“Expecting Better:Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong–and What You Really Need to Know” by Emily Oster – Book Review

As a bookworm I’ll be reading dozens of books during my pregnancy, many about pregnancy and raising children and some that are not. Every Tuesday I will be reviewing a book, starting with “Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong–and What You Really Need to Know” by Emily Oster, the first pregnancy related book I choose to read.

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Week 10 – Baby is the Size of a Kumquat 

Each Monday along with it being the start of my work week, it’s a new week start for our baby. Today I am ten weeks, so my baby is the size of a kumquat, a fruit that until this weekend I’ve never purchased or eaten. For size comparison I placed my engraved key necklace with “Fearless” on it above the kumquat.


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Faith in Action – My Church Community and Volunteering

Since the end of January I have been attending a new church, Almaden Hills United Methodist Church. It’s been amazing at attending a church with a strong active faith demonstrated both in terms of community building and volunteerism.

This morning’s service included the hymn “Lord of the Dance” and the pastor had many members pulled into dancing around the church. I was one of those selected and took a few pics as well of which this was my favorite.

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Attending a Friend’s Baby Shower Before My Pregnancy Announcment 

This year Matt and I were delighted to hear our friends The Barrs were expecting. Matt grew up with the mother to be’s husband, living on his street. We’d attended their wedding and they attended ours years later with the wife singing a song at our reception. This was the first baby shower of the year for me with a twist, the first one I was attending while pregnant myself.

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Products Review – ROQ and URKOAZ Silicone Wedding Bands 

Every Friday I will review a product, and in some cases two similar products, that relate to pregnancy or parenthood. This first review will be on a category of product I have a lot of experience with, silicone wedding bands. As is the case with many women, pregnancy has swelled up my fingers, and wanting to continue to wear bands without having to worry about it being cut off, I tried many different bands.

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Statistics, Pregnancy & Maternal Age 

A few days ago Debbie, a friend whom I’ve known since early childhood, and with whom I’ve shared our good news, sent me a meme that showed my name as one of the top 20 to get pregnant in 2017, and upon research there was a scientific and statistical study behind the choices.

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Looking and Acting Our Ages, or Not 

It has often happened to me since childhood that people have underestimated my age. I have people tell me they think I was younger by a lot, sometimes even by a decade or so. I also have heard often that I have a young sounding voice, to the point where a telemarketer just a few weeks ago asked me if they could speak to my parents instead. So it was especially funny when Matt put my age on the decorations for my event birthday, which I don’t remember him doing before.

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