• 18 Week Bumpdate with Baby #2

    Hey sweet readers! Long time no see! The past six months have been so very busy: in-between sleep struggles with Gideon, working a lot of hours as a work-at-home-mama, the holidays, and my first trimester I just didn’t have it in me to fit in blogging as well. I have really missed my readers, sharing my stories, and chronicling all… [Continue Reading]

    18 Week Bumpdate with Baby #2
  • The Stroller Mom’s Autumn Bucket List + Free Printable

    Autumn smells like cinnamon rolls, new pencils, and pumpkin pie. Fall is officially here. Time to clean up the garden, pull out the sweaters, and swap out the iced coffee for hot. This short season gets a bad rap sometimes. In Nebraska, we collectively mourn the end of summer, because we are dreading the return of ice, snow, and long… [Continue Reading]

    The Stroller Mom’s Autumn Bucket List + Free Printable
  • In Which We Go Vegan

    We were eating homemade ribs, when he said it. He was eating his second plate of ribs: sauce dripping down his chin and pooling on top of the mashed potatoes and french bread. I was feeding shreds of meat to our one-year-old, thinking about what I was going to make for breakfast the next morning. You never know when your… [Continue Reading]

    In Which We Go Vegan
  • I Can’t be a People Pleaser AND a Mom

    I struggle with people pleasing. I remember the first time someone I was uncomfortable with held my baby, and my people pleasing tendencies kept me silent. The visitor took a shaky step as she held my two-day-old baby. My postpartum anxiety rose in my throat, almost choked me as I watched, and tried to think of a nice way to… [Continue Reading]

    I Can’t be a People Pleaser AND a Mom
  • How to Prepare for a VBAC

    So you want a VBAC? You had a c-section last time, because you failed to progress, or maybe they told you the baby would be too big, or that your pelvis was too small or maybe you had complete placenta previa (like I did): you had a frustrating birth experience and you are dreaming of VBACing next time, but you… [Continue Reading]

    How to Prepare for a VBAC

Three Weeks of Motherhood

I wrote a to-do list yesterday! That doesn’t sound like anything out of the ordinary, except for the fact that it is the first time in three weeks that I have had the energy and stamina to do anything other than feed a baby, burp a baby, and sleep. I was feeling ambitious in the morning, so I dug out my…

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Gideon’s Birth Story: Part 1

I have always loved birth stories. I’ve read dozens of birth stories throughout the last nine months, and listened to even more thanks to one of my absolute favorite podcasts, The Birth Hour. So I am just incredibly excited to share my very own birth story today! This post became so long, that I decided to divide it into two…

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37 Week Bumpdate + Introducing Gideon!

The day that I was planning on posting my 37-week bump date, I was in the hospital delivering our baby boy instead. I had my 37-week bump date written early last week, and the morning of August 10th–when I was 37 weeks and 2 days pregnant–I was planning on getting up, driving to a park, and taking my last bump…

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Our Last Week as Just the Two of Us

And just like that: I’m at the end of my pregnancy. This pregnancy has included a lot of things I didn’t expect, and didn’t include a few things I took for granted. In the first trimester, I wasn’t terribly nauseous in all those beginning weeks, when my fellow preggo-pals were struggling to keep a meal down. In the second trimester, I was…

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How to Handle a Big Change: on becoming a stay-at-home mom

Hi, I’m Bethany! As of today, I am a stay-at-home-mom. Yesterday was my last day working as a chiropractor’s assistant–a job that I enjoyed for the past two and a half years. I saw my last patient, gave my last nutritional consult, and shut the computer down for the last time. I am trading in my scrubs for jeans, my…

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36 Week Bumpdate

You guys, I only have ONE midwife appointment left before I deliver Baby L! I am SO excited about this!! My appointment this week, actually went really, really well! Part of that was no additional bad news was revealed (thank you, Lord) and the other part that made it better was that my Mom went with me to the appointment,…

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35 Week Bumpdate

Only three—or maybe two—weeks left. My midwife appointments are always a bit dramatic these days. Unfortunately, this week’s appointment was not tear-free. I had wanted to do another ultrasound, on the off-chance that the placenta would’ve moved by now, but my midwife squashed that idea: she said there was absolutely no chance that the placenta would have moved. Which was a bit…

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How I Told My Husband I Was Pregnant + A Video of His Reaction!

I looked forward to the day when I could tell my husband that I was pregnant. I had suffered through baby fever for a year and a half, before we got that positive pregnancy test, and being the planner that I am, I had spent a great deal of time deciding on how I wanted to tell him. As many of…

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34 Week Bumpdate

We made it to 34 Weeks pregnant!! If you heard a gusty sigh of relief, that was me after I read in my weekly Mama Natural update that “babies born at 34 weeks with no other health issues are usually healthy and need nothing more than a little time in the neonatal nursery. Phew!”. Phew, indeed! When I had my…

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The Cotton Anniversary (Two Years of Marriage)

Two years of marriage.  It seems like I just wrote our first year anniversary post, and here I am reflecting on year two, and preparing for year three! These past twelve months have been packed to the brim: Saia finished his last semester of classes, completed his Senior recital, worked as Assistant Wrestling Coach, and graduated college. I ran a 10k,…

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