Pregnancy Week 23/24: Freedom

Last night my son got up at 4:30 am. I’m not exactly sure why, he doesn’t usually wake up during the night and he didn’t seem scared or sick. Perhaps the time change is still messing around with his rhythm… either way, he got me up and I went in his room to lull him…

Pregnancy Week 21/22 : Symptoms

Hey y’all! I’ve been in Austin, Texas all week and I’m typing this as a huge thunderstorm moves through the area. Not gonna lie, it’s pretty exciting for this SoCal chick. I’m pretty inexperienced with weather so I felt pretty stranded when I walked to dinner and then got stuck waiting for an Uber under…

Pregnancy Week 19/20: Remembering Loss

“I have come to believe that by and large the human family all has the same secrets, which are both very telling and very important to tell. They are telling in the sense that they tell what is perhaps the central paradox of our condition—that what we hunger for perhaps more than anything else is…

Pregnancy Week 17/18: Fitness

This pregnancy has definitely had its ups and downs with fitness since the onset. I came into the pregnancy is relatively good shape. In fact, I would say that at certain points over the last three years, my postpartum fitness was actually better than before I had been pregnant with Atlas. About a year postpartum,…

Postpartum 11 Months: Feeding Baby

Being a health and wellness worker, many people have asked me how and what I feed Atlas, how long will I nurse, if I make his food, and various other related questions. So today I’m going to do a throwback to my pregnancy and postpartum posts and discuss that part of our journey. As with…

Postpartum 1 month: Things I Learned in my Third Trimester

I’m well past my third trimester, but not far enough to forget the lessons of that final push (pun intended) towards motherhood. And since I shared in previous posts about the first and second trimesters, it seems prudent to finish what I started and elaborate on some of the hallmarks of the final stage of pregnancy….

Pregnancy Week 41: Atlas’ Birth Story

If you’re here for the food, you may want to skip this post. However, I’ve got a delicious salad recipe on deck for my next share! Check my Instagram for a preview 😉 Atlas just passed the one month mark! The fact that I can get my head above water long enough to craft this post…

Pregnancy Week 40: What to Do While You Wait

The countdown is on but what am I supposed to do when I’m creeping up on the due date (or past it) and I have no more work, I can’t leave for the weekend, and I’m marginally or extremely uncomfortable in my huge pregnant body? Here are some ideas! Coloring Books They’re all the rage…

Pregnancy Week 39: Nursery is Ready

There’s been a huge lag in my pregnancy posts because… SURPRISE! I’m not pregnant anymore! Atlas Jacob Ledford was born at 5:56 am on his mommy’s birthday July 17. I’ll definitely share the details in an upcoming “birth story” post, but for now I really want to play “show and tell” with Atlas’ Nursery! My…

Pregnancy Week 38: Hospital Bag!

As I get closer and closer to my “guess date”, I’ve become increasingly aware of the location of my hospital bag. This bag was dutifully packed many weeks ago thanks to the prodding of my mom who felt strongly that I should be prepared in case baby boy decided to show up (5 weeks) early. (Love…