Preggo/Mom Series: Hi Sugarplum!

This is the last installment of the Preggo/Mom Series. Back to our regularly scheduled programming on Friday!

With that said, I know this isn’t a mom blog and I don’t intend on it becoming a mom blog because I think that would make some of you vomit and stop reading. BUT is there anything any of you are dying for me to touch on (what I packed for the hospital, baby gear I couldn’t live without, etc.)? If so, comment below and tell me.

Today, the stylish Cassie from Hi Sugarplum! is sharing her experiences with pregnancy and motherhood.


What did you enjoy about being pregnant?
I know I’m supposed to say something sentimental like, ‘Growing another life,’ but really, I loved being able to drop the pregnancy card to get out of stuff like painting and cleaning. Although I did use the ‘growing life over here’ line a few times…for instance when I wanted to wallow on the couch for hours, or needed a foot rub.

What did you NOT enjoy about being pregnant?
I did not enjoy the ankle swelling in my final months. Although, the deep indentions were a convenient spot to stash spare change.

What did you miss most during your pregnancy/pregnancies (booze, sushi,lifting heavy objects, being able to fit into tight spaces, etc.)?
I missed breathing! I swear both kids parked in my lung space, and I spent my entire pregnancies feeling like I couldn’t take a full breath.

Any interesting pregnancy cravings?
I wanted tuna sandwiches with jalapeños all day, every day with my first pregnancy. Until my husband asked the doctor about too much mercury…then the jig was up. So I switched to potato chips in ranch dip. That showed him!

Any interesting pregnancy aversions?
Hmmmm, I can’t recall having an aversion to anything except maternity clothes. Fashion has come a long way for expectant moms since I was pregnant!

232323232-fp345-nu=3233-544-4;9-23245445--;5Whoa! Even my top couldn’t contain all that belly!

If you weren’t married to your spouse and could choose one celebrity to father your children, who would that be and why?
I would be a total floozy, and collect several baby daddies…Jimmy Fallon would father a darling, funny child…Justin Timberlake would add talent to the mix…and I’d deliver some eye-candy with Ryan Gosling’s spawn. That’s my kind of family dinner! But then I wouldn’t have these cuties…so I suppose I’ll stick with Mr. Sugarplum.

What are the three baby products you couldn’t live without?
I’m going to go there and talk about nipples. More specifically, scabbed nipples. Why oh why did no one mention that could happen, and tell me how excruciating it would be?! Now I give all my expecting friends a tube of Lanolin with stern instructions to start using it weeks before the baby comes, and don’t stop until those babies get calloused (the nipples, not the actual child). You’re welcome.

What’s one thing you didn’t know about babies before you had your own?
I didn’t know how much you could love another human. How your whole world shifts, and you develop tunnel vision for your baby. And how intensely you feel joy, fear, and anxiety when it comes to your children. #gulp

If I offered to care for your child/children for 48 hours what would do, where would you go, etc.?
Well, if you’re only going to give me 48-hours, we’d probably just check in to a hotel where we could sleep late, wallow by a pool and read in peace, and eat dinner later than 5pm. If you’d like to give us at least a week…we’d head back to Italy. Or Paris. Or anywhere. (We take a kid-free trip every year…you can check them all out here.)


Any sage mom advice you’d like to share?
Motherhood is a day at a time…some days a success, and some days you’d like to sweep under the rug. Go easy on yourself and not let guilt rule your world….tomorrow is a new day. Also, no child ever went off to college drinking a bottle, sucking on a paci, wearing diapers, or sleeping in a crib. So don’t stress when your child decides to give those things up…he will eventually.

Congratulations, Chelsea….and enjoy the ride! P.S….grab a bunch of those disposable undies at the hospital…trust me, you’ll want to hold off wearing your own for a few days. #justsayin

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  1. Angie Mae says:

    I’ve loved this series but if you could share what you packed that would be awesome too! And for baby gear–maybe like as the baby grows each month, the things you find you really really need and some things you thought you would but didn’t?

  2. I would love to hear more from you about what you packed, what products you love so far, things you registered for and what you love/hate from that list! I’m expecting my first in May so I’m soaking up all the advice I can get.

  3. I too have loved this series, as our first is due in less than 3 weeks (!). Any updates, advice, suggestions you have … things you’re learning as you go along … I’d love to read. 🙂

  4. I would love to read about everything birth related, like what you actually use and all that! I also am wondering if you thought about getting a professional photographer and opted out, or just didn’t want one…? I want a photographer after giving birth or during to take pics of mine and my families first look at the baby and stuff, but everyone thinks I’m crazy. What would you do, or like to have done? THANKS!

    1. I wouldn’t have minded a photographer. It just wasn’t on my list since we were paying a good chunk for our newborn photos. I took my DSLR to the hospital with me and got some hospital shots of Owen with it. I don’t think having a photographer for a hospital shoot is weird, especially nowadays. 🙂

  5. Congrats on baby boy, Chelsea!! Hope you’re adjusting to your new normal.

    Only Cassie could put such a charming, witty, candid spin on motherhood. She was a wealth of support & encouragement about 3 years ago when I was going thru the whole new mom thing. Never thought I would talk so much about calloused nipples with someone I’ve yet to meet in real life.

    And how adorable is that preggo belly, making that shirt work so hard 😉


  6. What a great series. I just came over from Cassie’s blog to read this, and of course she always tells it like it is while being hysterical. Just love her! I’m going to read the rest of this series now. I’m expecting a baby in March and would love any and all input from all mothers!

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