The 8 Biggest Shockers of Having a Baby (for me)

Jun 9, 2014 by

Since the moment I discovered I was pregnant 15 months ago, life has been full of surprises, both amazing and… less amazing.  I could write volumes on this topic, but I narrowed it down to my top 8 for your consideration.  I am in no way trying to say that this list encompasses the most shocking things about parenting in general – these are my own very personal picks.

1) Feeling like a mom has been a very gradual process.  Even though I had eight-ish months to get used to the idea of becoming a mom and felt a profound sense of responsibility, connection, and love from the moment my daughter was born, I am still getting used to the role.  I still feel like myself, but I am also finding out that Emily plus baby equals more than the sum of the parts, and I am continuing to discover who that person is.

The Track

Apr 14, 2014 by

Walking is my exercise of choice.  I have finally reached this conclusion after coming to terms with the fact that I can’t afford (and am maybe a little too embarrassed) to figure skate anymore, I’m not a runner (though I once hilariously convinced myself otherwise for the better part of a year), and group classes are just not for me (choreography with strangers – UGH).  There is a problem with this, though: I only really like to walk outside.  Living in Connecticut, this clearly means that I alternate between being a couch potato and suffering at the gym for many months out of the year.  Walkability was actually a big draw for us when we bought our house last spring.  We loved the idea of living in a quiet, adorable neighborhood with sidewalks that actually lead to things.

Pregnancy is Super Weird and Pretty Neat

Apr 7, 2014 by

27 weeks with mime

Here’s me – 27 weeks pregnant with my first and posing on the streets of downtown Hartford with a mime. Now that’s weird.

Let me start out by saying I’m not pregnant. I had what might have been a kidney stone and a subsequent ultrasound last week so I know there’s nothing in there. Trust me, I was sure to ask. And although I’ve been on the fence about a third in the past, I think I’ve pretty much decided two kids is the number of kids I can sanely handle. That being said, I still get all verklempt when I see a pregnant lady walking around. I have to restrain myself from running up to her, hugging her and telling her how it ‘s the most amazing thing she’ll ever do. And also, I want to shake her and ask her what she thinks she’s doing?! Doesn’t she know this is the hardest thing she’ll ever do? Is she spending lots of time with her spouse? She should. She really should. Like. Right. NOW. Seriously, why is she shopping for baby stuff when she could be on a date with her husband with no children? Or sleeping, or reading, or watching something rated PG-13 on TV during the day?

Maybe just one more?

Jan 13, 2014 by

There are a lot of grown up decisions out there that require you to (wo)man up and put your big girl pants on. I think there are a handful that are super big, like deciding to get married, to buy a house and to have children. As sad as it sounds, even buying a house or getting married are decisions you could probably reverse should you change your mind once you’re in it, so maybe having kids is the biggest decision?

Five Things My Pregnant-Self Can’t Live Without

Nov 6, 2013 by

I don’t know if it’s because of my age, or that I have an active toddler, but this pregnancy has been a little tougher on me than my last one.   Here are some items, that have been life-savers to me this time around:

1.  Maternity Leggings – I don’t know what I did without these my last pregnancy! I am living in them pretty much all the time. They are comfortable and oh so versatile. I wear them as tights with boots now that it’s cold out, as pajama pants, and “fancy” pants when paired with a nice (long) sweater and a statement necklace.


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