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Guess Who’s Gonna Be A Big Sister??

Yep.  You guessed it.  Katie is gonna be a big sister because her Mommy has a brand new bun in the oven!

Naturally we are very happy around here BUT just like my 1st pregnancy I’m very uneasy and cooking (or even stepping foot in the kitchen) is simply not an option for me right now.

I’m only about 8 weeks along, but figured I should let you guys in on the news since things are gonna be slowing down around here for the next next few weeks.

If this pregnancy is anything like my 1st, I should be back to feeling 100% once I get to the second trimester, so I just need to ride this out for a few more weeks!

I’m trying to come up with some creative was to continue to post in the meantime… maybe rehash some old material, search for some brilliant guest posters, or even share some of the reader recipes.  I’ll be posting more about this soon!

In the meantime, where any of the ladies out there sick, sick, sick while they were pregnant and if so did you find any tips or tricks that helped you get through this time??  I could really use your words of wisdom right about now!


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51 Responses to “Guess Who’s Gonna Be A Big Sister??”

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    Karen D. — October 2, 2010 @ 10:18 am

    Congratulations!!!! I have 3 kids (19 and 16 months apart). I was somewhat queasy and sick with my two boys, but my middle child is a girl. That pregnancy was the worst! I was incredibly sick with her. I found salty food helpful. My grandmother gave me a secret an old woman in Texas taught her when she was pregnant with my father. When you are feeling really bad, put a little salt in your hand and lick it. Sounds weird, but it really did work for me. Also, pay close attention to what time of day you tend to be sick. Don’t take your prenatal vitamin at that time of day. I always took mine right before going to bed so that it would not upset my stomach.

    Strange thing was with my daughter, I only gained 12 pounds and she was my biggest baby at 11lbs 5oz. I made sure I ate healthy foods with plenty of protein when I was feeling well (The Brewer’s Diet).

    Good luck with baby number 2!!!!

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    Kalynskitchen — October 2, 2010 @ 11:54 am

    Dani, that’s great news. Just do what you can on the blog, no worries. (There are no rules about it!)

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    Susan — October 2, 2010 @ 12:23 pm

    Congratulations! I had the first trimester gimpy stomach-ate small amounts frequently and just hung in there. Magically, as soon as 2nd trimester arrived I was fine.
    Try eating something small before you really even get up moving around in the morning.

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    Ricki — October 2, 2010 @ 12:27 pm

    Great news, Dani–congrats! Though sorry to hear you’re not feeling too well (and hope it resolves quickly). Your readers will still be here when you get back! :)

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    Mandi — October 2, 2010 @ 12:45 pm

    Yippee! No great advice from other than SURVIVE. I always felt much better when I was moving and exercising. Once I got home I always felt worse. However, I seriously gained 70+ lbs with each pregnancy — so do not take any advice from me :) All I did was hide in gallon tubs of ice cream.

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    Shannon — October 2, 2010 @ 4:20 pm

    Congrats!!! That is very exciting :) I have no advice (haven’t been there), but hang in there, and I hope you’ll be feeling better soon!!

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    Diana — October 2, 2010 @ 5:56 pm

    Dani, Congratulations and felicidades! My daughter had 3 of the worst pregnancies I have ever witnessed (she was sick from conception to birth, with all 3). As smells frequently made her sick, she found a Yankee Candle scent (cherry-vanilla) that helped soothe her wracked belly. Everyone bought her candles throughout her pregnancies! I’ll ask her if there was anything else that helped her, and will pass it along. Thanks for all of the help you have given me! I will try to pay it back.

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    Maria — October 2, 2010 @ 7:26 pm

    Congratulations!!! In my first trimester, I would plan all of the meals for the week and then have Allan, my husband, cook the meals. He learned to make a few things and we still ate well. Otherwise, Chipotle is always yummy. :)

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    Kim — October 3, 2010 @ 4:12 am

    Dani, I was very nauseated with both my prenancies. Traditional Medicinals Pregnancy Tea was a miracle for me. My dh would brew a cup for me to drink before even getting out of bed. Small meals with plenty of protein were helpful as well. Good luck!

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    Kathy — October 3, 2010 @ 5:07 am

    Congratulations!! I have just recently found your blog and I have printed out quite a few recipes that I am eager to try.
    I have seven children and I have had morning sickness with each pregnancy. My last two were very debilitating and I had problems with nausea and vomiting until my children were born. things that helped me: Ginger tea, saltine crackers,cheese sticks, almonds,toast and even sipping a soda throughout the day( I had a terrible time drinking plain water). I also noticed that small protein meals throughout the day helped some. Getting outside the house and taking a walk also seemed to help. Unfortunately, nothing completely “cured” the nausea. Rest and take breaks when You can….not very easy with a little one to look after. This, of course , is not a funny issue but having a sense of humor about it and remembering that it is not forever helps some. Best wishes to You and your family!

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    Rebecca — October 3, 2010 @ 5:25 am

    congrats to you and your family dani!

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    Jennie Klug — October 3, 2010 @ 7:10 am

    Congratulations! I had no morning sickness for #1 & #2, #3 decided to make up for them all. In my first trimester, I craved garlic, and every afternoon, I would eat garlic bread or something very garlic, then the next morning, I would walk into the kitchen get a good whiff of garlic smell and head promptly to the bathroom, but by afternoon, I was craving garlic again. Someone suggested a real ginger-ale from the health food store. I took about 3 sips and was sick for about 3 days. #3 is about to turn 10 and I just added ginger back into my diet this year.

    Listen to your body. Drink lots of mint tea, or ginger if your body can handle it. Enjoy the bun cooking!

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    luis — October 3, 2010 @ 7:21 am


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    Ann C — October 3, 2010 @ 8:12 am

    Congrats Dani! Hope you’re feeling better soon.

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    Leilani — October 3, 2010 @ 8:17 am

    Congratulations Dani!!!!!
    The only thing that worked for me was saltine crackers and ginger ale…before I even got out of bed in the morning so my husband would bring it to me.
    bless you and your famiily

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    Sandie — October 3, 2010 @ 8:32 am

    Congratulations! You don’t know me at all, I’m a “lurker”, always pleased to find great info and recipes to adapt for our family. Take all the time you need to nurture yourself healthy for this new, blessed one!

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    Linda — October 3, 2010 @ 8:48 am

    Congratulations Dani!
    I was crazy dizzy and ill on awakening.
    Saltines by the bed and nibbling a couple saltines
    BEFORE getting up. Just lay there a bit and let them settle
    the nausea and raise the blood sugar a bit.
    Sipping club soda and sucking hard candy helped too.
    Nibbling dry rice krispies, salted rice cakes, or cheerios seemed to help as well.
    Best Wishes Dani!

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    rashida — October 3, 2010 @ 9:29 am

    congratulation , motherhood is the best gift you could ever ask and it is priceless. I know the thrill you are feeling now because I have 4 kids and went through the worst of pregnancies and I never regretted my choice ever. so well done and with all the recipes under your belt, you will make a good mother.

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    Camilla — October 3, 2010 @ 9:59 am

    Congratulations!! Hope you feel better soon!
    I had this with my first but not with the other maybe things will be not so bad this time?
    Take it easy, there’s no rush!
    Love and hugs from the Netherlands!

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    healthy&homemade — October 3, 2010 @ 10:13 am

    Congratulations!! That is wonderful news ^_^ I’m sorry you’re feeling awful though! I hope it passes soon and you’ll get back to feeling like yourself.

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    hummingbird — October 3, 2010 @ 12:23 pm

    Congratulations! 100% pure essential oil – Spearment – can help to alleviate nausea from morning sickness (or all day sickness!!) You can diffuse it into your space or you can put some onto a tissue and put into a zip-lok baggie and keep with you to inhale as needed throughout the day.

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    Paula C — October 3, 2010 @ 4:45 pm

    Hi Dani,
    Congrat’s…what wonderful news! Great to hear the family continues to grow. We are so happy for all of you & to be sure Katie, will make the sweetest big sister.
    xo Paula

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    Cara — October 3, 2010 @ 7:44 pm

    congrats, how exciting! hope you are feeling better soon!

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    Ray Druszkowski — October 4, 2010 @ 5:17 am

    Congratulations Dani

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    tree — October 4, 2010 @ 7:28 am

    Congrats Dani! I found that Emergen-C helped a lot with the nausea. Something about the B vitamins in it, I think. Best wishes for a happy, healthy pregnancy!

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    Aishah — October 4, 2010 @ 8:58 am

    Congrats Dani!!! Looking forward to finding cute baby pics in my inbox ;-) Take it easy.

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    Melissa — October 4, 2010 @ 8:59 am

    Yay! That’s great news and I’m so sorry you are not feeling well :( I was sick the WHOLE TIME with Alex and only about 3/4 of the time with Nico, either way it bit so I can completely understand. I’ve tried all the remedies – eating lemons, sucking on ginger candy, making ginger tea (boil fresh ginger slices in water), crackers, almonds, etc. In the end, I was just sick sick sick with Alex and put on Zofran, which of course stopped working. I’m not a big medicator…..but sometimes you do what you have to. It’s a lot more difficult when you have a little one to be taking care of as well – just try to stay hydrated as much as you can, eat whatever you can keep down, and do lots of deep breathing. Hopefully Katie cooperates and lets you rest :)

    If you need help posting, let me know and I am happy to help you out. My site still isn’t ready.


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    Heather @ Multiply Delicious — October 4, 2010 @ 9:30 am

    What exciting news! Congratulations!

    I know all to well about being sick. With my pregnancy with the twins I was sick pretty much my whole pregnancy. It only let up around week 32 and then week 33 I was place on bed rest. Fun! I tried everything to help. I actually had to end up resorting to medicine because it was so bad. I did find that giner ale, saltines and peanut butter sandwiches helped. I know peanut butter, weird but it worked and it got some protein in me. :)

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    Shawna — October 4, 2010 @ 12:22 pm

    Congratulations! So very happy for you and your growing family! When I was nauteous during my pregnancy I had every cracker known to man in my house. I carried different ones in ziplock with me to work and snacked a little on them each time I felt nauteous. Did the same with plain cereal like dry cheerios. And drinking ginger ale. Helped me get to the 2nd trimester when I was lucky to feel better. But each pregnancy is different, every baby is different. Hope you are feeling better soon.

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    Amy — October 4, 2010 @ 3:21 pm

    Congratulations! I was never so much sick as I was SUPER tired!!! I hate being tired. But I’m excited for you. I’d be happy to guest post anytime!! :)

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    Priyanka — October 4, 2010 @ 7:50 pm

    Wow this is really great news Dani, I am so happy for you. And please don’t stress about blogging, we were here after Katie was born and we’ll be here when Katie’s baby brother/sister is born!!

    Have a happy pregnancy!!

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    Shiney — October 5, 2010 @ 2:54 am

    Congrats Dani

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    Susan K — October 5, 2010 @ 6:18 am

    What joyful news! Congratulations to you and your family.
    Meditation and deep breathing may help with the nausea.

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    Vaishali — October 5, 2010 @ 6:27 am


    I recently read an article about morning sickness on this blog.

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    Dynamics — October 5, 2010 @ 10:56 am

    I was soooooo sick. I had morning sickness, a bad cold AND hepatitis all at the same time. I was miserable. I do not know why but I was given a peppermint candy to suck on. I hate peppermint and was not very happy about this, but it did calm my stomach down a bit. My husband ate Altoids (a peppermint candy) after chemo and it helped him tremendously.


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    Wendy — October 5, 2010 @ 2:54 pm

    Great news!

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    Kelly K — October 6, 2010 @ 11:02 am

    Congratulations! What exciting news! I don’t have any advice for morning sickness, but I do have a suggestion for material while you wait out the queasiness.

    I was actually thinking of emailing you and asking what a week (or day) in your house looks like, meal wise? I struggle with meal plans, eating the same things over and over and getting burnt out. Trying to come up with meal plans is so hard for me, but so important if I want to stick to eating healthy. I also try to over-acheive with amazing meal plans that I simply don’t have the stamina or time for after work. Maybe every now and again instead of a recipe, throw us a meal plan? I’d love to know what works for you and your family!

    Congrats again!

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    Tanja — October 7, 2010 @ 3:19 am

    That are great news!! I read about acupuncture and acupressure that could be used for many “pregnancy issues”
    greetings from Germany and thanks for your super videos.

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    Donata — October 7, 2010 @ 1:26 pm

    I am so happy for you and your family. You already have the worlds most adorable child!

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    Melinda Neely — October 7, 2010 @ 2:41 pm

    Big sis is awfully cute and congratulations. I was sick-sick-sick when I was pregnant and I am sad to say that NOTHING made me feel better. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

    Good luck and hang it there. If you’re 8 weeks along, you don’t have too many sick weeks to go.

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    Kristina @ spabettie — October 8, 2010 @ 3:46 pm

    CONGRATS !! such wonderful news, and I’m a fairly new reader, so “rehash” away!!! :)

    do what you need to, we will be here…

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    Sandy — October 9, 2010 @ 8:02 pm

    Hey Dani,
    I’ve only just seen this. Congratulations!!!!
    Sorry I can’t offer any ideas either because I’ve never experienced morning sickness. I was very lucky.
    I wish you all the very best and hope you are feeling better very soon.
    Sandy xxxx

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    Eva — October 10, 2010 @ 6:49 am

    Congratulations on your brand new bun in the oven!!! :) May this new baby bring you as much joy as little Katie. Hope you’re feeling better soon!

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    Melody — October 10, 2010 @ 8:22 am


    There was several things I tried. Sometimes they work. They seemed to help me, but I know many other moms that say they are allergic to it, or it did not work.

    Raspberry leaf tea. Purchase in tea bag form. You can find this as the only ingredient in the tea.

    Peppermint leaf tea. Purchase in tea bag form. Also the only ingredient in the tea.
    We use Peppermint leaf tea for flu symptoms, when a person has already been sick. This puts something into the stomach so that you can be sick and when it comes back up it does not burn your throat – it coats your throat protecting it from the acid. Also the Peppermint leaf tea will settle the stomach especially for the flu- so usually a person may be sick one more time after first drinking the tea but then usually the Peppermint settles the stomach so that the person can keep fluids down after that.

    Ginger Tea- I take a fresh piece of ginger root. Slice off a 1/4 inch chunk I skin it, then I place the whole chunk into hot water and let it steep for 5 min or longer. Then I drink the hot liquid and refill it with the ginger piece still in the cup. This is also good for when you are fighting off colds and things too. Then when I’m done drinking it as a tea I eat the soaked piece of Ginger- But it may not agree with baby or on an empty stomach- so you might not want to eat the piece. Just drink it as a tea while pregnant.

    Well that is all I can think of that helped me.

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    jennifer — October 11, 2010 @ 6:28 pm


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    Karen Nevins — October 11, 2010 @ 7:24 pm

    Congratulations! Such exciting news for you and your family. I have 2 girls who are 12 months and 2 weeks apart. I was so sick with the second pregnancy that I thanked my lucky stars I had a baby who was not yet mobile because for 2 weeks all I could do was lay in bed. I wanted Coca-Cola and hot dogs (I strongly dislike both). My favorite item was cola Icees from 7-11 (haven’t had one since). The only thing that really ever helped me was constantly eating a little bit of dry cereal, crackers or pretzels…otherwise, I just had to ride it out. Other than those few weeks, I loved being pregnant! Good luck to you!

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    Danica — October 12, 2010 @ 7:40 am

    CONGRATS, DANI!!!! Katie is adorable like you and I have no doubt her sibling will be too :D

    I haven’t been pregnant yet, but, I swear by the motion sickness wrist bands you can get in the store (next to the Dramamine, etc). There are two bands with 2 plastic buttons on them that act as pressure points and you wear them on your wrists. Totally natural, no drugs needed.

    You could always post somethings from your archive – I do that when I don’t feel like posting :)

    Good luck, I hope the morning sickness passes soon.

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    Rachael — October 12, 2010 @ 1:25 pm

    Hi Dani!

    have you tried snacking at night? When you get up to go potty (because I’m sure you do!) try snacking on a little something with carb and protein. Trail mix with nuts and dried fruit, yogurt, crackers and peanut butter all will work. Do this every time you get up. Also a friend of mine uses Sea Bands, they are for sea sickness but she has been wearing them during her first trimester and they seem to help her! You can buy them at a pharmacy or other big store (walmart). Good luck and feel better!

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    yohaniecia cummings — October 12, 2010 @ 5:17 pm

    congrats dani i love your site and recipes

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    Gladiola — October 13, 2010 @ 10:04 am

    GUM, GUM and more GUM.
    I was chewing like a caw for 2 months during my first trimester. I noticed that while i was eating i didnt feel nausea so i figured it was because of the chewing so if i tricked my body into thinking i was still eating, maybe it would work… and it did.
    Good luck!

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    Alex — October 13, 2010 @ 1:53 pm


    It’s me, Alex. Your neighbor. Just wanted to let you know that I was thrilled to hear the news of your new little bun :) I know that you are in the world of euphoria with Katie, but seriously, it only gets better (and more exhausting, but the kind of exhaustion that makes life worth living). We are so happy for you…and maybe when we all get our act together we really can sit down for a meal, or snack or just a little play date. Glad that we are neighbors and I wish you well. Good luck getting through 1st trimester. At least you know it gets better. I don’t know if I have any great tips, but fresh air, crackers, salt and carbination always helped me. Please let us know if you need ANYTHING!

    Lots of Love,

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