Kasey’s Bump Day Blog, Week 33: Moving Forward

Planning and preparing has continued to move forward this week. Shower planning is in full swing, and gifts have started to arrive from friends and family who can’t attend. We will be attending our birth class this weekend. I have made progress on the baby’s quilt. The nursery is painted and the furniture that we [...]

By |2019-01-13T12:59:53+00:00January 13th, 2019|33weeks, 3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments

Kasey’s Bump Day Blog, Week 32: Preparing and Reflecting

At 32 weeks, the discomforts are increasing, sleep is very interrupted, and I am feeling more tired than I have been for a while. At some moments I feel like the remaining eight weeks until my due date are not nearly enough to logistically get ready for this baby. I am aware of all the [...]

By |2019-01-06T12:13:13+00:00January 6th, 2019|3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog, Pregnancy|0 Comments

The Gifts We Have

In thinking about pregnancy after loss the other day, I referred to it as 9 months of overwhelming emotions - joy, grief, hope, and fear. As I revisited that statement a little while later, I realized that it was based on one very big assumption – a pregnancy would last 9 months. In the world [...]

Kasey’s Bump Day Blog, Week 31: Another New Year Watching Families Grow

Last year around New Year’s I wrote in my journal about how hard the holidays are while grieving. At that time, we had been grieving for two years of holidays in a row. In 2016, I had imagined being pregnant at Christmas. My idea of this was more picturesque than real life, but I was [...]

By |2018-12-30T15:27:33+00:00December 30th, 2018|3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments

Kasey’s Bump Day Blog, Week 30: Stockings, Names, and Elephants

I made stockings for Eric and I a few years ago.  For the past two Christmases I have debated about whether I wanted to make stockings for Danny and Lentil. We have ornaments for each of them, but I never ended up adding stockings to the fireplace. This year, I finally decided that I wanted [...]

By |2018-12-23T12:10:04+00:00December 23rd, 2018|30weeks, 3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments

Kasey’s Bump Day Blog, Week 29: Mixed Emotions

This was a big week that has contained a mix of feelings for me. I started out feeling great about finally being in the third trimester. I was enjoying this new milestone. I felt like we were finally getting close to making it through this pregnancy and this baby joining us. We started registering, had [...]

By |2018-12-16T18:46:46+00:00December 16th, 2018|3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog, Pregnancy|0 Comments

Kasey’s Bump Day Blog, Week 28: Third Trimester!

It feels pretty incredible to say that I am finally in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy! At this point, I have been pregnant for 70 weeks of my life. Since we began this journey, I have been trying to conceive for 2 months, pregnant for 21 weeks, post-partum for 6 months, trying to conceive for [...]

By |2018-12-09T18:30:13+00:00December 9th, 2018|28weeks, 3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog, Pregnancy|0 Comments

Advent After Loss

Painting by Kerri Humphreys What do you see when you look at these paintings*? Do you see Mary carrying her son, Jesus? Do you see hope and promise and a light in the darkness? Or do you see fear and uncertainty and the potential for life-altering loss? As someone who has lost a [...]

Clinging to Hope at Christmastime

My first Christmas after loss was a difficult one, full of conflicting feelings. I felt immense sorrow for the baby who was gone and immense fear for the baby who had since been conceived. I remember gathering with family that year, the hustle and bustle of a house overflowing with people just background noise to [...]

Tips from PAL Moms: Joining a Pregnancy after Loss Support Group

Tips from PAL (pregnant after loss) Moms is a column at PALS Magazine where we ask you, the PAL mom, for feedback about your experience during pregnancy after loss. We ask a question on our Facebook Page and hope that you can help answer it while also benefiting from the answers, all in an effort [...]