Breast Friends Forever

Sophie, drinking her midday smoothie.
I recently saw one of my best single girlfriends (shocker!) and of course, Sophie was in tow.

9 Months In, 9 Months Out

Happy 9 months!
Dear Sophie,
Today, you are nine months old. Today, you sit, playing independently with your toys, screaming “Mama” anytime anyone comes within two feet of you.

The Quiet Child

Right now, Sophie is sleeping. She has been sleeping soundly for almost three hours – a rarity these days.

My Post-Pregnant Life

Sophie Leona Holguin
The house is quiet. The washing machine whirs, the soap nuts safely tucked in their pouch as they clean Sophie’s clothes. She hiccups in her little chair, having been fed and changed.

Life with a Baby

Day 1 – May 30, 2012 3:51a.m.
I look at you, this minute being who has been powerfully fighting inside me to come out for 52 hours. My contacts are dry. I haven’t eaten in what feels like years.

A 52 Hour Labor of Love: My Epic Delivery

Sophie Leona Holguin. 7 lbs. 15 oz. 20 inches long. Born May 30, 2012 at 3:51a.m.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
I look in the mirror set in front of me. My face is crimson. I’ve been pushing for two hours.

Sweet 16… Thoughts on Becoming a Mother

Sophie’s coming home outfit!
16 days until departure…
After almost 38 weeks of waiting, gesticulating, worrying, living, being and pondering what this transition will be like, I have learned ample things abou

Mind Over Labor

On my nightstand, I have a thick stack of books, mostly in the realm of birth books. Though I haven’t gotten through all of them, I have garnered many useful tips/tricks for the big day and after.

Hard Truths at 35 Weeks

35 weeks pregnant… and counting.
Today, I am 35 weeks pregnant… give or take a week, according to the doctor’s calculations (I should be further along) and mine (I am right where I should be).