The Birth Story of Eleanor Grace

I have not been a committed blogger this past year for a host of reasons but namely because of the fullness of life. Staying home with our four girls is the most rewarding occupation but there is little time to write. So you may not have even known that we were expecting . . . our FIFTH daughter! This pregnancy was definitely the hardest, and when contractions started around week 37, I had a gut feeling this wee little one would arrive much sooner than our others. And she did. Here is … [Read more...]

The Birth Story of Abigail Lynn

Let me preface this post by stating the obvious: the birth of a baby is a messy affair. This post is not for the squeamish or weak-hearted; however, if you'd like to read a birth story with adventure and excitement, continue. You will not be disappointed.   Wednesday, 6:30 a.m. I awoke to a strong contraction. Mixed thoughts flooded my mind, from: "I've had days of strong contractions that simply fizzled out in an hour, so this is not an indication of labor," to "Today is the 3rd … [Read more...]

A Baby Update + My Favorite Childbirth Books

I've officially hit my due date and then some, and, alas, no baby. I know she'll be here soon: I've been having contractions fairly consistently since 2:00 this afternoon, and I've got that crampy feeling that accompanies the onset of labor. So, we shall see. This afternoon I debated whether or not to put together a meal plan for the week because I like to have a plan in place, but since we have a freezer full of meals, I figure we will just eat those if need be. Instead, we've been tidying … [Read more...]

8 Tips to Help You Survive the 1st Trimester

Note: I am not a medical professional. I am merely stating my personal opinion. If you have concerns or questions, you should seek professional medical attention. I've only just entered into the "blissful" state of the second trimester, and since the challenges of those first 14 weeks are still very fresh in my mind, I want to share with you some things I have learned over the course of 4 pregnancies that might help you if you are... preparing for pregnancy are newly pregnant in … [Read more...]

“Some News + 10 Things You Should Never Say to a Pregnant Mom”

So, if you're a regular reader and have been wondering, "Where in the WORLD is Keri?", then I hope this post will enlighten you. If you haven't noticed that I've been posting very erratically lately, then you're still going to find out where I've been. The not-so-exciting answer is that I've been mostly lying on the couch or in bed, making frequent trips to the bathroom. TMI, sorry. But it's all good. You know why?! Because we're having a BABY!! This will be our 4th child, and, … [Read more...]

When You Want a Different Birth Experience

Have you had a VBAC?  Are you curious about what a VBAC is and if it's an option for you?Come over to Olive Plants & Cornerstones where I'm sharing my own VBAC experience. Here's a snippet . . . Jillian asked me to share with you my experience having a VBAC because, well, it isn’t too common. Yet, for me, a vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC) was an answer to prayer. Despite how common a caesarean is today — 1 in 3 women will have one — it is major surgery with serious risks to you and your … [Read more...]

Surviving the Difficult Seasons by Clinging to God’s Promises

" 'Fear not, for I have redeemed you;I have summoned you by name; you are mine.When you pass through the waters,I will be with you;and when you pass through the rivers,they will not sweep over you.When you walk through the fire,you will not be burned;the flames will not set you ablaze.For I am the Lord, your God,the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;' "Isaiah 43:1b-3aThese verses were what kept me going during the recent labor and delivery of our third child. When the contractions came over me … [Read more...]

The Birth Story of Anna Elizabeth {Annabeth} Tidwell

Friday, May 4, 20122:37 a.m. I awoke in pain. My immediate thought was “It’s time,” but the intense sensations felt more like gas than the contractions I had been feeling the past few weeks. It’s strange how even after having previously experienced labor, you really do forget the pain. So, instead of grabbing my watch and timing contractions, I searched the medicine cabinet for Tums and guzzled an A&W root beer. Of course, neither helped. Between trips to the toilet and attempts at sleep on the … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Prepare for Baby

Childbirth is weighing heavily on my mind right now as you may have gathered from the past few posts on the topic. At 36 weeks, the end is definitely drawing near, and I am honestly ready in the physical sense but not at all prepared. I wanted to share with you some of the ways I am preparing for the upcoming labor, delivery, and homecoming to encourage you if you, too, are pregnant or for you to pass on to an expectant Mama you know. I am by no means an expert on childbirth. These are simply … [Read more...]

Preparing for Childbirth: 12 Scriptures of Comfort & Encouragement

This is an update to my original post published April 9, 2012, as we awaited our third daughter's arrival. I've added 2 more verses & created printable scripture cards for you to print out. In many ways, this pregnancy is similar: the fears about labor and delivery are the same. Once again, I'm preparing myself mentally through scripture memorization. God's Word comforts and gives peace if we meditate on it instead of on our anxieties & fears. I hope this post encourages & blesses … [Read more...]