Kasey’s Bump Day Blog, Week 27: Trying to Trust My Gut

Twenty seven weeks. We are just one week away from the third trimester. It is incredible to me that this pregnancy is this far along! Pregnancy feels like such well-traveled road. And yet, here I am, so familiar with being pregnant but facing (hopefully) 13 more weeks of uncharted territory for me. At the same [...]

By |2018-12-03T11:02:56+00:00December 2nd, 2018|2nd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|2 Comments

Dear Santa, Please Fill all the Stockings

Dear Santa, I’m writing to you this year on behalf of my sweet four-year-old daughter Zoe. She wants you to know that she would like a doctor’s kit, a stuffed giraffe, and a princess dress for Christmas. Zoe has been very good this year. She wanted me to make sure you knew that and that [...]

By |2018-11-30T11:16:35+00:00November 29th, 2018|Parenting After Loss|0 Comments

A Broken and Overflowing Full Heart at Christmas

My husband and I both come from families who are really, really into Christmas. Growing up, I spent many a December at my grandparents’ home in Florida. My earliest holiday memories are of palm trees swaying with Christmas lights, and Santa hats being worn in jest on the white sandy beaches of West Palm Beach. [...]

By |2018-11-28T20:19:13+00:00November 28th, 2018|Parenting After Loss|0 Comments

A Loss Mama’s Experience with Genetic Testing

Photo by Kyle Broad on Unsplash When I was pregnant with my son, I was lucky that it was a fairly easy pregnancy.  When we were offered the typical genetic testing at the time, it was the NT (nuchal translucency) scan, the basic test that everyone can do that has the ultrasound along with a blood [...]

By |2018-11-27T20:13:52+00:00November 27th, 2018|Pregnancy|0 Comments

Kasey’s Bump Day Blog, Week 26: Thanksgiving and Black Friday

Coming up to Thanksgiving I was doing relatively well. For the past two weeks we have been in a sweet spot. Being past the anatomy scan, passing 24 weeks, and feeling consistent movement eased some of my worry about this baby and this pregnancy. I also feel like we can continue to avoid preparations for [...]

By |2018-11-25T21:26:17+00:00November 25th, 2018|26weeks, 2nd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments

Supporting a bereaved parent during the Holidays (and every day)

Supporting someone who is bereaved can be incredibly challenging—a different kind of challenging from managing the grief. Most people feel ill-equiped to be around someone else that is grieving. It makes them feel awkward and helpless (two feelings that human beings don’t do particularly well with). Automatically, their nurturing instinct kicks in with the drive [...]

Feeling Joy Doesn’t Mean We’ve Forgotten

Oberon in hospice care - December 10, 2014 - always loved, always remembered I've seen it again and again - loss parents struggling with guilt. Parenting after loss is riddled with guilt, this ever-present undercurrent of our days. Those moments when we find ourselves giggling at something online, laughing wholeheartedly at our living [...]

By |2018-11-20T20:06:33+00:00November 20th, 2018|Emotional Health, Parenting After Loss|0 Comments

Why I’m Unapologetically Breastfeeding My Toddler Into Her Twos

You might not agree . . . but I honestly don't care. I'm still breastfeeding my toddler -- and I don't plan to stop anytime soon. My rainbow baby is weeks away from turning two. Besides the fact that I’m in complete denial about this, as evidenced by the fact that I refuse to plan [...]

By |2018-11-18T20:19:49+00:00November 18th, 2018|Parenting After Loss, The First Year|1 Comment

Kasey’s Bump Day Blog, Week 25: Another Anniversary

This time of year has so many anniversaries for Eric and me. October 9th, 2017 was Danny’s delivery date. Halloween is Eric’s birthday and the date we made our public announcement about our first pregnancy. November 13th is the anniversary of our first date (13 years this year, but I have been told there is [...]

By |2018-11-18T20:04:41+00:00November 18th, 2018|25 weeks, 2nd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments