Becoming a mother changes you. And by "mother" I mean as soon as that second line shows up on the pregnancy test and you know there's a little life inside you. Becoming a mother changes you in the way that, as far as I can tell, nothing else does. Becoming a mother changes you immediately … Continue reading Becoming a Mother Changes You
When I was pregnant with my daughter, I could probably count on one hand the women I knew of who had Cesareans. But I didn’t talk to them about their experiences so I could get an idea what it’s like, in case I wound up having one myself, because “I’m having an all-natural, peaceful, whenever-the-baby’s-ready … Continue reading I Had an Unplanned Cesarean and I’m Okay with That. (And Why You Should Be Okay with Yours Too!)
One day last year we had someone else's magazine dropped into our mailbox. Our address was on the back, but under someone else's name. It was a Cosmopolitan magazine. I never read their stuff, because, like most other magazines, they are just full of garbage (and I am much more likely to read Better Homes … Continue reading Cosmopolitan Magazine, Celebrated Abortion, and Compassion
This is not going to be your "typical" birth story. Then again, no birth is really typical; they're each unique and a beautiful gift from God. Our story starts January 17th, 2016-- our baby girl's expected date of arrival. I knew all along not to expect an early baby, and I figured she'd probably even … Continue reading Eden Lily’s Birth Story
Yesterday I was going through my old blog posts on the old blog site, and I came across two articles I'd posted about working on my patience. Apparently I've always struggled with this. I'm a hurry-it-along type of girl who loves for everything to happen ON TIME in the RIGHT WAY. I make lists every … Continue reading Waiting
Dear Baby, It won't be long until we get to hold you in our arms! You'll finally grace us with your presence which I know I don't deserve but look forward to more than anything in this world. When you take your first breath of air, I know it will simply take mine away. I … Continue reading Letter to Baby
When you're pregnant, your body retains more water than it did before, therefore resulting in swelling. Your blood chemistry is also changing, which can cause fluid to shift to the tissue. And your ever-growing uterus can also press down on veins in the pelvic area, causing blood to pool in the legs, which makes it harder for the blood to make its way back up to the heart. Read this article for 8 simple ways to do deal with all that.
Some amazing things have happened over the past few weeks. We recently had our first ultrasound of Baby Haynes and got to see that sweet face and those precious little hands and feet! I thought hearing the heartbeat was amazing, which it is, but this? This was the best thing I've ever experienced. We now … Continue reading Oh, Baby! | Second Trimester Update
Good morning, everybody! I hope you're having a fantastic week so far! My husband and I have been keeping a secret for nearly two months and we just made the big announcement on Tuesday... We are having a baby! Right now I'm 12½ weeks and am feeling more energetic than I have in several weeks. … Continue reading Oh, Baby!