Pumpkin at four days old. Read our birth story.

New Beginnings: Our Birth Story, Baby #3

Reading Time: 4 minutes Our third son, whom we are calling Pumpkin here on the blog, was born a little over a month ago on June 10, 2019 at 11:46pm. He was 6 lbs 15 oz and 19 1/4 inches long with a shocking amount of reddish hair. Our largest baby yet! For those interested, this is our birth

Survival Guide for Parents with a New Baby

Reading Time: 8 minutes You just had a baby or adopted a newborn. Congratulations! This is a momentous occasion and a life-changing event. You may have anticipated the bonding experiences with your baby, those quiet moments of cuddling and cooing, singing and playing. The first two months, though filled with lovely and wonderful moments, can also be quite difficult for parents. You need this survival guide for parents with a new baby!

Baby Pickle at seven weeks old. Photo by Jacquelyn.

Breastfeeding Challenges, Round Two

Reading Time: 6 minutes For those familiar with our breastfeeding journey, you already know that we experienced some challenges breastfeeding with our first son Peanut. Our second son, Pickle, is now two months old. I wish I could tell you that this time our breastfeeding journey was easier, but in some ways it was even harder. I am sharing the details of our personal struggles to let other women know that you are not alone, it is ok, and no matter what, you are an amazing mother.

New Beginnings: Our Birth Story, Baby #2

Reading Time: 6 minutes It has been seven weeks since our second son, I am calling him Pickle here, arrived into this world. He was born Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at 8:43am. He was 6 lbs 10 oz and 18 inches long. For those interested, this is our birth story. During the two weeks leading up to his birth,

Baby #2 was born!

6 Practical Gift Ideas for Families With New Babies

Reading Time: 3 minutes The birth of a baby is an exciting time. Whether it is the family’s first child or sixth, there is an air of anticipation and celebration when the little one arrives. In the weeks immediately after a child’s birth, there may be visits to see the new baby and gifts given to the parents. While

His Encouragement: Isaiah 26:3

Reading Time: 3 minutes It has been a little over a week since we experienced a day full of conflicting emotions: exhilaration and joy followed by uncertainty and fear followed by relief and exhaustion. It was one of the happiest days of my life but also one of the scariest yet through it all, I felt the peace of the Lord with me.

Van Sant Baby #2

Peanut is getting a promotion…

Reading Time: 2 minutes About two weeks ago, our little Peanut celebrated his 1st birthday. He is not really a little Peanut anymore. He is such a big boy now in many ways. He wants to feed himself, he is playing with toys more intentionally, he will find his favorite books for us read, and he loves to talk!

Jacquelyn's baby taken at five days old.

3 Things I Did Not Expect Postpartum

Reading Time: 9 minutes When you are eagerly awaiting the arrival of your first child, there are many things that you anticipate and mentally prepare yourself for: sleepless nights, dirty diapers, cries and giggles, spit up and smiles, and so much more. In the first six months after our little one’s birth, I discovered a few very interesting things

Close up on a baby's face and tiny nose.

Six Weeks Post-birth

Reading Time: 7 minutes During your first pregnancy, no doubt you had or will have numerous individuals tell you that once your little one arrives, “your life will never be the same” or “your life will change forever” or “everything will be different” or some variation of this sentiment. After awhile, it can even get a little tiring hearing

Baby Peanut all wrapped up.

8 Things I learned from childbirth

Reading Time: 7 minutes Just as every woman and every baby are unique, every pregnancy and childbirth are also unique experiences and not always comparable. I was very fortunate to have a relatively easy and smooth pregnancy. My little Peanut came two weeks early and fast. (From the time my water broke to his birth was about two and