Introducing…

… our Lil Bean. Iluminada Vera Jansen born May 17, 2017 at 6:22 pm 6 pounds 4 ounces, 18 inches Our baby girl is here. She’s absolutely perfect. Oh, so perfect. D and I are so happy to have her join our crazy lives, and we can’t wait for all our new adventures together. The last five weeks have been… Read more →

It’s a…

…vagina!!! Legit, that’s what I thought when the ultrasound technician said to look at our baby’s parts and emphasized that there was no penis. My mind went back to the time I first watched Kindergarten Cop with Arnold Schwarzenegger — “Boys have a penis and girls have a vagina.” But in all seriousness, we’re expecting a healthy baby! D and… Read more →

DIY Maternity Photos

I started thinking about maternity photos around December, but after searching through the interwebs for a photographer I realized that professional maternity photos were out of reach (a.k.a. really expensive). Don’t get me wrong – I think maternity photos are amazing. They are beautiful and they capture a special moment in time for you, your partner, and your baby. I… Read more →

April Showers… Bring May Flowers!

It’s almost the end of APRIL! Where did the time go??? I swear it was just yesterday when D and I walked out of the medical laboratory and found out we were expecting. In just a handful of weeks, our Lil Bean will arrive and our greatest adventure will begin! I can’t believe that my due date is coming up… Read more →

Creating a Tiny Life

We’re in the home stretch now — 33 weeks this week. Soon enough we’ll meet the new face of our party of three. I’m constantly amazed at how quickly this pregnancy is flying by. I’m also saddened that I didn’t get to enjoy it sooner. I’m a fairly healthy human being. At least I think so. I’m not into CrossFit,… Read more →

We Moved!!!

Yes, we moved… Again!!! Haha. Ya’ll remember me griping about how much I hate moving from last year, right? Yeah, well we went through the pain and agony of moving again this year AND, at the time, I was 28 weeks pregnant. We’re crazy. So where did we move to, you might ask? We decided to head out of D.C.… Read more →

Pregnant with Gallstones

You read my health update and you’re curious… What exactly are gallstones? Well, according to WebMD, they’re pieces of solid material that form in the gallbladder, a small organ located under the liver. Your gallbladder stores bile that is produced by your liver. The common misconception is that gallstones are the same as kidney stones. Nope. There isn’t a way… Read more →

From Acid Reflux to Gallstones…

Alright, I promised y’all that I would share my long story about how I found out about my gallstones! So here’s the post for all my friends out there wondering and scratching their heads about my health the last 6 months. E’s Long Health Story from the Very Beginning I’ve always been struggling with gastric problems – probably for more… Read more →

Be Kind, Always. Part Deux.

Be kind, always. Be kind, always. Be kind, always. Two years ago, I wrote a post urging folks to remember to be kind to everyone. When D and I found out that we’re expecting, I was crushed. Crushed because we’ll be raising our child in a strange new climate… One that erases “kindness”. I never thought that hate, separation, deportation,… Read more →

The Cat is Out of the Bag!

Last week D and I announced to the world that we are expecting a new family member in May. I can’t tell you how hard it’s been to keep this a secret (minus our close family and friends). But considering I’m now on my way to my third trimester, it’s becoming more and more apparent that I can no longer… Read more →