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

Laura’s Bump Day Blog, Week 8: The Importance of Support

It’s not even 8am, and I’ve already put in a solid hour of tears over coffee and caramel. We’ve been up for hours, despite being on vacation, with no alarm clocks and no responsibilities to anyone but ourselves – but we just can’t sleep. The desire to take advantage of every moment we have with [...]

By | 2017-03-27T11:54:47+00:00 March 27th, 2017|1st Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments

Jessica’s Bump Day Blog, Week 24 – Reaching Viability, Planning & Celebrating

Week 24 of Magpie's pregnancy has been busy. Reaching a siginificant goal, scan and consultant appointments, and my thirtieth birthday celebrations. Reaching Viability This week signifies our biggest milestone yet: viability. It is something that I have spoken about quite a bit over the last few weeks, mainly due to it looming, almost teasing us. [...]

By | 2017-03-24T09:44:59+00:00 March 24th, 2017|24weeks, 2nd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|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 [...]

Laura’s Bump Day Blog, Week 7: The Long Road Ahead

Well, isn’t this a surprise. I mean, clearly I know how babies are made, but my first two took WORK. Months of TTC and OPKs and SMEP and all the acronyms that you get familiar with quickly, both as a naïve first-time mom and then as a PAL mom, when TTC takes on a whole [...]

By | 2017-03-20T18:05:04+00:00 March 20th, 2017|1st Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments

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 [...]

Jessica’s Bump Day Blog, Week 23 – Anxiety Spirals & Awaiting Milestones

I had a suspicion that my anxiety could peak this week. I probably created it, as week 24 has been my main goal for quite a while. As I discussed last week, it's the viability marker in the UK and so I've been pushing for it for so long. As if it was the finish [...]

By | 2017-03-17T11:05:58+00:00 March 17th, 2017|23weeks, 2nd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments