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our mental and physical health items
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Milo's a Fan of Booster Juice

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Milo and his Booster Juice: Milo and his Booster JuiceMilo and his Booster Juice Our neighborhood Booster Juice at Elgin and Waverly see Milo and I several times a week for lunch. I would often give him a little taste of Citris Swirl which he loves.

Across the last few visits, Mark and I noticed that he likes it so much that he motions for more when we give him some. So, we took some great snapshots of him today with his BooJu.

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My sweet Prince Milo

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Milo Samuel MancaMilo Samuel MancaTo even begin to describe the last 9 days would require volumes of blog posts. The last "week" has been the most physically challenging thing I have ever gone through and with the greatest reward - my beautiful son Milo.

So many people told me that I would never know a love like this. They were right. Milo is unbelievable and so much a part of me. I am in love with him and will do anything to keep him safe and happy. I have a connection to him that exists with no other human being on this earth.

(Click any of these photos to see the complete photo album)

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Waiting is the hardest part

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So it's Wednesday, and Bun is due in 5 days. More symptoms keep happening to us, and it's hard to say if this is getting really close or just kinda close.

Whatever happens, the end result I'm looking for is the same. I just want to hold my new baby . I'm anxious, excited but not too scared. If I think I'm scared, imagine what Bun will go through!

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Finding my Constant

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In preparing for early labor which still could come on at any minute (or as delayed as 3-4 weeks from now), my midwife suggested that I find something that balances me - my Constant. It could be music. It could be a photo or imagery, meditation or snuggling with a pet.

How do I find my constant? What is the one thing that I go back to when I'm sad, lonely or in need of a recharge? It's hard to identify just one thing, since I must have this mechanism to cope with life, stress and being overwhelmed and reach for it automatically without thinking.

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Jessica and Bun preparing for the big day

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With less than 8 weeks to go, or so it would seem by my 40 week duration for pregnancy, Bun and I are doing all we can to get ready.

Bun actively performs several strength-training moves like the double foot kick, the karate chop and the head-butt to the bladder. Bun stays in shape this way everyday even while balancing on his/her head! Impressive!

Bun's also both a late-night and early riser. Bun's schedule shows he/she makes the most out of each day.

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Jessica's new self-image, and it's not about work!

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I was just updating my calendar and realize that I have roughly 8 weeks to go before my last day at work! With Baby Bun scheduled for June 1 (due date), I'm planning on taking off work 2 weeks early to pamper myself and get ready for my parents' visit. My folks will stay a few months to help with baby. It will be much appreciated.

I just can't believe that I have so little time left. There is a lot to do at work, and many things to hand off to others. I know things will be fine and ya know, operate without me but that still doesn't mean I don't have mixed feelings.

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Laugh Out Loud!

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Laughing is very good for you!

If you haven't laughed till it cleared your head, you need to do the following:

* Watch clips of Conan O'Brien top moments (especially Texas Walker Ranger):
http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1880685_1880687,00.html

* Watch your favorite laugh out loud movie - mine is I heart Huckabees.

* Watch The Office Season 3 bloopers

* Watch Zoolander bloopers (Wil Ferrell dressed as a German girl)

* Watch Ellen and the Hawaiian Chair:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHiqVygN-w0

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1/2 way there!

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Feeling great, and can't believe almost 4 months have passed since we found out we were having a Bun.

I've been so lucky that I haven't been sick at all. I've actually been eating better than I can ever remember!

My friends are right - time goes by fast and slow. Seems like forever to wait until the baby is here, yet it's coming up very soon.

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Baby Manca at 20 Weeks

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An international traveler at age 20 weeks, Bun is doing just fine. With recent visits to both grandparents and travel with work, Bun is growing bigger every day!

Take a look at the latest photos of Baby Bun!

Jess' due date!

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Will the new addition be on schedule?

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