Tracy’s Bump Day Blog, Week 31: A Pre-Conception Mantra

31 Weeks I am making my body a happy and healthy place for this next baby. I started saying this mantra to myself long before our baby was even conceived. It guided me when I wasn’t sure we would be lucky enough to be here: 31 weeks pregnant with baby number three after [...]

By | 2018-02-19T21:04:59+00:00 February 19th, 2018|3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog, Pregnancy, TTC|0 Comments

Tracy’s Bump Day Blog, Week 29: ‘Me Next, Please:’ What I Lost and Try to Reclaim in a Pregnancy after Loss

When I was pregnant with my first in 2014, I took my then 11-year-old niece shopping. In a store at the mall, I saw a mom who was likely younger than me. I was 31 years old at the time. I saw her for just a moment but it was long enough to peek at [...]

By | 2018-02-06T08:43:30+00:00 February 5th, 2018|3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog, Pregnancy|0 Comments

Tracy’s Bump Day Blog, Week 28: The ‘Home Stretch’ Trimester

Entering the third trimester feels surreal when so much of my identity when I’m pregnant is tied to a second trimester loss. With my first rainbow I thought that once I got past my previous point of loss, 24 weeks, I would feel better. But instead I felt a little bit out of control. I [...]

By | 2018-01-29T20:57:39+00:00 January 29th, 2018|28weeks, 3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog, Pregnancy|0 Comments

Tracy’s Bump Day Blog, Week 27: The Difference That Great Care Makes

The OB practice that I went to for my first pregnancy was not a good match for me, but I wouldn’t really know this until my son was stillborn and I later had top-notch care during my subsequent high-risk pregnancies. In my first pregnancy I felt unheard but choiceless. I now know that I could [...]

By | 2018-01-22T20:37:48+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments

Tracy’s Bump Day Blog, Week 26: Repeating Sweet Rituals with a New Pregnancy

At 26 weeks I’m starting to become more and more baby-focused as opposed to pregnancy-focused. I spent my first trimester constantly checking for signs that I was indeed pregnant and staying pregnant, taking countless home pregnancy tests between my earliest appointments. I was so excited but afraid to let myself be so excited. Then there [...]

By | 2018-01-15T20:46:34+00:00 January 15th, 2018|26weeks, 2nd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|1 Comment

Tracy’s Bump Day Blog, Week 25: Reaching 25 Weeks

I am 25 weeks pregnant with my third child. Reading this sentence alone could be unremarkable for some, but it could be loaded for those who are trying to conceive, those who have experienced pregnancy/infant/child loss, or anyone at any point in his or her own parenthood journey for any number of reasons. For me, [...]

Nina’s Bump Day Blog, Week 9 – Inconclusive

That is not what I wanted to hear at my 8 week check up with my doctor. The transvaginal ultrasound measurements were not on target. The fetal pole was measuring at about 6.5 weeks, and there was no heartbeat. Because not everyone gets their dates right, there is always a possibility that all is well. [...]

By | 2017-12-05T16:38:23+00:00 December 4th, 2017|1st Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments

Nina’s Bump Day Blog, Week 8 – Wake Me Up When December Ends

These are authentic nineties mix tapes pirated from the radio. Some of my earliest design work on the cases - I was always good with highlighters. All my emotions as a teenager were funneled into mix tapes. Actual tapes - I was a teen in the early 90's. (Did I mention I am of [...]

By | 2017-11-27T22:15:31+00:00 November 27th, 2017|1st Trimester, Bump Day Blog|2 Comments

Nina’s Bump Day Blog, Week 7 – Living with Uncertainty

All the evidence I have tells me I am pregnant, but it is not enough. After two losses where my body continued to keep calm and carry on as if all was well while the pregnancy went awry, I don’t trust the signals my body is giving me. My first loss was a missed miscarriage [...]

By | 2017-11-27T17:55:38+00:00 November 20th, 2017|1st Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments

Colbie Jane’s Birth Story

Today our precious little rainbow is eight weeks old. Where has the time gone? Between Colbie’s birth, managing two kids under two, packing and moving across country, time just flew by. I will admit that it still doesn't feel real that Colbie is finally here. Life after going through a pregnancy after loss is very [...]