When are you ready?

I lost my daughter Naomi at nearly 19 weeks through a "perfect storm" of medical issues that threatened my life. I had been hospitalized with unmanageable abdominal pain unrelated to my pregnancy, only to have my baby born sleeping, followed by emergency surgery the next day.  I was sicker than I had ever been in [...]

By | 2017-06-16T07:36:03+00:00 June 16th, 2017|Emotional Health, TTC|0 Comments

Life With Noah: With Hopeful Hearts

  Hope.  A word with four little letters, yet it's played such a huge role in my journey to grow my family. Hope that the mass on my ovary wasn't a big deal.  (It wasn't, although it was the first sign of my PCOS) Hope that the mass in the front of my husband's brain [...]

By | 2017-05-19T12:21:42+00:00 May 19th, 2017|Parenting After Loss, TTC|0 Comments

Learning to celebrate Mother’s Day

I had a whole lot of hard Mother's Days and one good one from the time we started trying to have children until the time our rainbow baby was born. Mother's Day the first year we were trying to get pregnant was not too bad. After all, everyone knows that it may take a little [...]

With arms both full and empty

My rainbow baby turned five last week, and there is something momentous about that, because he isn't a baby anymore. He will graduate from preschool in a couple of months and we will begin homeschool kindergarten, alongside his fourth grade sister. They will fuss at and love on one another, fiercely, and I will fuss [...]

By | 2017-04-07T10:15:16+00:00 April 7th, 2017|Parenting After Loss, TTC|0 Comments

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

10 Reminders for my Body and Heart as I Try to Conceive

"The flower of life" The idea of being pregnant again is exciting and, mostly, overwhelming. Sometimes it seems so daunting, so scary. Yet, wanting a baby is such a strong pull. Whenever something is so big and so important and so scary, I try to focus on the here and now. Break it [...]

By | 2017-02-20T15:50:13+00:00 February 20th, 2017|TTC|0 Comments

Ask the Expert: Scared to take a Pregnancy Test

Ask the Expert is a column at Pregnancy After Loss Support (PALS) where members of the community ask questions of experts who treat moms who are pregnant after loss. Visit our Ask the Expert page to submit a question. *Disclaimer: Pregnancy After Loss Support does not give medical or psychological advice. We are strictly a peer-to-peer support resource [...]

By | 2017-01-30T12:07:09+00:00 January 30th, 2017|1st Trimester, Ask the Expert, TTC|0 Comments

Holding on to Hope

Last Saturday Lindsey Goodwin interviewed me about my work with Pregnancy After Loss Support for her podcast, Tiny Giant Losses. When she asked me how I held onto hope while trying to conceive and then pregnant after loss, I remembered the onesies that my husband and I collected while trying to conceive our subsequent pregnancy. [...]

By | 2017-01-24T22:27:05+00:00 January 25th, 2017|Parenting After Loss, Pregnancy, The First Year, TTC|0 Comments