The Story Behind ‘The Prayer’

The Story Behind the Prayer – –  Earlier this year, when Chris and I both realized we were ready and excited to add another person to our family, we began praying (among other things) *face* for the one who would join our family. One day while scrolling IG, I came across a post that honestly…

Powerful Words

Words. We teach our babies how to say them, starting with simple sounds, like da-da-da and ma-ma-ma. Our babies watch us as we make silly faces and move our lips and tongues. They try to imitate us. We wait for our babies to say their first words. And when they do, it’s powerful. Words. We speak…

Every Beating Heart

Have you ever laid your head on your child’s chest and listened to their heart beat? Tonight, as I responded to Charley’s cries (and returned to the bedroom for the thirteenth time), I did just that. It took me a bit longer to get to her this time, so by the time I reached her,…

Charley’s Birth Story – “In an Instant”

Time and time again as each contraction rose, I took a deep breath, pushed my feet into the wall of the shower in front of me, and grasped the bar, leaning my forehead against the cool metal as the pain surged through my insides.
I screamed.
Like the ocean when the water is rough and you’re out too far, the waves hit me over and over again. I was drowning and didn’t have enough of a break from the waves smashing into my face and leaving me breathless to dig my feet in the sand and gain some footing.

Diapers and Hanes

As any expectant momma nearing her due date, I have been chipping away at the last-minute preparations before my little one arrives. First, it was the daunting task of preparing her nursery (in our 107 year old house currently undergoing renovations)! Thank goodness for a handy husband and the help of our parents, who transformed…

Things People Say to Pregnant Women

You’d think people would learn. …yes, you’d think that after thousands of years of women having babies, people would finally learn what is and isn’t appropriate to say to a pregnant woman – this amazing specimen of a human being who sacrifices her body to complete the miraculous work and privilege of growing and carrying and nurturing…

Things I Learned – First Trimester of Pregnancy

Things I learned during the first trimester of pregnancy. That little bump you’re patting at 7 weeks is tomorrow’s trip to the bathroom. On that note… every trip to the bathroom resulting in #2 should be celebrated. …and it may or may not smell worse than anything you’ve ever encountered – dead or alive. Parental…

Introducing our Circus

The journey started long before this day. Long before we met and fell in love. But now it continues in a tangible way, with a positive test and a growing belly! My name is Elle, and this is my husband Chris. 
This is our story of the circus of life, the wonders of pregnancy, the…