my dream birth

I didn’t realize how traumatic Atlas’ birth had been for me, until I experienced something remarkably better. Phoebe’s birth was a dream come true. It was fast, relatively peaceful, and — dare I say — easy. Phoebe, like Atlas, arrived on her due date. The night before, I didn’t sleep well, and eventually got up … More my dream birth

differences between my first & second pregnancies

A lot of moms are more easygoing during their second pregnancies, but I was pretty laid-back the first time around. I didn’t follow any rules about what I shouldn’t eat, drink, or do. I listened to my body and practiced headstands well into my third trimester. I felt confident and strong and looked forward to … More differences between my first & second pregnancies

phoebe’s victory

It was one of the scariest moments of my life, and also one of the most beautiful. In January, as our Christmas gift to each other, Noah and I went to Florida to attend Overland’s annual conference. I was excited to learn more about the organization (Noah went with them to Zambia last summer), but the … More phoebe’s victory

atlas’ birth story

I gave birth at home after six hours of active labor, which is relatively short for a first-time mom. I lost a lot of blood, but not enough to warrant hospital transfer. I needed stitches, but I’ve healed well. For the first couple days postpartum, I couldn’t stand up without fainting, but I peed squatting … More atlas’ birth story

things you can totally say to me while i’m pregnant

There are lots of things people say that offend pregnant women. Then again, there are lots of things people say that offend people in general. Personally, I love any question that is asked in an honest effort to understand or show me I am cared for. Pregnancy is mysterious and fascinating and everyone experiences it differently. … More things you can totally say to me while i’m pregnant

practices for life beyond pregnancy

Pregnancy problem: I don’t have anything to wear. Seriously. Solution: Wardrobe simplicity. Women’s clothes normally come in an overwhelming array of sizes and styles. But when you’re pregnant, a small is supposed to fit a multitude of bodies of varied heights with differently shaped bellies, butts, and boobs. And maternity clothes are expensive. It took … More practices for life beyond pregnancy