A Baby Story

August 6, 2012

[Not time for mine yet : ) ]

I started watching A Baby Story when I was about 15 with my mom and sister. In the summers when school was out, we’d have marathons of baby and wedding story shows. I remember my chest welling with emotion every single time a baby was born. I hoped that some day I would be able to give birth too. As I grew up, I had much less time for TV and haven’t really had that much interest in the show – until recently! I thought: “I should record a few episodes!”

With lunch today, I watched an episode and instead of a small swell of emotion I found myself with hands on belly sobbing when their baby came out! I have pondered about this month my whole life and cannot believe that it’s here and that one way or another, we will be bringing a baby into the world too [knock on wood]. It still doesn’t feel real yet. In some ways, I can already barely remember being pregnant even though I still am. It’s just gone by so, so fast.

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I went to Pump this morning for some lifting. I’m not sure when my last Pump class will be, but I’m able enough to do the free weights and modify all planks to hands-and-knees, go out and use the machine during chest and squat with just my body weight. Still glad to be keeping the muscles in shape!

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Lunch today was a scrambled egg wrap with spinach and some of the Caromont Farm herby goat cheese. So much delicious flavor!

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On the side..

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Corn chips + a peach!

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Plus a refreshing lemonade-spiked water

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Holy moly, I left the TV on in the background and just heard the woman on the next Baby Story episode is 36 weeks and in labor! I’m 36+4 today!

And I guess one final baby thought – I promise to update you all when I go into labor. Several people emailed me yesterday when I went missing : ) Unless there is an emergency and we literally can’t get to a computer or my phone, I’ll put up some kind of “it’s time” post.

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1 Krissy @ Shiawase Life August 6, 2012 at 1:25 pm

:D

Exciting times!!!!!

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2 Lisa August 6, 2012 at 1:32 pm

After you have your baby the show will be MUCH less interesting!

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3 Rachel August 6, 2012 at 1:41 pm

I used to watch that show and A Makeover Story! This is so exciting! Glad you’ll be telling us when you go into labor.. I was wondering that yesterday too :)

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4 KathEats August 6, 2012 at 1:49 pm

I forgot about that one!

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5 Jennifer August 6, 2012 at 1:43 pm

My baby, who is interning in NYC this summer, turns 19 in a few days–and I feel the same way you do! Where did the time go? You are in for quite the wonderful ride, Kath. :)

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6 Annette @FitnessPerks August 6, 2012 at 1:52 pm

YAY for being 36+ weeks and doing weights. GO you!

p.s. your lunch looks AWEsome.

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7 Brie @ Coxswain Dilemma August 6, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Ahhhhhhhhhh I watched a Baby Story (& everything on TLC) SO much when I was younger. TLC disappoints me now :(

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8 Lara August 6, 2012 at 2:01 pm

i missed pump today (and the last two weeks on vacation) and will make it tonight instead. i hope you are there next monday so i can see you! yes, tears all around when my first was born. awesome, awesome.

i am sure that you have come across this tidbit with all your reading but have you ever heard about drinking red raspberry leaf tea (i was thinking about it when i saw your lemonade water)? i drank iced red raspberry leaf tea near the end of my pregnancies daily (i think you can drink 4-5 cups, of course check with your dr). good for uterine health and i had good labors so it might have helped but it definitely was a refreshing drink near the end!

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9 KathEats August 6, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Missed you too! I have a pretty open week too, by the way, if you want to swim one day :)

Also thank you so much for putting me in touch with Shannon!

And i have heard about raspberry leaf – I guess it’s time to start steeping it!

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10 Emily Butler August 6, 2012 at 9:59 pm

I used red raspberry leaf tea for my third pregnancy and it was by far my best labor, I really believed that it strengthen my uterus muscles so when I w in labor my contractions really did their job, easy contractions, (at least they were pretty bearable even up until it was push time!) and QUICK! Althought my first two were quick, they were pretty painful, but I started drinking 3-4 cups of it around 32 weeks I believe? Too bad baby got stuck and it was my hardest delivery, I would think my third and smallest baby would have slid right out! Nope! Either way if I do have another I am totally drinking the tea again and use the evening primrose oil to help effacement!

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11 Lou August 6, 2012 at 11:54 pm

I second the raspberry leaf recommendation – It helps the uterus contract back down to normal size after birth too :)

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12 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) August 6, 2012 at 2:05 pm

I used to watch A Baby Story all the time! When I was pregnant with my second, he would watch them with me. He knew I would have “PUSH” to get his brother out. Even though I’m done having babies, I find the whole pregnancy and childbirth experience fascinating. My oldest entered high school today. The time goes way too fast. Enjoy every second of it Kath!

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13 Kimberly August 6, 2012 at 2:11 pm

I LOVE a baby story and I CAN NOT WAIT to hear your baby story. :)

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14 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats August 6, 2012 at 2:13 pm

lol I’ve never been able to watch that show, the whole giving birth part totally freaks me out… haha hopefully I’ll get past that

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15 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 6, 2012 at 2:18 pm

I used to watch A Baby Story only because it was the only thing on the TVs at my gym at 5am that wasn’t an infomercial! (The episodes were all reruns.) Since I had my iPod on rather than earphones plugged into the tv thinggy, it didn’t have that weepy effect on me but Extreme Home Makeover, on the other hand, TOTALLY made my eyes well up, even when I was sweaty and prancing along on the treadmill!! Just watching the people’s faces when they saw their new homes was a huge heartstring-puller for me, and I am NOT the type that cries in movies or during TV shows!

Can’t wait for the ‘it’s time’ update… wow, the time has flown!!!

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16 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio August 6, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Super exciting Kath! I use to race home from the bus stop in order to watch a wedding story and a baby story in the afternoon after school. Good times! I loved those shows!

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17 Vidya August 6, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Awwww…..Kath, I can totally totally relate to what you are going through!! I used to watch Baby Story before,during and after pregnancy and every single episode makes me emotional. It was more emotional after my child’s birth because it reminded me of our birth story and the overwhelming joy it brought us. I wish you welcome your bundle joy just the way you wish and your ‘Baby Story’ would always bring you the fondest memories like ours does!!

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18 Erin @ The Grass Skirt August 6, 2012 at 2:44 pm

I completely understand how you feel. Despite this belly and all of the kicks, I still cannot believe that this is truly real. It really is a dream come true.

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19 Libby August 6, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Oh I got so excited then, I thought it was the big post!! Lovely story though :) And really craving goats cheese now!

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20 Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See August 6, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Can’t wait for the it’s time post! :)

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21 Allison K August 6, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Wouldn’t it be nice if our birth experiences could be wrapped up into a nice little half an hour like that show? The only baby show I could watch when I was pregnant, was “16 and Pregnant” ha. not sure why. I think because It made me think “if they can do it, so can I!” A girl from the town I currently live in was on this season, and my midwife delivered her! It was kind of cool to see my hospital in action (albeit in a short, edited way) before the big day!

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22 sharon August 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm

That is too sweet. You are in such a magical time. I watch baby story occasionally with my daughters, they are 7 & 9, both c-section babies and have no clue about the facts of life yet so I tend to get a little nervous when it’s time for the woman to push. We are about to get some farm animals and I was hoping nature could start to help me approach the subject of where babies come from. So we were watching some youtube vids with goats giving birth and my 7 year old exclaims, “OMG, why is it coming out of her butt?” LOL of course! Oh how I dread THE TALK! Anyway, good luck and congrats!

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23 KathEats August 6, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Haha

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24 Lisa August 6, 2012 at 3:20 pm

I have always loved that show and watched it for years before my first was born (10 yrs ago). I still DVR it and most of them I have seen already! I sometimes catch one I have missed though.

I am a Lamaze instructor, though, so birth is definitely my thing. It’s amazing no matter how many times you have done it (for me, 4) or how many births you have been blessed to witness (for me, about a 18).

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25 Anna @ On Anna's Plate August 6, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Haha…I love that show– but I didn’t ever really want to watch it when I was pregnant, because so many of the deliveries/pregnancies that they show are so difficult!!! I know it makes the show dramatic, but it also made me anxious, ha!

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26 Averie @ Averie Cooks August 6, 2012 at 3:42 pm

oh kath, i can only imagine how emotional it is watching shows like that at this time in your pregnancy and I am so happy and excited for you that your own baby story is right around the corner!

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27 Penny August 6, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Kath, Your story today brings back so many memories. I am excited for you. I had so much fun when my two boys were born. Like fun at the hospital. I had no idea it would be fun. We had a birthday cake that my dad brought and a big birthday party! There are no words to describe what a blast it was. My boys are now 12 and 8 and as my mom says enjoy every moment. I’m trying to keep that in mind even as they are arguing with each other right now.

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28 KathEats August 6, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Aww birthday cake sounds really fun!!

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29 Anna August 6, 2012 at 3:55 pm

What is the brand of your chips? They look delicious!

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30 KathEats August 6, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Garden of Eatin’

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31 Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut August 6, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Your wrap looks easy and delicious—I need to start making them again. Plus, wraps are an easy way to sneaaaaak in veggies, which I’m always a fan of. :)

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32 Kel August 6, 2012 at 4:04 pm

If I am doing the math correctly, you were watching that show with your mom the same time I was watching it with mine! Except, in my case, I had my babies already. I still cannot watch a delivery without crying. My mother was a labor and delivery room nurse, and said she cried every time.

(I checked Twitter when you went missing yesterday. I feel like I am waiting for a sister to have a baby or something!)

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33 MommyPage August 6, 2012 at 4:07 pm

A Baby Story is always fun to watch. That’s good you’ve been watching it since you were 15! It’s great to hear that you’ve enjoyed your pregnancy.

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34 Jessica @ New Girl, New City August 6, 2012 at 6:18 pm

I used to watch A Baby Story and A Wedding Story all the time when I was younger! So crazy to think that it’s actually HAPPENING to you!!

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35 Alison August 6, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Oh my gosh I am getting so excited for you! And your lunch looks lovely :)

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36 Megan @ Megan's Munchies August 6, 2012 at 6:36 pm

I just started watching it again recently, and I well up with emotion…I can’t imagine the emotions if I was actually pregnant!

I am so excited for you guys!! Not long now!

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37 Angie August 6, 2012 at 6:39 pm

I had my 2nd baby at 36 +3, and I was completely unprepared for her to make her appearance that early! You are way more prepared than I was…

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38 rosie August 6, 2012 at 6:56 pm

I just discovered that show — watched it today too, in fact! We’re like its perfect intended audience :)

Anyway, I sob every time the baby comes out too! Same way I cried when the ultrasound tech told us we were having a girl!

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39 KathEats August 6, 2012 at 6:59 pm
40 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 6, 2012 at 7:15 pm

That show makes me tear up too! Which is sometimes embarrassing because it’s often playing on the tvs at my gym! :P

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41 Elizabeth August 6, 2012 at 7:15 pm

It is even more amazing than the show depicts. So excited for you!

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42 Erin Motz August 6, 2012 at 7:49 pm

I hear you with that show! Every single time I burst into tears! It always starts with me going, “Wow, that looks excruciating.” And by the end, I’m sobbing and have completely forgotten about the olympic event it took to get there. I’m so so SO excited for you! Giddy, even ;)

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43 BroccoliHut August 6, 2012 at 7:54 pm

I remember watching A Dating Story, Wedding Story, and Baby Story during my sophomore year of high school EVERY DAY after school!

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44 Emily Butler August 6, 2012 at 10:02 pm

I agree with Elizabeth that Your baby story will be way better!

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45 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance August 7, 2012 at 1:16 am

SO exciting! I can’t wait to hear your baby story :)

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46 Cait's Plate August 7, 2012 at 7:51 am

Haha – I was so addicting to all those TLC shows – A Baby Story, A Wedding Story, A Makeover Story…soooo good!

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47 Katie August 7, 2012 at 9:35 am

I love watching a Baby Story too! Makes me cry every time, especially as I am getting closer to my own baby’s birthday :) Did you watch this morning? There was one episode with a woman that said, “With my 1st baby it was important to me to do an all natural birth- with an epidural of course.” By all natural I assume she means vaginally, not medication free, but interesting how different people have different ideas about what a ‘natural’ birth is.

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48 KathEats August 7, 2012 at 9:46 am

I didn’t see that one. Guess she just has a different definition : )

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49 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings August 7, 2012 at 10:27 am

Such an exciting time! Best of luck on your new adventure!!! :) PS. I totally know what I’m having for lunch today… ;)

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50 Carol@CME program August 7, 2012 at 12:49 pm

I love watching baby story. We can have our own baby story too as we all know we are parents or can be a parent someday.

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51 Angel7 August 8, 2012 at 11:08 am

I cannot wait to see what Baby Younger-Monson looks like :)

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52 Jackie August 8, 2012 at 1:12 pm

This is a very exciting time for you! My sister is also almost 37 weeks pregnant and I am literally checking with her every hour to see if she’s in labor. I gave birth almost 9 months ago and I was at the gym every day doing step class and weights until about week 38. At that point I switched to walking (lots and lots of walking!). Keep working out as long as you can. My doctor credits my easy labor to the fact that I was working out and doing yoga until the end. Good luck!

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53 Amber August 8, 2012 at 6:52 pm

A Labor & Delivery Nurse’s LEAST favorite TV show = A Baby Story, lol!

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54 KathEats August 8, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Hahah

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