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The Birth Dance: Mama & Partner in Beautiful Rhythm

“That was the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” murmured a soon-to-be-dad, as he watched his fatigued wife briefly resting hours after her water broke. His wife had fought hard and long for her natural birth, laboring through transition-like contractions induced by Pitocin before finally needing something to take the edge off. Through those intense hours,… Continue reading The Birth Dance: Mama & Partner in Beautiful Rhythm

DONA Doula · Motherhood

Shredding the Parenting Magazines {And other 7 month Abby updates}

Cold hit with a fury this week, and our nearly 80-degree-temps fell in a day to below freezing. Snow continues to pile high in my backyard, and Abby felt the first flakes hit her face as she smiled in glee. The world entertains her so easily. Seven+ months postpartum, I find myself learning new mothering… Continue reading Shredding the Parenting Magazines {And other 7 month Abby updates}

DONA Doula · Motherhood · Pregnancy

A New Calling {And Effortless Joy}

I’ve been hinting that something big is coming. Some new revelation that breathes of life change and new direction and…freedom. It’s not that I didn’t love teaching. That wouldn’t be true. I’ve sobbed over and over again about leaving my classroom, students, and colleagues (Read more here on how that came about.). On my first… Continue reading A New Calling {And Effortless Joy}

DONA Doula · Giving Thanks · Love letters to Abby · Motherhood

After a long silence {5 Month Update & A Career Change}

Her blue eyes match the color of the evening sky, as I spin wildly, holding her above my head. She laughs, as I continue to spin and dance, marveling at the way the fading clouds capture the joy of my daughter’s baby grin. We snuggle and run toward her Daddy across the park’s green grass.… Continue reading After a long silence {5 Month Update & A Career Change}