Birth Story: Maia Sofia

The day my son was born was the best day of my life...and the worst.

My son was born on September 26, 2014 via a scheduled c-section.  He was a footling breech baby, who stubbornly refused to turn, even with a ECV (external cephalic version).  Note: if you decide to try one, get the epidural, don't be brave.  Because it sucks.  A lot.  My OB said that I could schedule a c-section or start labor and see if he would turn during active labor.  My husband and I decided a c-section was the safest course of action, and we scheduled it for the day before my due date, in order to maximize my paid maternity leave. ...more

The Tale of Two (Almost) Identical Birth Stories

I read a lot of blogs. A lot. I think it’s a great way to “hone my craft” (I’ve always wanted to say that now that I’m part of the artistic community) and sometimes get inspired.And I’m a huge supporter of anyone who puts herself out there. As moms, sharing our stories is important, dare I say an essential, part of building a world where all women can stand together, hand in hand and say there is more that unites us than divides us (or is that all those mid-term advertisements talking?)...more

When I Became a Mama...My Messy, Beautiful

  I ...more

a C-section was not plan...but I am grateful

Pecked2DeathByChckns Thank you, glad to be sharing this experience with you! It is tough isn't ...more

Is One Child Enough? Thoughts on Pregnancy After a Traumatic Birth

Most days, when I look into Jax's bright blue eyes, I feel like our family is complete. Some days, when I watch him gaze out the window searching for new friends, I'm sad that he doesn't have a little brother or sister to keep him company. Jax is thinking: But I want to go sledding with a sibling, not my mom and dad! ...more
SydnyeAllen It's a very difficult decision! I hope you can find some clarity. I don't think it's ...more

To My Son on His 18th Birthday!

Dear Aryeh,Today you officially become a man in the eyes of the law. Eighteen. Responsible. Able to vote.Today I become the parent of an adult. Seems like just yesterday I held you in my arms for the first time.When your father and I married, all I wanted was to start a family right away. I wanted nothing more than to be a mother, than to have someone be the center of my world, someone I could dote on and fuss over and love to distraction....more

my birth story, or how i live tweeted my labor

Live tweeting a birth is nothing new nowadays. In fact a hospital actually live tweeted a ...more

So excited

So yesterday morning I got the most exciting text, my best friend had her baby. I'm going to give you a little back story about my best friend. We go back to snack time and nap time :) (we met in kindergarten I believe) Anyway flash forward 25 years later, through heartbreaks, both of us moving away from home for 7 years, a wedding, a baby, and then now another baby. :) These are the times I was sad I was going to miss when I decided to pick up and move to O-H-I-O. ...more

How I Got Here

I guess it's natural for me to think about my birth during my birth month.  I just turned 45.  Yes, I'm now halfway through my forties.  I'm staring down the barrel of 50.  Somehow 45 has been harder than 30 and 40 combined.  (Don't do the math there because it doesn't add up.)  So yeah, I have been reflective. ...more