Rebecca’s Bump Day Blog, Week 33: Nesting

33 weeks. I'm not sure how we got here. It seems like it was just last week that I found out I was pregnant. I was completely overwhelmed and had no idea how we’d survive 9 months of worrying and waiting to see if we’d get to bring this baby home. Apparently for me, the [...]

Five Lessons on the Birthday of Expecting Sunshine

One thing I have noticed since losing my son, Zachary, is how I appreciate milestones more deeply. I love celebrating the birthdays of my two rainbow babies and my daughter, who was one-year-old when Zach passed away. So too am I grateful to wish my “book baby” a very happy birthday. One year ago today, [...]

Why fear should not keep you from announcing a baby on the way

Early pregnancy is a time when a woman’s body goes through massive change, most of her baby’s development takes place, and she is at the highest statistical risk at loss. Yet our society demands she endure it all alone. ... "She was barely pregnant . . . " As I read these words, discomfort began to churn [...]

By | 2018-04-15T13:04:02+00:00 April 15th, 2018|1st Trimester, Pregnancy|0 Comments

Rebecca’s Bump Day Blog, Week 32: Fighting an Unknown Enemy

This pregnancy feels like an extended battle with an unknown enemy. My doctors and I have been on high alert since the beginning. With nothing more than a few wild guesses about what we’re fighting, we’ve had to prepare for all possible attacks. In the early months, we were slowly and methodically fortifying our defenses [...]

By | 2018-04-16T14:42:36+00:00 April 15th, 2018|3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog, Pregnancy|1 Comment

Rebecca’s Bump Day Blog, Week 31: Other Pregnant Ladies

I have been avoiding a woman in my office building for months now. Not because of anything she’s said or done, but because we have similarly sized baby bumps and conversations about pregnancy with people I don’t know are scary for me. She’s noticed me a handful of times and she always looks happy and [...]

The Incredible Meaning behind my Photographs of my Pregnancy after Loss

Guest Post by Mary Alice Marshall It wasn't until two weeks after our rainbow was born that I finally got up the nerve to share pictures I had taken throughout the pregnancy. As I shared, I reflected on their incredible meaning through this pregnancy after loss journey. Oh, the pregnancy tests! Our fifth positive pregnancy [...]

By | 2018-04-05T12:00:40+00:00 April 5th, 2018|Birth, Pregnancy|0 Comments

Hope During Pregnancy After Loss: Remember What is Possible

Are you having trouble holding onto hope during this season of pregnancy after loss? Maybe you've experienced complications and are worried that you'll lose another baby. Maybe the days are passing just a little too slowly and the journey towards a full-term pregnancy seems endless. Maybe the trauma from pregnancy loss has led to the [...]

Rebecca’s Bump Day Blog, Week 30: A First Birthday

April 1st was one of the first days I checked on a calendar after I learned I was pregnant last fall. April 1st would be the first anniversary of my son Arthur’s birth and death. I wanted to know how far along I would be if this pregnancy lasted. 30 weeks. That seemed good, it [...]

Tracy’s Bump Day Blog, Week 36: The Other Side

Photo credit: Sublime Photo Art My births are inherently medical. I didn’t choose this, but I’m okay with it. There are a lot of ways to birth and to want to birth. Sometimes they can start out with a certain intention or plan and then change a little or a lot, depending on [...]

Trying to conceive after loss: Your top 10 list of what you must know

After my first loss, my thoughts constantly fell on one of two things: mourning the baby we just lost and dreaming of trying again. As much as I deeply ached to still be pregnant with the child we already conceived, the emptiness in my womb now felt unbearable. I was ready to start trying to [...]

By | 2018-03-18T20:17:25+00:00 March 18th, 2018|1st Trimester, Adoption, Emotional Health, Pregnancy, TTC|1 Comment