Kasey’s Bump Day Blog, Week 15: Two Years and Counting

My life is measured in school years. I was in school every year of my life from when I began preschool until I was 27 years-old. My husband is a high school teacher, and I work at a university. My life ebbs and flows based on the academic calendar. Two years ago, at the start [...]

By |2018-09-09T17:14:01+00:00September 9th, 2018|15weeks, Bump Day Blog, Pregnancy|2 Comments

The Pressure to Enjoy Every Moment when Parenting after Loss

There seems to be mounting pressure from society to enjoy every moment of motherhood. And as a loss mom, this pressure seems to weigh more heavily on my shoulders. I know what it's like to live without the children who died within my womb, the children whose lives were so short that we didn't have [...]

By |2018-09-03T21:26:09+00:00September 3rd, 2018|Parenting After Loss|0 Comments

We’re Done Having Children and My Family Is Incomplete

As a mom who has experienced loss, I have always dreaded the question, “How many children do you have?” For so long, I struggled with finding an answer that was simple and truthful. Now, after over two years of fumbling my words, I feel somewhat okay with sharing that I have two daughters knowing that [...]

By |2018-08-30T21:38:51+00:00August 30th, 2018|Parenting After Loss, TTC|0 Comments

Countering Guilt in Pregnancy (and Motherhood) After Loss

When I first meet a client who is pregnant I am prepared to hear about their discomfort, nausea, fears about labor, and worries about the baby’s development. When I meet a client who is newly pregnant after a loss, I am also prepared to hear about guilt. There is often guilt about having wanted to [...]

I’m not a neurotic mom, I’m a loss mom

Stitch helps fill out preschool paperwork Our family is taking a bit of a leap, and our daughter “Stitch” is starting preschool at two and a half. It has gotten increasingly challenging to work from home and give Stitch the attention she needs. These sorts of transitions can be challenging to the most [...]

By |2018-08-27T08:49:33+00:00August 27th, 2018|Parenting After Loss|0 Comments

Adoption is not a Lifetime Movie

I'm an open book when it comes to sharing the story of our losses. I'm always willing to talk about how we adopted and then went on to successfully carry two pregnancies to term. Sharing these stories are my way of still continuing to process what has happened, and honoring our children who aren't with [...]

By |2018-08-23T21:13:31+00:00August 23rd, 2018|Adoption, Parenting After Loss|1 Comment

Handling Stress in Your Rainbow Pregnancy and Postpartum Periods

Photo by Julie Johnson on Unsplash Everyone knows that stress affects the body. And being a rainbow parent adds a whole new dimension to fears and worries. Stress can affect your sleep, digestion, headaches, motivation, and mental health conditions. Stress lowers your immunity and makes challenging daily situations more intense. Pregnancy and bringing your newborn home [...]

Trying to Get Pregnant Again after Loss

The thought of adding another child to your family starts out as such an exciting time. You dream of whether you will have a boy or a girl, what they will look like, and what kind of personality they will have. After you get pregnant, you anxiously await that first ultrasound and hearing the heartbeat [...]

By |2018-08-21T15:42:57+00:00August 21st, 2018|TTC|0 Comments

A letter to my earth humans

Because I love you more than you know and because I didn't always feel like the best mother, I want you to know... I apologize I apologize for whenever I lost my temper. I apologize if I wasn’t patient enough. I apologize for the many times you saw me cry and couldn’t understand why. I [...]

By |2018-08-21T07:14:27+00:00August 21st, 2018|Emotional Health, Parenting After Loss, Pregnancy|1 Comment

Finding an OB After Pregnancy Loss: 8 Ways You Need Their Support

Dear OB after pregnancy loss, Before we make this “relationship” official, I have a confession. I know my paperwork has already informed you that my number of pregnancies does not equal the number of babies who made it to viability. This gravida/parity equation is simple to read, but carries nuances that can be hard to [...]

By |2018-08-19T19:14:02+00:00August 19th, 2018|1st Trimester, For Professionals, Pregnancy, TTC|0 Comments