As people commented on my FB and IG posts things that have been said to them, my heart sank for a lot of these women. Pregnancy is an incredible time in your life. Some people love it, and others really don't. Adopting is a hard process and so rewarding. Fostering takes your whole heart and soul and strength. PLEASE, friends, be careful what you say to us new moms of all kinds!
When the Devil tries to tear you down, you have 2 options, my friends. 1) Let him destroy you or 2) Let God destroy him. You always get to choose what attitude you are going to have in a situation. Let it pick at you and make you grumpy towards the world, or see what you can learn from it, what can you be thankful for, and not let him get into your mind.
We both come from families of divorce which can make life interesting. With broken backgrounds and unhealthy relationships to look up to, it's hard to find the 'right' path or steps to take to make sure we stay together. Not only stay together but stay loving each other! So we work at it.
I started to feel the urge to push but the second midwife wasn’t at the house yet. Alison had tried to call the other two midwives on her team but neither of them were able to make it there quickly so she called a midwife on the other team who agreed to come right … Continue reading Everett’s Birth Story (Part 2)
One of the best notes that I had read was to really take time to enjoy the moments between the contractions. I thought about celebrating their birthday a year from then and how excited I was to plan the party. I thought about seeing their little face and holding them for the first time. I thought about all of the women around the world birthing with me at the same time and how incredible it was to be a part of the circle of life. Although the pain was intense when I was contracting it was just such a beautiful thing to be able to experience.
That's normally all people tell you. How excited they are, how their partner finally felt it kick, what the nursery is going to look like, the cute clothes they've bought for their little one. But sometimes there is a whole lot more to be talked about.
When we were in the surgery room and Neil had brought her over to me, I forced tears. That's what good moms do right? Cry at the sight of their first born?
As Neil changed into the gown, they rolled me down the hallway into the operating room. My whole body shook uncontrollably. I couldn't wrap my mind around what was happening. *I must confess at this point I was also thinking a lot about Grey's anatomy and all the things that could go wrong. If you are heading in for surgery or birth, I don't suggest binge watching it on Netflix for the month leading up to your big day*
I want to be real with you. I don't want to share all the good and none of the bad. Social media has cultivated this idea that life is only worth sharing if it's sunny days and smooth sailing. We see girls with the perfect lighting showing off their bibles with perfect notes with a … Continue reading Real Talk: Is this the life I want?