Jesse Hartwich

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Jesse, originally from outside of Philadelphia, moved to Pittsburgh three years ago and now lives in the South Hills. She is married to her adorably nerdy husband whom she met in junior high and together they have a one-year-old daughter, Riley, and a baby son, Jordan. A writer by schooling and profession, Jesse graduated from Susquehanna University and has worked as a copywriter/editor for several major retailers. She now stays home with her children but continues to write for herself, both fiction and her own blog (www.RunningOnAverage.com).

Advice From My L&D Nurse

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The past two weeks leading up to the due date of this post have been stressful… to say the least. My children are adorable, sweet babies, but there are two of them under two....

Follow Your Bliss

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This is me running at 39 weeks and 5 days pregnant. Well, it’s me taking a breather because I was 39 weeks pregnant. Running. In June. The bump was large and in charge. That’s the...

But I’m Not Ready

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The first words that slipped out of my mouth when I found out I was pregnant for the first time were, “oh sh*t!” I texted my sister a picture of the test just to...

Parenting From the Potty: Being a Mom with Colitis

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By 13 months old my daughter understood what “mommy has to go potty” meant and would knowingly walk over to the bathroom door. She spends a lot of time in there with me and...

How I Eased Pregnancy Pains with the Spand-Ice Maternity Wrap

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The idea of using ice on a sore, pregnant back is genius. I don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner. As a runner, I’ve been doing my best to keep an active pregnancy, but...

I Hope She Knows

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The morning of my daughter’s 15-month appointment, I cried in the kitchen. She still wasn’t saying any words consistently and I was embarrassed to tell the doctor. Was she behind? Was it my fault?...

Regaining Momentum: Enjoying Back-to-Back Pregnancies

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When I was pregnant with my daughter, I was one of those cute pregnant women who glowed and had a tiny belly. Despite constant fatigue and heartburn, I loved being pregnant. I never wished...