15 Thoughts I Had During My 1st Trimester

A second pregnancy is definitely a whole different experience form the first one! Even though this pregnancy was very well thought out and planned, it happened way quicker than we expected, specially given the fact that the first time around we had the exact opposite experience. So here are some of the thoughts that ran through my 1st-trimester-pregnant-and-hormonal-brain this second time around:  Holy s***, I am pregnant!  Holy s***, I am really pregnant! – after testing for the 2nd time around  How is it even possible to love another human being this much?!  – while looking at my sleeping 2 year-old Oh, great! And this started already! – while suffering from bad all-day sickness What is it with me, pregnancy, and pickles? How the hell am I going to take care of a newborn AND a toddler?! How am I going to run errands with a running toddler and crying newborn? Ohhhhh, she’s going to be such a sweet big sister! – when visiting newborn cousin  What if I am pregnant with twins??!! Well, at least this time I won’t be pregnant during the summer! Although the snow doesn’t seem that much more appealing… Sorry, L! Mom is going to be a drag for the next 10 weeks! – while suffering from extreme fatigue and just wanting to lay on the couch all day long Oh, our sweet baby! – while holding back tears and feeling emotional at our first ultrasound I feel bad for you kid! – feeling bad for L every time I though that she would no longer get my full and exclusive attention anymore Now that this was getting so much easier… – thought that ran through my head after each successful outing, nap, bedtime, etc. ...

Gender Reveal: It’s a …

When I was pregnant with my first we were so excited and anxious to find out what we were having. Not so much because we had a preference, but just to materialize it all – so the baby wouldn’t be an it anymore, but a he or a she; so we could pick a name; so we could tell our, also eager, family. We just wanted to find out and tell everyone right after. No surprises, no parties, no fanciness. A simple “It’s a girl!” picture-text was enough! This time around, we were as eager to find out, but wanted to make it a little bit more special. The 2nd pregnancy announcement never gets the same level of attention and liveliness as the first. People usually say: “oh, you are having another?”, followed by a “congratulations” that can range dramatically in enthusiasm level or by some uncalled for comment like “are you crazy?”. So, we thought, why not try to make the gender reveal a bit more interesting and entertaining. We still did not want to be surprised. Both my husband and I are not really the surprise-loving kind, but we wanted to make it a bit more fun for family, who at that point were placing their bets on whether baby number 2 was a boy or a girl. Before we found out the gender we announced that L was becoming a big sister and included a cute picture with her holding a sign and a great design I purchased for instant download on Etsy (read more here). That design is also a cute way to start the boy/girl guessing game. We found out the gender at our 20-week ultrasound. Despite having...

New Product: big sister/big brother announcement

Did you like the poster I made for our “Big Sister Announcement”? Well, a lot of people have asked me about it and showed interest in using the same template. So, I decided to add another category to The Loving Nest’s shop and make this template available to anyone who might be interested. Just add the product to your cart and tell me in the “notes” section all the details I need to know to send you your high-resolution .pdf document: up to 3 colors of your preference; who is being promoted? Is it a big brother or a big sister?; new baby’s due month and year. Then, you can print it and use it at your own discretion. In my personal case, I decided to print it at home and tape it to a framed chalkboard we already had in the house and have used for other milestones pictures. Go ahead and take a peak at the new Product section in our Shop. PURCHASE...

“I’m being promoted to big sister”

Birthdays, holidays, and a new year translated into the blog being put aside for a couple of weeks (or months!).  However, if you do follow me on social media, you are already aware of our most recent announcement: baby #2 will be arriving in May of 2016 and L is being promoted to big sister! We are so excited to be expanding our family, to welcome a new little person into our lives, and to watch L grow into her new role as a big sister! After a busy summer and an early Fall move to a new house, we found out we were expecting. Literally, the day after we moved in! However, with a first trimester that was tougher than with my first pregnancy, with much more nausea and fatigue (plus, running around chasing a 2 year-old), priorities shifted and I wasn’t able to give the blog as much attention as I was hoping for. Now, that we are past the nuisances of the first trimester, past the holidays, and in a new year, I am hoping I can share this journey with you as much as possible, as well as fill in so many gaps that I have been meaning to share from L’s first two years of life. Will you be following along? Do you like this design? We used it as part of our announcement. You can find it on PRINTS by MAdesign Etsy’s shop to purchase for instant download...

Moving towards a legacy of love

Last night I held my daughter tighter as she fell asleep. I felt sad thinking that she will grow up in a world that is still full of hate, violence, and ignorance. I always thought my generation would have made some sort of positive impact in the world filling it with more love, justice, and empathy. But we are not there yet. We are still not there… While I was deeply saddened and sick to my stomach with the news that were coming from Paris, my 2 year-old daughter innocently kept playing and smiling, oblivious to the evils and dangers of the world. I wish I could  keep it like that forever. How do you talk to your kids about these things? How do you assure them that they can feel safe, when deep down, you don’t feel safe yourself? How do you pass on the values you want to instill, like love, hope, and happiness while still acknowledging the hate, fear, and injustice that happens around the world? As a parent, you would do anything to protect your children from harm, grief or sadness. It’s hard enough to accept that bad things happen, like natural disasters, illness, accidents… But to still have to add to your list, preventable acts of hate and violence, is just cruel. We can not just accept as normal the possibility of losing our kids or our kids losing their parents to a random act of terrorism or gun violence. This should not be our new normal. It’s not just up to the world leaders to resolve these issues with politics and wars. It’s up to us. We deserve to raise our...
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