A New Calling

After we had EJ, it was relatively simple for me to go back to work. I had a flexible job. I could go nurse her at school any time I wanted. Mary and I worked 4 days a week each so she only had to go to school 3 days a week. I assumed that after B got here I’d feel the same. Ready to go back to work. I loved my job. I loved the people I worked with. It was meaningful. I felt like I could help the people in the community who needed healthcare. 5 days after … Continue reading A New Calling

Taking Control of My Own Body Through Antenatal Milk Expression

Full disclosure: I am not an LC or a healthcare provider. I discussed this decision with my medical prenatal care team, and they were supportive. This is not typical output for AME (antenatal milk expression). My breasts had very little “downtime” between a pregnancy I lost, a toddler weaning, and then getting pregnant again with this pregnancy. Typically, a first time mom is more likely to 4-5 mL of colostrum. Second time moms typically 10-15mL. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love antenatal/prenatal hand milk expression. More and more research is starting to show potential benefits for moms … Continue reading Taking Control of My Own Body Through Antenatal Milk Expression

The 17%

In another Saturday edition of the Machelle is still nesting saga… I have begun to unpack the breast pump box. I was the 17% who worked full time and exclusively breastfed our daughter to past a year. Our breastfeeding journey ended abruptly when I became pregnant with a baby we lost. So I it’s all sort of bittersweet. Occasionally I hear people say things like, “companies try to sell you things you don’t really need if you plan to breastfeed…all you need is your baby and your boobs…” And that’s probably true….if your plan is to stay at home. If … Continue reading The 17%

To Our Second Child…

Good news. You’re about to be born into a loving family. Bonus: you get 2 moms and a sassy big sister. You’re the first boy in the house- besides Pirate, our geriatric rescue dog. Look kid. As the 2nd child- you’re gonna miss out on some things. I’m due in less than a month and haven’t done a baby book. Your ultrasound pictures are crammed into my desk at work or in my glove box. We are totally just reusing your sisters gender neutral nursery and not making another one for you. You’ll also be getting a lot of her … Continue reading To Our Second Child…

On being pregnant…again.

I don’t even know where to start. This week, we had our first appointment with the midwives.  She asked how many pregnancies and children we have.  Its weird to say 3 pregnancies, one daughter. 3 pregnancies sound like a lot. But we only have one daughter. And yes, I’m pregnant again…but it still feels like something is missing.  I’m pretty open about our pregnancy loss we had last December.  I thought I had mostly healed and we were ready to start again. Truthfully, I’m appreciative of how the experience has helped me connect with other mothers with similar experiences.  Not … Continue reading On being pregnant…again.

18 months a whole lot of toddler

Well I guess it is about that time again.  It’s been a little while to update what is going on in our lives. Machelle has gotten another job that she really seems to enjoy.  It is a LOT more responsibility, but she is very capable of being an amazing addition to the team at her practices. I have been accepted in to the Graduate program at ECU for the Online Masters in Business Administration.  It begins in the fall, so I guess I have this summer to get any sort of organization and fun things lined up before I get … Continue reading 18 months a whole lot of toddler