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Surrogacy Series: How I Decided to Become a Surrogate

Surrogacy Series: How I Decided to Become a Surrogate

I’m five months pregnant with a beautiful little girl. But she’s not my husband’s baby— and she’s not mine either; I’m a surrogate! Becoming a surrogate has been one of the most surreal experiences of my life. Why did I choose to become a surrogate? Honestly, I don’t have a good answer. One day, I [...]

TTC: Mindy’s Extraordinary Journey

TTC: Mindy’s Extraordinary Journey

Guest mama Mindy is a close friend and relative of mine. Although we are close, I hadn’t realized the journey it took her and her wonderful husband to become pregnant with their little girl. I knew it was difficult for them, but each time I read her story it brings tears to my eyes. Mindy [...]

I’m Not Crying Because I’m Sad!

I’m Not Crying Because I’m Sad!

Right after I had my baby girl (her nickname is Peeps, which I’ll be calling her on this post) almost 2 years ago, I remember my husband wheeling me out of the hospital when all of a sudden…the tears started flowing and I could NOT STOP. I cried on the whole drive home. I cried [...]

5 Ways Pregnancy Helped Me Relate To My Toddler

5 Ways Pregnancy Helped Me Relate To My Toddler

Toddlers can often seem like an alien species to us. The motivation and logic behind their behaviors are certainly a mystery most of the time. But, being pregnant has given me a whole new understanding of my toddler’s behavior. I never before realized how much pregnant women and toddlers have in common. Here are just [...]

Why I Hired a Doula

Why I Hired a Doula

When I stared down at my positive pregnancy test on the morning of Tuesday, June 17th, I knew I was in for a world of physical and emotional change over the next nine months, but what I couldn’t predict was the amount of knowledge, perspective and empowerment I would gain through my pregnancy. When I [...]

Endometriosis and Pregnancy

Endometriosis and Pregnancy

I’ve suffered from endometriosis (endo) most of my life. Endometriosis is a condition where the endometrium lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus in the woman’s abdomen and on other organs. This is a tissue that thickens for preparation of a pregnancy and if no pregnancy has occurred it bleeds out each month during [...]

Exercise During Pregnancy

Exercise During Pregnancy

I found out I was pregnant as I was walking out the door to run a 10k time trial. After the initial “Holy shit!” moment, the next thought was “What happens now with my training?” Versions of these thoughts cycled through my head as I was running that day. I was registered for the upcoming [...]

Pregnancy and a Toddler

Pregnancy and a Toddler

Being pregnant and having a toddler has been…interesting (and a wonderful lesson in patience). The first trimester was absolute hell. No amount of Zofran could force me to leave the house for those first 12 weeks, which was very hard on my 1 year old E. Thankfully, we (and by that, I mean ‘she’) were [...]

My Birth Center Experience

My Birth Center Experience

Even before I became pregnant with my second baby, I knew I wanted to go a different route when it came to my prenatal care and birth support team. While my experience with my OB and a hospital in 2009 wasn’t awful, I felt I got very lucky with supportive nurses when it came to [...]

My 2 BFP Stories

My 2 BFP Stories

I love, love, love hearing about how other mamas found out they were pregnant. Since it’s very personal to some, I don’t go out of my way to ask, but I think it’s so neat to find out about how people find out they are expecting a little bundle of joy. I have two sons [...]

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