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 [...]

Therapy is optional: 4 ways to support grievers without pushing therapy

Bandelier National Monument Therapy is great. Therapy can be life-giving and life-saving and a necessary coping mechanism for surviving loss. Short term, long term, sporadic… couples, individual, group… there are a ton of options for folks to find something that helps. I am pro therapy for anyone and everyone who wants it. No [...]

Our Eddy’s Birth Story

Late one Monday night, I found myself anxiously wandering through the grocery store trying to kill some time. I had a mild headache and went to the store to check my blood pressure. The first reading was slightly elevated – 135/85 – so I walked around taking deep breaths and waiting to recheck. The second [...]

By |2018-10-04T20:07:10+00:00October 4th, 2018|3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog, Pregnancy|3 Comments

Thank You for Sharing your Stories through #IAmPALS

Photo of "Stitch" taken by Margaret Belanger I have the incredible honor of working with loss mamas from all over the world. They entrust me with their stories, and I consider it one of the greatest privileges of my life to hold those stories and their babies (living and not) with them. Last [...]