Category: The Pregnant Life

Why I'm not interested in having a hurricane baby

A Hurricane Baby, Yay?

Three out of four of my babies were born during hurricane season and each one came with the real fear of a hurricane baby. Despite my hurricane fears with my first, her arrival was sandwiched between …

A Labor Storm

Labor is a strange and intense experience.  All of four of mine have been wildly different but what makes the recent birth of Pipsqueak most unique was my strong desire to write during my labor. When my contractions became …

The Truth Behind the C-Section Rate

It’s no secret that the national c-section rate is hovering somewhere near 1/3 of all births.  And most people will probably agree that the rate is way too high.  The World Health Organization believes that the target rate …
Fun facts about the reality of postpartum recovery

Fun Facts About Postpartum Recovery

When I had Honeybun over 7 years ago, no one really talked about what would happen AFTER the baby was here.  I was discharged from the hospital with a newborn, the words “take your pain …

Passing the Time During Early Labor

For some women, labor goes from nothing to everything in a very short time.  But unfortunately for many, early labor can last hours or even days. Early labor is generally considered being less than 4 …

My Birth Doesn’t Make Me Better

When we welcomed Pipsqueak ten days ago and I announced it to my family and friends, on the blog and across social media, I was overwhelmed by the outpouring of love we received.  And I …

A Birthing Timeline

Everyone loves a good birth story and I’ve spent the past week contemplating Pipsqueak’s birth and how best to share it.  My previous births were easy to tell, fraught with anguish and inner drama, spanning …

Meet Pipsqueak

When we discovered a full nine months ago that we were unexpectedly expecting baby #4, we should have been known the surprises wouldn’t stop there! This baby has amazed us at every turn, so different …

Mommy Belly Painting

When I was pregnant with Sugarplum, I had another friend pregnant with her second as well.  Her eldest is now in middle school but I vividly remember my dear friend’s profile picture from that time …