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The Overdue Diaries: 40 Weeks 2 Days

  Yes, I know. I’m not really overdue. Most first time moms are late. The baby will come when she comes. It’s all in God’s timing. In fact, my husband would like to remind me that my US doctors gave me a due date of Wednesday, July 12 (two days from now…) and since they

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On Losing My Job 2 Days Before My Due Date

My alarm started buzzing at 6:15 a.m. this morning. The last of our family members that traveled cross-country for my little sister’s wedding would be leaving promptly at 8:15 to catch flights, so I wanted to be up for “coffee time” to say goodbye before settling down with my laptop and getting to work. After

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What I Didn’t Know Nine Months Ago

  “That can’t be…That can’t be…me?” I stared at the side-by-side image that’s now on your screen. Fresh-faced and innocent, there’s November Natalie, beaming and slightly-freaking-out after reading the word “Pregnant” on that fateful test. Swollen and worn-down, there’s Natalie of Today (38 weeks pregnant tomorrow), protruding belly button and flabby arms, ready any day

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The Hidden Costs of Pregnancy

I’m cheap. Ok, some people like to use the term “frugal,” but really, purchasing things can cause me great anxiety. Especially if it’s anything I can convince myself I can live without. So pregnancy has really thrown me — and our budget — for a loop. I figured I would need to buy some maternity

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Self-Employment Taxes: Working From Home

I really do love working from home. I love that I can work for people in Florida, Massachusetts and France. I love that all I need is a half-decent computer and internet connection. I love that I have some flexibility in my schedule so if I need to go to get a whooping cough vaccine

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25 Weeks Pregnant: The Sugar Cravings

I haven’t experienced any of those bizarre pickles-and-ice-cream-type cravings yet. Once I got through the everything-made-me-sick first trimester, I moved into the always-starving stage. For the most part, I’m predictably hungry, but I don’t feel queasy if I go an extra hour or two between meals. I’ve gotten better at the art of snacking, as

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