Any Day Now…

It will happen any day.  Maybe tonight.  Maybe tomorrow.  Maybe next week.  Our life is about to change forever–we will be meeting our son in a matter of hours or days.  I didn’t remember how surreal it feels to be in the last days of pregnancy. The minute-by-minute goals of my life for the last…

What’s In a Name…

I love naming babies.  It is so exciting to sit down with a pen and paper and a baby name book (or phone book, etc.) and write down all the names that speak to you…  And then, sometimes after months of crossing things out and scratching things in, suddenly–as if by magic–one name emerges as…

Nightmares, Miracles, and Morning Sickness

I will tell things in the order that they have happened, because the story unfolding is the most important part… About a month ago, we found out that I am pregnant again.  (yes, I know how this happens; no, it wasn’t an accident; yes, I do have my hands full; no, I am not trying…

Living Through Transition

I have three beautiful children, and consequently, I have experienced three life-changing births. When Rosie was born, not having any previous knowledge of what it would be like to have a baby, I read books about labor and birth.  Nothing could prepare me for the actual experience itself (I realized in retrospect!), but one piece…

The Best Years of My Life (Pitter Patter)

Sometimes I miss getting completely absorbed in a good book.  The rush of turning the next page, beginning the next chapter…  The anticipation (and bittersweet-sadness of) reading the final page.  The complete selfishness of it all–closing out the entire world and entering another, alone. Sometimes I miss college, when my mind was alive in a new…

Kells O’Connor Chester, A Birth Story (June 11, 2011)

We had a hunch that he would be born that night–some new things seemed to be happening with my body.  I was two days past my due date.  So we called my parents and they came and got Rosie and Paloma.  We all agreed it would be easier for them to get the girls in…

Summer Has Begun For Us

School is over.  Meetings are done.  Swing set is installed.  Sandbox is in place.  Space is freed up on the computer.  Bags are packed.  I have hardly had a moment to think about how much life is about to change for us.  Our summer has begun.  It really feels like the most important summer of…

On Giving Birth

I have been wanting to write about this for about three years now.  As the days draw nearer and nearer to the birth of our son, my thoughts are turning toward the event of giving birth.  It is such a mystery to me that we are allowed to participate in the actual process of bringing…