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The only Baby Products you need for your small space (and the ones you can REALLY live without)

New parents are a marketers dream: we really have no idea what our lives are going to be like once our little one arrives, so we'll buy pretty much anything we're told to. Especially If we live in a small space, it's easy to see why having too many products around the house can quickly become a nightmare: before you know it, you're living in a 950 sq. ft. home or apartment that's covered in contraptions with no room to spare.

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On Joy and Unpredictability

I'm writing this because this morning is exactly what this year, and especially these last 2.5 months, have been like for us. But this morning is also different. This morning I am so grateful I could cry. This morning, everything is crazy like it always is, but I get to do crazy and messy and unpredictable with the people I love most in the world. We never know what's going to happen next and how each day will unfold, but we get to figure it out with each other and hold each other really really tight during all of it. While I often wish I had a bit more control, I'm so grateful to have my little family around me so we can hold on to each other when we don't realize we really don't have any.

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"You'll never be ready, so get ready!" and other unsolicited parenting advice

We're probably no more than 26 days out from having a child and it's amazing how much I vacillate between counting down the days to thinking I'm going to die. I've never been that great with roommates, and now we're about to get one that might try to bite my boob off, throw most of my glass/other treasures on the ground and then become a teenager. I'm a little overwhelmed.

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"Am I enjoying my pregnancy enough?" and other bizarre questions I've been asking myself lately

It dawned on me a few days ago that I'm now only 15 weeks away from my due date. 15 weeks. Seriously, WHAT IS THAT?! 15 more weekends, 15 more Mondays that I think are manic but won't really know the concept of manic until I have a manic baby, 15 more weeks of showering regularly (so I'm told), 15 more weeks of raw, unadulterated emotion with no wine to stem the tide.

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Beware Behind the Screen: You are what you see.

I knew someone in college who was more than a bit obsessive about her weight. She wasn't overweight or heavy in the slightest; her natural figure mirrored mine, but she didn't see it that way at all. Every once in a while, one of her posts would come up on my Facebook newsfeed and I'd click on her profile to see what she was up to. As I would scroll down her page, I found status update after status update about how "fat" she thought she was and how she was attacking her new weight loss plan in full force. The "inspirational" memes she would share weren't like the other ones that came up in my newsfeed.

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What are you looking at? The consequences of socially-acceptable cyberstalking in the digital age.

Our psyches are like sponges, and not too long ago, choosing what we did or did not expose ourselves to was much easier. We had fewer choices, and we had much less access to the private (and suddenly very public) life of the person who bullied us in 5th grade or the guy/girl who broke our hearts about 7 times before we finally stopped barking up his or her tree. We could learn our lessons and humbly move on with little to no interaction left to be had with the people who taught us the hard stuff. As we evolved and changed, the cast of characters in our lives and the people we "knew things" about changed too. That was until we were all graced with the socially acceptable form of legal stalking that we politely refer to as "social media." 

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