• 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…

  • 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…

  • Third pregnancy bumpdate. 6 months pregnant with third baby.
    Motherhood,  Pregnancy,  Third Pregnancy

    6 Months Pregnant Bumpdate

    At the start of this pregnancy, it felt like this we were moving slowly. Each day I was worried for our little one’s safety. After Ellery’s birth, being pregnant this go-around has been filled with a higher degree of worry and anxiety around this pregnancy. I struggled to not give in to worry during the first trimester, but things have improved now that I am 6 months pregnant. Each time I feel her little body squirm I am reminded of the miracle that she, and her siblings, truly are. I will continue to trust and have faith that this little lady will be perfect! At 6 months pregnant, we are…

  • Letter to my breastfeeding toddler
    Breastfeeding,  Mental Health,  Motherhood,  Post Partum

    A Letter To My Breastfeeding Toddler

    To my sweet, nearly 3 year old, breastfeeding toddler: Would you have believed, almost 3 years ago, that you’d still be breastfeeding today? Probably! In fact, you probably never imaged NOT breastfeeding. You might not realize it, but our journey in nursing started off a bit non-traditional due to your short NICU stay. But even after a tumultuous birth you came out ready for milk. I was so worried nursing would be difficult due to your birth but you latched, fed, burped and fell fast asleep. After that first session, there was no turning back.  In no time, you and I were a cohesive milkin’ team. As a baby, you…

  • 20 week pregnancy update. Third pregancy
    Motherhood,  Pregnancy,  Third Pregnancy

    Bumpdate: 5 Months Pregnant

    We’ve made it to 5 months pregnant littlest lady! I am so happy to finally be on this side of pregnancy! Those first few months were a mash-up of worry, joy, midnight research, switching doctors… It is just such a relief to be here where I feel like I can sit back and enjoy the rest of this beautiful journey! Baby Update: Baby is officially a girl! We were able to see her in the anatomy scan last week and it was such fun! We were able to see that she is developing beautifully and was super active. She was kicking and rolling all over. Speaking of, she has been…

  • Simple gender reveal fun for baby number three
    Motherhood,  Pregnancy,  Third Pregnancy

    Old Wives Tales and Third Pregnancy Gender Reveal

    The time has come! We are finally far enough along to learn the sex of little baby three! We are excited to share our gender reveal! Yesterday we had our anatomy scan and thankfully the little one was cooperative in letting us know which clothing to take out of the attic. With both of my previous pregnancies I had a strong “feeling” what baby was going to be well before we were able to find out. I just knew Asher was a boy and Ellery was a girl. These silly siblings can’t wait to share the good news! Gut Instict With this little one, it has not been that easy.…