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Benjamin’s Birth Story

Benjamin's Birth StoryI can’t believe our sweet Benjamin is already a month old! I wanted to write down his birth story not only to share, but also because I want to be able to remember the special details. I’ve always enjoyed reading other women’s birth experiences, but I especially enjoyed reading these stories while I was pregnant.

From all the stories I read, heard from friends, and been told by other moms (the good, the bad, and the ugly), I felt like I had a pretty good idea of all the great and awful things that can happen during labor, and I was pretty confident I couldn’t be sure of anything going into my own labor. Women’s bodies are amazing. It’s incredible how different each woman, each pregnancy, and each birth is.

This blog post is super long. I wanted to remember the day our baby was born, but also the events leading up to our c-section because really it’s all part of the same story. I tried to include some detail about the actual c-section. I didn’t have the opportunity to read many c-section experiences, and as a result there were a few things which surprised me because I didn’t fully know what to expect. Hopefully this story might help another mama prepare for a c-section. Read More

The Best Thing About My Pregnancy

The Best Part of Pregnancy

I can’t believe yesterday was our little guy’s due date, and he’s already been a part of our family for just shy of two weeks. All the mom cliches are totally true, and I find myself thinking that time is flying by- they grow up so fast!

Several weeks ago a dear friend of mine who is on her second pregnancy asked me what my favorite part of being pregnant had been so far.

It took me a minute to think of a response, but once it came to mind I wondered why it took me so long to think of it.

Early on in my pregnancy, I had sort of an ah-ha moment where I realized something I’d never thought of before. It moved me deeply and has been a special part of my pregnancy all along. Read More

My Hospital Bag + Postpartum Must Haves

My Hospital Bag & Postpartum Must Haves (For C-Section)

If you’re following along on Instagram or Facebook, or you subscribe to my newsletter, you probably saw that we welcomed our baby boy into the world last week. Benjamin Allen came into this world on Sunday, November 5th. I’ll share a more formal introduction to his arrival later on, but today I wanted to share what I packed in my hospital bag and also some of my favorite postpartum items as I recover from my C-section. Read More

Marital Love | Celebrating 5 Years of Marriage

Marital Love | What I've Learned from 5 Years of MarriageImage Credit

Last week Mathew and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary. In many ways, we are that ‘old married couple’ with a comfortable routine and maybe not as many fancy date nights set with intention as before. In other ways, I still feel like a newlywed.

Mathew and I first met in 2006, which is crazy to think about. Crazier than being married for 5 years is the fact that we’ve known each other for more than 10 years. Read More

My Birthday Tradition + Thoughts on Turning 29

maternity styleToday is my birthday. I’m now 29 years old. Another year closer to 30! 😉 I know a lot of people don’t think birthday’s are a big deal or anything special. Despite being a blogger, I’m actually not one who enjoys the lime light or being the center of attention. I never enjoyed “Happy Birthday” serenades while waiting to blow out the candles being fussed over. I do however think there’s something special about a birthday.

Many of us spend a good chunk of time doing things for other people. I’m a wife, a daughter, an employee, a friend, a volunteer. It’s important to pour into the lives of others, and I might guess that a majority of us spend most of our time being lots of things to lots of people.

Personally, I’ve always struggled with self care and making time to relax, unwind, and recreate myself.

A few years ago I decided I didn’t like working on my birthday. I didn’t like treating it as ‘just another day.’ I decided I wanted to feel special in my own way and take the day to rest, do something fun for myself, and reflect on blessings of the past year while I set intentions for the following year. I wanted the day to be mindful. So, I made it that way. And I’ve been enjoying my adult birthdays ever since. Read More