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If I Don’t Take Care of Me Who Will?

I used to have a crappy restaurant job. There was a career, lifetimer waiter who I really liked who gave me a valuable life trick. He would say my Grandpa always told me anytime you need a break at work just go to the bathroom, no one will ever bother you in the bathroom. I have used this in all the jobs I have had after this and it always has given me just a minute of peace… until I had my baby. Now when I want that little break, my […]

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It’s Possible to Hate Pregnancy, but Love Motherhood

I was one of those people who absolutely could not wait to be pregnant. I fantasized about what I would look like with a big ole’ baby bump and glowing skin. I touched my stomach tenderly and told myself one day. Then, that one day came. I saw two bright pink lines – a very positive pregnancy test to match my very positive outlook on how wonderful it would be to grow a human. Within a week, it all came crashing down when I regurgitated my morning cup […]

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Dear Fellow Mamas: Please Stop Telling Me How Hard It Gets

It started almost as soon as my newborn son and I got home from the hospital. Admonitions to “enjoy it while you can, it only gets harder from here!” drifted through the fog of my sleepless stupor. I perched achily on an inflatable donut as visitors – family members, friends, people who were already parents there to usher us into the club – came to deliver early holiday gifts, stock our refrigerator with ever more dishes, peer at the tiny baby in my arms and inhale his […]

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7 Most Outrageous Pieces of Advice Pregnant Women Get

The moment you rock a baby bump you suddenly become public property. Complete strangers think they have the right to come up to you in the supermarket and just put their hands on your belly without even saying ‘Hello’. Surely that would be cause for arrest at any other time? It seems personal space no longer applies to moms-to-be. But worse than that is the fact that every single person you meet has a nugget of advice to give you. More often than not it’s false news – […]

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Is Your Pregnancy App Making You Paranoid?

Pregnant, at last! And so it began. A dialogue between me and my baby. Sorry, I mean me and my baby app. My baby app and I. Bapp, for short. You’re probably worrying you’re starting to look fat, said Bapp, one day, when I was about 18 weeks along. “I’m sorry?” You are, but that’s okay. “I know it’s okay,” I retorted, “I’m pregnant.” Uh, thanks for that. It soon became clear early that Bapp was a nervous pregnancy companion; determined to see the negative in every stage […]

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Preparing for a Second Baby

Preparing to bring a second baby home can be just as daunting as it was the first time around, but for totally different reasons. The moms who follow Pregnant Chicken are beautiful princess angels full of amazing tips and the most important reminder of all: You’ve totally got this. Tips for Preparing Your Older Kids For a New Baby Many of the pieces of advice moms had to share about preparing older kids were geared more towards toddler-aged siblings. For example: Bring out baby gear like a […]

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Tug and Pull – Finding Balance in Motherhood

As women, we feel so conflicted throughout our lives. It begins with who will be our best friend, and transitions to which college we will choose, or which career path to follow, but none have caused me as much tug and pull as motherhood. It’s a daily up and down of feeling joy and frustration all in the same minute. I find myself counting down the minutes until bedtime and rushing through it, because I’m exhausted and drained and just generally frustrated that they need another sip […]

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Wives Tales and Pregnancy

It’s all great to hear advice during your pregnancy, especially unwelcome advice. I’m sure you’ve been told by one person or another how to live. Am I right? It only gets worse the further along in your pregnancy you are. Someone will want to tell you that you shouldn’t bend, or walk a certain way, not to pick up a baby in case you hurt the one in your stomach or put yourself in labor. As the pregnancy gets closer to the due date you’ll be told […]

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