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: Holding on to Hope

It's been a hectic month in the Paul household.  As I mentioned in last month's post, we started a fresh IVF cycle, which meant a lot of *very* early morning back and forth trips to my monitoring location (an hour and a half - each way - from our home); we also took Noah to [...]

By |2017-10-19T21:48:22+00:00October 19th, 2017|Parenting After Loss, TTC|0 Comments

Life With Noah: Because of Hope

A couple of months ago, I was shopping for a baby gift for a friend when I bumped into a pair of little grey fleece footie pajamas with clouds and airplanes on them.  Everything about those pajamas made me smile; the smallness (despite the fact that they would have been huge on Noah when he was [...]

By |2017-09-22T10:55:16+00:00September 22nd, 2017|Parenting After Loss, TTC|0 Comments

Life With Noah: Remembering One, Raising One

August 1st marked three years since we said hello and goodbye to William Edward.  Sometimes it seems like it has been an eternity since we held him in our arms; other days it seems like it was just yesterday.  On his birthday, we took Noah (and, for the first time, Will's urn) to a local [...]

By |2017-08-18T08:49:28+00:00August 18th, 2017|Parenting After Loss|0 Comments

Life With Noah: Through the “Last Time” Lens

The word last has been bouncing around in my head a lot lately.  I'm not sure if it's because the topic of "the last child" has come up quite a few times recently in conversations with my friends (who are wrapping their heads around the idea that they are done having children) or because there's [...]

By |2017-07-21T11:38:05+00:00July 21st, 2017|Parenting After Loss|0 Comments

Life With Noah: Because We Do

Those who regularly read my monthly Parenting After Loss blogs know that Darrell and I have spent the last 12 weeks undergoing fertility treatment to try to grow our family; we transferred our second frozen embryo just two days before last month's post went live.  We hoped that this month would find us sharing the [...]

By |2017-06-02T15:27:53+00:00June 2nd, 2017|Loss After Loss, Parenting After Loss|0 Comments

Life With Noah: With Hopeful Hearts

  Hope.  A word with four little letters, yet it's played such a huge role in my journey to grow my family. Hope that the mass on my ovary wasn't a big deal.  (It wasn't, although it was the first sign of my PCOS) Hope that the mass in the front of my husband's brain [...]

By |2017-05-19T12:21:42+00:00May 19th, 2017|Parenting After Loss, TTC|0 Comments

Life With Noah: Chasing Rainbows…

As people who have been reading my posts - first as a Bump Day Blogger, and now as a monthly Parenting After Loss contributor - know, our road to becoming parents was not an easy one.  Both Will (the son we lost to cervical insufficiency) and Noah (our amazing 17 month old rainbow miracle) were [...]

By |2017-04-21T13:25:25+00:00April 21st, 2017|Loss After Loss, Parenting After Loss|0 Comments

Life With Noah: Surely I’m Not the Only One…

  The past month has been an interesting one for me as a mother.  For the very first time, I spent a night away from Noah (I had an overnight business trip); even though he was in the very capable hands of his Dada - who is as amazing as a father as he is [...]

By |2017-02-17T09:09:21+00:00February 17th, 2017|Parenting After Loss|0 Comments

Life With Noah: Motherhood When Grief and Joy Collide

For me, one of the most difficult things to deal with as the mother of both a living and a dead child is trying to balance grieving the loss of my late son with fully opening myself to the joy of raising my living one.  Having a living child by my side does not erase the [...]

By |2017-01-20T07:22:37+00:00January 20th, 2017|Parenting After Loss|0 Comments

Life With Noah: Normal-Mama Fear, or Loss-Mama Fear?

A little over a week ago, someone in my MOMS Club posted something about a Mom's Day Out program at a local church.  For a moment, I got really excited about it: Once a week, for either a half or a full day, I could take Noah to the church and he would do crafts, [...]

By |2016-12-15T22:17:33+00:00December 16th, 2016|Parenting After Loss, Uncategorized|0 Comments