To the Mama Pregnant After Loss: You Are a Warrior

Pregnancy after loss is willingly entering into a battle that you aren't guaranteed to win. You know it won't be easy, but you are ready to fight for your baby, for your family, for yourself, and for life. You know the stakes are high – that losing the battle could result in another encounter with [...]

By |2019-02-04T20:52:47-04:00February 4th, 2019|1st Trimester, 2nd Trimester, 3rd Trimester, Pregnancy|1 Comment

Kasey’s Bump Day Blog, Week 36: Feeling the Love

Thirty six weeks. I can’t believe that we are finally here, with just 4 weeks until my due date. When I say that I can’t believe we are FINALLY here, I mean it just that way. I don’t mean that I can’t believe we are here. I don’t want to give the impression that in [...]

By |2019-02-03T13:17:37-04:00February 3rd, 2019|36weeks, 3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog, Pregnancy|0 Comments

Kasey’s Bump Day Blog, Week 35: The Pain in Preparing

Preparation in pregnancy after loss brings with it really conflicted emotions. A few weeks ago during our birth class, we were confronting emotions related to our past experiences with the end of pregnancies as we also looked forward, preparing for the birth of our third baby. This mix of emotions was incredibly present at our [...]

By |2019-01-28T15:15:16-04:00January 27th, 2019|3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog, Pregnancy|0 Comments

Kasey’s Bump Day Blog, Week 34: Pain and Joy

We attended our birth class last weekend, and it was exactly what we needed. The doula who taught the class was as much focused on preparing emotionally for labor and delivery as she was on teaching techniques for coping with pain. It was helpful for Eric and I to have to deliberately plan for what [...]

By |2019-01-20T09:26:02-04:00January 20th, 2019|3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog, Pregnancy|2 Comments

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 |2019-01-13T12:59:53-04:00January 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 |2019-01-06T12:13:13-04:00January 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 |2018-12-30T15:27:33-04:00December 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 |2018-12-23T12:10:04-04:00December 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 |2018-12-16T18:46:46-04:00December 16th, 2018|3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog, Pregnancy|0 Comments