Kristen Paul

About Kristen Paul

Kristen Paul currently lives in Southern Maryland with her husband Darrell, and their two year-old rainbow, Noah, and their two cats. After discovering that their failure to conceive was due to both female and male factors, Kristen and her husband were elated when they became pregnant in March 2014 on their very first cycle of IVF with ICSI. In June of 2014, they were thrilled to find that they were having a healthy baby boy; after a perfect anatomy scan at 20 weeks, 2 days gestation, they expected to welcome their son in early December. Just 10 days after the anatomy scan, Kristen delivered their son, William Edward Paul, at just 21 weeks, 5 days gestation due to cervical insufficiency. Kristen had a transabdominal cerclage placed in late December of 2014; in March 2015, she underwent a second fresh IVF/ICSI cycle and became pregnant again. After a difficult pregnancy, Kristen delivered their rainbow, Noah, at 35+4 weeks gestation. She and Darrell and now happily raising a toddler and working on making him a big brother. Kristen may be contacted at kristenannpaul@gmail.com.

Life With Noah: My, How Things Have Changed

This little boy, y'all. He is my world. By the time this post goes live, Noah Matthew - our "rainbow gift from God" - will be 3 years old. As impossible as it seems, the 5 pound, 12.9 ounce, 18.5 inch baby we welcomed at 35+4 weeks (two weeks earlier than we'd planned) in [...]

By |2018-11-15T21:35:24+00:00November 15th, 2018|Parenting After Loss|0 Comments

Life With Noah: Celebrating Likely-Last Firsts

Noah started preschool - half a day, twice a week - earlier this month. We didn't take the decision to enroll him in preschool lightly; he's not even three years old, and the idea of him starting school was, quite honestly, a bit terrifying to me. Truthfully, we went back and forth as to whether [...]

By |2018-10-18T19:23:09+00:00October 18th, 2018|Parenting After Loss|0 Comments

Life With Noah: The Room at the Top of the Stairs

A little over a month ago, we made the decision to move Noah from the nursery into his "big-boy" bedroom. While we are thrilled with how his new room turned out, and how much he loves it, the process of moving him stirred up so many emotions. I was exactly 21 weeks pregnant with William [...]

By |2018-09-13T20:27:29+00:00September 13th, 2018|Parenting After Loss|0 Comments

Raising An “Only Child” Who Isn’t…

"Is he your only child?" Of all of the questions I am asked about my rainbow, Noah, this is one of the most difficult for me to answer. From the standpoint of having a sibling, he is not an only child. He has an older brother, William, who died at birth just over 15 months before [...]

By |2018-08-16T21:08:05+00:00August 16th, 2018|Parenting After Loss|0 Comments

Life With Noah: Similar, But Not The Same

As a loss mother, one of the things I struggle with is how much my two sons – the one I lost moments after birth and the one who walks beside me – look alike. One of the first thoughts that popped into my mind as I gazed upon my newborn rainbow Noah was, “He [...]

By |2018-07-19T20:50:37+00:00July 19th, 2018|Parenting After Loss|0 Comments

Maintaining Intimacy While on Pelvic Rest

“How are you ladies and your men dealing with pelvic rest?” “How does everyone cope with this pelvic rest thing?” “How do you maintain intimacy with your partner while you can’t actually be physically intimate?” I co-admin of a Facebook group for women (nearly 8,200 of them) with the condition that led to the loss [...]

By |2018-06-14T16:24:42+00:00June 14th, 2018|Emotional Health, Pregnancy|0 Comments

When Grief Comes Roaring Back In…

Nearly four years into my journey as a bereaved mother, I understand that there is an ebb and flow to my grief; some days are more difficult, some days are easier.  I also understand that the stages of grief are not nearly as linear as many believe them to be, and moving backwards and forwards [...]

By |2018-05-17T21:30:10+00:00May 17th, 2018|Emotional Health|0 Comments

Life With Noah: Our Hopes and Dreams for Our Child

Life has been pretty hectic since my last PALS post. In the last month, we’ve: Been assessed by a pediatric audiologist - All of the testing he was able to complete was normal, but we have to return later this year to attempt to finish the testing. Noah’s intolerance to anything on his head/in his [...]

By |2018-04-18T20:45:31+00:00April 19th, 2018|Parenting After Loss|0 Comments

Life With Noah: Trusting Your Instincts

One of the hardest things for me to do as a mother is to know when to trust my own instincts, particularly when what my instincts are telling me and what other people are telling me aren't necessarily the same thing. I'm not only raising a child for the first time, I'm raising one after [...]

By |2018-03-12T15:54:43+00:00March 15th, 2018|Parenting After Loss|0 Comments

Dearest Mama (or Dada), Wherever You Are, You Are Not Alone

Dearest Mama (or Dada), Wherever You Are in Your Journey After Loss, One of the things many loss parents struggle with is feeling that we are alone in our journey after loss.  I know I certainly did.  And one of the things that was critical to navigating my journey was discovering that I was not [...]

By |2018-02-12T17:30:43+00:00February 15th, 2018|Love Letters, PAL Fifth Annual Love Letters|0 Comments