Motherhood

Emilia Phyllis' Birth Story

Emilia Phyllis' Birth Story

This next birth story is one that is close to me, my good friend Megan and I were pregnant at the same time. Our due dates were less than a month apart and it was exciting to have a friend who was entering motherhood at the same time.

Megan's water broke before the onset of labor, which is called premature rupture of membranes (PROM). This is how we all think labor starts because of what we see in movies and on television. However, only about 8-10% of women experience their waters breaking before labor begins.

Megan's second baby is due any day now. Please send positive thoughts her way! 

Giovanni Gerardo's Birth Story

Giovanni Gerardo's Birth Story

I love Milena's story mainly because her mindset about giving birth is so similar to mine. She's also "weird" like me and wanted to know all the details about child birth. Education = power! Milena had a rapid labor or precipitous labor, which sounds like it would be a good thing to experience, but there are potential difficulties for the mother and baby. Milena has two adorable boys and her own business, Makeup by Milena, which you should check out!

Carly Nicole's Birth Story

Carly Nicole's Birth Story

I'm excited to share with all of you Courtney and Carly's birth story. Courtney's story is one that will inspire you to trust your instincts and not be afraid to speak up and ask your doctor questions. She was diagnosed with HELLP syndrome, which occurs in about 1 to 2 of 1,000 pregnancies. Through her story, Courtney hopes people will know what to look for so they can better fight for themselves and their baby. At the end of Courtney's story I included more information about her diagnosis and where you can find more information.

6 Books To Read When Pregnant

6 Books To Read When Pregnant

I read a lot while I was pregnant. I get like that when I'm in the thick of something. I like to get my hands on every piece of information that's available to me - it's both a blessing and a curse! I've narrowed it down and here's the books I think you should be reading during this exciting time. Let me know what you're reading!

My Breastfeeding Story

My Breastfeeding Story

Photo by Keetch Miller Photography

Looking back at this photo, I want to reach through the computer screen and give my two week postpartum self a huge hug and tell her that it's going to get better. 

I'm a planner, type A by nature. Breastfeeding was important to me. While pregnant, I dragged Matt to a breastfeeding class because I thought it would be beneficial for us both to be prepared. I read a book, cover to cover, and highlighted noteworthy sentences. What I didn't know then, is that sometimes your agenda and your baby's agenda don't quite match up.