30 Days of Gratitude

If you love the unspoken laws of Social Media, this series might not be for you. I didn’t start it on the 1st and it certainly isn’t November. For most, January is the month for Whole 30, new fitness strategies, and decluttering. This year, for my fresh start, I want to root myself in thankfulness,…

A year as Mama

I rocked her in the glider this morning after a hearty struggle to get her down for a nap. Her sweaty little head on my shoulder showed that she put up a good fight, alternating between coy smiles and tense shouts to try to evade this sleep. Sleep she, and really I, needs to make…

Relentless Heartache, Relentless Hope

Weeks ago, Q and I excitedly spread the news to our friends, our family, and our village that we were expecting a sibling for Lucie. Although it was probably sooner than others might want to share the news, we wanted to be able to lean in on our community for better or worse, to be…

Gentle to whom?

Let’s acknowledge that babies, moms, and families as a whole all have their nuances. If a mom reaches out, lets not be so quick to impose what works for us as the hard and fast law of raising kids.

Little Target Miracles

I was pushing my cart along in Target, trying to keep Lucie from licking everything she could reach and dutifully scanning my bread (the #lowcarblife was short lived yet again) for a killer Cartwheel discount when I heard the sound. Had I looked up a millisecond later my eyes would have missed the source of…

A Christmas Birth Story

I love nativity sets. I have found myself collecting tiny scenes of a baby lying in hay over the last few years. It is striking to me how different cultures use their craftiness to show an artsy version of the birth of Jesus; some sit large and across whole tables while others, like the sweet…

If breast is best why do my boobs always hurt?

Let’s get real. I must be some kind of massochist to still be breastfeeding my daughter. Before having Lu, I was the breastfeeding queen, I reigned over my pinterest board and poured through hashtagged Insta pics to see what I was up against. Awww, look at all of those mamas breastfeeding while doing yoga under…

Why we #GoPinkandBlue

I #gopinkandblue because I remember and I acknowledge the life that lived so briefly and will be loved for all eternity.

Bringing Lucie Earthside

A week ago we brought our baby Lucille into this world. I cannot believe a whole week has passed. In the past week I have simultaneously been the most confident and humble I have ever been, baby birthing is serious business, guys. If you ever want to feel the full rainbow of emotions take a…

Our first and best year!

This morning I woke up to a bazillion pictures on my news feed of my hometown covered in show. It was beautiful, fluffy and… well… freezing! My mom shot me a text, “I am so thankful for answered prayers last year… Could you imagine?!”. This time last year we were all feverishly praying for a…

Plans to give you hope and a future

Three weeks have passed since I had a D&C. Though our baby was already an angel, physically loosing our Sweet Pea was hard. We were fortunate to have a wonderful OB, a Navy man with a gentle spirit and a kind smile. He was generous with the narcotics post-op and gave us no cause for…