These Are the Days

Christmas decorations are still adding festive joy around me. Our paper snowflakes on the windows, our massive brown paper bag stars adorn the walls, the tree covered in ornaments that stir memories, candles with dancing flames, spots of eye-catching greenery and dried oranges, half the lights sparkling white, half shining in multicolor as requested by … Read more

My Second Trimester Recap

Pregnancy Update — Baby O’Connell the Second — 14-27 Weeks Our second trimester began right before Christmas. We had a few family gatherings and chose those moments to share the news with grandparents, aunt, uncles and cousins. The holidays are such a whimsical times of family celebration and our sweet bundle made them feel even … Read more


“Aromatherapy is considered to be a holistic form of complementary medicine which works due to the combination of the chemical constituents, the method of administration and the effect of the aromas on the limbic system which affects mood.” – Laura Wallbank, Royal Berkshire Aromatherapy utilizes the essential oils extracted from plants for their therapeutic effects … Read more

Creating a Birth Plan – My Birth Plan for Baby #2

“Isn’t that the way with babies–we think we have prepared ourselves and then they come, turning us inside out and showing how little we indeed know ourselves after all.” -Jeannine Parvati Baker, Prenatal Yoga & Natural Childbirth At my 28 week appointment with my midwife she suggested I create a birth plan for the delivery … Read more

What Vitamins Should I Take While I am Pregnant? — My Prenatal Supplements List

Writing this entry was more beneficial than I would have assumed. I’ve often been asked what prenatal vitamins I am taking and finally compiled a list. I’m expecting baby number two in a few months and I definitely have a go-to vitamin routine. In the back of my mind, I know the basic benefits of … Read more