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Pregnancy Update: 24 Weeks


I’m ready for this to be over!! I have no pregnancy glow – it’s sweat. I’m sweating. All. The. Time.

It’s hard for me to fully believe I’m pregnant again. My daughter turned 11 in September and is in full tween mode. It’s hard to keep up with a growing and active kiddo, and I love it. But, geez pregnancy is exhausting!

With 24 weeks behind me and ~15 weeks left until we meet our baby I am counting down the days, hours and minutes until I get to hold him/her. We’ve surprised many friends and family by choosing not to find out the gender of the baby. With my daughter I HAD to know, but she made that pretty difficult by constantly crossing her legs. The ultrasound tech said maybe it’s a girl, but they couldn’t be sure. As much as I was seeking their confirmation, I knew I was going to have a daughter and as soon as she made her entrance into the world I screamed is it a girl?! And she sure was. I don’t feel that same urge this time around. I would love another daughter and my boyfriend (this is his first child) would love a son. He says there is too much estrogen at home with me and my daughter, lol. But I remind him that he has Logan (the dog), though he doesn’t quite think it’s the same!

I remember feeling so panicked during my pregnancy with my daughter. The unknown can be so scary. I bought way too much that the baby didn’t need and didn’t focus on the changes I would experience mentally, physically or emotionally during and after pregnancy. While the same worries are on the table this time around – maternity leave, finances, name – they don’t feel as imminent this time around. I’m sure being sick has played a role, but I’m trying to be more calm with this pregnancy.

Baby is finally kicking strong enough for other people other than me to feel him/her. Last night before bed, baby was particularly active and both my daughter and boyfriend were able to feel baby’s quick movements. My daughter, stunned and excited, stood there and started crying. It was so so sweet and made the idea of her being a big sister that much more real. She hasn’t stopped talking about her ideas for the baby shower. She is going to be such a wonderful big sister.

I know the next few months are going to fly by and we’ll be a family of five (dog included) sooner than we think. It’s exciting but also kind of scary to think of having two kids, especially with such a big gap in age. But, all I can do is take everything one day at a time and cherish these moments.

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Today, I Hate CoParenting (A Vlog)

There are days that test us, challenge us and strengthen us. I have used this space in the blogosphere to share my experiences coparenting as well as providing tips and support to fellow single parents and coparents. I’ll be the first person to share that I’ve made many mistakes coparenting, but one thing remains clear: I will walk through fire and protect my daughter at all costs.

Yesterday I had a shitty day in coparenting land. I feel constantly unsupported and refuse to accept my coparent’s inconsistency as acceptable. So I vlogged about it. Yep, it’s dark. Yep, I’m crying. Yep, I have snot on my face and need a tissue. But. I. Don’t. Care. I’m mad as hell and needed to vent about it.

Today, I Hate CoParenting from Alexandra Elizabeth on Vimeo.

Every day is a choice. An opportunity to right wrongs, to learn, to grow or to choose to stay the same. The choice is up to each and every one of us. By no means am I a perfect woman or mother. But I will always, always advocate for the best interests of my daughter and protect her from anyone who threatens to play with her heart. It’s a choice I make.


Snack Healthy with Grapes from Mexico

I participated in a Blog Blast Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Grapes from Mexico. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

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It’s officially back-to-school season, Target shelves have been emptied, parents are rejoicing over the start of the year and kids are dreading the routine. Why can’t summer last FOREVER?

Many families like our own have started thinking about back-to-school snacks that won’t leave kids bored and are tasty and healthy. If your kid(s) are fans of grapes you’ve got to consider purchasing Grapes from Mexico!

  1. FRESH! They are farm picked and sent to the store just one day after they are picked!
  2. NATURAL! They have all natural flavor without  any preservatives.
  3. ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY! Their carbon footprint is small and water conservation practices are world class.
  4. HEALTHY! At only 100 calories per serving they will provide a healthy snack without leaving your kids with a sugar high!

Want to hear about how you can win weekly prizes from Grapes from Mexico? The Snack On! Sweepstakes which runs from August 17, 2015 – Sunday, September 27, 2015 gives you the opportunity to win prizes like grocery gift cards, a deluxe picnic basket or bluetooth speaker…a $150 value! All you have to do is head to the Grapes from Mexico Facebook page and completing the entry form. For additional entries be sure to complete the “Snack On” quiz and test your knowledge of healthy snacks! All winners will be selected weekly and notified directly! So…what are you waiting for?! Go enter today!