• Pregnancy

    Natural Birth vs. Epidural: My Medicated and Unmedicated Births

    I’ve been asked by several friends and family members about my experience with a natural birth vs. epidural. With my first child, I had an epidural and gave birth in a hospital. Recently, I gave birth to my second child naturally in a birth center. The truth is, I have two beautiful babies! I don’t regret either of my choices even though they are significantly different. Both of my births were memorable, uncomplicated, and special. The choice to have an unmedicated birth for my second birth experience was not a decision I made lightly. Knowing what I knew after having my first, I was hesitant to cut off the epidural…

  • Coronavirus and pregnancy
    Pregnancy

    Coronavirus and Pregnancy: How Women Giving Birth in 2020 Will Redefine Motherhood

    Women giving birth in 2020 will have to redefine motherhood given the negative relationship between the coronavirus and pregnancy. Without a doubt, what is happening in our world today is scary. The coronavirus (or COVID-19) has swept over our world causing a historical pandemic that no one was prepared to face. I really didn’t want to acknowledge this situation. As a matter of fact, I didn’t even want to say the name of the virus out loud. I guess you can say I was in denial. However, now that this virus has hit my home state and has put my pregnancy at risk, I can’t keep my head buried in…

  • Pregnancy

    Preparing for Baby #2: How is it Different from Your First?

    The most exciting news for my little family came just before Halloween 2019. My husband and I had talked about growing our family. Our son was almost two years old and we knew we would need to start trying soon. Through the experience we had trying to conceive the first time, we did not expect that we would get pregnant without intervention the second time. Surprise! Baby #2 was on the way sooner than we expected and we couldn’t be happier. After that not-so-pleasant first trimester, things started picking up as we started preparing for baby #2. We thought about where the baby would sleep, what she needed, what we…

  • Pregnancy

    Pregnant Bridesmaid Tips & Advice: Make the Most of Your Experience!

    Life happens and sometimes we can’t always plan around some of life’s biggest milestones. My brother got engaged in October 2018 and I was asked to be a bridesmaid in the wedding. They set the date for May 2020 so there was plenty of time to plan for the biggest event of the year. There was also plenty of time for me to *surprisingly* become pregnant! Already having a son who was turning two years old, we didn’t know if we were going to be able to have any other children. I had trouble getting pregnant the first time, which I ended up with an infertility diagnosis. Always having that…

  • Baby Shower,  Pregnancy

    Baby Shower Gifts for Moms: 18 Useful & Thoughtful Gift Ideas

    “How cute are those little leggings with the matching headband!” “Those overalls are adorable!” “Can you just imagine him/her in that little sleeper outfit?” -Every Guest Attending Your Baby Shower All the ooing and awing over the adorable baby gifts is enough to send you into a spiral of twinkle and rainbows as you imagine your little bundle using every one of those gifts. While baby shower gifts are super fun to buy and receive, the mama-to-be tends to get the short end of the stick. How many baby shower gifts for moms have you seen being opened at a baby shower? I’ve been to many baby showers (having one…