Dear friend, Today I am sad.  Today I empathize.  Today I feel as though I physically am missing the piece of you that is missing.  The gap that is only known by mothers who haven’t, yet, had children, whose hearts...
When my OBGYN told me I would be delivering my baby the following day (at 35 weeks, 5 days), my biggest fear was that my baby would end up in the NICU. Everyone tried to reassure me that she...
If you've given birth, you likely know something about Preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication that begins around 20 weeks into a mother's pregnancy when the mother develops high blood pressure. Well, preeclampsia's mean, ugly sister is HELLP syndrome.  HELLP...
Back in November, we welcomed the third (and last) of our babies into the world. Things were a lot different this time around. I don't know if it was because I'm a little older and wiser, or if my...
I’ve always been a healthy person, I’ve always been athletic, and I’ve always eaten pretty well. When I got pregnant with my daughter in 2009, all of that was suddenly just not good enough. I knew that I needed to...
When my oldest baby was born, I was so excited to have the privilege of staying home with her! I imagined us going to the park, walking around the zoo and making hand print crafts to our hearts content....
I sit here 32 weeks pregnant, a wave of anxiety comes over me as I think about all that needs to be done before this little boy arrives. Maybe it’s because I know he could be here in a...
Breastfeeding my baby girl was a priority and an important parenting choice from the moment the pregnancy test was positive. Many of my closest friends breastfed their babies. It had to be easy. My neighbor had a freezer full...
When it came time for me to register for my wedding, I was all over it! I actually convinced my husband-to-be to register on Super Bowl Sunday. I promised him that we could have lunch after church, register and...
I downloaded a contraction timer on my phone. I read every pregnancy and childbirth book out there. I packed my hospital bag. I unpacked my hospital bag. I packed it up again. I had a list of who to...
I crouched forward, pressing my forehead to the cool bathroom tile, inwardly praising my husband for his recent scrub of the floor. I breathed in and out slowly, willing away the stomach upheaval and silently pleading for some semblance...
The birth of my fourth child is best described as a "Grand Finale," but to understand why my fourth birth story deserves a name so grand, I will have to take you back to the birth of my first...

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