Don’t Hate Me Because My Labor Was Short

Unless you’ve got a nanny, a housekeeper, a chauffeur, and a chef, it’s hard to manage a home and family–and still keep a smile on your face. But, it’s worth trying. Because nobody wants a crabby mom. Join me while I try to navigate these choppy waters and keep smiling. Subscribe to my RSS feed […]

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Auntie Jamie the Chef

I have been blessed by a family that loves food. Both my sisters and both my brothers are fantastic cooks. I have been further blessed that one of them is here with me now to act as chief cook and bottle washer (as well as housekeeper and nanny) while I have a baby this week. […]

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This Week

So I’m having a baby this week. Sometime between now and Tuesday afternoon, Lord willing. This past week’s heavy duty contractions and nausea kind of threw a wrench in my plans, like getting the house cleaned to sell and planning out all sorts of uplifting blog posts. Those things fell by the wayside as I […]

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Guess That FishChick’s Weight

Well, I’m still nauseated, but no active contractions. I would really like a break from feeling bad. On the plus side, I have cat-napped all day. Shari prompted a weight-guessing game in the comments of the previous post. I forgot that I meant to start that. So, here’s the deal. She’s already claimed 9lb6. (No […]

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Baby Daze

Sometime soon, we think. Yesterday’s appt: 50% effaced, 3, almost 4 cm. Lots of action last night. I am really nauseated today. Thanks for praying. (I’d really like the nausea to go away. That’s never been one of my symptoms.)

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Frugal Tip: Have a BackUp Plan

Normally, I plan out my menus for the week. This helps in a number of ways, particularly in budgeting. If I’m building from what’s in the cupboard and adding just a few ingredients, I can make do with less. Usually, this entails cooking from scratch which has proved to be the most frugal way to […]

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Recipe Swap: What’s a Dish that You Deliver?

Having a baby is a wonderful occasion on many points. Sweet cheeks, soft skin and hair, no more Braxton-Hicks contractions. Another is that neighbors and friends love to cook for you. How nice is that?! Over the years I’ve been blessed to know a number of great cooks, and as a result, our recipe collection […]

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How Do You Do It? What Do You Let Slide?

It can be so tempting after we read a blog or magazine article or talk to an aquaintance to compare ourselves and think that somehow we are lacking. Some other mom has a cleaner house, a bigger budget, is a better cook, or seemingly “has it all together.” This just isn’t true! Every mom has […]

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