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The Mother's Day Struggle

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The Mother's Day Struggle

Ugh.  It is that time of year again.  Most families are planning a special day, preparing gifts - the commercials are all over tv.  Articles about amazing moms are all over Facebook, and now everyone is changing their profile pictures using a breast cancer MOM banner.  This holiday is in your face.  Well, I guess most holidays are in your face - but this one stings, it really burns. First of all - being a mom is HARD.  SO DAMN HARD.  Why do we as a society need to help and honor moms once a year?  The funny jokes about dads letting her...

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The 5 Hardships of Infertility

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The 5 Hardships of Infertility

5 long years.  That is how long it took us to become parents.  Those five years felt like 50 years though.  I'll never forget the pain I felt, and how empty I felt all those years.   I wasn't technically infertile.  I actually got pregnant quicker than quick most times. Fertile Myrtle they called me, and I would cringe every time I heard it.  My problem was that I couldn't stay pregnant and in those 5 years I suffered 8 miscarriages.  I remember going to the Infertility clinic and being frustrated to hear that the options that most infertile couples had -...

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Premie Love

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Premie Love

My momma taught me at a young age that service was important.  We went to food shelters on holidays and we gave money to the homeless beggars on the side of the road.  Giving back is incredibly important to me, and it is something I am excited to teach the boys.  Since both boys were premies and spent considerable time in the NICU - that became close to our heart.  Elijah was born at 32 weeks with IUGR weighing 1220 grams, and Xavier was born at 35 & 5 weeks and was 5lbs.  Xavier's blood sugar was a 5 at birth and...

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The Gift of a Miracle

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The Gift of a Miracle

If you have stayed with me so far - THANK YOU.  I know that stuff was hard to read, and many of you may have had to reach for the tissues.  But this, THIS is why telling all of that sad stuff matters.  You see, there is a very special gift in all of this.  In fact, there are many gifts in experiencing a tragedy.  You just have be strong enough to CHOOSE to see them and understand them.  Without all of that sad stuff - there would be no story.  There would be no Momma Love.  I would just be...

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Mother's Day

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Mother's Day

It was Mother's Day.  A few weeks earlier we learned that the chemo had stopped working, and that the cancer had spread.  We were supposed to go on a family vacation as we had never been on one before.  But my mom was too sick to board the cruise, it wouldn't be safe.  When my husband and I returned a week we learned that she didn't have long.  It was devastating.  So going into Mother's Day, we knew it would be our last.  That stung so bad. I woke up that morning and peed on a stick.  Sure enough, it...

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