I’m down to single digits when it comes to counting down the weeks till my baby girls due date and I’m trying to be as much in order now as possible. I had my first baby seven years ago and honestly didn’t pack appropriately if memory serves me right. I also didn’t have the same […]
With the holidays around the corner, the hustle and bustle is real. So are those warm tinglies you get when smelling turkey and playing Christmas music. This has always been my favorite season and now that I’m a mother there’s so much more to anticipate. The cookies, the pajamas, the holiday cheer. It all excites […]
The debate on c-sections and whether that is “real” birth or the “easy way out” have been a hot topic for a long time. I’ve had two and I can say they are not easy, but I think any way you are able to give birth to a healthy baby is what’s most important. However, […]
When I was pregnant, I became somewhat of a birth junkie. I couldn’t get enough information or watch enough birth videos. My husband and I read all the books and took all the classes. Although we were super prepared, we knew we still needed a doula. And THANK GOD we hired her. I’m confident in […]
***DISCLAIMER – These feelings were initial and not at all how I still feel about my sweet girl due October 19th.*** Finding out you’re pregnant with your second baby seems like it should be a very happy experience for most women in my position. I’m your typical married woman with 2 children. We have a very […]
I was 32 weeks pregnant when I took the “Birthing Naturally” childbirth class for women planning to deliver at Miami Valley Hospital’s Family Beginnings Birth Center. My husband and I learned various massage and breathing techniques and prepared as best we could for a drug-free birth of our first son. As someone who is not […]
A year ago exactly we found out we were expecting. The day was filled with equal parts joy and horror and now I’m sitting here with a 3-month-old on my lap whose cheeks are just begging to be kissed. Every time she falls asleep on me like this (which is everyday), I automatically want […]
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**Disclaimer: If you have or are currently struggling to get pregnant, my heart truly goes out to you. Please know that there are stories in this post that may be difficult to read.** Ever taken a pregnancy test just to ease your mind and confirm what you already know to be true – that you are […]
<Random thoughts in no particular order> …because I certainly didn’t learn them in any order! Buy an infant car seat based on how much it weighs. You will lug that thing everywhere – get the lowest weight possible. Don’t be lured by looks or fancy labels. Don’t like the print – put a cover over […]
Every year on my son’s birthday we choose to make it a happy day. We celebrate with a cupcake, buy a cupcake for a stranger and send a balloon up to the sky. Some years we go to the cemetery and Ella-Grace chooses a toy to bring with her to leave on his grave. This […]
When you get pregnant, you have all of these beautiful hopes and dreams… counting 10 fingers + 10 toes (or 20), seeing a button nose profile (or 2) on the ultrasound screen, feeling those kicks + hiccups, decorating a nursery…. you dream of the delivery, mommyhood and all that it has to offer. It’s all […]
Even before getting pregnant, I read all the books, scoured all the blogs, and had endless coffee chats with other mama friends about everything from cervical mucus to birth plans. We took the classes. We watched the videos. We were ready to have a baby. What I wasn’t ready for was all of the “neat” […]