Heidi Wren Chester: A Birth Story

I am so grateful to this little sweet baby for what she has done for me.  This is the story of how Heidi Wren came into our world five weeks ago. We rearranged the house most of the day, except for when Randy took Rosie and Paloma to Babyland General for a birthday party to see a…

Waiting

Groundhog Day is probably the funniest day of the year to have as your official due date.  There are lots of hilarious jokes that can be made about the baby seeing its shadow, six more weeks of being pregnant, and of course lots of references to the Groundhog Day movie.  I can’t think of another holiday…

The Last Few Days of Pregnancy

I am in the last week or so of pregnancy.  I can feel my heart and my mind being pulled in so many different directions.  There is part of me that wants to sit down and enjoy the last few days of normal sleeping patterns, two free hands, the freedom to be away for more…

Room for You (New Song)

I am two weeks away from my due date.  I can hardly believe that any day we will see this new little face and our lives will be forever changed.  It feels so surreal. In preparation for Heidi’s arrival, I’ve been rearranging, organizing, constantly cleaning and decluttering this tiny house.  All of my creative energy…

Living by Faith

About a month ago, we found out that I am expecting again. This will be five children in 7 years. (I’m sure many of you reading this are having a gut reaction.) It means that I have been pregnant or nursing now nonstop since early 2007. It is a lot to take in. It is…

Remy Lochlan Chester, A Birth Story

Minutes after Rosie, our first child was born, the first and most prevailing thought in my head was, “I can never do this again.” God is so merciful.  And by his grace, I was able to do it again.  And again. And last week, our fourth child, Remy Lochlan Chester was born into this world….

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…