• 26 Week Bumpdate with Baby #2

    Twenty-six weeks along! Lately, I’ve been feeling huge! I had to dig up pictures from my 26 Week Bumpdate with Baby #1 to compare, because it just feels like I am way bigger this time around, but I don’t think I really am. Honestly, more than anything, I feel a bit bewildered that I am this far along. The first… [Continue Reading]

    26 Week Bumpdate with Baby #2
  • Thoughts On Becoming a Minivan Mom (Plus an Important Question for my Readers!)

    When people first heard that I was looking for a minivan, they often turned to me–with empathy pooling in their eyes–and asked “and how are you doing with that decision”? Almost as if becoming a minivan driver is akin to a serious illness. But the truth is, I am not worried about turning in my cool card. In fact, I… [Continue Reading]

    Thoughts On Becoming a Minivan Mom (Plus an Important Question for my Readers!)
  • 24 Week Bumpdate with Baby #2

    For half a second, I thought I was twenty-five weeks pregnant this week. I had to look up last week’s bumpdate in order to figure out what week I was. That’s just a second pregnancy for ya. ūüėČ I am 24 (not 25) weeks pregnant this week! This is a big week for baby #2 (affectionately known as Two-ey), because… [Continue Reading]

    24 Week Bumpdate with Baby #2
  • 23 Week Bumpdate with Baby #2

    Spring has unfurled slowly this year, leaf by leaf. It has been such a beautiful experience, with both of my pregnancies, that the day I started feeling better physically directly corresponded with the arrival of spring. I have always been sickest in my first trimester, which then turns into dreadful headaches and continued food aversions at the beginning of my… [Continue Reading]

    23 Week Bumpdate with Baby #2
  • 22 Week Bumpdate with Baby #2

    Time for another bumpdate! This has been the easiest week so far in pregnancy-land! We learned a lot of good news last week at our anatomy scan, and this week my symptoms have been at an all time low, food has started tasting better (just in time for Easter) and Gideon and I have been getting out every day to… [Continue Reading]

    22 Week Bumpdate with Baby #2

Savory Chicken and Dumplings That’ll Cure What Ails Ya

“Hon, I have a question…” My hubby and I were eating supper that night, and in-between bites he turned to me, his brow knit in concern. I leaned in, wondering what was wrong, and gave him all my attention. “Why is it” he asked, “that you’ve never told me that you knew how to make this until now?” He looked…

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This Week’s Meal Plan and the Tortilla that Changed Everything

Meal planning is a necessary evil. I don’t enjoy meal planning. It is time-consuming, tedious, and stressful.¬† I have tried many different methods to try to make it a less odious experience.¬†At first, I just tried winging it every week. I figured that I had the creativity to come up with meals on the spot! Well, I might have had…

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Our Experience with Christian Healthcare Ministries’ Maternity Program

The cost for my prenatal care, C-section, and six week follow up ended up being $20,000. Well, $21, 331.93, to be exact. Back when I was struggling with baby fever, I remember trying to decide if I should raise our insurance to fully cover all things maternity. My insurance level, at the time, would have covered just the delivery–no prenatal…

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Gideon: 5 Month Update

Gideon is 5 months old! I tell him all the time–“you are the cutest baby, ever!” and, in this mama’s eyes, he is! He is so sweet, and funny these days. I love that he has started flailing his little arms and legs. He gets so excited that he windmills his arms, and you can hear them go “plop, plop,…

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First Grocery Shopping Trip with Baby

Things are beginning to click in this new mom life. Last week, I left Gideon home with his Papa, and I went grocery shopping alone. As I puttered through the aisles, listening to my podcast, nonchalantly tossing cans of coconut milk and heads of lettuce into my shopping cart, I paused, smiled, and said to myself: “You’ve come far, Bethany…

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10 Time Saving Hacks for Busy Moms

Free time has taken on a whole new meaning now that I am a mom. Before I had my baby boy, it didn’t matter if my phone took five minutes to load a website, my coffee took twenty¬†minutes to make or I had to run a package to the Post Office. I had oodles of time. I don’t have as…

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Goals and Word of the Year for 2018

Word of the Year I’ve been trying to decide on a 2018 word of the year for weeks now. Last year I chose the word “risk”, because I wanted it to be the year that I finally took a few risks both personally and professionally. I wanted to be unafraid of all the changes that I knew was coming my…

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What should I write about this year?

Happy New Year, sweet readers! How did you ring in the new year? Last night Gideon was asleep by 8, and Hubs and I spent about an hour, dreaming, trouble-shooting, and writing down our goals for this year. We talked about what we wanted to accomplish in 2018: in our home, with our finances, in our marriage, and in our…

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Gideon: 4 Month Update

This has been such a fun month in our little man’s life! In the past month, he has become¬†interested in toys, rolled over, started¬†to figure out how to grab toys, started being okay being put down a little more,¬†began chattering¬†away all the time, and started to laugh a lot. He really has become so much more aware of the world,…

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Gideon: 3 month update

My baby boy is three months old! The last three months have been such a blur, I cannot believe that my little newborn is now a smiley, giggly three month old! Every day, Gideon is discovering new things, and it is so much fun to watch. I love being his mama so much! Gideon is such a sweet baby. He…

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