Category: Pregnancy & Birth

  • Oliver Copeland’s Birth Story

    Oliver Copeland’s Birth Story

    Birth date: Wednesday, September 25th, 2019Birth Time: 8:11 AMWeight: 9lbs. 9oz.Length: 22 in. Some History First, I’ll start with a little back story for those who aren’t familiar with our family baby history… Blake, born via C-section at 42 weeks and 3 days due to being “past due”, preeclampsia, failed induction. Houston, born at home (HBAC) at […]

  • Natural Ways To Induce Labor

    Natural Ways To Induce Labor

    With three pregnancies behind me and another six in the future (just testing to see if Stefen is reading this) I’d like to believe I have lots of wisdom to share. I don’t actually feel that way, although I have done quite a bit of research on the matter and have tried almost every labor […]

  • Joelle Lindsay’s Birth Story

    Joelle Lindsay’s Birth Story

    Birth date: Tuesday, June 13th, 2017Birth Time: 12:12 AMWeight: 8lbs. 13oz.Length: 23 in. You know those parents that are on their second, third, or tenth pregnancy so they think they know what to expect because they have done this before and know their body so well to predict the outcome? Yeah, I was never going to be […]

  • Labor Pains: Bearable or Horrible?

    Labor Pains: Bearable or Horrible?

    To all the men reading this (hahaha I know there are no men reading this) I want to say, “Going through labor and giving birth was the hardest thing I have ever done! The pain is like nothing you will ever understand. I am a beast.” To the women.. To you, I want to be honest. […]

  • Home Birth, From a Medical Perspective

    Home Birth, From a Medical Perspective

    Our Background Story November 2013 our first baby and first planned home birth turned into a c-section (read Blake’s birth story here). June 2015, 19 months later, planned HBAC (home birth after c-section). About my Midwife Name: Sizzly M. Auer, Midwife and owner of Childbirth Options. Licenses & Certifications: LM, CPM, NRP, and CPR. Legally licensed by […]

  • Houston’s Playlist

    Houston’s Playlist

    Here is the list of songs I played during labor and the birth of Houston. The songs weren’t in any specific order. The first song that came on  I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home) -The City Harmonic, may not sound like a song you’d want playing during a time when you’d normally have […]

  • Houston James’ HBAC Birth Story

    Houston James’ HBAC Birth Story

    Birth date: Wednesday, June 17th, 2015Birth Time: 7:05 pmWeight: 8lbs. 2oz.Length: 19 3/4 in.Head: 14 in. Stefen, Blake, and I went to my 39 week appointment on Tuesday, June 16th. On our way there I asked Stefen if he thought I should ask Sizzly to do anything to get things going. With Blake I was in no […]

  • Third Tri (minus 2 days) = New Baby!

    Third Tri (minus 2 days) = New Baby!

    Baby Measuring on time Moving lots and lots head down in correct position -1 station Mommy Consistent braxton hicks every night Last day of work: June 3rd (37w 4d) Weight gain: 38 pounds total Cravings: Haven’t really had any cravings towards the end, but a few of the things I’ve been eating/ drinking almost daily are… Eggs, my Mom’s […]

  • Family of 3 Soon to be 4 Photos

    Thanks to Amber, our wonderful sister in law and one of Blake’s favorite people, she came over yesterday to take a few photos before Houston arrives.. Less than two weeks before the due date is a little last minute for a photo shoot, but judging from my last pregnancy I could still have twice that […]

  • I’m Having an HBAC

    I’m Having an HBAC

    I am having a hbac, a home birth after a cesarean. Or at least attempting one. Maybe just a vbac, which would still be a natural vaginal birth, but in a hospital. Why is it so hard for me to just say “I’m having a hbac”? Because with my first pregnancy I was 100% sure I […]