Blog changes – Please Read!

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As you might have already noticed I did a minor re-design of the blog. I felt I needed something bright and happy, now that we are squarely in the pregnancy territory.

Once Alexis arrives, I’m thinking about completely re-doing the layout and possibly going with two sidebars and of course lots of pictures with our little girl.

Aside from the design, there are a few other changes to make life easier for you and me.


1. Along with subscribing by email or through an RSS feed, you can now subscribe to my blog through BlogLovin’ if that’s what you use to read blogs.  See the sidebar for the links.
If you’re on Facebook or Twitter, you’re always welcome to say hi and follow.

2. If you’d like to include our button on your blog, feel free to grab it from the sidebar.

3. The biggest change that is bound to make your life easier is the addition of Google Friend Connect.

You can now sign in and comment through your Google ID as well as add this blog to your account for easier access.
Please see the sidebar and connect.
To comment with your Google ID, just make sure you’re signed in ( there’s a little sign-in button at the bottom of the comment form), that way you won’t need to enter your information.

4. I also added 3 sections on the sidebar with the sites I frequently use: FOR MOMMY, FOR BABY and HOME DECOR.


Pregnancy Preparations


4. I’ve never pointed it out before, but if you’re pregnant, TTCing (TTC= trying to conceive) or about to start TTCing, there are a few pages I put together with the research I’ve done going through the journey myself. That way you don’t have to search out the blog to find needed information.

The top bar has a page, called PRE-CONCEPTION RESOURCES. It lists ALL the steps we took in preparation for TTCing with links to appropriate posts, as well as some useful items, including THE BEST BOOK you could possibly read before trying to conceive.  Our actual TTC phase didn’t last long. Well, technically, we didn’t even have a TTC phase, since we got pregnant the first month, but I feel that a year of preparations was like spending a year TTCing.

The other useful page is called PREGNANCY RESOURCES. Since I’m only half way into this pregnancy, there is only some information there ( will be updated as I get further along). You can find a list of harmful herbs , all known teratogens ( substances that cause birth defects), water filters, pregnancy safe skin routine, maternity sleeping bras. I also listed ALL the pregnancy books I’ve read and which ones are a MUST and which ones are a PASS ( Like Bruno says “Nicht Nicht! or Ja! Ja!”)

And finally, NUTRITION. This page contains all the posts I did as a part of GET FIT GET HEALTHY challenge. This blog is not meant to be about nutrition, but I didn’t want those few things that were written about nutrition to be lost in the maze of this blog’s archives.

This blog was started as a way to record all the things we were going through to prepare to start TTCing. I spent about a year in just preparations, and I didn’t want all the information to be wasted. So the blog was started as a way to give women, who were going through the same phase, all the information I’ve gathered, save them time and headache. And while it morphed into a more personal blog about our journey, I would like to continue putting together all and any useful information I come across in the meantime.


5. Finally, please feel free to contact me via email (contact {at} I love getting emails from you guys and will be happy to answer questions or just say hi!





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  • Reply
    mind of mr
    September 22, 2011 at 4:07 AM

    love that pic!

    new blog set up is great!

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    September 22, 2011 at 7:39 AM

    Love the changes and absolutely love all the resources and info you have gathered! That’s a HUGE work! 🙂

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    September 22, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    LOVE your new layout…so clean and fresh. Gives me ideas for my own new blog design (which isn’t happening any time soon). You know I’ll be hitting you up for all kinds of info on pregnancy when my turn comes.

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    September 22, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Love the picture!! Reminds me of me and my hubby. ; )

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    September 22, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Yay! I’m loving the new blog design, and that I can sign in to my Google account to comment! Although, I have to admit, I did find my little purple avatar creature pretty cute! (But I think my kiddos are pretty cute, too 😉 ) haha anyway, I cannot wait to see your blog covered in pics of sweet little Alexis, and fortunately, that wait won’t be too long now!!!! You have put so much time and effort into your pre-conception research, I am so glad you are able to share it with others. If we go for baby #3, you can be sure I will be using it all to my advantage, you have taught me a lot!

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      Elena @ Art of Making a Baby
      September 22, 2011 at 12:12 PM

      The monsters are fun, but I’d much rather see your guys’ faces!!!! Or your kids’ faces 🙂

      I was just thinking yesterday about what this blog will look like when Alexis is here…how there are going to be a million photos. Up until now I’ve separated my photos and my personal life but putting the former on my photography blog, but I don’t think I am going to be able to do that any longer.

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    September 22, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    how incredibly insensitive of you to compare a year of preparing for and reading about TTC to a year of actually TTC. the two aren’t even close and it is insulting to those who have actually dealt with infertility.

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      Elena @ Art of Making a Baby
      September 22, 2011 at 12:51 PM

      from the research standpoint, going through preparations for TTCing is comparable to actually TTCing ( that is if the person TTCing is actually doing things other than BD). (I am not talking about infertility treatments and such, that usually happens after a year of TTC)
      From the emotional standpoint it’s not comparable. However I did feel like it was never going to happen ( us being ready to TCC) because so much needed to be done to get things ready for TCC. So how can you say that me working towards TTC, but having to wait to do it isn’t as frustrating.

      Regardless, I am not and was not speaking of the emotional aspect but purely from the research and experience standpoint.

      Oh and FYI, my preparing for TTC had VERY little to do with reading, so I suggest you check out what my “preparations” entailed (here) before you make statements like that.

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    September 22, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    I’m loving the new desing of your blog,it really looks more clear and happy.
    Soon this place will be full of Alexis picture (aw that will be cute) . Too much excited for you :DDD

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      Elena @ Art of Making a Baby
      September 22, 2011 at 6:21 PM

      Thanks, Carol!
      I can’t imagine a day where there will be a little girl up there in the banner 🙂

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    September 22, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Love the new design. I can’t wait to see Alexis- I am POSITIVE she will be gorgeous!

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      Elena @ Art of Making a Baby
      September 22, 2011 at 6:24 PM

      Hahahaha, well you never know. Hubby and I were just talking about how an ugly newborn doesn’t mean an ugly kid, and a pretty newborn doesn’t mean a pretty kid. So we might very well end up with one of those newborns that people look at and go “wow! She’s….ummm…ummm… cu-u-u-ute…I guess” hahaha

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        September 22, 2011 at 6:26 PM

        I highly doubt your child with be ugly! ; )

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          Elena @ Art of Making a Baby
          September 22, 2011 at 6:30 PM

          Hahaha, I hope not. But it could happen- all the wrong features come together, you know 🙂
          And we could have a weird looking newborn but then a pretty child. I’m just not keeping my hopes up. I doubt we’ll have anything like Siloh (Brad and Angelina’s kid), who is the most beautiful baby I’ve ever seen!

          I’m sure I’ll think she’s gorgeous, but does’t mean other people will hahaha

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