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Welcome to My Blog!

Hi, I’m Erin! First, let me say how excited I am to be here. I’m not new to the blogging world -- I wrote the life with cancer blog over at for three years -- but I am new to Parenting. And I have to say, as much as I cherished writing life with cancer, I’m pretty pumped about the new, more cheerful topic (who doesn’t love a pregnant woman? Well, maybe my husband…but we’ll get to my hormonal meltdowns later).

So, yes, I am a cancer survivor -- chronic myelogenous leukemia, which I was diagnosed with when I was 23 -- but, for the first time in a long time, that label doesn’t really define me. My life just isn’t much about cancer anymore (thank God -- and Gleevec, the life-saving drug I take).

What my life is about: Being a working mom (I’m a freelance magazine writer), raising a super-active, allergic-to-everything two year old, trying to be a good wife (whatever that means!) and preparing my already-packed life for the arrival of baby number two. It is beyond a blessing to be pregnant again -- you can read more about that journey in the September issue of Parenting -- but I ain’t gonna lie: I’m nervous about 2010 and how I’m going to make it all work. Add to that the four million other things there are to obsess about when you’re pregnant -- the joys, the worries, the people who say super annoying things -- and we’ll have plenty to talk about here.

A few pregnant-lady facts about me:

My due date is January 12, 2010, which makes me 19 weeks.
I am going to find out the sex of the baby -- next week, in fact. Stay tuned!
I am not exercising at all, unless you count chasing my two-year-old, Alex, around 24/7. I don’t.
I have eaten the occasional cold cut sandwich (not heated up) and, damn, it tasted good.
I do not sing to my belly, talk to it, or put any anti-stretchmark creams/lotions/potions on it. This makes me feel mildly guilty.
I’ve eaten more Cheetohs in the past five months than I ate during my entire childhood. I seriously hope my kid doesn’t come out orange.
I don’t miss wine as much as I thought I would, but I still have to get through the holidays so I’ll keep you posted….
I do miss guilt-free cold-cut sandwiches (see above).

Over the course of this blog, you will learn a lot more about me (I’m an oversharer, what can I say?) but I hope that I’ll learn about you, too. I live for the comments section and having gone through one pregnancy already, I know how important a support system can be. So I hope you’ll check in every day and tell me about you!

Welcome again to my blog.

More soon.


Erin Zammett Ruddy


















With my boys, just before I got pregnant.