Jenna von Oy’s Blog: The Mommy Learning Curve

02/15/2012 at 09:00 AM ET
Five months pregnantBrooke Boling Photography

Please give a warm welcome to our newest celebrity blogger, Jenna von Oy!

Best known for her roles as Six on Blossom and Stevie on The Parkers, von Oy is also a musician who has released two albums and is set to publish a book, The Betweeners.

She’ll next appear in Lukewarm, slated for release this spring.

von Oy, 34, wed Brad Bratcher on Oct. 10, 2010, and resides in Nashville with her husband and five dogs.

They expect their first child, a girl, in June.

You can find her on Twitter @jennavonoy.

When you consider the amount of babbling my character did on Blossom, it may not be too farfetched to deduce that I have always had an affinity for words — typically, in abundance. With that in mind, it felt fairly natural to have the folks at ask me to contribute a blog.

Truthfully, I’ve been a closet author for many years now. I’ve written and published music, started a few scripts I’ve never managed to finish, and I even recently wrote a book for young adults that I’m in the process of editing. But alas, I’m a virgin blogger!

I suppose that’s my disclaimer of sorts, and I ask for your patience as I try these shoes on for size. Which brings me to an even more exciting new endeavor I’m about to embark on … parenthood!

My impending “Mommy-dom” is overwhelming in the most wonderful of ways. Since this is our first child, my husband and I have been doing all of the reading, researching, inquiring, pondering and praying we possibly can.

We also came to the conclusion early on that, no matter how much or how often we do all of those things, we’ll never be entirely prepared for the little bundle of love and blessings that’s on her way in June. In fact, the more we study up, the more our brains seem to turn to mush!

So that said, you’ll probably sense a recurring theme in my blog entries — namely, that I am driving very slowly around the mommy learning curve. I cannot guarantee I’ll always have the answers (in fact, I may ask you for most of them), but I can certainly promise honesty and a serious dose of self-deprecating humor.

I am currently in week 23 of my pregnancy and ecstatic to be in the second trimester. My first trimester was eventful in the nausea department, so it is a relief to be back on my feet.

I’m sure many of you can relate when I say it was an all-day affair that sent me scrambling for the bathroom more than I care to admit. (Let’s be honest, no one particularly wants to donate all of their quality time to the toilet!)

I do not hesitate to say that every moment of nausea and pain has been (and still is) 100 percent worth it, but I’m admittedly a little envious of those of you who made it through the “morning” sickness war unscathed.

I, on the other hand, virtually subsisted on unsalted pretzels and Gatorade for two months before I could even consider looking at something more substantial. Even water made me gag. It’s definitely not the ideal “diet”, but it was all I could handle. (And I am a SERIOUS foodie, so that was a little rough!)

I can honestly say I wouldn’t have made it through with such aplomb, had it not been for my husband, Brad. That sweet man couldn’t have been more amazing — I was the luckiest puking, part-time couch potato in the world!

In his words, “Every night was a parlor game of ‘What can Jenna eat tonight without throwing up?'” There were zero cravings, just anti-cravings. I’m sure it was a serious practice in patience for him.

Now that I’m past that debacle, I’m back to enjoying my cooking-as-therapy routine. I’ve heard I should have enough energy to reconstruct the pyramids by now, but I’m honestly still exhausted by the end of the day.

Have you found that you are/were bouncing off the walls in your second trimester? I’d love to know if that’s just a myth!

So far, the most exciting part of our second trimester has been finding out our little one is a girl. I’ve been so convinced of this fact from day one that my husband and I have been referring to the baby as “she” and “her” from the start.

The night before our ultrasound, I told Brad, “If we find out she’s a boy tomorrow, we’re going to be turned upside down for a few days!” Our convictions had us so heavily focused on thoughts of pink leg warmers and ballet slippers, I think it would have taken us a little while to wrap ourselves around Batman Underoos and toy trains.

Don’t get me wrong — clichΓ© though it may be, we’ve never cared about gender one way or another. We just hope to be blessed with a healthy baby. Nonetheless, it’s always reassuring to know your intuition is alive and well!

Since my Super Mom cape is on back order, we aren’t anywhere near ready to construct our nursery, our house looks like it has been hit by a cyclone, and life in general feels a bit haphazard. We have a lot of rearranging to do to make space in our home, so it’s sort of a slow-motion production. We figure we still have some time, so we’re remaining calm about it all… so far!

That said, I have a nagging feeling in the back of my head that warns me the time will go by in a blink, and June will be here before we know it.

My standard serenity mantra is: As long as our daughter knows she has parents who love her, which she undoubtedly will, she won’t mind if her room isn’t perfect when she arrives. I have faith that everything will fall into place eventually.

As you know, bringing a newborn home requires an immense amount of preparation, and one of the interesting hurdles we look forward to is having our new baby meet our five dogs.

Yes, you read that correctly … five dogs. It’s 24-hour-a-day Romper Room here at our house! My husband and I agreed a long time ago that we have a lot of love to give, and that’s one of the ways we most enjoy sharing it.

We are the proud parents of five canine children, almost all whom are rescues. (Not that you’re counting, but since there are significantly more paws than feet in our household, we like to joke that we are having a baby in order to level the playing field a bit!)

I believe that whether or not the transition goes smoothly will be dictated by how Brad and I introduce everyone to the baby. I’m sure the dogs will need to feel involved and will require some extra attention so they know we haven’t lost sight of their importance. Still, I expect there will be some quirky idiosyncrasies that surface when we bring our little girl home. It is only natural.

Ultimately, I suspect our pups will handle the change with fascination, acceptance and a surprising amount of understanding — animals amaze me that way. In fact, we have already noticed how protective they all are of my belly. More often than not, they are vying for the seat closest to it, as if it is a place of honor.

In fact, our littlest pug, Ruby, likes to fall asleep with her head resting on my stomach. Her snoring is probably equivalent to some sort of white noise machine for the little one! Watch that be the only thing that can lull our daughter to sleep when she’s born. πŸ™‚

On that note, I should probably introduce you to our cast of characters, so you can learn a little bit about us…

My bellyBrooke Boling Photography

ME: Nashville resident, part-time California resident, mom-to-be, wife, dog parent, lover of all things creative, avid reader, daydreamer, challenge seeker, Scrabble player, novice chef, foodie, wine enthusiast (though that’s severely thwarted at the moment!), amateur writer, fan of coloring outside of the lines, believer in hard work, humility, loyalty, honesty and God. Student of everything — especially parenting!!

BRAD: My husband (we met in early 2008 and married in October of 2010), best friend, and sanity manager. He keeps me from getting stressed, and his patience is unparalleled.

I have no doubt that he will be an incredible Daddy, and watching him with our little girl is one of the things I look forward to most. For the record, I also look forward to watching him change a diaper for the first time … I have a sneaky suspicion that may be a video-worthy moment.

BRUISER (Pug): My oldest, bravest, and most intuitive dog. He just turned 10, and he’s spry as ever. He has been referred to as the Colonel, as well as the Godfather. They both fit.

He has seen me through every love and loss in the last decade, and he was the first to find out I was pregnantΒ — even before my husband! Making kids laugh is a favorite past time of his.

BAILEY (Corgi-Shar Pei mix): My sweet and loyal 8 year old — I rescued her in Los Angeles when she was a wee pup. She gets a bit territorial, but she’s a softie at heart.

If I were a betting woman, I’d put money on the fact that she’ll want nothing more than to protect our baby. I can picture her pacing back and forth in front of the crib, playing the role of sentry guard. She’s that kind of girl.

MIA “The Moose” (Basset Hound): She’s a comedienne and a hoss of a woman. At 4 years old, she’s my troublemaker, most vocal and most needy baby. Somehow it’s always the big ones who fancy themselves a lapdog!

I couldn’t ask for a more affectionate girl, and her howling never fails to make me laugh. Our dogs certainly aren’t lacking in personality! She’ll have the toughest time sharing me.

BOO (Pug): The king of neuroses, a.k.a the Woody Allen of Pug. His list of phobias seems to grow exponentially on a daily basis. In fact, we’ve recently discovered his fear of flatware and all things carbonated. God forbid there’s a vacuum or broom nearby… Evidently he has an aversion to cleaning supplies as well. I wish I could use that excuse!

Boo rescued us almost 3 years ago, and he’s a definite Mama’s boy, which I adore. I can always count on him for kisses and cuddle time. He LOVES children!

RUBY (Pug): Our little blind baby. She was so badly abused that she lost one eye, as well as the majority of her sight in the other. She is also missing patches of fur where someone put a choke collar on her — which gets my blood boiling. Her appearance can be deceiving, however — she is 10 lbs of pure sass!

She’s our resident Mr. Magoo, and she’s fearless. She’ll run head first into a tree, bark some sort of doggie cuss word at it, and keep going. She’s phenomenal.

Suffice it to say, we are one big happy bunch, who can’t wait for the arrival of our newest family member!

In advance of my next blog, if any of you fellow dog owners out there have advice on ways you’ve introduced your pups to your children, I would love to hear from you! I’m brand new to Twitter, so send me a message about it or leave me a comment here.

On that note, I think I’ve done my share of rambling. Until next time…

— Jenna von Oy

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Congrats! Will love for you to post a picture of your dogs!!

Abbie on

This was a great blog. I have been a fan of Jenna since Blossom. Can’t wait to read more posts.

Jenna is just as adorable as she was when she was a young girl. I bet your little girl is going to be a doll!!!! And I love that she wrote she is a dog parent, I am a dog parent too!!!

Best wishes to you, your husband, your baby girl and all your doggies.

Sarah on

First off – CONGRATS!! I definitely enjoyed reading your blog and look forward to many more. I have a little boy on the way – due in mid April.

I have dogs also – I was always advised (and what we did) – is when I had my youngest daughter and son, my husband went home while I was in the hospital and took one of their blankets that they’d used with him. He let the dogs smell the blanket and left it with them so they could get a “whiff” of the newcomer. Our dogs adjusted really quickly (they are yorkies) and were quickly the babies’ naptime partner =)

Ashley on

Congratulations and best wishes…it was fun reading your blog!

Anne on

Thank you for sharing Jenna. I enjoyed your first blog!

As a mom to 3 girls (ages 8, 6, and 4) I can say you are in for a wild ride, but an amazing one. I think your approach is a good one, absorb all you can from friends and literature, but trust your instincts. No pregnancy, or child for that matter, is the same. There will be nobody who knows this little one as well as you and your husband, so just go with that! Enjoy the rest of your pregnancy! I look forward to reading more from you.

No pets here, so can’t help on that one. Sorry!


Jenn on

I almost never comment on much on this site, just enjoy seeing pics and reading the articles, but I have to say, this was one of my favorite blog articles EVER! Jenna is very well written and hilarious.

I look forward to reading much more…best wishes to Jenna, Brad and her canine “babies” on their upcoming blessing!

Ashley on


First of all – congratulations on your pregnancy! This was a fantastic read for me on many levels. I am almost 20 weeks pregnant, and followed you word for word on your first trimester morning sickness and anti-cravings. I still have bouts of nausea, and my 2nd trimester has been anything but “bouncy”! I blame it on how drained I am from the 1st still πŸ™‚

We also just found out we are having a girl, which is so exciting. One of my biggest concerns lately has been the thought of introducing our golden retriever (Bailey!) to our daughter. He has been such a mama’s boy from day one, and doesn’t seem to realize that he is 105 pounds, which is causing some anxiety. But, like you said, animals are amazing in their acceptance and understanding, and I have a feeling he will surprise me once she is here.

I look forward to reading more of your entries – this one definitely put a smile on my face!


Jennifer on

Hi Jenna!

Congrats on your little bundle of love! It is such a fun time and a very interesting adventure to go on πŸ™‚ In regards to your question about pet/baby introductions, what we did when I was pregnant, was played baby noises (ie: cries, babbling etc.) from a CD. I found it on and it worked really well.

We also bought a baby doll and handled it like a real baby giving it attention so that our chihuahuas would see us with it and kind of get the idea that someone else is in the picture.

Once our son was born, we took the nursery blankets that he was being wrapped in and had one of our relatives take it back home and let the dogs smell it to get familiar with the baby’s smell. Hope that helps.

Enjoy every little minute of the before and the after!

Much luck,
Jennifer Ochoa

angelika on

The best advice I ever got from my vet about the dogs is this – they make the same deal out of it as you do. So if you bring the baby home and act like nothing is different and that their places in your life have changed, most of the time they adjust quickly and just go about their business. People make too big a deal out of it.

I’m 13 weeks pregnant with my 2nd kid and barfed the entire way through my 1st pregnancy. I had so hoped this would be different, but it doesn’t look that way. Thank goodness for Zofran – it doesn’t take it away 100%, but at least it makes it bearable.

Daniela on

First of all, Congrats on your little one!! πŸ™‚ So happy you will share with us on your journey to parenthood!

Second of all, My husband and I both have dogs, altogether we have six! They’re all small dogs, and when we brought my little one home, we found it best to not introduce them to our little one right away.

The first week was all about our baby boy, but during that week we would make them sniff our little ones belongings, and yes before when I was pregnant, they were all so protective of my bump :)! After the baby went to sleep at night we would relax with our pups on the couch and watch a little TV :).

Some dogs might not have the same reaction, but with patience and enjoying every little minute of it, it’ll be the easiest thing in the world!

Good luck, and God bless your beautiful family! πŸ˜€

Lisa on

Introduce your dogs to the crib, swing, etc before baby comes by putting a doll in them (one that makes sounds is ideal!) and have your husband or family member bring a blanket or hat that the baby has used home from the hospital before you bring her home. It will allow them to get used to her smell.

Both my dogs (and my cats too) were great with all 3 of my kids. The dogs even cried when the baby cried πŸ™‚

Congrats and good luck to you!

Karen on

First of all, you are beautiful pregnant!

The morning sickness was awful for me in both pregnancies, but at week 16 I wanted to eat everything in sight!

Congratulations on your new baby. It’s the adventure of a lifetime πŸ™‚

ClaireSamsmom on

What a great blog! It was really fun to read about her…she seems very down to earth and sweet. I look forward to hearing (reading) more from her!

Carmen on

Jenna, I never comment on these things, but I have to tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed your blog! I can’t wait to read future entries!

I’m 20 weeks pregnant myself and I believe we’re having very similar pregnancies. I’m even having a girl, too! I was so sick during the first trimester – boy am I glad it’s over. I can’t say that I’ve regained the energy to rebuild the pyramids by any means, but at least my all-day couch marathons seem to be over.

I particularly love your dogs! My husband and I have 3 dogs (one of which is a Pug) and we’re also trying to gear them up for our upcoming bundle of joy. You get so much advice on what to do, but I think we all know our “furbabies” better than anyone. Slowly but surely they’ll all come to love the new baby.

I wish you the best of luck and look forward to following your pregnancy!

Jenn S. on

Jenna, congratulations and good luck!

I have two babies, a 4 year old boy and a 7 month old girl and they are the best gifts I’ve ever been given!! My first pregnancy was pretty uneventful but with my daughter it was blah the whole way through, she just took so much more out of me, (though it could have something to do with chasing around another small child at the same time) but she is still a blessing as well as a Diva in the making, she already has a much stronger personality than her brother.

My advice on the dogs would be one at a time and on their terms, we have a Chihuahua, Bentley, and he is so good with both of my children and yes he is a little protector, he even lets them grab his ears and he just bends into it and looks at me for reassurance that it’s ok (I do not leave them unattended together and I don’t let them hurt him but it is natural for kids to tug and pull and I want him to be used to the sensation).

Congrats again and good luck with a girl, you will need it πŸ™‚

Nikki on

LOVE her! I really am looking forward to reading your blog and congrats on your pregnancy! I have been a fan for a very long time and I just think you are so spunky & beautiful! No doubt that your precious little girl will be a beauty as well! Look forward to reading more!!

Ailee on

Loved your blog, Jenna!

Our family has always been into dog rescue, and when we brought home our sixth rescue, a darling tiny Maltese/poodle mix, guess what we named her? Six! That was in 1993. She was one of the sweetest dogs we’ve ever had, just a pure angel. Your dogs sound wonderful too.

Well, I wish you the best of luck in your new “skin kid” endeavor! Take care πŸ™‚

Tee on

What a fun blog post to read! I have to admit that I’m not familiar with you as an actress, Jenna, but you are a beautiful pregnant woman and I really enjoyed your first post.

Look forward to reading your future blog posts and eventually “meeting” your daughter. Congratulations!

Shannon on

Yay and welcome!

KK on

I never comment but I felt like I could have written this myself. I’m 21 weeks with my first (a boy!) and I had a miserable 1st trimester, sick as can be. I have been asking around to see if its normal to be so fatigued still in my 2nd trimester. I have been waiting for the energy to arrive but I think its a lost cause.

Sadly, I lost my 14 year old peekapoo last week and my heart is completely broken but I can honestly say I was worried about taking time away from him once the baby came. He took a lot of attention and medical care and I was scared about how he would be affected come June.

I believe their souls will pass each other and I plan to tell little man all about his fur brother he never got to meet.

Milly on

That’s quite the belly for only 23 weeks, must be a big baby.

Melissa on

When we had our first daughter, we had a 13-yr old golden retriever. When we arrived home for the first time, my husband took the baby into her room and put her in her crib while I sat with our dog and let her sniff the hospital blanket the baby had been swaddled in and I gave her treats. It was a non-issue.

With our 2nd child, (just last month), we now have a 2 yr old cockapoo. We brought the baby into the LR in her car seat and let our dog sniff her and again gave treats. She accepted her lovingly, but has been more of a challenge overall b/c she is still so young herself. She wants to play with the baby and puts her toys on the baby’s playmat.

The biggest (and hardest thing for us since it’s winter on the east coast) is to make sure your dogs get lots of exercise so they aren’t overly excited around the baby. Unless they already have behavior issues, I wouldn’t expect any issue with the new baby. Good luck!

Tammy on

When I was pregnant with my first…at our Lamaze Classes another soon to be Mom told the class how her Vet told them to get ready for baby…we tried it and it worked! Here goes:

Take a blanket that the nurses wipe the baby off with after she’s born…yes…with all the goo & stuff on it…you will have to ask for 5…then…have Hubby take the blankets home and give each dog a blanket to sniff…snuggle and ‘nest’ with…but don’t let them rip or tear them up. They will get used to the ‘baby smell’…also bring home a ‘clean’ one…one that has been wrapped around the baby…but not bloody…for each Fur-Baby before you come home from the hospital…or if you have a home birth…buy some inexpensive blankets…the dollar store will have some…and use those.

Then when you come home with the baby…You come in FIRST…with NO baby…greet all your furbabies with lots of love & kisses and then have hubby bring in the baby in the seat…set her on the floor or with you on the couch…still in the seat…and introduce her one at a time to the furbabies…let her sniff her…& even give a kiss or two…have a babywipe handy for the slobber…just be careful of her toys…my dogs liked to use them for chew toys.

That worked for all 4 of our kids…and I recommend it for all new Moms and some report back that it worked…some it didn’t….they (the furbabies) just needed more time. Don’t push it…it’ll come…and if there is any jealousy…just make sure that you don’t push them away when you are holding the baby but be firm in telling them that they can’t play with Mommy right now…give her a few minutes.

And take them for as many walks as you can…with the baby & without…it’ll help with bonding and is a great way to help lose some of that baby weight.

Good luck with the pregnancy…I loved all 4 of mine & wish I could do it a hundred more times…but I know that is not practical.

Jess on

As far as second trimester energy goes – I am (WAS) a very high energy person, so the fatigue that accompanied trimester one was really rough. I did recover SOME energy in the second trimester, but do not be fooled, you will not have the same energy you had prior to pregnancy. 😦

Marsha on

Congratulations! Excellent blog – I truly enjoyed it.

We have 2 huskies and 2 kids – huskies are older. My husband also brought blankets home from the hospital for sniffing and committing to memory.

The other thing we did was to take the baby in the house before anyone else came in and sat the carseat in the floor with baby in it. We sat on either side and let the dogs sniff and lick anywhere but their faces. As soon as they were done, we wiped baby off and let everyone else in the house.

Our oldest dog mostly stayed out of the way, but our youngest was a guard and frequent companion on the floor for tummy time. πŸ™‚ Good luck!

carrie on

I had my sister take a blanket that they wrapped my daughter in at the hosptial right away so he could get use to her scent. He was calm with her and didn’t freak out but he was a fierce protector.

Amanda K on

I like reading her posts. I think she will be a great Mom and seems like she has a big heart. I totally relate to people that love animals and it’s obvious that Jenna does.

I wish her the best with the rest of her pregnancy and mommyhood. πŸ™‚

Tiffany on

Great blog Jenna! I am due June 6th!! I must say, It’s so nice to read up on someone else’s journey through this crazy pregnancy ride!

I am so sorry you had terrible sickness. I was sick up until the 14th week. I couldn’t imagine having to go through that another day! I had to pull over on the side of the road sometimes just to vomit.

As for the energy, I get spurts of it from time to time. I’m still exhausted for the most part!! If I don’t get my daily nap in, I can get very irritable.

We still haven’t started on our nursery either, but I’m beginning to get a little anxious now…knowing I have 16 weeks left!

CONGRATULATIONS on your baby girl!!! We’re having a baby boy. We’ve decided on the name Silas Alexander. Have you decided on a name yet?

The public looks forward to meeting your new addition and wish you nothing but the best! Prayers for a happy and healthy baby!!!!!

Tiffany on

@MILLY ~I am 24 weeks and my belly looks the same as hers. Everyone carries differently! If I remember correctly Jenna is short like me (I’m 5’1″) and I’m ALL belly!

Dawn on

Aww, Jenna! You sound so sweet and nice to be around. It’s nice to meet your family.

I think my biggest suggestion about puppies and baby is not to make it seem like the baby is a big no-no that they will get in trouble over. I’m sure you know your dogs well enough to know who will try to taste the baby and who will try to sit on the baby, y’know? Take it slow, and keep the dogs safe from their own curiosity by not letting them have too much of her at one time. A little sniff here, a little sniff there….and then baby goes in her bed.

Congrats! I look forward to more of your cuteness!

Elizabeth on

That was a fun post to read, Jenna, thanks!

I’m glad your “morning sickness” (because we couldn’t call it “all day and night sickness” now could we?) went away after your first trimester. With my first baby, my darling daughter, I threw up for the last time ON THE DELIVERY TABLE!

And boy do I hear you on the pretzels/gatorade thing=) 12 years and one more kid (my delightful son) and I still can’t stand the sight of orange gatorade! I had to get my work done between 7am and 3 pm because the rest of the time I felt like I was on the high seas in a hurricane. I would lay in bed with my head pressed against the headboard just waiting for the end.

My house is always full of 4 footed friends, and they have always gotten along just fine with the kids. In general (of course there are exceptions) dogs love and care for who their families love and care for.

Don’t worry over much about your daughter’s room, well unless you feel like it of course! She won’t know the difference for a very long time. Most of what she really needs will fit in a shopping bag, and what is really important is already there right in her mommy and daddy’s hearts.

God bless you on your way, I hope this finds you well…

KC on

Yay! A blog I can relate to and enjoy! I never comment on this site, either, but Jenna’s article was worth it. It’s so refreshing to read about the reality of pregnancy from a celebrity, and especially be able to identify with it.

I’ve had a bummer of a first trimester and now second, and I keep thinking, “Everyone says the second is the best!” maybe it will still happen, but the fatigue hits almost every day at 2pm like clockwork, and if I don’t eat every two hours, my blood sugar plummets and nausea hits without warning.

I miss my pre-pregnancy high-activity levels… alas, I know it’ll all be great in the end, but it’s nice to have a blog like Jenna’s to read to help me muddle through it! πŸ™‚

Anita on

Jenna, you are an absolutely BEAUTIFUL expectant mother! And I love your blog! and it’s so wonderful to hear the excitement in your very interesting blog musings. Glad your nausea is over; mine lasted nine months for both children; not fun as you know. I stopped at 2 πŸ™‚ Sending sincere congrats and love to you and our hunk cousin Brad!!

MA momma on

Jenna, first of all, congratulations to you and your whole family! I belly laughed through your entire blog!! Good on ya woman! πŸ˜‰

I have no pets, so I can offer you no advice on that front. I can however, say, that no matter how many books you read or websites you visit, your circumstances will be unique to you. Your intuition, that crazy feeling you feel in your gut and that nagging little voice in your head… listen to it! You are already a mommy to your furry babies and it sounds like you are doing an excellent job in that department. Trust your feelings. And start working on that nursery because June (which is a great month to have a baby by the way, my youngest will be 2 come this June!) will be here faster than you can even imagine!! Seriously, get crackin’!

kjc on

Gosh, I felt sick evey day, all day for the first 3 months, but rarely got sick. The only thing that would make me feel better was small nibbles of food here and there. I lost 10lbs those first few months, which made me worry, but my doctor said it wasn’t a concern that early. After that I felt good most of the time (minus when I would brush my teeth in the morning, that started me gagging big time, and often would make me sick). Its a horrible feeling, and I’m glad you are past it.

My 8 year old dog Rosco (pomeranian/shih tzu)was not very happy when we brought our son home last April, but slowly got used to him. Now that my boy is crawling, Rosco is back to being grumpy. My son just won’t leave him alone. Poor little fella, hopefully they’ll be friends soon.

I was so sure my baby was going to be a girl too, but BOY were we wrong. We opted for a delivery surprise, and we were definitely surprised! Months after he was born, I would still sometimes look at him and laugh, wondering how I ended up with a boy! We didn’t care if we had a girl or boy, just a healthy baby, and the greatest moment if my life was when I was told we had our healthy baby boy.

xavia holden on

Dude, I sooooo did not know she was pregnant. Hmm. wish I was married and pregnant. Hmm… sigh. lol.

Silly Silly on

She is only 34? She looks much older.

Holiday on

I loved her when I was a kid! I even had the fedora hats she wore to look like her. Thats great she is finally having a baby! By the time I am her age I will have a 13 year old and 9 year old.

tiffany on

Have your husband take a blanket that your new baby girl has been wrapped in home to the puppies while you are still in the hospital. Let them smell it, sleep with it everything. Since you have more than 1 pooch, try to have him sneak home a few of them. When you do bring the baby home, have your husband carry the car seat (or baby) up to the door, You greet the pooches as he holds her and then have him walk her in first. It will start an immediate sign of authority. And if you take the babies and the pooches for a walk at the same time, have the stroller in front and the pooches behind. Good luck! Our pup and boys have had an immediate connection and love and respect for each other. XOXO

Terri on

Looking forward to reading more from Jenna.

Breanne on

I read the “we still have time” part and had to chuckle. I kept saying the same thing and then our son came six weeks early and we were suddenly out of time. And even if she comes on schedule (which I pray she does) you will still sit back and say ” where did the time go?” So my advice would be to get it done A.S.A.P. Then make minor adjustments as you go. GOOD LUCK!!!

janet on

I’m 38. My daughters are now 18, 17 and 14. I will tell you with great certainty that you will realize (when they are grown) that you knew nothing along the way and will feel ready to raise kids…after you’ve done it! What I wish I would have done? Treated every mistake and challenge as a learning opportunity. Not sweated the little things. Turned off the TV, Phone, computer…etc. You can never go back.

Melanie on

Hi Jenna,

I grew up watching you on Blossom and I’ve seen a couple of your made for tv movies which I could watch over and over again. I don’t come on here much, but the other day I came on here to find out your expecting a little one, CONGRATULATIONS!!! I have 2 little ones, my first was a girl who is now 4 years old and my youngest is a boy who is now 2 years old. It does go by soooo fast, cherish every minute of it and I hope the transition with your furr babies and your baby girl goes great.

Good luck and so nice to hear from you!

margoshome on

I love Jenna and want to congratulate her on her pregnancy. She sounds like such a thoughtful person, that I’m sure she will be a wonderful mother! Love this blog.