Finding Magic In Motherhood: Hope After Infant Loss

This week’s feature is from a friend of mine, Waynna LeBrija, a SoCal mama maker and blogger at All Graced Up where she writes faith-based content to the everyday, busy mama about staying present over perfect. She also designs awesome T-shirts with her hubby, and you can shop them here! Their message through their tees is to spread hope and awareness about the abundant love that God has for us despite our imperfections. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to read more about their “why” behind their designs, and to snag one for yourself! She is sharing her story on losing her first child to Trisomy 18 (who would be 8 years old today) and how she found grace, hope, and resilience through loss. Continue reading

40 Week Bump Update

Today is my 280th day and 40th week being pregnant – and at this point, I’m tired of waiting for her to show up! Like, girl what’s taking so long?! To which John said, “she’s just likes to sleep in, like me” (John could sleep in for days if he wanted to) which could be true, however, I’m really crossing my fingers for her to show up on 4th of July. Because, nothing beats birthday fireworks every year. 🙂 I’ve tried everything to get her to come on time – spicy foods (sriracha on everything), pillow talk, greasy pizza, long walks, 2 membrane sweeps now (um, OUCH), dancing around the house…but she’s apparently perfectly content being in my belly for longer than 40 weeks! So since today is her due date and she hasn’t come yet John and I decided to take advantage of the last bit of alone time and went to the beach, got ice cream, and now we’re grilling up some fried egg avocado burgers for dinner for some pre-4th festivities.

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Our Smoke Bomb Gender Reveal

My 20 week big ultrasound happened to land right on Valentine’s Day, so obviously we had to do some sort of themed photo shoot for our reveal! We grabbed the biggest X and O balloons we could find and headed to the beach to meet up with two of my good girlfriends from work to do the most fun smoke bomb gender reveal photos ❤

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30 Week Bump Update

*I was 30 weeks at the time I wrote this post, but now I’m at 32 weeks so I have some catching up to do! Nothing much has changed minus her size (which is currently at the size of a cabbage), and that my back soreness has only increased..we are down to a single digit countdown with only 8 more weeks to go until her due date and 4 more weeks of work until I take maternity leave! 

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A 6-month late surprise

Many of you already know this but I haven’t made it blog-official yet. So…surprise, we’re pregnant!…and almost due! 😀 I’ve been telling myself to do a post (or several) on a pregnancy announcement, updates and experiences, however I have not had a chance to just sit down and write for months now though I had every intention to do so. But there’s no time like the present! So I’m going to break this announcement up into a couple parts, so you can get the full scoop on how life has been since we found out we are expecting our f i r s t baby, coming to the world early July 2017 ❤

part one: finding out

This was seriously the best feeling. Besides how I felt on our wedding day, and before that, when John asked me to marry him, and before that, him telling me he was going to move down to CA with me so I could go to grad school….ahem, well, we’ve had a lot of “best feeling” moments together 😉 But finding out you’re pregnant introduces a whole new human into your party of two, so I’d have to say that finding out we would be starting that next chapter was pretty intense and exciting. Continue reading