10 Things They Don’t Tell You About Labor and Postpartum

There are so many things I wish I would’ve known before I went into labor with Cade…you’ll hear a lot of women say, there’s no way to prepare yourself for labor and delivery…you have to experience it for yourself! It’s very true that every delivery, and every woman’s postpartum experience is COMPLETELY different. Some women go into labor and within a few hours, it’s all over and they’re back to normal within a couple weeks,…

Father’s Day Coffee Bar

  The hubs loves him some coffee. Nothing fancy. No frills. Just plain black coffee. Pretty boring if you ask me, but hey to each their own! I was pondering a few weeks ago about what to get Bryan for Father’s Day. Lately, for Christmas and Birthdays we’ve been giving each other gifts that are for the house. New curtains, new furniture, a new porch swing, etc. Those are the best gifts because we love…

IVF Twin Girls Labor and Delivery - The day our twin girls were born after multiple unsuccessful infertility treatments - it was worth the wait!

The Day We Have Been Waiting For: Our IVF Twin Girls Delivery

March 14 2016 5:42 AM My phone alarm beeped. I set it the night before knowing I wouldn’t need it. I had been awake already for an hour, and only went to sleep 2 hours before that. Plus, I get up to pee every 15 minutes like clockwork, soooo….. really no need for an alarm. But who would want to take the chance of being late to their own scheduled cesarean section? I mean, I’m…

Twin Girl Pregnancy Announcement

MORE BOYS? GIRLS? ONE OF EACH? WHAT WILL THE TWINS BE??

    I thought long and hard about how to reveal the twins genders…After all, we found out their genders over a month ago and I’m just now posting this! (This could be due to my favorite personality trait, procrastination. Or my second favorite, forgetfulness. Which pregnancy is only magnifying!) Pinterest was scoured, Google was searched and searched. There are SO many cute, unique ways to do gender reveals these days!!! When it came down to…

One Year Ago…

This EXACT time one year ago I received another upsetting phone call from my OB’s nurse repeating those awful three words I’ve heard her say to me many times before, “You’re Not Pregnant” “I’m Sorry, it didn’t work this time”. Followed by these words, “We don’t know where to go from here… We’ve tried everything that we can… We want to send you to a fertility doctor who can take this on.” Part of me was…

blond haircut with camera

Staying in Control

  I have always had long long hair. It was always a staple of mine. I also had never put any color in my hair. All my friends in middle school and high school were bleaching and highlighting their hair, but not me. I stayed a dark brunette. I think I was just way too nervous to do anything drastic with my hair. Everyone would tell me, “Don’t do anything to your hair, once you start, you’ll…

Mandy’s Infertility Journey

  Mandy is the next guest blog post for my infertility series, You Are Not Alone – National Infertility Awareness Week. Thank you Mandy for sharing your story!! Mandy and I go waaaaay back. We met in the 4th grade and she was my first very best friend. I can’t tell you how many sleepovers we had dreaming the night away about our pretend “boyfriends” and future husbands and family. Anything we could play make-believe about – we…

My friend’s story

A dear friend of mine who wishes to remain anonymous, is the next guest blog post for my infertility series, You Are Not Alone – National Infertility Awareness Week. Ya’ll…this story is raw. And real. And unfortunately, it is what a lot of women suffer through in silence. My wish and hope is that someone who has gone through this or is currently, feels comfort that they are not alone… Thank you my dear friend, for being…

MY TRAGEDY AND JOY By: Sarah Stagg

Sarah is the next guest blog post for my infertility series, You Are Not Alone – National Infertility Awareness Week. Thank you Sarah for sharing your story!! Sarah was one of the first women I knew who went through a miscarriage. When I heard about her terrible news, I wasn’t sure what to do or say. It’s hard when a close friend is going through something that you can’t relate to and how to act around them. I…

Allie’s Infertility

Allie is the first guest blog post for my infertility series, You Are Not Alone – National Infertility Awareness Week. Thank you Allie for sharing your story!! Allie is so special to me because she is the one who referred us to our infertility doctor. Without her suggestion, I probably would still be waiting for answers from the other doctor I was going to use, who had a 3 month waiting list just to sit down…

New House Progress

Our official sold sign and Bryan and Cade walking the property in the background   We’re about 8 weeks away from moving into our dream home. AHHHH!!! I’m beyond excited!!!!!!!!! Until then, there are SO many things to decide on and get done. Which furniture should we sale and which should we keep? Should I keep Cade’s room the same fireman theme, or completely start fresh? Which pieces can I DIY to help save decorating costs?…

We’re The Joneses

How Our Decorating Went From… My husband Bryan and I met in high school. I should’ve known what a hard worker/overachiever/ambitious guy he was when he told me he started his own lawn business at age 11. He said he used all the money he made that summer to buy the best riding lawn mower out there, which he used to pull his trailer carrying all his lawn equipment around his neighborhood. I could go…