What once was beautiful and appetizing became an unsavory ball of mush. All I can think is how this cake is a mirror for my life.
Shortly after being diagnosed with recurrent miscarriages, I was pregnant again. This time, I had answers, a plan, and a few prescriptions. The days passed. I began to believe this pregnancy might last. At some point between the first 100 sticks I peed on and the last baby shower, I stopped saying “this will be our rainbow baby”. I allowed myself to say, “this is our rainbow baby”. Then, our rainbow baby was born. The months rolled by, full of feedings[Read more]
The best you can give is the best for your baby.
Back in August I published the post, Our Real Budget, Living on Just $1800 Monthly. If you haven’t read it, you might want to take a moment and hop over there so you’ll have a better idea of what I’m talking about. Don’t worry, I’ll wait. All caught up? Great. At the end of that post, I listed 3 goals I wanted to work on over three months: lowering our grocery and utility bills while upping our savings. So how did[Read more]
Step 1: Come to the gross realization you haven’t showered in a bit. Or changed out of your pajamas. Or put on deodorant. Take a moment to appreciate your saint of a husband who has yet to stage an intervention. Step 2: Decide you will show your appreciation by showering, putting on some real clothes, and straightening up the house. Make plans to greet him at the door with an amazing dinner on the table. Lay out your perfect cute-but-comfy outfit.[Read more]
As I hit 34 weeks this week, I’ve decided it’s about time I start getting serious about preparing to meet this little dude. That means washing clothes, prepping diapers, and of course, getting our bags ready. Deciding what to pack in your hospital bag can be tricky as you’re trying for that balance between too much and too little. I especially felt this pressure since our hospital is a 45 minute drive from home which means forgetting something entails Mr. Man leaving[Read more]
Week 32: Baby Shower! How big is baby? Assuming he’s gaining around 1/2 pound every week, he should be a little less than 5 pounds now and around 19 inches long. Movement? Lots! He likes to stick out what is either a foot or a knee near my belly button. It’s such a cool feeling! Weight gain? Yes, sort of. I gained 8 pounds in two weeks. My doctor (and legs!) tell me it seems to be almost all fluid retention.[Read more]
Reading to baby while pregnant can have many benefits for you as well as your baby. Take some time out of each week leading up to delivery to read to your bump. You’re not only introducing a great time for bonding, you’re laying the foundation for a habit that can benefit them the rest of their life! Note: this post contains affiliate links, which means I may receive compensation if you purchase something from the links included. Reasons to read to[Read more]
There’s a common sentiment amidst the loss community that we have a responsibility (and opportunity!) to help those who are just beginning their journey through grief. Facebook pages are a great route to do this. Some serve as communities, resource centers, or even just memorials of loved ones. I have compiled a list of my favorite Facebook pages for bereaved parents. Each of these are pages that I have followed for a while and feel like may be of help[Read more]
At the start of August, I felt like something needed to change. With Easton’s due date rapidly approaching, The Fun Part gaining momentum, and the start of a new school year, my workload was only going to get worse. And yet, I already felt SO overwhelmed. Keeping the house clean tended to fall on the back burner and was a huge source of stress for me. So, I decided to once again try a cleaning schedule. I had done so before,[Read more]