How I Bonded With My Baby Before I Met Him

Did you mommas find that the first few weeks of your pregnancy felt oddly surreal? As pumped as I was to be pregnant, I had a hard time grasping the reality of it until that first ultrasound & it got super real when I started showing! When we found out that not only was their a little soul inside of me, but that he was a little boy, I felt like we had been literally introduced. We named him & saw that his profile kind of looked like ours. I couldn't wait to get to know him. I found myself doing these things & once he was born I realized that we had already bonded. That baby is getting to know your voice, your smell, your way of walking. Baby bonding is a real thing & hopefully these things can help your pregnancy be even sweeter!

My Type B Cloth Diapering Experience

I didn't even know people cloth diapered their babies anymore until one of our moms brought their toddler to the clinic with the cutest little bum I've ever seen! I stared wide-eyed as she explained what a cloth diaper was & how much she loved doing it. Through my plastered smile, I nicely explained that it felt like a little too much for me to consider as a new mom; some things are just easier to pay for & throw away right? Then J & I sat down to look at the ever-thinning margin in our budget after a move, new house, student loans, impending child & lessening income. I realized I had to become that Home Economist Dave Ramsey talked about, so I got creative. One of the more ambitious endeavors (& the most difficult to talk my husband into) was cloth diapering...

Lessons From My Birth Story, Part II

I delivered my son after 31 trying hours, completely differently than the way I had prayed about so diligently. I felt let down by God, my Father, the Promise Keeper, the One Who had always answered my prayers for even the smallest things. Why had He chosen not to honor my request for a natural labor & delivery?

Lessons From My Birth Story, Part I

Baby J was due November 27, 2017. Around Valentine's Day, approximately 9 months earlier, I was reading about Mary & I felt the conviction, the nudge, the unmistakable go-ahead from the Lord to start our family. We did the calculations, but I was still surprised when March brought a positive test. So I read Baby Bargains, met my doctor, started a registry & created the Pinterest boards. As the time got closer, J & I took a new parent class (like newbs...), I met with a nurse to create my "birth plan" (quotes will be explained later...), & set up our home for the impending arrival. Excuse the ring of arrogance with this statement, but NO ONE could have been more prepared than me...

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