Ups and Downs of Life & Pregnancy

I can't believe how long it's been since I last posted. This pregnancy has been so completely different from my first and has certainly been keeping me on my toes. Add to that our current financial/job/living situation and I'm holding on by... well, not much. BJ was laid off at the beginning of the month …

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Your Presence Is Requested

Be present. Sounds easy enough - show up to the place and you are present. But is that enough? Should you then also be present of mind, not just of body? In an age where technology is getting more advanced and we are more reliant on our phones for everything it is easy to get …

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Fostering Independence in Young Children

It can be overwhelming when you find out you're expecting another baby before your first is still kind of a baby. I guess, technically, Sweet Girl is a toddler now - she'll be 2 in August - but I can tell you that if we didn't foster so much independence over the first part of …

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What to Expect When You’re Growing a Person, Part 3

Don't forget to check out Part 1 and Part 2 in the series to read about the more common and, generally, expected symptoms of pregnancy. This post will be looking at two of the, possibly, more serious symptoms women can experience during pregnancy. They could be normal but they could also be a sign of …

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What to Expect When You’re Growing a Person, Part 2

If you missed Part 1 of this series, check it out. In it I go over the most common pregnancy symptoms you may experience, and just how normal they are, no matter how severe you feel they are. I'll just jump right in and go over some other symptoms of pregnancy that are a little …

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What to Expect When You’re Growing a Person, Part 1

Pregnancy is a special time in life. Your body is working overtime, daily, to create a whole new person. And the further along you get, the more you get to really experience that new life - little kicks and rolls, hearing the heartbeat, hiccups, and seeing that squirmy little in your ultrasound. It is also …

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Plan for the Birth you Want, Prepare for the Birth you Don’t

Sound easy? Sound impossible? I promise it's neither. Going into birth, especially the first time, you have no idea what is going to or could happen. There are so many variables, so many possibilities - you just never know where your birth experience might take you, no matter how much you think you are prepared. …

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Preparing to Recover Post Birth

Thankfully when you find out a baby is coming you have nine months to prepare. And there's a lot to prepare for. Nine months on a roller coaster, preparing for your ideal labor and delivery, preparing for the worst case scenario, and preparing to bring home that little bundle (or bundles) of joy. Having gone …

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Service Makes the World Go Around

Service comes in all shapes and sizes. It can be planned and coordinated or a simple phone call to say "Hi. How are you?" Sometimes we get stuck thinking of service as an all-consuming activity, one that no one has the time or money to do. But I bet if you really think about it, …

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5 Things to Do When You Find Out You’re Pregnant

I've seen a fair few lists of suggestions for things to do when you find out you're pregnant. And I can honestly say I have no idea what any of them say because I just skip right over them. I'm sure they have some great ideas, especially for first-time moms, but I just never felt …

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