Moms, Pregnancy, Prenatal

10 Facts About My Pregnancy

maternity shoot, preggie belly, baby bump, photoshoot1. I knew REALLY early on (3 weeks) that I was pregnant. Among my earliest symptoms: My 2 pups followed me from room to room CONSTANTLY – They knew something was up.

2. I missed my 20 year reunion at my high school because I was expecting.

3. I was convinced I would prefer a C-section until I YouTube’d one.

4. Cravings/Aversions: I craved watermelon, watermelon juice (Rachel’s Kitchen!) and papaya delights (papaya halved, greek yogurt, granola and honey). I think there was a three week period where I ate them daily.  I received an order of my absolute favorite coconut water, a brand from Thailand, found on Amazon. I dumped out three cans convinced it was rancid. I had two friends try them and neither of them knew what I was talking about. I gifted them the rest of the case. I still have trouble drinking coconut water to this day!

5. While at work, I was 31 weeks and 32 weeks respectively when I was exposed to Parvo B19 and possibly cryptosporidium. In both instances, guests were allegedly infected and posed a possible exposure to me and my baby. I was on the CDC website constantly!

6. I told my best friend that I had no stretch marks and that I was astonished to be part of that 10% of the population that doesn’t get them. I found my stretch marks after I gave birth-Lol! “Oh hey, there they are…”

7. I did not want to know the sex of my baby before birth. At delivery, my OB/GYN placed my son on me so I could see for myself!

8. I was happily obsessed with my pregnancy & read so much about what was going on that I neglected to read up on what to do once my baby arrived. I had to YouTube how to bathe a newborn.

9. I began to efface at 14 wks. My High Risk MD wanted me on bedrest, but declined my request that he pay my bills (lol!) I meditated constantly focusing on holding steady so I wouldn’t need a cerclage. Instead, I managed to thicken back up! I didn’t know that could happen! I delivered at 37w 3d.

10. I didn’t tell many people I was expecting. My coworkers didn’t really know until I was past the 6mo mark when I began wearing form-fitting tops.

I miss my belly all the time. At first, it was every day-it was much easier to keep track of my little one then! Now, I am soaking up every moment of my toddler’s adventures – I always wanna be around my son! #BestGiftEver


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Family to Family Connection Offers Information and Community

Girl Playing With Building Blocks

Girl Playing With Building BlocksRaising young children can be an isolating experience. It is often difficult for families to find credible information about child development and parenting. Also, it can be challenging – particularly in a transient city like Las Vegas – for moms to create strong support networks. Family to Family Connection is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to families with children ages 0-5 years. Their mission statement: “Through parent education and community networking, Family to Family empowers and supports families to provide a safe and nurturing environment for their children.” With a full roster of classes, a resource library, and a lactation educator on staff, new parents have a place to learn about being even better parents. The resource library allows the checkout of books and DVDs featuring subjects such as parenting and child development. Family to Family teaches a full calendar of classes. Most are taught in English, but there are some Spanish language classes each month, too. Topics include music, nutrition, physical activity, crafts, and even infant massage. Check here for the most up-to-date offerings. (Full disclosure – I occasionally lead a class about having a healthy relationship with food.) Family to Family has also teamed up with Nevada Early Intervention Services to offer some classes addressing your child’s development. Beyond the formal programming, one of the biggest strengths of Family to Family Connection is that it provides a space for young families to connect with one another. Friendships develop among the families served. When my boys were babies, Family to Family Connection was a lifesaver! There weren’t many places where I could bring both children and still feel relaxed and comfortable. Family to Family was welcoming. I could actually talk to other moms (yay!) while my children played safely. My new-mom jitters calmed down as I learned from the classes, and I was eternally grateful for a place to escape cabin fever. Each spring, Family to Family Connection presents the fundraiser “Touch a Truck.” As the name indicates, children have the chance to see a large variety of vehicles up close. They get to climb into a fire truck, touch an Army jeep, and even chillax in a limousine (my kids’ favorite – and so quintessential Vegas).

Dune buggy action at Touch a Truck

Inside a hot air balloon at Touch a Truck

Family to Family Connection 7151 Cascade Valley Court, Suite 104 Las Vegas, NV 89128 (702) 870-9583

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Well Rounded Momma Supports Moms-to-Be

Sleeping Newborn

Throughout pregnancy and childbirth preparations, women experience lots of different feelings: excitement, happiness, and love, for sure. But they may also feel nervous and confused. It’s a huge responsibility to bring a new life into the world, and there’s so much to learn aboutSleeping Newborn the birth process. First-time moms especially have tons of questions, and it can be difficult to find answers.

Do you want to have an OB/Gyn working with you, or midwife? Hospital birth, or home birth? A repeat Cesarean section or VBAC (vaginal birth after C-section)? And what the heck is a Labor Doula?

That’s where Well Rounded Momma (WRM) comes in. Founded in 2007 by Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) Sherry Hopkins, WRM provides pregnancy, birth and postpartum support. It is devoted to helping women know the choices available to them.

Couple Holding Infant ShoesWell Rounded Momma provides Midwifery and Doula services. Never heard of a Labor Doula? It is a trained birth professional who assists women through their birth experience by providing information as well as physical and emotional support. A Doula meets with you once or twice during pregnancy and is with you during labor, delivery, and shortly after birth to help with breastfeeding.

Childbirth education, fitness classes, support groups, workshops, massage therapy, and even Reiki are also offered. The storefront stocks herbs, teas, natural skincare products, and other goodies. All of these options help women have healthy pregnancies and labor, fewer C-sections, smoother breastfeeding, and increased bonding between mom and baby. It is part of WRM’s mission to use evidence-based care, so you’re in good hands.Want to learn more? Well Rounded Momma hosts an open house the last Friday of each month from 7-9 pm. This is a great opportunity to meet Sherry and the other providers. Get your questions answered and learn about something new. When I visited a WRM open house, Labor Doula Sarah Sorvillo taught hands-on techniques to help a laboring mom feel more comfortable. Learn about your options for a calmer, more peaceful birth experience.


Well Rounded Momma
8826 S Eastern Ave. Suite 111
Las Vegas, NV 89123
(702) 478-5080

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Meet Our Contributors: Tricia

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[typography font=”Lobster Two” size=”20″ size_format=”px” color=”400040″]Meet Tricia[/typography]

Hello fellow moms and friends, welcome to Las Vegas Moms Blog! First, I’d like to introduce and give you a little background about myself for you to get to know me better.
I want to be clear with you that I’m NOT a professional chef/baker nor do I have any training in this field.  However, I can say I DO have years of experience with cooking and baking in my daily life.  I’m a homebody girl who enjoys doing these kinds of “at home” things.  I even take joy in cleaning!  And yes I also like arts & crafts, sewing, decorating, etc.  What can I say, I am truly my grandmother’s grand-daughter.  I guess I grew up subconsciously wanting to be like her.  When I was a child, all I knew was that she made activities around the house look fabulously fun. Twenty-nine years later, here I am finding myself genuinely happy living the domestic life!
I’m currently living in Las Vegas, with my wonderful husband and our two lovable dogs, Lilo a 5-year old female Shihtzu and Bachi, a 2-year old male English Bulldog.  When I first moved here, I never would have imagined my life could be quite like this.  First off, I had only planned on staying for a summer to unwind and have fun.  I told myself, I would go back to Colorado and finish my last year of college to receive a bachelor’s degree in mass communications.  Funny how things change.  I immediately found myself so at home and happier than I’ve ever been anywhere else.  I had an adventurous time exploring the city on and off the Strip, meeting new friends, and unexpectedly falling in love.  Everything just fell into place and I knew in my heart this is where I want to be.  I spontaneously made the decision to stay, even though it meant sacrificing school.  I know it sounds irresponsible and careless, but for once I actually felt in control of my life and that I was making a good decision for my overall well-being.

To this day, I absolutely have no regrets and now I look back and think that moving here was the best decision I have ever made.  In the past few years I have significantly grown and learned so much about myself and what I want in life.  Most importantly I realized that when you find your own peace, love and joy within, you become in harmony with everything else around you.  I’m a strong believer in pursuing what truly makes you happy.  I can honestly say I am at peace with everything in (and out of) my life.  I continue to thrive on learning new things, growing spiritually, and evolving intellectually.  With that said, I look forward to sharing these experiences with readers.

I’m excited to be a member of the blogging community and am delighted to share my life at home and write about recipes, cooking, baking, decorating, beauty tips, fitness regimen, personal thoughts, travels, and most of all my journey in becoming a first-time mom!


[typography font=”Lobster Two” size=”20″ size_format=”px” color=”400040″]Just wait until you see her amazing creations, you may just try to bite your screen! Tricia is expecting her first child, a boy! She is just nearing the close of her second trimester. [/typography]