Pregnancy Week 33: Hydration

Hydration. It’s amazing how one little word can change your life in so many ways. While proper hydration is essential for any human being, I’ve found that it’s especially impactful on my wellbeing during pregnancy. This should come as no surprise to most people. I’m relatively certain that “drink lots of water” is the number…

Pregnancy Week 32: Not Perfect, but Good.

 “Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good.” This is one of my ALL TIME favorite mantras. Some people may think that it breeds mediocrity, but I think it’s a fantastic way to keep our do-it-all, be-it-all tendencies in check. I can be very hard on myself for not having a good attitude, relentless motivation, and…

Pregnancy Week 31: Sleep Support

I’m super late with this week’s pregnancy post. It’s supposed to be a recap of LAST week, but we’re almost in a new week already! Weeks 30-32 have been a bit fraught with anxiety and subsequent lack of sleep which, at least partially, explains my lateness. I’ve been zombie-Chef for the past couple of weeks and…

Pregnancy Week 30: Third Trimester Nutrition

10 more WEEKS?! How did that happen? I feel like I was just at 20 weeks, the halfway point, and now it’s like he’s practically here! Last week I talked a little about childbirth preparation from the vantage point of reading and learning. This week I wanted to focus more on what kinds of strategies…

Pregnancy Week 29: Childbirth Preparation

Preparing for Childbirth. HA! Is that even a thing? How the heck do you prepare for something that 1. You’ve never experienced or 2. You HAVE experienced but has very little track record of being predictable or consistent from one pregnancy to the next. The answer is, you try – or not. The more anal…

Pregnancy Week 28: Things I Learned in my Second Trimester

I’ve reached my third trimester! To follow up my initial “things I learned” post for the first, I thought I would share some similar thoughts about the second phase of my pregnancy. It’s so incredible how the pregnancy experience really does shift from one phase to the next in almost exact correspondence to the “trimesters”. I…

Pregnancy Week 27: Second Trimester Eats

Twas the last week of the second trimester. And it was EPIC. Seriously, this week was awesome. I had the most comfortable, productive, enjoyable week of this whole pregnancy. I felt healthy, active, and energized. I finished my usual work week and managed to accomplish a ton of things on my “to-do” list. I got to spend…

Pregnancy Week 26: Nursery Ideas

I’m definitely getting into the whole “nesting” part of this baby process. Planning a baby shower, registering for gifts, and envisioning the nursery has been so fun! Pinterest and Instagram have been a huge help in finding some inspiration. Here are some of my favorites!  (Click on the pictures to link to the source) I…

Pregnancy Week 25: Motherhood

Get ready. This is a deep one. My feelings about the concept of “Motherhood” have always been a little bit complicated. Maybe you’re thinking, “Geez, Nikki. What the heck does that mean? How complicated could it be? Moms are awesome. That’s why athletes say “Hi Mom!” during their brief interviews on the news broadcast. It’s why celebrities MUST thank…

Pregnancy Week 24: Mama Bear

Rage is not a familiar emotion for me. I mean. Look at this picture. No rage. No fear. No angry expletive-laden outbursts. One of my new favorite side effects of pregnancy is the whole “mama bear”- protective – angry outburst – thing. Here’s a scenario: I’m walking my dog across an intersection, and girl in silver…