It was three a.m. My head was heavy and my eyes burned. I was exhausted... after all, you were born just thirteen hours earlier. But, despite four long days of labor, I couldn't sleep. In the details of that crinkled forehead, in the softness of those perfect lips, I saw the brilliance of God's creation. .......... … Continue reading My Greatest Adventure
Dear Postpartum Body, If there is anything (at this particular moment) I have a love/hate relationship with, it's you. I'm sorry. You don't deserve the bitterness, you don't deserve my resentment. You worked so hard in the last 10 months, and I should give you a break. But, I can't lie. I have to address … Continue reading #Mombod: A Letter to my Postpartum Body
I've always been an optimistic person. Put me in any situation and you'll find me, with determination, trying to identify the silver lining. I'm pretty sure this is a good quality. We need more hope in the world, right? After all, perspective is important. A belief in something is often the first step to its … Continue reading The Power of Just Being Okay
"It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit." (J.R.R. Tolkien) I really don't know how I did it... I really don't know how I got through labor without screaming for an epidural (at least out loud that is). I could give you some ideas as to what … Continue reading Cecilia Rose Peñate: A Birth Story
I saw a brilliant meme the other day... it went something like this: "Waiting for labor is like picking someone up at the airport but not knowing who you're picking up and when they arrive." I laughed so hard I almost cried. Mostly out of the painful realization that this is SO true. What an odd … Continue reading Why I Hate Waiting, but Why it’s Absurdly Good for Me
Just a few days ago, we had the joy of spending an hour with our friends Avenue Creative who so perfectly captured the joy of our sweet Cecilia's upcoming arrival. Please continue to pray for us in this time of waiting and preparation, we seriously cannot wait to meet this little girl.
Every time I open the fridge, I'm pretty sure I stare at the beer like the picture of a long-lost boyfriend.* So sweet, so missed, yet still oh so unattainable. Now, don't get me wrong, this whole growing and nurturing a little human being sure takes the cake for "coolest thing I have ever accomplished," … Continue reading The 5 Things I Won’t Miss About Being Pregnant