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  • VBAC birth story part two
    Birth Stories,  Motherhood,  Post Partum,  Pregnancy,  Third Pregnancy

    Birth Story of Baby Amelia Part Two

    Read part one here. Just before 4 am the Hubs and I said farewell to my mom and our sleeping babies and loaded up into the car. We texted my doula and called my doctor and let them know we were on our way to the hospital. For all you mamas that have labored in the car, you can attest to the fact that IT. BLOWS! The 25ish minutes it took to get the hospital were excruciating! Sitting was not comfortable and my contractions were coming every 3-4 minutes. We didn’t have time to remove Ellery’s rear-facing car seat and couldn’t lay the seat back. We arrived at the hospital…

  • VBAC birth story
    Baby,  Birth Stories,  Motherhood,  Third Pregnancy

    My Healing VBAC Baby Birth Story – Part One

    I can hardly believe that the healing VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) birth of our littlest love was over eight weeks ago?! Where, oh where, does time go. The truth is three kiddos has me all sorts of busy! But none the less, we are here and I am excited to share our story. It has been a whirlwind of incredible proportions these last eight weeks. We have been soaking up all that is our newest addition and working to settle into a new routine as a family of five. Wanting Something Different To get a better understanding of what led me to the journey of a VBAC birth, read…

  • Weekly Check-in Plan for busy moms
    Mental Clutter,  Organization

    How a Weekly Check-in System Can Help a Busy Mom

    As a busy mom, it can be frustrating trying to find time to get everything done. Often times it can feel like hours in the day passes without us even realizing. Before long it can feel like our to-do list is out of control. Forgetting to Get Things Done More than once I have found myself in the following situation: It is the middle of the night, I should be sleeping. Instead, I find myself going over a list of things I meant to do either that day or even a week ago but somehow never got to it. Somethings are important such as checking up on finances while others…

  • Birth trauma and the emotional aftermath
    Motherhood

    Birth Trauma and Post-Partum Emotions

    Birth trauma is an area of motherhood that often goes undiscussed and unacknowledged. The old saying has always been “a healthy baby is all that matters”, but is it truly ALL that matters? Today’s post is a bit rawer than you might be used to seeing around here, but none the less, I think it is important to be open about my own birth trauma story. My Own Story of Birth Trauma Our beautiful middle child was born via an urgent c-section. This procedure occurred in order to save her life after she stopped moving for reasons that weren’t apparent until we were into surgery. We learned during surgery, that…

  • Hospital packing list
    Motherhood,  Pregnancy

    Tips for Packing for the Hospital From a Mom of Three

    Preparing for Arrival The time is officially here! It feels like we have been counting down to this little one’s arrival for much longer than 9 months! I am excited to share with you my hospital packing list! We’ve checked almost everything off our Bringing Home Baby Checklist, and now it is time to get our hospital bags ready. Learning from Past Pregnancies Both of my previous babies were born in the hospital and if things go as planned, our newest will be as well. Knowing that you are going to be away from your home and place of comfort can make you feel like you need to pack everything.…

  • 9 months pregnant
    Motherhood,  Pregnancy,  Third Pregnancy

    9 Months Pregnant Bumpdate

    We are officially 9 months pregnant and into the home stretch of our little lady’s development. It has not become a waiting game to see what day she will choose for her birthday. Baby Update: Our littlest lady is doing great. She is as active as ever and as of yesterday dropped, letting us know she is getting closer to picking a birthday. Mama Feeling Physically: I must admit that I am ready to have this baby! I am to the point in pregnancy where I uncomfortable more often than not. My feet and hands have started their end of pregnancy swelling and I feel like a giant water balloon.…

  • Bring home baby checklist
    Motherhood,  Organization,  Pregnancy

    Easy Bringing Home Baby Checklist

    It is hard for me to believe that we are only a few short weeks away from bringing home baby! This summer is very literally flying by! The last time we welcomed a baby into our home was three years ago! And while it might not seem like that long ago, I feel like a new mom all over again. At that time we were living in a one-story ranch home and had a newly two-year-old toddler. So needless to say there wasn’t much of a “shock” with the new baby. We were pretty used to diaper changing and nursing. For this little one though, we are in a position…

  • 8 months pregnant
    Motherhood,  Pregnancy,  Third Pregnancy

    8 Months Pregnant Bumpdate

    It is feeling so very real now! We are 8 months pregnant! It is unbelievable that this new little one will be joining us sometime NEXT month! Ahh! I am so excited! Baby Update Littlest lady is doing great! She helps to calm my nerves by being super active. She loves to make use of all the space she has in there and loves to stretch out as much as she can. This week we had another ultrasound to evaluate placenta location as it was low at the last ultrasound. Thankfully everything looks perfect. The placenta has moved up and away from the cervix, baby girl is head down, and…

  • Tips for planning a stress-free birthday party
    Birthday Parties,  Organization,  Parties,  Simplicity

    8 Tips for Planning a Stress-Free Birthday Party

    When our oldest, Asher, was turning one year old, I felt an overwhelming pressure to plan the perfect first birthday party. Hours. and I do mean HOURS, were spent, leading up to the day scouring Pinterest for ideas, creating invitations and decorations by hand, baking his cake and preparing food, and planning every detail of the day. I created multiple “activities” for our guests including a photo booth, picture frames to decorate, masks and coloring pages for kids, and even elaborate favors (that I forgot to hand out until most people were gone). Adding to the mess, three weeks before Asher’s party I started a new job. So needless to…

  • 7 months pregnant
    Motherhood,  Pregnancy,  Third Pregnancy

    7 Month Pregnant Bumpdate

    We are officially in the home stretch! This pregnancy felt like it moved so slow through the first trimester. Every day felt so long and the weeks even slower. Then BAM second trimester is over. I can hardly believe here we are sitting in the third trimester! It feels so unreal that we will be welcoming home our final little one in just a couple short months! Baby Update Our little lady is doing great! She is moving and squirming every day! She is still very active at night, especially when we are settling down for the bed. It honestly feels like she moves more than either of the other…