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Back when I was livin’ life as a drug rep I used to spend nearly every day in OB offices over the lunch hour. I got to hear the ins & outs of patients & pregnancy. I listened to the doctors & nurses and I learned a lot. I chose my doctor back in Omaha based on her view of pregnancy–mostly the one that included the phrase “pregnancy is not a disease.” I never realized how often OBs get phone calls from women looking to use pregnancy as an excuse for…well…anything. Sometimes it was work. Sometimes it was a handicapped parking pass. & I know that some women have legitimate reasons and do need these things (I learned that this pregnancy–awful) but seriously. For most of us–it’s just another season of our lives. Uncomfortable? yes. Debilitating? Not so much. Staying active & making healthy choices have sure helped me during pregnancy and most definitely after too.

I’ve been pretty much single parenting since November. It’s not been easy. Thursday’s pukefest (which followed Monday’s sneeze & snotfest) in this house was just another reminder that life doesn’t slow down…even if you are 39 weeks pregnant. Toddlers will puke. Husbands will be unavailable. & Mama has to make it better. Whether she can bend over the bathtub or not. Whether she is sick herself, or not. Whether she is having contractions, or not. Life doesn’t stop just because of pregnancy. It’s all part of the preparation for the crazy that lies after baby. & Boy is it ever one wild ride!

So stick a fork in me. I’m ready to have a BABY! & to think…I thought I was huge in every one of these pictures…haaa! I am grateful for this pregnancy, for sure, but I am ready to put my pregnant years behind me. I wanted to have all my babies by age thirty. Luckily…it looks like that will be the case! Anyone want maternity clothes? I’m ready to purge–especially since I wore next to none of them this pregnancy!

I have a project idea for when the babe arrives…but until then…you can find me nesting. Or poking around my styleberry facebook page. Or sharing tidbits of my life & projects with instagram (username: miss_shawna). & if you don’t have instagram, you can find me on webstagram. :)

Happy Friday! Cross your fingers for a BABY…SOON! It’s time! (& this week…I am channeling boy….)


& Project 52 is off to a very collaborative start! If you’d like to join in–it’s not too late. Here’s everything you need to know about

my 2012 Project 52.

& those of you who are linking up (please let me know if you need to be edited/added!):

Adventures in MommyhoodAubrey My LoveBlossoms & VintageBugs & Boo-Boos Candice Craves Caynay Photography Chronicles of KT The Crain’s Nest Dana Moran Photography The Daulton Dabbler Englexas Everything Eatherton Fairy Wings & Dinosaurs Finding Joy Firecracker MamaFreckled PinkFrom Stanwood to Seoul Gin & Juice Boxes •  Heather Marie PortraitsIci & LaIt’s a Graham LifeIt’s a Strange & Lovely RideKate L Photography Keeping up with the Carters Kim Percival Photography Lizzi Photography Mahina & Lucas Mama Bethany McLain Padilla Photography Mist Moments Memories by Mere Moments & Impressions The Mommyhood Memos Moo with Me Moxie Made My Tot TravelsNavigating the MothershipNicole Dina PhotographyOh the Places We’ll Go Our Splendid Little Life Phreckle Face Photography Quiet FootstepsRachel Gray PhotographyThe Robersons Shades of Bliss Shutter Mama BlogSide of the TableSimply Us Snaps of Our Life The Todd’s We Aren’t Scared of SugarWe’re Better Together Wicked KateWokabout •  Z as in Zebra

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  • kristin - I’d take ’em all! I am thinking/pondering/going back and forth over trying for baby #2 in the next couple of months–man, knowing what it all means now makes it super scary to decide! But, what an awful lot of ugliness I wore during that last pregnancy ; )ReplyCancel

  • Marylin - Yay for your Friday posts! I already looked for it twice. Lol. As an L&D nurse I COULD NOT AGREE WITH YOU MORE about pregnancy not being a disease. You would be shocked at the stories I have after working on the south side of San Antonio. It’s very frustrating to deal with the moms that want to say “I can’t do dishes because I’m pregnant”. Really?! I worked 13 hour shifts on my feet the entire time with one drink and two potty breaks at 40 WEEKS when I was pregnant!!! Sorry, just venting ;) I think this is a really great message you’re sending. Take proper care of yourself while pregnant but don’t use it as an excuse to be lazy. Be powereful and independent and teach these lessons to your children.ReplyCancel

  • kaley - You look so cute! Enjoy your last few days alone with your girl and I can’t wait to see pics of your new little one. Hopefully this week!ReplyCancel

  • Krista - Love your project 52 posts!! Amd amen to pregnancy is not a disease! People said I was crazy for working when I was 35+ weeks pregnant.. Glad I did though! Now as a SAHM is just as much work and little man isn’t tucked away in my belly :) hope these next days ;) go by quick and you meet your little bundle soon!!

    Ps if you’re really selling your maternity clothes I have a dear friend who just found out she’s having triplets, whoa! And they will be saving as much money as possible these next months so I would live to get her some cute stuff for the first few months that she will be able to wear it!! If you’re serious about getting rid of things, please let me know :) krista.todd.814(at)gmail(dot)comReplyCancel

  • Laura - You look great, and baby 2 really is around the corner. So exciting! If you are going to liquify, I would be interested. Its getting to be that time to try around this house… so let me know :)ReplyCancel

  • Aja - You look lovely!! I can’t believe it’s almost time.. seems like you just announced it! :) I, also, wanted to have all my babies by the time I was 30.. didn’t work out so well for me, ha! But so glad you’re in the home stretch. You are such an inspiration to me of a strong, capable woman. I’m not sure I would handle parenting alone in the last trimester with such grace and ease! Way to go mama.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - You look amazing Shawna! I hope you have your baby soon!ReplyCancel

  • Meredith - Would LOVE some maternity clothes! Hope your girly feels better soon!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - Amen sister! At 36 weeks I’m still crossfitting, working and feeling awesome! I am excited for how much better my body will recover post pregnancy, and how much better my labor and delivery will be since I have been so active. (I’ve been thinking boy for you too since you told your conception story, I hope we’re right)ReplyCancel

  • Mahina - Can’t wait to find out what baby is! I still can’t believe you are full term because you look AMAZING!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Congratulations on the almost-here baby!! You look amazing. I love your pregnancy style posts. :) And yes! haha… if you want to get rid of them, I’d love some maternity clothes!! I’m 23 weeks pregnant and nothing fits! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Kaylie - Love it! I couldn’t agree with you more about pregnancy not being a disease but rather a season. You said it well. You are quite an inspiring woman.

    Hope your sweet little one is feeling better today and that you’re doing well yourself.ReplyCancel

  • Chelsea - You are too cute! We have two women at work that are due this week, too! Hope you all have smooth deliveries SOON! :) Wish I’d had your style when I was preggo; my maternity clothes were not cute! I’m also done with kids before 30, though. If we end up with another, it won’t be carried by me!!!ReplyCancel

  • Mariko - You look fantastic! I so agree with you that pregnancy is not a disease. Channeling a boy with you. Super excited for you!ReplyCancel

  • Eren Mckay - You look awesome! Keep up the great work with your health. One thing that I didn’t do was watch what I was eating so after I had my babies it was a tremendous amount of work to be able to lose all of that fat. I had to d a lot of dieting but I finally took it all off. Great pics!
    All the best,

  • Lisa - You look fabulous!!! I am totally inspired by your pregnancy style!! And your attitude about pregnancy. I was, sadly, terribly sick throughout my entire pregnancy (hyperemesis gravidarum) and had to take an anti-nausea Rx usually given to chemo patients every day just to be able to mildly function. I am really hoping that I do not have the same experience the next time I am preggo, as I would really like to enjoy the process as opposed to simply making it through alive. Thinking about you and the imminent arrival of #2!!!ReplyCancel

  • Liz - I really needed to read this today. I’m thirteen weeks… sick, tired, with two precious babies. It’s important to not be a bum and lay around all day long, even though that’s what I want to do. I am new here and have read your treasury posts… I feel like I wrote them myself. From babywise to cloth diapering to nursing and making baby food. I love seeing other mommies who have a passion like that.ReplyCancel

  • Meaghan - Beautiful photos! I am 18 weeks now with baby #2 now and it’s been difficult finding the energy to do basic things, much less work out! Thanks for the inpsiration! Also I’ve been thinking about this idea “pregnancy is not a disease” a lot lately, since our country’s leaders are wrestling with the same issue:

  • Rachel - Ohmygosh — you look fantastic! Nice work Mama!

    Thanks for adding me too (talk about sick days…my mac’s pulled a sickie on my but we’re back up and running now!)ReplyCancel

  • Heather Shipley - I’d love to take those maternity clothes off your hands! :)ReplyCancel

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