• Pregnancy

    Early Pregnancy Signs and Symptoms: Moms Share Their Experiences

    As he grew inside of my body, I couldn’t help but to feel so grateful that I didn’t have any of those horrible pregnancy symptoms that everyone always talks about. In fact, I didn’t have any early pregnancy signs! But when my son was born, I knew a few months into his life that the basically perfect pregnancy I had meant I was in for it with this little one! He did not sleep through the night until he was 14 months old. And I was basically a zombie for that entire time. I should’ve known my time was coming while I frolicked through the flowers with not a pregnancy…

  • Pregnancy

    Fear of Childbirth: A New Mom’s Insight & How to Handle the Fear

    **This post was made in partnership with Kathryn Sullivan.** Congrats, Mama! You did it! You grew an entire human! There were many times on my journey where I didn’t think I was going to make it, but somehow here I am 6 weeks postpartum. I can tell you that as different as you now may feel in this new role of Mama, you are still in there and make sure to take care of yourself. Next stop, childbirth! Now that you’re here and ready for childbirth, I’m sure you have some mixed feelings just like I did. Mixed feelings such as, “Get this baby out of me before it gets…

  • Pregnancy

    Hospital Bag Essentials for Labor and Delivery

    Are you ready to have your baby?! Are you both excited and nervous at the same time?! Trust me, it’s all normal to have so many mixed emotions about what is coming next in your pregnancy. I’ve totally been there and done that. Nothing about this next step in your journey will be easy, but it will all be worth it once you are holding your sweet baby! This might be the last step in your preparation, planning, and nesting phase; preparing the hospital bag essentials. What should go in your hospital bag? I’m sure you have noticed there are many answers out there telling you what you should or…

  • Baby Shower,  Pregnancy

    13 Baby Shower Gifts I Couldn’t Live Without

    First time parenting is rough. You have no clue what you’re doing and you really don’t know how to prepare. No matter how many books you read or what advice you hear, your baby and your experience will be different. Many baby shower gifts are geared towards big items. You will learn an exponential amount about parenthood along the way and you just have to ride the waves. One of those lessons will be which baby shower gifts you will actually use. A true testament to my new parenting skills was the day we went to do our baby registry. We went to Babies R Us when I was barely…

  • Motherhood,  Pregnancy

    Becoming Mommy: My Birth Story

    A few weeks ago, I did this thing… I became a mom! That experience was by far the hardest and best thing I have ever done in my life. I am so happy that we have a healthy little boy now. The journey to motherhood was full of anticipation, anxiety, excitement, and the unexpected. Now, I am part of the “when I went into labor…” club and can join in on the birth story conversations! The Night Before Labor My birth story began the night before I went into labor. I had cooked a chicken and rice meal for dinner. My husband worked the night shift so he took this…