pregnant lies Pregnant women are a lot of things. Beautiful. Hormonal. Glowing. Nurturing.
And bold-faced liars.
When I read a recent article on The Stir about the lies pregnant women tell, I actually laughed out loud and thought, "Yes! Thank you for saying that! Finally, some truth in pregnancy!" I knew immediately that I had to share my favorite five from the list, so here they are.
LIE 1: "I don't care if it's a girl or a boy"
Obviously, every woman wants a healthy baby. I mean, no one's out there praying for an unhealthy child, let's be real. But most women do have a preference.
LIE 2: "Pregnancy is GREAT!"
Pregnancy is hard, and even a bit terrifying. Maybe you're one of those super blessed-and totally rare-women who have the best pregnancy ever, but the likelihood is that most pregnant women totally fib about their "fabulous" pregnancies.
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LIE 3: "Oooo, I just LOOOVE this gift!"
Like The Stir says, "It's the thought that counts, sure.
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Sometimes There Really Are Monsters Under The Bed
In memory of my dear Uncle Pete who passed away in the wee hours of this morning.
My father instilled a great love of monster movies in me. Most Saturdays and Sundays of my childhood were filled with marathons of the Creature Feature or The Monster Matinee. My Dad, my brother, my uncles and my cousins would settle down for the long haul of it most weekends. And we were the true couch potatoes; absolutely glued to the television set, living for commercial breaks to run to use the toilet so we wouldn't miss anything, and filling our bellies with wonderful junk to enjoy our movie experience-except for when I would hide behind my dad's big easy chair when it got a bit too scary for me.
You see, I am one heck of a big old chicken and it started years ago with my own imagination. But being a chicken-and knowing it-gave me plenty of ways of learning to cope with a bad case of "The Fraidy Cat Syndrome". Me, and my wild mind can make absolutely anything scary if I think about it long enough.
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In your pajamas. At midday. I know, I know, life is hard.
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A few minutes and a lifetime later, a doctor entered and resumed the exam with intensity and purpose. My chest was tight. My breath held. My brain finally started to process the situation very slowly: there-is-something-wrong-with-the-baby. Each part of that thought
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The 1:24 video opens with dad Christian Diego Mello, a website designer in Brazil, playing the Beatles' classic tune on his guitar and singing the chorus line "Don't let me down!" while his 2-year-old son Diogo Mello, strumming his own mini guitar, yells back, "Don't let me down!"
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As of Monday afternoon, the video had racked up more than 300,000 views with commenters writing, "This is just awesome. This father gets an A in my book, for both being an awesome father, and for the singing as well," "That baby rocks!" and "We want more videos of this incredible duo!"
On his YouTube channel, Mello wrote, "I'm his daddy, very proud of him. Big hug!" And in response to the public comments, Mello wrote
10 Reasons To Love Tummy Time!
Put Little L on her tummy and she starts to grunt, swing her arms, hold up her head then finally lets out a WAIL! I immediately turn her back over and call it a day. Despite being a second-time mama, there are things I didn't particularly master the first time around - this clearly being one of them. When I was at the pediatrician two weeks ago, she reminded me to give her plenty of "tummy time" and teach her how to love it. I said, "Oh she doesn't like it" but the doctor assured me it was good for their development and that is a learned habit.
I did skin-on-skin from the second she was born, but haven't since her first month. Now we are back to tummy time here at the very busy casa - even my four year old says "Mami, don't forget to give Little L tummy time!"
Here are 10 reasons to love tummy time with Baby!
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Me, as a first time mom 8 years ago on my first Mother's DayI went on a little vacation with a couple of girlfriends and our families recently. We've been friends for almost 15 years and while I was the first to enter motherhood over 8 years ago (and 3 kids later!), my two girlfriends are still new to the gig, having just become moms less than 3 years ago, and both with only 1 child. While we experienced moms always have a thing or two to learn as our first borns get older and enter new stages, when it comes to babies, we tend to feel pretty competent and think we know all there is to know (at least I do). Well I was reminded once again, that us experienced moms could always learn a thing or two from fellow moms, and especially from first time moms. Here's why.Related: Muscle mama! 10 ways to get toned with NO extra effort
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Kristen Bell on Her New Baby!
The actress told Ellen about naming her daughter Lincoln (which was her husband Dax's choice), why they have chosen not to share photos of her, and how she thinks she rates in comparison to a sloth!
Hollywood A thousand lifetimes ago, I was an actor. It was kind of a family tradition. My grandmother was an actor, my aunt was an actor, my grandfather did some vaudeville, my mom and dad met doing a student musical in grad school. Theatre is a huge part of my upbringing and it was a natural pursuit for me. I did plays in youth group and in high school, then I majored in theatre in college. After that, I spent a few years doing children's theatre, working crappy day jobs, and auditioning for a lot of roles that always went to this incredibly talented actress in DC named Mikala. I have nothing but fond memories of my theatre days. It was fulfilling as a job and as a hobby. Someday, when I have more time and more energy, I'd like to start doing amateur theatre again, just for fun. I have every intention of teaching my kids about the magic of live theatre, both as audience members and, if they want, as performers or technicians. You learn wonderful things in a play: teamwork, respect for others,Read More »from Why I Will Never Let My Kid Be a Child Star
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