Kasey’s Bump Day Blog: Ava June’s Birth Story

When I wrote my 37 week post I did not expect it to be my last bump day blog post before our baby was born. I expected to have three more posts! As I wrote in that last post, in some ways Eric and I were very ready for the baby to arrive as we [...]

Life With Noah: Finding Balance

I recently made the decision to start working outside our home for the first time since Noah was born. While I was fortunate to be able to work from home for several years, the position I held was eliminated last June and I found myself unemployed for the first time since I was a teenager. [...]

By |2019-04-18T21:47:49-04:00April 18th, 2019|Parenting After Loss|0 Comments

Marry the Man Who Will Hold Your Dead Baby

Marry the man who buys you tampons while dating because he will be the one who buys the pregnancy tests once married. Marry the man who gets teary eyed when he sees you all dressed up for a date because he’ll be the one who gets a tear in his eye when you tell him [...]

By |2019-04-18T18:45:29-04:00April 18th, 2019|Parenting After Loss, Pregnancy, TTC|0 Comments

When My Rainbow Baby Turns One Year Old

A fog lifts when my rainbows turn one year old. The first time it happened, I thought it might be a coincidence of timing. But the second time, it happened again. My first rainbow was conceived four months after my first son was stillborn. My pregnancy with her felt mostly dark and overwhelmed in anxiety [...]

Parenting the Living by Parenting the Dead

In the early days after Oberon died, my grief was all about me. I was doing the things I needed to do - expressing my love and pain, filling up space, parenting my child who was not in my arms. These needs continue today, but they are not as all-encompassing. My need for validation from [...]

By |2019-04-16T21:39:11-04:00April 16th, 2019|Parenting After Loss|0 Comments

Sarah’s Bump Day Blog, Week 31: Going to Counseling

We all handle loss differently. Some of us are open to talking about every aspect of it, and some of us don’t ever want to talk about it. The level of support that someone who has lost a pregnancy receives can vary as well. Maybe you are lucky and have a lot of friends and [...]

By |2019-04-16T21:25:44-04:00April 16th, 2019|3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog, Pregnancy|0 Comments

The Ugly Side of Loss: Struggling to say “Congratulations”

I'm sorry if anything I'm about to say comes out wrong. It's the ugly side of loss, and pregnancy after that loss. I'm not proud of the green monster that takes over sometimes. The angry, bitter, and just plain sad. Last week my beautiful cousin gave birth to her first baby, a perfect little girl. She [...]

By |2019-04-11T20:02:05-04:00April 11th, 2019|Emotional Health, Pregnancy|0 Comments

There will be a moment…

There will be a moment when you get a positive pregnancy test and you will be overcome with excitement in one moment and flooded with fear the next. There will be a moment when you thought you were ready for another baby but suddenly feel you should have waited. There will be a moment when [...]

By |2019-04-10T19:16:58-04:00April 10th, 2019|Parenting After Loss, Pregnancy, TTC|0 Comments

Sarah’s Bump Day Blog, Week 30: A Great MFM Appointment

This has been a pretty busy week at work this past week, which has been great for making time go by faster. We are in the final week stretch before the tax deadline, so I know this upcoming week will be crazy too. Then things will slow down and not really ramp back up until [...]

By |2019-04-09T16:43:41-04:00April 9th, 2019|30weeks, 3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog, Pregnancy|0 Comments

The courage to reach out, the courage to give back

"I hope you don't mind, but I shared your story and your blog with a friend of mine. She and her husband just lost their baby (are looking to adopt. are pregnant again after loss). I want to help, but I don't know what to do. Can I give them your contact info?" At least [...]

By |2019-04-09T08:21:23-04:00April 9th, 2019|Parenting After Loss|0 Comments