When I first started thinking about having children I wanted a whole houseful of children.  Originally wanting 4 (but settling on 2 after my husband’s insistence), I couldn’t wait for all the good times we would all have together. ...
I can’t believe that my baby is already fourteen weeks old. We’ve exited the newborn phase. Sleepless nights, constant feedings, crying, and general craziness seem so far away now that we’ve settled into a nice routine. Reflecting back on...
I was 27 weeks and 6 days. It was a regular summer day like any other in the Coronavirus era. The kids were outside splashing in the blow up pool. We'd eaten dinner outside and were getting ready to...
I feel like I am going crazy with emotions that all revolve around this transition from one child to two. If you’re curious about what goes through the brain of a 35-week pregnant lady about to have her second child,...
I am currently in my third trimester with my son, and today, I was not okay. To be honest, I was originally going to write this blog post about staying positive and remaining grateful during this COVID pregnancy. I have...
The moment I found out I was pregnant, excitement and gratitude filled my heart! I felt (and still feel) so lucky that I get to be a home to and help grow a brand new life. Once those initial...
It’s hard to quantify, impossible almost. How could I possibly comprehend the magnitude of this surrogacy? In the last weeks of my surrogate pregnancy, I was able to travel to Chicago to spend the weekend with the intended parents (IPs)...
I believe I was 9 when I knew I wanted to adopt children someday. I've always had a heart for people who are hurting, especially those who can't take care of themselves. When I got married, my husband wasn't passionate about...
Dear Me, Hi, it’s me. I know that you’re in the throes of trying to have a baby. You’re desperate and probably depressed. You’re tired of the medications, injections, appointments and pregnancy tests. You’ve endured devastating ultrasounds, miscarriages, emergency rooms,...
Building a family looks different for everyone, but for my husband and me, we needed a helper. Where it all Began I was diagnosed with premature ovarian failure (POF), or early menopause, at the age of 25. For me, POF means...
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You have taken all precautions that you can… Staying within your “bubble” for the most part. You rarely go out to eat at restaurants...