On this Day: Hope

This morning, a memory popped up on Facebook of my husband holding our five-week-old baby girl. I remember when it was taken. He had been back at work for a week, and she had just graduated into newborn clothes rather than the preemies she’d been wearing for weeks. She was snuggled on his chest, like [...]

By | 2017-03-29T15:23:38+00:00 March 29th, 2017|Parenting After Loss, Pregnancy|0 Comments

Mikey’s Bump Day Blog, Week 14: Making the Best of Fear

This week has been a whirlwind of emotions. I thought that making it to the second trimester would finally bring a new sense of joy, and I would start to feel better about this pregnancy, but I'm not really sure. Ever since my OB appointment last Friday, every little thing has been running through my [...]

By | 2017-03-28T12:05:31+00:00 March 28th, 2017|14weeks, 2nd Trimester, Bump Day Blog, Pregnancy|0 Comments

Embracing the End of Pregnancy

PALS' Operations Director, Valerie Meek, enjoying a pedicure the day before her daughter was born. Embracing the end of pregnancy, weeks 37 to 42, can be a real challenge for many couples as you are waiting for the baby that is almost here. Family and friends may be checking in with you daily, [...]

By | 2017-03-23T10:43:08+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|Birth, Pregnancy|0 Comments

Mikey’s Bump Day Blog, Week 13: Hello Second Trimester

  "Whisper still, small words of trust And cradle my baby In the warmth of your love. Help me to celebrate The life growing within me." - Laura Kelly Fanucci   After many days and nights of worrying about this day, we have officially hit the second trimester. This is another big milestone on this [...]

Managing Classes during Pregnancy After Loss

For many women, becoming pregnant means being included in this special “club”—the “mom club” full of insiders that share their wisdom and tips for motherhood. Part of joining this club means partaking in initiation kinds of activities like pre-natal yoga or birthing class. Once your child is born, you are “allowed” into the full versions [...]

Let’s Talk About Miscarriage

I never thought it would be me. Maybe it was sweet naivety because this was my first pregnancy. Maybe it was ignorance because I never saw it happen to anyone I knew well. Or maybe it was just misinformation that silence can perpetuate. Whatever the reason, I was far removed from the reality of baby [...]

PAL Awareness Photo Challenge 2017

Welcome to Pregnancy After Loss (PAL) Awareness Month Photo Challenge, March 2016. What is Pregnancy After Loss Awareness Month? In the world of pregnancy after loss there is a story of hope about a precious new life, and it’s the story of the rainbow baby. It is based on the understanding that the beauty of the [...]

By | 2017-03-10T10:34:56+00:00 March 10th, 2017|Parenting After Loss, Pregnancy, The First Year, TTC|0 Comments

Mikey’s Bump Day Blog, Week 11: The Ugliness of Pregnancy After Loss

One of the hardest things I’ve discovered this past week was saying goodbye to my biggest supporter and having to be strong while he’s gone. As a military wife, this shouldn’t be anything new for me. Often times my husband has to leave for extended periods of time, however this time saying goodbye was a [...]

By | 2017-03-07T10:01:39+00:00 March 7th, 2017|11weeks, 1st Trimester, Bump Day Blog, Pregnancy|1 Comment

Addressing the Diversity of Experiences in Working with PAL Clients

In working with women who are pregnant again after loss (and their partners), I have realized my task is both simple and complex. While I seek to help clients by normalizing their experience of loss, I also must attend to individual experiences of grief, anger, and fear, as well as moments of joy, relief, and [...]

Mikey’s Bump Day Blog, Week 10: A Quarter of the Way There

I can hardly believe that we are now ¼ of the way through this pregnancy. Where did the past 10 weeks go? Each day and week that passes by becomes a little more real with every mini-milestone accomplished on this long journey. Last week my husband and I were so fortunate to see a healthy [...]

By | 2017-02-28T11:35:39+00:00 February 28th, 2017|10weeks, 1st Trimester, Bump Day Blog, Pregnancy|0 Comments