Almost There! (38 Weeks)

Last time around I stopped journaling around 35 weeks and have an unposted blog from 37 weeks.  It does feel harder to write near the end; there's a lot of the same, with the same main thought being "I would like for this stage to be done now".  But, since looking back at my past experience has been so helpful for me, and Colin took these nice photos, I'm going to actually post...

Hello Home Stretch

Well well well, the three month (approx) countdown is on! The tiny girl within me is a MOVER. It sometimes makes me wonder if there's something wrong with her, or my womb: is it not comfortable enough for you? Are you bothered by something?? She wakes me up almost nightly and won't stop kicking until I find the ideal sleep position. Kids I tell ya. Doing this whole journey with Sloane is a blast....

Weight & Pregnancy. I’m over it.

Here’s a topic I’ve simultaneously been wanting to ignore (because seriously, I’m so over it) while also wanting to contribute my voice to changing how we think and speak about it. Weight gain in pregnancy. Weight loss post pregnancy. Pre-baby body. All THAT. So I gained around 60 lbs last time around. This is over what most websites will quote as healthy weight gain by at least 20 lbs. I...

I’ve Got a Bird that Whistles

I've been able to look back at several blog updates I did when pregnant last and it's been so nice to see the similarities and differences between the two, so I've decided to keep it up, even if to a lesser degree.  Things are different, new things are being learned, and this baby is worth celebrating!We had the big anatomy ultrasound a couple weeks ago, and I am past the halfway mark. ...

The Waiting Months

“We wait for the seasons to come around again, for gardens to grow and flowers to bloom. Just as a gardener keeps vigil with the seed in the ground we, too, can keep vigil with the seed that wants to sprout in our lives.Anxious, fretful, impatient waiting is nothing more than waiting. Waiting with purpose, patience, hope, and love, is vigilant waiting.” — Macrina Wiederkehr...

The Birth of Sloane Ellie

Preface: I had written 3/4s of this blog already in the week after the birth.  It was very long and detailed and helped me process what I had experienced.  I also had a hard time finishing it, and realized that a lot of my motivation for writing it was to justify my experience, due to the fact that my birth was different than what I had envisioned.  Writing something for...

24…is another number

24 is 60%. It's not really significant persay, but I'm feeling fancy. Actually I've been reading Amy Poehler's book all night and she inspired me to write something and I wanted to write about this. 24 weeks equals a baby the size of corn on the cob or your standard 12 inch ruler. The baby is a good bit longer than my hand now and that feels substantial. I can hide my baby bump (in black) but...

It’s A Baby!

We had our first ultrasound today. Little Luff has been incubating and growing for the past 20 (well technically 18) weeks from a ball of cells to a hand-sized human who has all the important bits. It has teeny toes, quick moving hands that the tech had a hard time taking a picture of, a beating heart, and a strong head with which to headbutt me!I can't believe it's real, and that in twenty...