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As we approach the two week countdown until Baby Gates’ due date, I seem to be spending an inordinate amount of time worrying about and pondering how life will change, how I’ll be as a mom and if I have everything I will need in those crazy first few weeks (omg, the STUFF…)  So here’s a less than eloquent dump of what has been spinning through my brain when I can’t get to sleep or am sitting at a red light in my car- it’s hard to focus on much else right now!

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– When am I going to go into labor? Will he be early or late? Will I know when it’s time to go? Does Andrew know how to use the stopwatch function on his iPhone to time contractions?

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– Just how much is this gonna hurt?  Even with an epidural, I cannot picture myself actually giving birth. I mean, I still don’t believe I’m actually having a baby even though right now he’s exploring my rib cage with his heel.

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– Recovery sounds quite icky- as my hilarious friend Caroline told me after giving birth, things “down there” look a whole lot like “a Tim Burton designed bouncy house of horrors” (best/grossest description ever).

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– What is he going to look like??? It’s the craziest thing to try to imagine! Will he have my eyes and his nose? My nose and his eyes? OMG, what if the lab mixed up the test tubes and we have some random person’s baby (freaky IVF specific horror-show worries)???

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– Will he be healthy? I have had what seems like 179 ultrasounds, exams, genetic screens and bloodtests this pregnancy, and everything looks great (his kidney issue went away!) but still, nothing is 100% certain.  This is my #1 worry, of course.

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– Piggy backed onto that is the “what if I kill him” worry. This is said as a joke, but also not at all. I’m talking the whole SIDS/ dropping him/ falling down the stairs carrying him kind of things, not like murderous rage. (Side note: I’ve got a solid post-partum “watch plan” in place already given my history with anxiety/depression)

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– I do not know anything about caring for an infant. Nothing. I’ve never even changed a diaper!  I am told that one’s maternal instinct kicks in and you just KNOW– but I’ve never been one who has an abundance of maternal spirit.  In fact, I find a lot of kids annoying- hey, it’s the truth.  But I assume/hope that changes the second you meet your own.

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– I worry about failing at a lot of things, but for some reason I am most worried that breastfeeding will be a challenge.  Not that I live/die by my ability to do so, I really have no resolute opinion on what’s best, other than whatever is best for the Mom, since a happier, healthier Mom equals a better cared for baby.  I hope I figure it out and my body complies, but if not I need to remember that I am a formula baby and wrote a New York Times bestseller, so going that route if need be does not deem my kid “lesser than”. :)

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– What if he comes out and we feel like the name we picked doesn’t fit?!  Does that happen? I have too many monogrammed things to turn back now!

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– What if I’m missing some crucial baby gadget?  Every mom has a different favorite carrier/ bouncy seat/ car seat/ stroller / swaddles / monitor, etc.  Reading the reviews on Amazon of baby gear is enough to give anyone decision paralysis (or second guessing of purchases).  Why do I feel like I have to have EVERYTHING right now? It’s not like Amazon Prime doesn’t exist (or a husband with a car and a Target).

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– Sleep training.  Oh my God, I started reading all the Baby Whisperer, Happiest Baby on the Block and Babywise books but they gave me anxiety and acid reflux trying to figure out what works best and what we should do.  So I’m taking a “let’s see what happens and what kind of baby we get” approach.

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– Speaking of anxiety, oddly mine has been quelled by pregnancy.  Andrew thinks I am so much nicer and calmer when pregnant, which is the opposite of what he (and frankly I) expected.  I mean, I still worry (obviously, hello- this list) , but I think that’s pretty normal.  But what will happen when he’s here?  Will my anxiety go through the roof?  Will I be on WebMD every five minutes or haunting my pediatrician’s hallways?

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– How am I going to balance the blog/ client work/ next book/ home line with being a mom?  My days are SO busy already, it’s hard to imagine.  Luckily we have already hired a full time nanny to begin after I take some time off, but I hope to be as involved as I can be.  Luckily, as my own boss I can make my own hours, but I also have lots of commitments (and a real love for my career!)  I know so many women do it the world over, but I’m anxious to figure out just how to make the balance work.

– Will the dogs hate me forever? Will they be sweet and protective? Or will Baxter try to rip his face off and Oliver go into a deep depression?

– That whole “your heart walking around outside your body” thing I can see being exquisitely wonderful and terrifying.  I don’t want to be an overprotective mom, but I can imagine that it’s hard not to be!

I probably have 500 more I could add to this list, but I’ll spare you.  Did you have any of these worries before giving birth? What was your biggest? Which one proved to be silly that I can maybe take off my list? :)

Nursery Design Reveal!

The pressure to make this nursery something spectacular has been intense- mostly of my own doing, but also because it’s been such a long time coming and I want it to be beyond perfect! While I was long debating the bold versus serene vibe, I knew in my heart that I wanted something soothing but also with a modern edge. So I decided to really mix both traditional items with modern ones- buffalo plaid, scenic wallpaper, lucite, brass and streamlined furniture.  I am loving it, and I think when I’m trapped inside all winter with a newborn it will be such a peaceful place to relax with the baby.  And I know there are lots of people who will think this is impractical or not “bold” enough for the baby- but it’s basically where he will sleep and feed. The rest of my house in so black and white I think he’ll develop just fine. :) So here it is!

leather elephant bookends // side table // floor lamp // leather pouf

Nursery Inspiration: Serene or Bold?

So now that I am halfway through my pregnancy and beginning to feel the little lad move around I have to get down to designing my nursery. And it turns out, this project is my kryptonite.  I have two schemes going- one more bold and one serene. And I CAN. NOT. DECIDE.  Since it was so difficult for me to get pregnant, who knows if I will get to do another nursery again? And since it was such a long, highly anticipated journey I feel so much pressure to make it AMAZING. So it’s got me a little freaked out and incredibly indecisive. But let’s face it- this kid’s room will be redone a few times in his choldhood, so if I go more babyish and soothing for the nursery, I could always make it more bold when he’s 3 or so….right?? :)

So I gathered up a bunch of boy nurseries in both varieties to compare and contrast. Let’s start with the serene and soothing:

Simple, bright and lovely.

This nursery by Christine Dovey  is the definition of serene- I’ve posted about it before I love it so much.

Stylish Moms Share Their Faves!

As I move through this pregnancy I’ve relied on asking my friends who have already been through it for so many recommendations.  In fact this weekend we went to look at strollers and while Andrew thought is was aweeeeeeesome to fondle all the gear, I was SO overwhelmed. So I thought why not share some of that brilliant information?  I asked four of my stylish, fabulous friends to share some specific favorites and tips!

Marie Whitney Family Session copyright Laura Winslow Photography (68)

Marie Whitney

Founder & Creative Director of Two Penny Blue (and one of my besties), mom to sons Jack and Drew.


Jeans: AG JeansTees/ Tanks: Liz Lang for Target or Monrow

Leggings: Topshop High Waisted Maternity legging and GAP Supersoft maternity legging 

Bras/ Underwear: Cosabella Never say Mommie Bralette , Never Say Maternity HotPant (don’t mind the TERRIBLE names!) 

Dresses:  Definitely a Black Ruched Maternity Tank Dress by Ingrid & Isabel  – a tank dress is so comfortable and easy to dress up with heels and some jewelry or down with some flats and a denim jacket.

And a wrap dress too!  perfect  for a growing belly.

Swimwear: Liz Lange for Target has some cute pieces that won’t break the bank, I like to keep is classic and black. Add a great coverup and big sunglasses.


Belly Product: Elasticity Belly Oil by Belli or Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil – both work great and are 100% safe for baby.

Anything specific beauty-wise that you loved during this time: Clarisonic and Belli Anti-Blemish Face,  Zoya or  SCOTCH (chemical free) nail polish, Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil


Workout: Pure Barre

Pre-Natal Vitamin: New Chapter Perfect Prenatal

Fashion Friday: Black, White & Red All Over

I’ve been noticing that I like to buy things mostly in a few colors- black, white and some form of red/coral. And luckily for me I’ve been seeing a lot of this combo everywhere recently! A season-less palette that can work for you through summer and into fall, you can feel good about picking up pieces in this color family. Here are a collection of my faves right now:


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And speaking of black and white, I was looking for some cute black and white baby clothes as a gift the other day and could find nothing. I mean, I know most people like babies dressed in bright colors, but a little graphic black and white never hurt anyone, right? And then I saw a whole black and white toddler collection on Old Navy last night that is TO DIE FOR!!! (Click images for links)

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