One For The Rhode joins a New England family between states as they document events , happenings and the humor that accompanies life.

…Any Day Now…

We are officially entering “Any day now” territory with this pregnancy. I can’t wait to meet the little ninja who’s been kicking me for the last 9 months! I can, however, wait for the whole getting-him-out stuff. Labor and I are not friends.


We’ve planned and prepped, lined up friends and family helpers and gone over countless scenarios with Lexi so she knows what to expect in any case. I’ve been nesting like a maniac, which I never did with Lex. The last thing I have to do is hang the curtains in the baby’s room but I’m so clumsy nowadays that getting on a step ladder is equivalent to climbing Mount Everest. Not going to happen.


I’m pretty darn proud of the baby’s room – curtains notwithstanding – check it out!

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The pack and play will move into our room when he arrives and the rocking chair will move upstairs when he’s a few months old and sleeping in his crib.


Things I’ve Said This Pregnancy

I’m entering month nine  and can’t wait to meet the little guy who has been keeping me up at night… so he can keep me up some more, in person.

Until then, here are some of the things I’ve found myself saying over the past eight and a half months:

  1. “Oh, so these are cankles”
  2. “I’m hungry” – Usually heard between the hours of 2 a.m. and 11 p.m.
  3. “Excuse me, where’s your restroom?” Every damn day
  4. “My child will never – (insert the atrocious behavior my child will most certainly do in two years) – .”
  5. “I definitely need this diaper wipe warmer”
  6. 1 p.m.: “I love feeling the baby kick!” 3 a.m.: “STOP KICKING!”
  7. “Hmmmm, should I wear yoga pants, leggings or sweats today?”
  8. “Help me up?” Every damn day
  9. “I can’t see my feet!”
  10. “WAAHHHHHHHH” – Always accompanied by tears, usually brought on by a 30 second TV commercial.
  11. “It’s all about balance.” while pinning pregnancy workouts and eating fistfuls of candy corn.
  12. “Can you tie my shoes for me?”
  13. “There should be pregnant parking spots here.” Mumbled anywhere there is a parking lot.
  14. “Arhhh, Guhhh, Rghhh…” Noises made when attempting to adjust positions.
  15. Donuts really should be their own food group.”
  16. “I think I could do a natural birth.” – watches delivery video – “How soon after I go into labor can I get an epidural?”
  17. “Can I get some extra pickles please?”
  18. “OK, so I guess I waddle now.
  19. “Do you think they allow wine in the hospital recovery room?”

One more month!

6 Things I Forgot Happen When You’re Pregnant

We had my daughter young, not “teen mom” young, but I was 24 and the first among my friends to get pregnant. We had no base of knowledge for pregnancy and every bumpy experience was new.


Fast-forward nine and a half years to finding out we are expecting again. It has been so long since I’ve been pregnant I forgot all the “interesting” things that take place in those nine months when my body is held captive by a tiny, adorable, invader. 9 ½ years is a long time between pregnancies, here’s a list of things I forgot in that time:


  1. Bloating

Everyone knows you gain weight during pregnancy. Everyone has also heard the recommendations for gaining between 25 and 35 lbs through the course of your pregnancy. What they don’t tell you is that those lbs are not all “baby weight” there is so much bloating.


I’m talking bloat on top of bloat. Like your engagement and wedding rings? Find a safe place to store them for the next 9 months because sausage fingers are a truth. Favorite pair of shoes? Unless they look like something Ronald McDonald would have in his closet kiss them goodbye.


  1. Vivid Dreams

I guess this one doesn’t happen to everyone, but I for one have incredibly realistic dreams. And not fun ones either. I can’t fly or breathe underwater or anything cool. I usually have a very realistic dream that I leave my baby in a Target cart in the parking lot and drive away. Then I wake up in a cold sweat completely convinced that DCFS is knocking on my door with the baby at 3 am to arrest me for negligence.


So much for catching up on sleep before baby’s arrival.


  1. Bleeding Gums


OK, I know this is gross. I also know that it all could be fixed with rigorous dental hygiene, but, if I’m honest, flossing for me is more of a do-it-when-I-remember-it thing than a part of my twice-daily brushing routine. My dentist hates me.


Anyway, pregnant women are way more susceptible to infections and germs – including gingivitis, which translates to bloody gums. I’ve increased flossing and Listerine swishing which has stopped it. Just another glamorous bonus of growing a child.


  1. Exploding Boobs from Hell

Most people refer to these as “Tender Breasts,” but I think my description is more accurate. Boob pain is one of the earliest signs of pregnancy but no one really tells you how painful it actually is. During the first trimester even awesome water pressure is your enemy. Your soon-to-be baby bags should be treated with the utmost delicacy to avoid massive discomfort. Luckily this eases by trimester two, but it’s a doozy while it lasts.


  1. Rapidly Expanding Bump

For the first 5 months of pregnancy I was stuck in what I call the Pizza-or-Pregnant stage. While my belly definitely started getting bigger, most of my baby weight found its way to my now ample (see: HUGE) butt and the aforementioned Exploding Boobs from Hell. Somewhere between weeks 22 and 26 my bump appeared out of nowhere and shows no sign of slowing. Gone are the days of belly sleeping and full meals that I can still move after.


  1. Alien Gymnastics

Once the baby starts getting big enough that others can feel his movements, he will definitely be using your uterus as a tumbling mat. As I write this, my littlest is currently mistaking my ribs for a xylophone.


I love feeling the baby move, and seeing his mystery limbs make an appearance as he stretches. My husband on the other hand is completely freaked out that there is a tiny human inside of me trying to get out. He is just waiting for THAT scene in Alien to happen and prove him right. In the meantime, my 9-year-old has taken to mocking him by following him around the house yelling “Touch the Belly!” This delights me to no end.


As we round out the 3rd trimester all sorts of soreness and stretching are taking over, making me even more eager to meet this little guy who’s already altered our lives so much.


Thoughts are with Orlando – and a Nation Hit Again with Senseless Violence


This morning we woke up in a country where there was yet another mass murder. This time, targeting members of the LGBT community. The shooter took the lives of 50 people, more than 50 others are struggling to heal physically and our whole country is trying to heal emotionally… again.


We were watching the news as they announced death tolls, the shooter’s name and information about him, his family and how the community in Orlando was reacting, when my 9-year-old daughter turned to us and said “If I’m ever in a shooting, I’m going to hit the ground with a loud thud and pretend to be dead so he’ll think he already got me and move on.”


I looked at her for a second and felt tremendous sadness. I wanted to say “You’ll never have to worry about that, people don’t target kids.” But, that’s not true. I wanted to say “You’ll never have to worry about it, we’ll never be in a place where this happens.” But that’s not true either. I wanted to say “You’ll never have to worry about it, not just any lunatic can walk in and get a gun to do evil.” But that’s definitely not true.


What I said was “Good plan. That’s exactly what you should do.”


I’m still tremendously sad.