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But maybe you’ve felt it? The heaviness. Felt it physically pressing down on you while simultaneously twisting your shoulder muscles. You felt the sadness. The hopelessness. You take showers not to get clean, instead because they drown out the sound of your sobs. Maybe you too avoid social interaction because it’s so exhausting. And not because of the people, they’re people you love. It’s the constantly guarding of your emotional state. Triggers lie everywhere and they don’t always come with red flag warning signs. But bursting into tears in the middle of dinner conversation is far from “life of the party” you that used to exist. Make-up is useless because you’ll sob the entire way there. And that’s following the...
Thank you, Anna’s Grace {And Welcome Maddie’s Footprints} Before 2017, I had never heard of Anna’s Grace. I had never seen the footprint butterfly logo or known the meaning of a virtual memorial garden, which displays the names of babies whom families desperately want to remember. I wasn’t included in that 1 in 4 statistic until I was. My husband and I lost two babies during pregnancy, Kohen in 2017 and Austin in 2018. Suddenly, a completely new world was revealed that day in the hospital, and we were in need of resources we never knew existed. “When we lost Anna, one of my biggest fears was that she would be forgotten. That her life would not make an impact. That the...

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Just have fun! Don’t Drink the Water! Don’t stress, it will happen! (Insert eye-roll) If you’ve been around a pregnant person or you’re thinking of, or trying to, get pregnant you’ve probably heard one of those phrases, if not all of them. They just annoy me.  Pregnancy is not something that came easily to me. It was a years-long process that took an emotional toll. It was full of setbacks and heartbreak and self-doubt. It was definitely not fun or easy. I understand the heartache and pain that can come with pregnancy announcements and having to hear the clichés. I work in a predominantly female profession, in fact, I have no male coworkers. There are a lot of women of...
I'm a mom of six. Before you spit out your coffee, take a moment to know this is me, not you. Now I'll tell you three of those babies are in heaven. Yes, I'm what is known as a Loss Mom. And it sucks more than you can possibly imagine, I don't need you to tell me how much you can't imagine. In 2014 I was 8-9 weeks pregnant when I started cramping and spotting. I called my doctor in a panic, but there was really nothing that could be done. We'd seen the baby, even it's tiny heartbeat, and over that weekend, I literally felt their life leave my body. It wreaked me. My baby died, there's no...
It was a Thursday morning, and I was scheduled to be induced the following Tuesday. I went to my Maternal Fetal Medicine appointment as usual. The ultrasound revealed Baby B was measuring a lot smaller than Baby A. When the doctor saw the babies, I knew I would be delivering them soon. I was sent directly over to Admitting to start filling out paperwork then upstairs to begin my induction. I was full of emotions….excited to meet them, anxious they wouldn’t be ok, and relieved that I wouldn’t have to be in so much pain anymore. My husband gathered all our stuff at home (luckily the majority had been packed in the “hospital bag” for a couple of weeks)...

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