The birth (part III)

Musings of a second-time MumThe birth (part III)...more

The birth (part II)

Musings of a second-time MumThe birth (part II)...more

The birth (part I)

Musings of a second-time MumThe birth (part I)...more

Giving Birth Naturally: What You Need to Know to Prepare

I am passionate about natural, un-medicated birth.  I’ve had two babies naturally, and yes, I do mean without drugs.  The biggest struggle I encountered when sharing my natural birth plans was the lack of support.  It’s really easy to do research to determine what kind of birth you feel is the best fit for you.  But, it’s not so easy to find real support.  I had to do a lot of reading, watching videos, and convincing my husband to take a natural childbirth class....more

How to REALLY Support Your Pregnant Friend's Birth Plan

A woman’s birth plan is as individual as she is.  Whether her plan is no plan or a home birth, she has an idea about what she expects of her labor and delivery....more

The Family Story We'll Tell For Generations

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That could go in a fiction story!  Great real life material!more

Real Talk: Recovering From Birth

The thought of birth and the delivery process is a lot to take in. Your lady bits are going to do something pretty amazing, like pushing out a tiny human being, but in order to do that you’ll be pushing (quite literally) yourself with every fiber of your being leaving your body exhausted, swollen, and in pain. Luckily the care you’ll receive by your doctor(s) and nurses are on point and will make this transition from delivery to recovery much easier....more

Do I need a Doula for the second baby? Yes, yes of course you do!

We’ve heard all the ways and seen all the memes describing how the second kid gets screwed. The first kid got a scrapbook with all the trimmings while the second’s images have never been so much as removed from the cloud (if the photos were ever taken in the first place!) The first kid had a perfectly decorated nursery while the second one basically gets a mattress on the floor. The first one couldn’t possibly get a taste of sugar until their first birthday, and the second is sucking on ring pops at seven months....more

Why Mom Anxiety Starts During Pregnancy

Finding out you are pregnant is a pretty unreal experience. When I first got the “positive” reading, it took a while for it to sink in. The moment my baby’s future Nana handed me a gift bag with a congratulatory card and the softest plush lamb and blanket combo, it hit me. All of the blood in my body rushed to my face, and I was sure that I was about to pass out. Realizing that there is a human growing inside of you triggers a variety of emotions; I felt excited, nervous, important, and mostly terrified. Sure, I was making a human, but one day that human has to come out....more

Should You Leave Your Dream to the Experts?

For me, it was Maria’s processional as she walked down the aisle of the Austrian Cathedral to marry Captain von Trapp; nuns and children looking on lovingly, the Fairy Tale coming true. Maybe, for you, it was Ariel as she professed her love for her animated prince in his puffy shirt. Or maybe it was the 1900 guests Kate Middleton walked through to wed England’s real-life Prince Charming.  ...more
I love that phrase... "it was the birth of the third one that healed me."  Lovely, and ...more