He told me he was “momma’s baby.” He snuggled up tight in my lap and drank his milk. After he drank it all, we simply cuddled for a long time more, him cradled in my arms, responding to his sister’s requests of play with his simple phrase, “I momma’s baby.” I soaked it in. I breathed him… Continue reading Just Breathe
I see the way she glows. The way she gently rubs her belly, that smile which rounds her face. I remember being her. I remember the feelings, the anticipations, joys, fears. Wondering what it was going to be like, to have a child of my own. I now have two kids. And when I see… Continue reading What I Want to Tell the Pregnant Woman
Welcome to the Share Your Story event: Childbirth – Your Stories This post was written as part of the Share Your Story event hosted by Kids in the House. Our contributors have shared their stories, struggles, and wisdom about the unforgettable yet unpredictable event that is childbirth. I remember thinking there could be nothing as… Continue reading Child Birth: the Ache of Love
My labor pains were excruciating, the groans severe, and yet not one time did I fear for my life. I was recently made aware of an ugly statistic: 800 moms died today either before, during, or shortly after childbirth. 800 more moms will die tomorrow. The number 800 continues on. The majority of these 800 deaths were preventable,… Continue reading 800 Moms Died Today
I was with an unnamed relative at the park when we struck up a conversation with one of the moms there. She was definitely pregnant and told us she had five weeks to go. This is how the following conversation proceeded: My unnamed relative: “Oh, wow, five more weeks! I thought you were due any… Continue reading 2 Things NOT to Say to the Pregnant Woman!
My sweet Pierce, I cannot believe you turn one today. I will admit there were times during my pregnancy I wondered if I would truly love you as much as your sister. I cared for Boston more than life itself. Could I really have such a bond for this second being growing inside me? . .… Continue reading The Life of the 2nd Born