTS

It’s one of those jobs that is so easily forgotten, but trust, when you open up the vents around your home, you’ll find a BIG reason to scrub them up and replace filters. Dust (AKA, allergy city) accumulates there like no other!

SHEETS & LAUNDRY

Allergy season means extra laundry for me. I was our sheets more frequently and make sure our beds and pillows are covered with allergy-approved covers. I promise, it makes a huge difference!

SHOWER EXTRA

After being out and about during the day I’ve learned that my hair and clothes become a magnet for pollen and every other allergy kickstarter. So, during allergy season I make it a point to shower before bed, drop my clothes into the hamper and put on fresh pajamas. That way I’m not bringing every allergen I’ve encountered into bed with me.

DEEP CLEAN FLOORS

Do your best with your carpets – I don’t have much advice there. What I can tell you is that I’ve found something awesome for making your hardwood floors sparkle while being allergy free. 

IT’S THIS! bona upbona mopbona beforebona after

Bona Free & Simple® Hardwood Floor Cleaner is a new product with a seal of approval from the  Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. It works like a charm and is such a helper in making my home both clean and healthy. You can purchase it in a spray bottle or in a refillable cartridge that fits perfectly into the Bona mop.

Snag a $3 coupon and not only will you get a healthy home, you’ll get it for a deal. Woohoo!

Outside of meds, how do you actively reduce allergens around your home? I’d love to hear your tips!


8 & 9 Weeks

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How far along: 9 weeks

Gender guess: Still thinking girl. And according to Instagram comments, I’m carrying high which also leads to a pink thoughts. And the striped tank? It’s officially the best tank top ever. I want all the colors! 

Weight gain: Who knows. Who cares.

Sleep: I don’t even know. Is it Dominic’s snoring keeping me awake? Max’s mega close snuggles? The bedroom temperature? Or, pregnancy? All in all, I’m sleeping more, blogging less, but still feel mega tired.

Best moment this week: We cancelled lots of plans this week to just stay home. We watched movies, I microwaved oatmeal and chicken nuggets. Bottom line — we survived and that’s a good thing. Oh, and we finalized plans with our midwife! 

Worst moment this week: All the smells. Gag. So so bad.

Miss anything: Energy. 

Movement: Tummy rumbles that I wish were baby … but I know I’m a few weeks out :)

Cravings: Nectarines, but only perfectly sweet ones. And iced coffee. 

Queasy or sick? Depressed from lack of energy topped with waves of nausea. What can I say, the first tri is so lovely :)

Looking forward to: Our heartbeat appointment in June. Things feel so much more real and worthwhile once I hear that fast thumping.

What Jemma thinks: “Hey mom, you really need some breakfast. The baby is hungry.”

What Max thinks: “Max is the baby! Snuggle me, mama?”


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Love List, No. One

love list no oneI’ve got lots of love for these mamas. But even more love for the products that have been born out of their creativity! Cross my heart, you’ll love them all too!

MADRE BEADS

I was lucky enough to join Lacy and her venture at Madre Beads as an ambassador. It’s been so fun to get sneak peeks of what is to come and I promise, these eco-friendly mama and kiddo jewelry pieces are totally the best! Jemma and I have the Minimalist Aztec in a mama daughter set and I’ve got my eye on the shop for a re-release of the Phoebe Wahl. Follow Madre Beads on Instagram for coupons and details about shop stockings!

EMA DESIGN

Everything I’ve learned about babywearing, I’ve learned from Abbie, owner of EMA Design. She’s guided me on a number of purchases and recently converted my Pavo Cheetah Noir into a fabulous ring sling. Amazing quality! Like, fabulous! I also have one of her EMA ring slings in the sturdiest linen. So freakin’ toddler worthy. Follow EMA Design on Facebook to stay updated on all the pretties she is converting, dying and sewing and if you’re interested in getting in her queue, just send her a Facebook message!

NO END NATURALS

Hold on to your checkbooks, mamas, you’re going to fall head over heels for all of Kelby’s No End Natural products! No joke. There is no doubt in my mind that I’m switching all of my beauty products over to NEN ones – they’re that good. And organic, natural, safe, healthy … all that jazz. So far, I’m a happy customer of the Deluxe Face Cream (I use this day and night), Refreshing Face Wash (the best clean feeling), Anti-Aging Serum (30 is around the corner and showing!), Compassionate Lips (a constant companion) and Lavender Bellini Body Butter (my preggo cocktail fix). Owie Ointment (for Max) and Beard Conditioning Oil (for my sister’s bf) are next on my list! Like No End Naturals on Facebook for occasional coupon codes! And, if you’re local to Olympia/Tacoma you can find NEN at the coops and the new Whole Foods!

BRAVE LITTLE BUMBLE

I saved the cutest for last :) Brave Little Bumble is the new shop of my friend, Jill. Remember her from Brave Sunday? Each little Bumble is full of personality and their own story. Think small biz Cabbage Patch Kid, but sweeter and prettier. You can bet your britches that new baby will be getting a Bumble of their own. I think I’ll even play copycat with Lacy and do our month by month photos with a Bumble as our growth reference. BLB is alive and well on Instagram, she’s one of my faves over there so definitely follow along all the happenings at The Bumble Factory!

What else do I need to check out? Tell me what you’re loving these days?


The “Lovely” Things No One Tells You About Postpartum Life

the lovely things no one tells you about postpartum life

I’ve been giddy to share today’s post because there is nothing better than sharing the ugly truth and then matching it up with a solution or two. Moms are like that, I suppose. We’re fixers. Got a problem? I’ve got a fix for ya! Dealing with something ugly? Let’s work together to make it lovely!

Here’s the thing. If you haven’t heard yet, motherhood is gross. It’s beautiful too; that’s what we usually like to talk about and highlight. But there is also a lot of behind the scenes yuck. 

As a mom of two with a bun in the oven I’ve been through a lot of the odd, a lot of the weird and a lot of the yuck. I’ve been barfed on, bled on, peed on. By others and myself. It’s just part life and totally normal. Well, for moms at least. Best of all, look at me now, I’m sitting at my desk with a warm cup of coffee in clothing that has no bodily fluids on it. All is well.

Now, let’s break it down … a little dose of yuck in the form of a sweet little story coupled with a practically perfect solution! First up, let’s begin with the joys of birth.

DOWN THERE IS ON FIRE

I’ve had 2 vaginal births. The 8 pound 10 ounce variety followed by the 10 pound 4 ounce jumbo size. It left my nether regions less than comfortable. Swollen. Stitched. Hurting and in need of recovery. Time alone doesn’t do the trick, I promise. To calm the lady bits you need this – a postpartum sitz bath. You can make your own or buy a blend. Whatever you do, get it and get it in bulk. You’ll love having it for the first week or two after baby’s grand exit. 

And here’s my expert tip — after you brew your herbal blend, pour a little bit of it into a spritzer bottle and spritz yourself WHILE you pee. I promise, it takes the edge of that awful sting away. postpartum sitz bath

BLOOD AND GORE

Whether it’s your blood or your child’s or your husband’s from when he passes out for the beautiful bloodbath of the birth scene, you need one thing — hydrogen peroxide. Max’s entire surprise home birth was cleaned up to sparkling proportions with this gem. Douse the blood spot with hydrogen peroxide, let it soak and rinse. Repeat until it’s gone or even run an entire load of laundry with a whole bottle of it. Done and Done. hydrogen peroxide

LAUGH, SNEEZE … EEK!

Sometimes it’s right after baby, sometimes it’s in the weeks/months/years following, whatever the time frame, bladder control can become a tricky thing after birthing humans. It’s not necessarily fun to talk about, but since it affects 65 million Americans, it definitely falls into the realm of normal.

We recently had a tell all chat in one of my mom’s groups and bladder leakage topped our list of motherhood realities. After all, bladder leakage happens more to people in their 20s than in their 80s! Whether it’s the mistake of jumping on a trampoline (eek!) with too much charisma, laughing too hard or sneezing, we’ve all been there! 

If you’re lucky enough to have avoided this motherhood misfortune, don’t be too excited. It’s pretty likely it will greet you down the road in your life. So, become familiar with your options and support the women in your life who face a little dribble on occasion. Over the next 3 years Depend is donating 3 million dollars to charity for every social share tagged #underwareness. Retweet my tweet here to increase the giving potential! depend 1

You can also request a free sample of Depend Silhouette ActiveFit – for yourself, your mama or a friend! These are comfortable like underwear, not bulky and best of all, provide peace of mind. depend 3 depend 2

Are you totally grossed out by now – torn body parts, blood, pee? I’m not about to approach the topic of barf because that’s my least favorite and I can’t stand to think about it for more than the moment each day when I pray it never greets our family again. 

Here’s where I offer up a deep breath and call us all to a moment of relaxation. Although it’s all gross and hard to stomach, this really is all normal and just part of the motherhood gig we all love and adore. We survive. In most cases, we thrive. And obviously, in my case, forget, since I’m entering round three of all this loveliness :) But not without my extra supplies. Alongside my herbs, hydrogen peroxide and bladder leakage helper I’ve got two trusty friends. A few drops of Rescue Remedy in my morning orange juice chased with a quiet moment savoring a sweet morsel of chocolate is often a blanket solution for lots of mishaps and hormone explosions. rescue chocolate

Tell me mamas, what “lovely” little secrets have joined you in your postpartum days? Most important, how did you solve them?


Pregnancy Mantra — Think Happy Thoughts

growing as a mother - jody coughlinStatistics say that 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage. It’s a daunting figure that leads to cautious excitement. I’m thrilled to be expecting, but, what if …

And then the demons enter to manifest my crazy pregnancy hormones into an onslaught of fear and worry. And it’s ugly. And sad. And leaves me almost pushing away from the bond I so desperately want to build with my tiny baby.

Fear plagued me most when I was pregnant with Jemma. Dominic was working away from home 4 days a week and often throughout my first trimester I’d call him crying at night. He could rarely understand my whimpering and incoherent thoughts, but he listened and did his best to calm my worries. With Max, I was more distracted. I didn’t even find out I was pregnant until I was 9 weeks and the rest of those early days flew by since I had Jemma to care for.

This time is different though. Perhaps third time’s a charm. Maybe I’m wiser, smarter. Definitely older. Most likely, given a gift from God to embrace peace and shun fear. This is what I’ve decided — If I’m pregnant for 10 more hours or 100 more days or if my baby is born and grows to live 10 years on earth or 100 on top of that, this little life is precious. In every stage, at every moment. He or she is priceless and a wonderful blessing to our family. No hope or worry, nothing I control, will change the Lord’s plan for this little one. Becoming a mom has taught me to both hold tight and let go. And so, each day, that’s what I aim to do.

Those blasted little demons of fear and worry? They still float about, but they know I don’t want them to be part of my pregnancy memories and so for the most part, they stay away. They haven’t earned their place and they aren’t welcome. I’ve kicked them out, sent them on their way and each moment choose to think only happy thoughts. 


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Yes, I’m a Pregnant Runner


These days I do three things. Try to find something appetizing to eat – the plague of my first trimesters. Sleep – lots. And run – as fast and as long as I can a few times each week. You see, before I found out I was pregnant I committed to a race. I even recruited a running buddy to help motivate me and keep me on track. We’re all registered for a step up from my normal 5K … we’ve got a 5-miler next Sunday! And let me tell you, 5 miles feels much longer than 3.1. Processed with VSCOcam with f1 preset

I haven’t shared much about the race for fear that I’ll call it quits. There is nothing worse to a Type A mama than putting a lovely goal out into the universe and then a few weeks later stuttering, “Um, yeah, well that just didn’t work out.” I’m just so tired, like, I want to hibernate through this trimester kind of tired. Seriously all I can do most days is keep up with Jemma and Max. I’ll even confess that I weaseled Jemma into putting herself to bed last night saying I was too sleepy to make it upstairs with her. She was totally a good sport about it thankfully! 

Back to the race though. Lest I catch the flu or break my ankle – I’m doing it! It’s only 4 days away and I’m on track with my training. Not excelling like I had hoped, but tracking as best I can and I can honestly say I have full faith that I’ll finish.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

I’ve been asked more than once why I’m not quitting my race plans. I mean, I’m pregnant, after all, everyone will understand. But I just can’t emotionally commit to letting go of this goal. And I already have my outfit so that would just be a shame to let it go to waste! It takes so much effort to train. Especially for me. The non-athlete girl who dislikes sweat. I’d say it’s stubbornness that is keeping me going, but it’s more than that. Running gets into your blood. Something about it just feels good. Feels right. 

Pause there for a moment … because, race outfits! You all know me pretty well, so you can guess that shopping for athletic wear (and all shopping in general) adds an itsy bitsy ounce of motivation to my efforts. I adore Zappos.com for shoes, clothing, accessories and more. Seriously they’ve got it all … even things I may need for baby #3! And, with free shipping and returns, you can’t go wrong! I’ve had a few outfits in the running (get it?), but I think this may be the race day winner. I went for comfort while taking potential weather fluctuation into account. Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

More than anything (even more than awesome running clothes), I’m proud of myself for sticking with this goal. And I’ll say that forever when it comes to exercise. Because it’s just not like me to run or compete. Which mean if you think you can’t, you probably can! Never ever ever in 100 years did I think I’d be able to run 5 miles. But I can. I look tired at the end, but not near death. It’s been a stepping stone of practice; first intervals – running 1 minute at a time, then 3 and 5 and 10. Now I aim more for distance and pace, lengthening my stride and slowing my breathing. It’s been a work of diligence that clears my mind and strengthens my body. Both things I need as a mom.

Toss in the pregnancy factor and none of that really changes. If anything, I need a clear mind and a strong body more. This will by far be my healthiest pregnancy and that makes me so happy. I didn’t exercise at all before Jemma or during my pregnancy with her. And my only exercise pre-Max and during that pregnancy was chasing after Jem. This race is just a small part of my commitment to personal health. At some point I’ll slow my running to less jostling exercise like weights, swim and yoga. But I still plan to be active. It’s my commitment to my family and myself; to take care of my body so I can better take care of each of them. 


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


7 Weeks

It’s the beginning of pregnancy number three! 

I don’t think I’ve ever started journaling this early. With Jemma we didn’t announce until the end of the first trimester. Because of THE RULES that aren’t really rulesAnd with Max we didn’t find out until I was 9 weeks along. It’s funny to me, because you think once you’ve been through pregnancy twice before that something will be similar, and yet, this pregnancy is already very different. 
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 How far along: 7 weeks

Gender guess: Girl. I’ve never felt confident about guessing gender, but for some reason I do this time. My cravings are very similar to Jemma and I had a super vivid dream that I gave birth to a chubby baby girl at home in the dark a few weeks ago. I can’t wait to find out! I wrote a little bit about boys and girls and numbers on mom.me last week too :)

Weight gain: No idea! We don’t have a scale and I’m not really that concerned about it. I gained 40 pounds or so with both Jemma and Max and although, I’d love to stay more in the 30 range this time, I’m much more focused on eating healthy and exercising often. Better yet, I’m starting this pregnancy healthier than I’ve ever been. My 5 miler race is next Sunday and I never would have thought I could run 5 miles, let alone during a first trimester of pregnancy!

Sleep: The night time bathroom breaks have already started. Uh. A friend gave me her pregnancy pillow and I’m already putting that to use and probably will forever! I’ve always loved lots of pillows tucked everywhere and this one monster does it all! 

Best moment this week: So many wonderful moments … finding out, announcing to our friends and family, celebrating my first Mother’s Day as a mama of three and interviewing a potential midwife. 

Worst moment this week: I’m already feeling the major lack of energy. And it’s hard with Jemma and Max, I feel like I’m not their full mama anymore since I’m just so darn tired. 

Miss anything: Yes. Cocktails. I don’t even drink very often, but with Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day I felt the lack of celebratory beverages. For now lemonade and kombucha are doing their best to fill the bubbly void.

Movement: None yet.

Cravings: Steak and burgers and all things crunchy like cucumbers, pickles and chips. Nothing much sounds good. I’ve been forcing myself to eat and get my protein, but meat and crunch are the most appetizing of all.

Queasy or sick? If I don’t eat, I get a little nauseous. It was the same with Jem and Max. A vicious circle or not wanting to eat, but doing to avoid the yuckies.

Looking forward to: Deciding on a midwife and then anticipating an appointment where we can hear our baby’s heart beat! I LOVE the one I interviewed last week, but am battling some insurance stuff. She’s in-network, but our insurance won’t cover any births outside of a birthing facility. Insurance will contribute towards my prenatal and postpartum care, but $0 for the actual home birth. Now I’m working with the biller to see how those three sections of care breakdown before we make a final decision. Unless something later in my pregnancy warrants extra care, I won’t go to a hospital. To me, having a calm and peaceful birth atmosphere with a provider I choose and have a relationship with far outweighs the bit that insurance would contribute to an expensive hospital birth.

What Jemma thinks: “I think I really like the baby and am really excited for it to be born! And I’m really excited to hold the baby!”

What Max thinks: “No, Jemma! I hold the baby. And play with the baby. All. By. My. Self.”


Pregnancy questions inspired by Little Baby Garvin.


2nd Annual Mother’s Day Interview

I really love these little interviews and should probably do them more often. At least, I’ve managed to do them two Mother’s Days in a row now! Read Jemma’s interview from last year. Can you believe that I’m decreasing in age as the years go by?

This is Max’s inaugural year and he was a super little participator – no growling at all during our twenty questions game! So unlike our normal days together where he functions in a sway of craziness and collapsing into my arms … Processed with VSCOcam with g3 preset

First up, Jemma and her 4 1/2 year old thoughts on her mama …

What is your mom’s name? Gretchen and Mom. We call her Mom.

How old is she? 38

What is her favorite color? Um, green? I think.

What does she like to do? Do projects with me.

What is her favorite food? Pancakes with strawberries and “whooped” cream.

What books does your mommy like to read?  Just One DaySo odd that she remembers the title of this one … I think she liked the cover.

What time does she go to bed? 28, I think.

What is your favorite thing about her? Going to ballets with her.

I love my mom because … I love to spend time with her and she stays home with me.

My mom is good at … taking pictures of me.

If I could give my mom any present I would give her … that necklace we have matching. I did get us matching as our mother daughter gift for Mother’s Day so I guess that means we both have good taste :)

What do you want to tell your mom on Mother’s Day? Secrets.

And now Max! He’s 2 3/4 or so and is chattering up a storm most days. And almost everything he says is full of exclamation points. Such is the life on the verge of 3 :)

What is your mom’s name? MOM!

How old is she? 2!

What is her favorite color? Pink!

What does she like to do? Play big balls with me!

What is her favorite food? Eggs!

What books does your mommy like to read? A knight book!

What time does she go to bed? Number two.

What is your favorite thing about her? D-I-O. He spells this for everything these days. Jem is constantly reading letters out loud and I think this is Max’s way of playing along.

I love my mom because … buys Max pajamas!

My mom is good at … brush my teeth!

If I could give my mom any present what would you give her … a monster birthday! RAWR!!!

What do you want to tell your mom on Mother’s Day? I’m thinking … and then blows me a kiss.

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Chicken Pot Pie

Tracking PixelWhen I partnered with Foster Farms® to share a favorite recipe I knew exactly what I was going to whip up for ya’ll. Something down home. Something cozy and warm. The perfect meal for these still rainy Spring days. My friends, today is Chicken Pot Pie day on the blog all thanks to Foster Farms®!

More often than not chicken is our protein source at dinner time. From baked chicken parm to grilled and chilled for salads to shredded in the slow cooker, we’re chicken folk. Up until a few weeks ago I had never tried my hand at chicken pot pie. So odd seeing that it’s pretty all American. I think the crust overwhelmed me. So, instead of letting the thought of crust ruin my aspirations, I opted for store bought crust and focused my efforts on the creamy chicken and veggie filling, the real heart of this meal. 

I created this meal using Foster Farms’ new Simply Raised fresh chicken. This product line is raised without antibiotics, grown locally in the West Coast and produced by a family-owned company that has been around for 76 years!

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CHICKEN POT PIE

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound skinless, boneless Foster Farms® Simply Raised chicken breast, cubed
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup green peas
  • 1 cup green beans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sweet corn
  • 1/4 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2, 9 inch unbaked pie crusts foster farms foster farms ingredients

DIRECTIONS

Before beginning, set out your pie crusts. You want them chilled, but not refrigerator cold. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. By the time it beeps, unroll one pie crust and gently press into the bottom of your pie pan. Pierce with a fork a few times and pre-bake for 5 minutes. 

To begin preparing the filling, combine cubed chicken, carrots, peas, beans, corn and celery in a saucepan. Cover with water and boil for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and drain in a colander.

In your hot saucepan melt butter. Add chopped onions. Saute for 5 minutes or until soft. Whisk in flour to create a thick paste. Slowly add in the chicken brother and milk, constantly stirring until a roux forms. Add salt and pepper and simmer until it thickens.

Your pre-baked bottom pie crust is ready for it’s filling now! Pour in the chicken and veggie combo and evenly spread. Pour the roux over the top and gently toss to blend. Unroll your second pie crust and lay on top. Gently press the edges together to seal. Cut some vents … any design you choose, and bake for 30 minutes or until your pie crust says “I’m perfectly golden!”

Cool for a few minutes before cutting and serving. It ain’t pretty, but it’s delicious! chicken pot pie 2

A few little things you probably didn’t know about Foster Farms® … I didn’t and I thought I knew tons about chicken!

The new Foster Farms® has a trio of fresh chicken products that include: Foster Farms® Fresh & Natural, Foster Farms® Simply Raised (without antibiotics) and Foster Farms® Organic.  The  Simply Raised version without antibiotics by Foster Farms® is already in stores throughout CA, OR, WA, (that’s what I found at my local Walmart) and even better news, the Organic chicken is now in Costco and select grocery stores in the the West Coast. Yay! You can read more about each product here.


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Foster Farms®.


Baby #3 — The Day We Found Out


Let’s all be super in awe of my equality and fairness as a mom for a quick moment.

Today’s post is dedicated to baby number three’s official debut. Also known as “the day I peed on a stick”. I posted about the same event for itsy bits Jemma back in 2010 and then tiny little Max in early 2012.  If I can keep up with some photos here and there this baby won’t feel like the third to arrive at all!

First on the agenda … bump photo #1! Check! IMG_8223

So, how our little one came to be.

Dominic and I took a Creighton training course about a year ago. I won’t go into the details of charting cervical mucous as a means to avoid or achieve pregnancy, but know, it’s fascinating and a really cool, natural method of family planning. 

For a number of reasons, I hadn’t anticipated a positive pregnancy test on Thursday, April 23rd, and thus, took said test on a whim before nap time with Max whining at the door. If that’s isn’t the quintessential picture of a third born, I don’t know what is. Pretty much, I wanted to know that I wasn’t pregnant so I could slump a bit, nap it off and proceed with my day. 

But, then A POSITIVE PREGNANCY TEST! Really, truly positive. No questions about it.

I opened the door and told Max he was going to be a big brother! He growled. So him. Next up, Dominic. I prayed for something happier than a growl :) I texted him the cleverest thing I could think of in a 5 second brainstorm. 

Think you can handle 3 at Take Your Child To Work Day in 2016?!? Thursday, April 23, 2015 was Take Your Child To Work Day so it was randomly in the forefront of my mind and Dom knew too because we had joked about him taking Max to the lumberyard that morning.

Max was begging for mama snuggles and rest, but of course I couldn’t fall asleep,  so Dominic and I texted back and forth while I simultaneously shared the news with a few friends. I invited my mom and sister over for dinner to surprise them in person and their reactions that evening were along the lines of these shrieks of happiness …

Jemma and Max are pretty pleased with their promotions too :) Moments after Jemma found out she quietly came up to my side and placed her hand on my stomach. She whispered, “I’m just going to try and feel the baby move a little.” Oh yes, she is the sweetest thing. Especially when she followed with, “I hope it’s a baby girl. But I think if it is a boy, I will really love it too.”

We commemorated the special day with impromptu family photos. Our first snapshots as a family of FIVE! family of 5

Dominic’s parents found out a few days later. We surprised him mama with an early Mother’s Day gift with a hidden clue. Her pendant necklace had an extra grandchild birthstone making an appearance! After our family knew all the rest of the big wide world got looped in on our little secret with this announcementIMG_8247

We’re pleased as punch and can’t wait to celebrate the Christmas season, or New Year I suppose, with a little one in our arms. We may have announced a bit early, but we can’t contain our excitement! 

Spill the beans! How did you announce your pregnancy?


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.