Parenting is Hard

One of my favorite lines in Expecting Sunshine documentary is spoken by bereaved mom Kiley Hanish, founder of the Return to Zero Center for Healing. Kiley talks about parenting after the loss of a child as challenging, but admits that parenting – in general – is hard. I love that honestly! Every time the film [...]

By | 2017-09-19T18:38:39+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Emotional Health, Parenting After Loss|0 Comments

Pregnancy After Loss Cravings

For most moms, pregnancy is a joyful and blissful time. You always hear about the fun parts of pregnancy like food cravings. Women begging their partners for pickles and ice cream at 3 A.M. or inhaling economy size bags of chips and salsa. When I was pregnant with Lily, I craved oranges, strawberries and Yoplait [...]

By | 2017-09-14T09:14:30+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Pregnancy|0 Comments

Mikey’s Bump Day Blog, Week 38: To My Precious Rainbow Baby

To my precious Rainbow Baby: “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain ‘Move from here to there’ and it WILL move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” – Matthew 17:20 For the past 268 days, you’ve grown from the size of a little mustard to seed [...]

By | 2017-09-12T12:20:32+00:00 September 12th, 2017|3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog, Pregnancy|0 Comments

A Letter to my Rainbow Patients

Dear Mommy who just had a Rainbow Baby, My name is Katie, and I'm going to be your nurse until 7pm. I am going to do an assessment on you and then baby, and then I have some paperwork in this folder to go over with you real quick. It's a lot of information, but [...]

By | 2017-09-07T08:40:37+00:00 September 7th, 2017|Birth, For Dads, From Professionals, Parenting After Loss|0 Comments

Mikey’s Bump Day Blog, Week 35: A Heart Full of Hope and Confidence

It's hard to believe that in four weeks (or less) life is going to be very different. Just four long weeks filled with anxiety and excitement are left until we finally get to welcome our little rainbow baby into the world! Believe it or not, despite everything lately health wise not going in my favor, [...]

By | 2017-08-22T08:13:07+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog, Pregnancy|1 Comment

Laura’s Bump Day Blog, Week 24 – Lost Its Meaning (For Me)

I know that everyone’s experience with this week is different, and I can only speak for my experience. I don’t discount at all that viability week is significant for so many of our PALS mamas. When my we found out that Layla would be stillborn at 35 weeks and 3 days, all I could think [...]

By | 2017-07-17T14:06:25+00:00 July 17th, 2017|24weeks, 2nd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|2 Comments

Eli River’s Birth Story

For quite some time, we had the 19th June scheduled for Eli's induction. It would place us at exactly 37 weeks, and felt like a safe time to plan it. Leo had died at 37 plus 1 weeks, and we understand the benefits of getting as close to term as possible for various different outcomes. [...]

By | 2017-07-14T11:01:59+00:00 July 14th, 2017|Birth, Rainbow Birth Stories|1 Comment

Laura’s Bump Day Blog, Week 23 – Creating Space to Balance the What-Ifs

This is never an easy week for me, but this one was a doozy. Last Friday marked 11 years since my father passed away unexpectedly. How I’ve commemorated that day has changed over the years, much the same way that how I honor Layla on her day has changed over time. I used to take [...]

By | 2017-07-10T13:06:21+00:00 July 10th, 2017|23weeks, 2nd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments

Laura’s Bump Day Blog, Week 21 – Courage.

The definition of courage may be the thing that has changed the most in my life. When we’re young, courage is getting up in front of the school for that first talent show or solo or speech. As we get older, it’s admitting when we’re wrong, learning how to say goodbye to loved ones, swallowing [...]

By | 2017-06-26T11:53:28+00:00 June 26th, 2017|21weeks, Bump Day Blog|1 Comment