Symptoms of Pregnancy No One Wants to Talk About – 2nd Trimester Edition

Symptoms of Pregnancy No One Wants to Talk About – 2nd Trimester Edition

Ahh, the second trimester. This is the stuff pregnancy dreams are made of. You feel good, your belly is adorable, and you are feeling the pop pop pop of little kicks from your baby who Baby Center says is currently the size of a spaghetti squash! But let’s take a step back from the bliss to complain for a few minutes. I know what you’re thinking. Why bitch about such a magical time? But there are a few things at this stage in the pregnancy game that no one talks about, and they’re important! So sit back, grab some Tums, and read on: 1. Loneliness. It’s lonely being pregnant. No one can share the joyous feelings of baby kicks, hiccups, and bouncing around the belly quite the same way you can. It seems like every time I put my husband’s hand to my belly, the kicking stops. While I look forward to each new week and the developments they bring (He has eyebrows! He’s producing meconium!), others don’t share the same enthusiasm. In the same regard, no one can share the lonely nights tossing and turning. Wondering if that cramping is severe gas or early labor. Going hours without fetal movement and wondering if baby is still okay. As supportive as your significant other and family may be, you are largely alone on this journey. 2. Hormonal Rage. Short of my high school days, there is no other time in my life where I recall being this emotionally unstable. I am a raging bitch most of the time, and a weeping fool for the rest. Everything makes me angry, like...
Symptoms of Pregnancy No One Wants to Talk About – 1st Trimester Edition

Symptoms of Pregnancy No One Wants to Talk About – 1st Trimester Edition

Kim Kardashian, someone who I wholly dislike and yet seem to read about on a daily basis just by opening an internet browser, recently bemoaned pregnancy as “the worst experience of my life.” My initial reaction was, “Ungrateful b*tch!” But on second thought, it is refreshing for celebrities to speak up on some of more uncomfortable, inconvenient and downright painful symptoms of pregnancy that often get overlooked by magazines and popular culture. We see gorgeous celebrity photos of glowing women and their baby bumps (did anyone else drool at the sight of Blake Lively in that dress?) But rarely do they divulge the ugly symptoms many women experience every day and oftentimes keep hidden from friends and family because, let’s face it, who really wants to know? Well, the short answer to that question is other pregnant women. Or women hoping to become pregnant at some point in time. This post will focus on the first 12 weeks, as you can rest assured week 13-40 invokes symptoms very worthy of their own posts. Some of these are obvious, but they don’t think they get the credit they deserve for the level of discomfort they elicit. 1. Morning Sickness. I could write a book on how much this truly SUCKS. Imagine the stomach flu where you can’t keep anything down, where the thought of certain foods or drinks make you gag, and where you feel your soul being slowly drained away. Now image this for 4-6 weeks, not just the morning, not at night… 24/7… I even dreamed of getting sick. My morning sickness was much worse than the first time...
Google’s New Search Engine For Kids Means No More Finding Twerking Videos By Mistake

Google’s New Search Engine For Kids Means No More Finding Twerking Videos By Mistake

The recently launched “Kiddle” promises to keep kids safe in their internet searching If you’ve ever checked the search history of your kid’s tablet and found entries such as “boobs,” boy, do we have great news for you! Google recently launched a kid-friendly search engine that promises to all but eliminate the possibility of your child stumbling upon Miley Cyrus’ 2013 VMA performance while you’re too busy cooking dinner to pay attention! Kiddle looks an awful lot like the Google search interface we’re all familiar with, but includes some cute child-like tweaks. Instead of the familiar, austere, white background there’s a fun outer space theme with a robot alien near the search bar. According to Tech Times, Kiddle offers search results hand-picked by editors to ensure their kid-friendliness. The first one to three results will always be curated by the editors — safe sites written specifically for children. The next few results will feature sites in simple language that will be easy for kids to understand. The rest will be sites tailored to adults that may be harder for kids to digest, but are still filtered by Google safe search to avoid them stumbling on anything inappropriate. In its “about” section, Kiddle promises your child will be safe in their searching. The logs are cleared every 24 hours and Kiddle collects no personal information. We tested the “safe content” promise by searching a few unsavory keywords kids might try to search. And Kiddle was an excellent guard dog. Searches for “butts” and “penis” yielded the same angry robot man telling your kid to go back to square one and try again. As the parent with a kid who routinely...
What If We Saw Our Kids How Others Do?

What If We Saw Our Kids How Others Do?

People often talk about how they want to go back to seeing the world through a child’s eyes and I see every day in my daughters’ experience the benefits of doing that. Lately I’ve been reminded that it is often good for us to see our children through the eyes of others. My daughters are extremely different from each other, but both manage to have quirks they inherited that immediately get under my skin. I had this discussion recently with a friend and we were talking about how challenging our kids can be and disappointed in the times we quickly get frustrated. He reminded me of a work meeting where I had my daughters and they were driving me crazy, I thought they were out of control…he hardly noticed. It was more likely he noticed my agitation. But if I could take a second to step back and see that perspective more often myself, the better I would be as a father. It got me to thinking about how many times I’m anxious or frustrated or challenged by their behavior in public or at a friend’s house when the reality is they are nice, sweet, polite, well behaved children. What if I saw them more often through the eyes of people that aren’t around them every day? Would I treat them differently? Would I talk to them differently? Our friends, acquaintances or people we see in public tend to give children’s behavior a pass, particularly if they are also parents. They get it. They’ve been through the same struggle. But if I could take a second to step back and...
5 Times I Wish My Kids Would Leave Me Alone

5 Times I Wish My Kids Would Leave Me Alone

Like most moms, I love my kids with a ferocity that rivals a Kardashian’s love for a selfie stick. But that doesn’t mean I’m always happy to see my offspring, and truthfully, there are several situations when I want to shoo them away like they’re adorable pests, albeit temporarily. Here are some of those times: 1. In the Middle of the Night Hear that, son? That’s the sound of raccoons rooting through garbage cans while an owl hunts for voles. These are known as nighttime sounds and should remind you that you should be asleep right now. If you’re scared or sad, I get it; I’m not made of stone, and you can come to me for snuggles and mommy-love. But I have little sympathy when you want goldfish crackers at 3 a.m. because you didn’t eat your dinner, or your bug bite itches and you want another story. Bye, Felicia.   2. When They’re Covered in Yuck Child, if you are covered in: pee, poo, puke, soap, syrup, slop, jam, jelly, juice, butter, broth, batter, paint, perfume, petrochemicals, glitter, goo, gum, makeup, mud, milk or, heaven help us, instant cement or super glue, please go outside and wait for me by the garden hose. You could be covered in sauvignon blanc, and I’d still need a minute to calm myself before entering cleanup mode. 3. Too Early in the Morning Much like waking me up in the middle of the night, getting me up too early in the morning will also earn you the look of disappointment. Come on, kid, just because a presumably evil architect designed our house...