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Hendrix is three months old today! He loves to smile and babble back and forth with us! He’s drooling a ton and always wants to be sitting up and facing out so he can see what’s going on! He hasn’t rolled over yet but he’s starting to try! He’s also constantly trying to get his knees up under him while he’s doing tummy time. He is so cute and smart and strong and I just can’t believe how fast time is going!

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“As soon as I get pregnant, all of my worries will fade away.” I actually said that to myself while I was trying to conceive. After becoming pregnant, the fears and worries only increased and I felt like I didn’t know anything about what to expect while going through pregnancy. Then enter Sandra. I met Sandra along my journey and she has been my prenatal coach. We have chatted about what to expect but my absolute favourite thing about Sandra’s services is that she answers all of my questions. When I am getting a weird test result and the doctors are saying things I don’t understand, I message Sandra. She lays it all out and as a labour and delivery nurse at a high risk clinic, she has seen a lot. If you want your own personal cheerleader and your own google search (without the terrifying results) join us! We are meeting on Sunday January 12th. You won’t be alone. I will be there with you and trying to figure out what the heck is next along this journey. Please email Sandra with any questions and I will have many more details closer to the date ❤️ #sandrathemamacoach #prenatalclass #sarahseekingbaby #pregnancy #journeytomotherhood #pregnantnowwhat

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baby.makes.two. Still just over here waiting for this horrible feeling to end. I know

Still just over here waiting for this horrible feeling to end. I know it's a good thing and it means baby is growing but I'd really like to not feel like I'm on a boat 24/7! #pregnant #tenweeks #morningsickness #iuisuccess #babymakestwo #goingitalone #smbc #solomumbychoice #solomotherbychoice #singlemotherbychoice #singlemumbychoice #choicemum #iui #iuiprocess #spermdonor #fertility #fertilityjourney #perthfertility #ausfertility #journeytomotherhood #ttc #ttcjourney #ttccommunity #donorconception

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justagirlgoingsolo. I’ve always been a huge book person and I’ve been collecting children’

I’ve always been a huge book person and I’ve been collecting children’s books for years. I always knew one day I would have a babe of my own and they needed a book collection right from the start! This one is definitely one of my favourites! I found it last year when I was in the US for Christmas and it was only a couple of dollars. It’s such a beautiful book and I can’t wait to read it to my baby ❤️ #books #booklover #booksarelife #reading #teachingthemyoung #singlemumbychoice #singlemotherhood #singlemotherbychoice #ivf #myjourney #myivfjourney #donorconception #notbyaccident #bychoice #wanted #intentional #ivfcommunity #journeytomotherhood #positivity #fet #frozenembryotransfer #cycle #fetsuccess #successful #pregnant #fiveweeks

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kthomphoto. Hey Mama! Raise your hand if you are tired but oh so blessed 💕 Rememb

Hey Mama! Raise your hand if you are tired but oh so blessed 💕 Remember, you are doing amazing. #kthomphoto

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onehopefulmama. Today was one of those days..
You know the ones. 
When one minute you’

Today was one of those days.. You know the ones. When one minute you’re fine then the next it’s like someone flipped the switch. When things have suddenly caught up to you. When life doesn’t make sense. When the world seems so unfair, because it is unfair. When you keep overplaying the doctor say “Unexplained Infertility.” When even after you’ve done rounds of bloodwork and exams you are no closer to answers. When you can’t seem to see the light at the end of the tunnel. When all the steps forward you have made just bring you right back. When you can’t see past your sadness, anger, resentment, and frustration. Grief. That’s grief. • Stage 1. 𝙳𝚎𝚗𝚒𝚊𝚕- “Why me? This isn’t fair!” Stage 2. 𝙰𝚗𝚐𝚎𝚛- “This can’t really be happening to me!” Stage 3. 𝙱𝚊𝚛𝚐𝚊𝚒𝚗𝚒𝚗𝚐- “If god lets me conceive, i will never ....” Stage 4. 𝙳𝚎𝚙𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚜𝚒𝚘𝚗- “No one understands how i feel.” Stage 5. 𝙰𝚌𝚌𝚎𝚙𝚝𝚊𝚗𝚌𝚎- Yeah not there yet... • Although, grief isn’t always mourning something you once had. It’s also mourning something you feel you’ll never have. • You let your body and mind mourn its inability to carry life inside of you. You blame yourself and feel like a failure. Why do i have to undergo medications, injections, and appointment after appointment to conceive, yet it happens to others effortlessly? • For those who understand, no explanation is needed. For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible. 𝑀𝒶𝓎 𝑔𝑜𝒹 𝑔𝒾𝓋𝑒 𝓊𝓈 𝓅𝑒𝒶𝒸𝑒 𝒾𝓃 𝑜𝓊𝓇 𝓈𝑜𝓇𝓇𝑜𝓌, 𝒞𝑜𝓃𝓈𝑜𝓁𝒶𝓉𝒾𝑜𝓃 𝒾𝓃 𝑜𝓊𝓇 𝑔𝓇𝒾𝑒𝒻, 𝒶𝓃𝒹 𝓈𝓉𝓇𝑒𝓃𝑔𝓉𝒽 𝒯𝑜 𝒶𝒸𝒸𝑒𝓅𝓉 𝒽𝒾𝓈 𝓌𝒾𝓁𝓁 𝒾𝓃 𝒶𝓁𝓁 𝓉𝒽𝒾𝓃𝑔𝓈. #infertilityjourney #ttc #infertility #1in8 #infertiltyblogger #ttccommunity #ttcsupport #onehopefulmama #warrior #ttcjourney #1in4 #unexplainedinfertility #pregnancy #journeytomotherhood #motherhood

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ouranakcommunity. We asked mama & co-owner of @dalaga.ca, what does support look like fo

We asked mama & co-owner of @dalaga.ca, what does support look like for you? Free childcare, coffee dates, wine nights, taking the toddler when they are screaming Mama so you get a break, there are so many and I’m so grateful. Meet this inspiring mama over on ouranak.com/ link in bio... learn more about her business, witness her journey, and stay tuned for a fun giveaway we’ll be doing with @dalaga.ca

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‘A Sunday well spent brings a week of content’ ❤️ . I’ve always loved the weekend (obvs!) but Sundays are fast becoming my absolute favourite day of the week. Today was a dream. My wonderful husband let me sleep until 9am while taking care of our boy, I had a long overdue bath with all the pampering, we walked in the sunshine with coffees and a sea view then watched Toy Story 4 on the sofa while it rained cats and dogs outside. 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻 . Self care gets thrown around a lot on social media but the most average of days was very much my self care today. And I feel a million percent more human for it. What did you do today for yourself? 🙋🏼‍♀️ . Happy weekend all ✨ . . . . . . . . 🐆Shoes = @missred_london . . #sundayfunday #asundaywellspent #weekendvibes #mumstyle #mummyblogger #journeytomotherhood #fourthtrimester #7weekspostpartum #sunday #vitaminsea #leopardprint #poweredbycoffee #discoverunder1k #missredlondon

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steel32fitness. My Miracle ❤️
Thank you Kade for choosing us! You are what makes us sm

My Miracle ❤️ Thank you Kade for choosing us! You are what makes us smile every single day! You are why we work so hard to give you everything we possibly can🌈 You are the happiest sweetest most amazing little guy even when you are not feeling well ❤️ When we were going through the journey of trying to have a baby there were so many days we wondered if it would ever happen. It did not come easy for us.... So many tears, so many heartbreaks, so many losses, so much money, so many needles and most of all so much unknown if we would ever be parents. The one thing I knew is that I would never give up 💪 Be nice to everyone because sometimes you have no idea what they are going through ❤️ Our journey to have a family was... HAS in no way been easy. I could not even imagine what it would look like to just see a positive on a pregnancy test that didn’t involve $$$, Doctor and nurses and lots... and lots of injections. BUT, I wouldn’t change a thing. This little guy made me a mom and I would go through it all again for the outcome. Sending so much positivity and baby dust out there to my fertility sisters!!! Stay strong & BELIEVE ❤️🍍 💉 👶🏼 #ivf #ivfjourney #sisterhood #family #ivfmom #Worththewait #mom #journeytomotherhood #embryo #eggdonor #infertilityawareness #momlife #toddlermom #ivfjourney #ivfawareness #ivfwarrior #infertilityuncovered

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How many times in life do we celebrate our bodies getting smaller. I celebrated the shit out of my life when I was losing weight & so I should have, I worked damn hard for those goals, but why do we so often feel ok celebrating our bodies shrinking & yet hesitate to celebrate our bodies growing? This was admittedly hard for me at first. Growth is damn hard work & this journey has shown me that daily. Whether it’s due to life just happening or growing a human it’s like we struggle to emphasize any amount of happiness towards the growth that our bodies do vs. shrinking & that’s not right. As women we should learn to celebrate ALL the beauty & different forms our bodies take throughout our lives. Depriving ourselves from celebrating anything because we are all conditioned to only want to be smaller is just NOT the answer. I am now more proud of this ever growing body over the last 9 months then I have ever been proud of it my entire life. It has carried & grown our first child. It has experienced growth in ways I never knew a body could. It’s been an absolute blessing & a challenge. Some days amazing & easy & some of the hardest days of my life. This journey has taught me self love & appreciation for this body like no other journey could have & NOTHING beats that feeling. So I stand here & promise myself, my husband & this little growing babe that he/she will never hear or see Mommy stand in front of that mirror again and pick herself apart or put herself down like she used too, because now there is only room for love & celebrations for this body that grew a human life. The absolute greatest gift I’ve ever been able to give someone else & myself. LIFE. To less judgement, more self love, acceptance & a genuine LOVE for these hips that were once our babes first home, I choose to CELEBRATE this #3rdtrimester #journeytomotherhood #momtobe #bodylove #bellylove #motherhoodunplugged #beyoutiful #37weekspregnant #mypregnancyjourney #personalgrowth #babybelly

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ouranakcommunity. Well that was quick. December is here, the holidays are just around th

Well that was quick. December is here, the holidays are just around the corner + we want to hear from you. What are some of your favourite traditions? How do you celebrate? How do you unwind + unplug Mamas, we want to hear from you. Head on over to our IG Stories to share your holidays 🙏🏾

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The birthday I was pregnant with Waldo I got my mum in law and some close friends together and I had a Mother Blessing. I can't even remember where I came across the concept, but I loved it so much over the 'traditional' baby shower. We laughed, ate cake, coloured in the birth affirmations I hung in the bathroom ( which ended up being the room where I birthed Waldo), they painted my belly and they each verbalised a wish for my birth as they tied a piece of string around their wrist ( that would be cut the moment I went into labour). I felt so safe and so loved. I knew that I could do anything, that I was powerful and the women around me had faith in me, my body and my baby. I often think about how we prepare for becoming parents. There is a lot of focus on the things baby needs, so we start accumulating clothes and gear. This is a stretch, but it's a bit like buying presents for someone before meeting them. What if instead we focused on the mother? On keeping her happy, nourished, loved and safe, encouraging her to go within, to share her thoughts and feelings, to slow down and prepare her body and mind? Would we see better birth outcomes?

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jo_t_d. 23 days left of 2019! I will certainly be happy to see the end of this

23 days left of 2019! I will certainly be happy to see the end of this year. With a new year comes new possibilities and I for one are optimistic and ready for the excitement of a new start. With a new start comes the unfortunate task of leaving some behind and I feel I know exactly who I want by my side and who I don’t. Thank you to all those out there who opened up my eyes and thanks to you I see clearly with a goal I’m determined to achieve completely and 100% by myself 😊. #newyear #newstart #journeytomotherhood #singlemomsclub #determination #goforwhatyouwant #doitalone #independentwoman #content #2020 #realdeal #imallineed

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theuncommonbrunette. #11weekspostpartum 
The extra.
The extra skin.
The extra fluff. 
The e

#11weekspostpartum The extra. The extra skin. The extra fluff. The extra rolls. The extra large sizes. The extra effort it takes to find me time. The extra love you feel. The extra excitement to hold your baby. The extra night feedings. The extra hours you wish were in a day. The extra hard days. The extra tears. The extra emotions. The extra weight. The extra dry shampoo. The extra laundry. The list goes on of all the extras I’ve felt, lived, and experienced these past 11 weeks as a new mom. But none is as “extra” as the gift of motherhood. Feeling “extra” lovey and motherly today. 💞 . . . . #postpartumjourney #postpartumbod #2monthsoldbaby #girlmomma #breastfeedingmama #wisconsinmomblogger #40weekspregnant #newmomblogger #militaryspouse #firsttimemom #momtobe2019 #thisismotherhood #journeytomotherhood #momlifebestlife #blessedmama #realmomlife #motheranddaughter #honestmom #newbornlifestyle #newbornbliss #september2019babies #inspiremothers #motherhoodsimplified

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soulfulfungus. Nearing 36 weeks and in awe of the journey life has presented me with.

Nearing 36 weeks and in awe of the journey life has presented me with. Aegons favorite hobbies so far are jumping on my bladder and playing kick Mom in the ribs. The amount of times I dreamed of you and woke up feeling broken having been told I wasn't able to have children- The wishbones I broke hoping one day I would meet you... To think youre already here and are just waiting to make the journey earthside makes my heart soften. You are so loved. We can not wait to meet you. Thank you @serwamics for making me feel so loved and beautiful. This journey has opened my eyes to all the people I am loved by and love in return.

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lovensnuggles. The Love n' Snuggles Bootcamp group has evolved to now include questio

The Love n' Snuggles Bootcamp group has evolved to now include questions and support beyond helping your little ones sleep. As an IBCLC Lactation Consultant and Holistic Sleep Educator, my specialty is providing support and education around breastfeeding and sleep but everyone in the group has experience and expertise in parenting so all questions are welcomed. Search for the group on Facebook and join us!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #lovensnuggles #mamatribe #journeytomotherhood #raisingkids #inthistogether #motherhoodrising #mama #safe #breastfeeding #sleep #lactationconsultant #holisticsleepeducator #exhausted #parentinglevelexpert #exhaustedaf #sleepwell #sotired #postpartum #ppd #anxiety #breastfeedingchallenges #breastmilk #liquidgold

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• • • kindred spirits • • • I always have time to cuddle this two little sibling sweethearts 🤗 Like me, their mumma is also soon to become a mother 😍💕 Although we are often in different parts of the world, I feel so blessed to have been able to share some of the experience of this journey to motherhood with Kayla. She is an amazing woman, and her profile, @grow.withflow is always authentic, inspirational and bursting with good vibes. ✨ Sending much love to Kayla and Flow all the way from Australia and wishing all the best with Flow’s arrival Earth-side 😘❤️ • • #soulsistershoutout #firsttimemum #mumtobe #journeytomotherhood #veganmum #consciousparenting #plantbasedmum #vegan #connection #sisterhood #pregnancyismagic #connectingtosoul

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coffeeandgrace. I was a Mom of one child for 5 months and 1 week. That’s how old Jayce

I was a Mom of one child for 5 months and 1 week. That’s how old Jayce was when Everly was born. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ My pregnancy with Everly was high risk and to be honest, a bit of a whirlwind. You see, I had a newborn to take care of during my pregnancy. ⁣ ⁣ Navigating those first few months of motherhood was often challenging and before I could truly soak it all in, here was yet another newborn to love and care for. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Did I love every single second being a Mom in those first few months? No. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Did I struggle, yet feel immensely blessed and thankful for these beautiful babies (one inside and one out)? YES!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ My time as a Mom to only one babe was short, but how lucky am I to have the unique opportunity to care for two sweet babies. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Any other Mama’s out there who have Irish twins? I love to hear from you 💕

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The face you make when it’s finally the weekend!

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babyjourney32. Exactly.. what is a normal period? So yesterday I showed signs of blee

Exactly.. what is a normal period? So yesterday I showed signs of bleeding (something I have not done in over a year and a half due to which pill I was on). I was worried my excitement may of scared it off, but it’s still here, very small, not much at all but enough to be ‘something’. I even bought small tampons this morning as I couldn’t cope with the larger ones I had from before. Still not much cramping though 🧐 I never thought I would wish for pain, but I do think it comes hand in hand. Has anyone had Amenorrhea? What did you find helped to regulate your cycle? #periods #pcos #pcossupport #amenorrhea #amenorrhearecovery #tampaxpearl #progestogenonlypill #journeytomotherhood

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Fact Friday🔻 The Tampa Bay area has way more foster kids than there are licensed homes available in their zip code. • It’s so easy to hear about the foster care crisis, feel bad for the children, & think “someone else is taking care of it.” Or.... “those foster families... they’ve got it covered.” • But the truth is WE ARE DROWNING. There are NOT enough licensed homes. Foster children are ending up in group homes. Not in families. • You may think we don’t have orphanages here in the United States. Call it whatever you want. They exist. • Foster families are taking on way more children then they can handle... and the state is allowing it... because they’re desperate. There’s nowhere else for them to go. • Is it as saturated in your town as it is here? Do you have the support system you need surrounding you? Family, background checked babysitters, foster closets, etc.? • Jump on board. If you can’t open your home support one that can. 🤝

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After yet another hard week (we miss you, sweet Burton), hiking & being up here (pushing 34 weeks pregnant, what!), felt so, so good. Life sure is hard & crazy & unpredictable & damn, we have been through some shit. But life is good. Life is so good.✨

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eggwhisperer. I hear this all the time from patients over 40: “I feel stupid. Why di

I hear this all the time from patients over 40: “I feel stupid. Why did I let so much time fly by? Why and how did I miss the most important thing in my life to me: my fertile window? I never wanted to get pregnant with IVF and now that I am ready, IVF may not even help me anymore.”⠀ ⠀ With so many women over 40 looking to grow their families, it’s my mission to educate my patients and offer compassionate care. I want to teach you everything that I know about this stuff and then allow you to make a decision that feels right for you. I hope you receive the same compassionate care from your doctor.⠀ ⠀ To any woman who thinks her FSH, AMH, or egg count define her: They don’t. ⠀ ⠀ To anyone who thinks your fertility defines you: It doesn’t. ⠀ ⠀ Motherhood doesn’t define you. You get one life. You get to live as you wish and have kids when you want and how you want. ⠀ ⠀ I hope you’ll tune in to this episode, where I’m sharing the questions you should be asking if you are over 40 and you want to talk to a fertility doctor. This information is something you can take with you to your doctor wherever you live. You can find the links to the podcast in my profile, or look for it on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or anywhere you tune into your favorite shows.⠀ ⠀ #journeytomotherhood #motherhood #midlifemotherhood #ivf #pregnantat50 #pregnancyover40 #pregnancy #naturalpregnancy #naturalpregancyat50 #50isthenew30 #pregnantgrandma #ttc #pregnantat40 #realtalk #fertilityjourney #infertilitysucks #donatedeggs #myfertilityjourney #eggdonor #anonymousdonors #ivfdonoreggs #ivfsuccess #ivfbaby #lovemakesafamily #ivfsupport #eggwhisperer #freezeandshare #getaheadofinfertility

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12.06.19 . As much as I look forward to the day Lochlan takes his first steps, we have been in no hurry. This is because of the abundant neuro and physical developments that happen when children crawl. However, it has been increasingly obvious that he is pretty interested in standing and walking so we have taken the next step to support this; today he got his first AFOs, ankle foot orthotics. . Over the past months while he has been pulling himself up to stand, we have noticed that his heal does not naturally want to rest on the ground. An AFO will help coerce his foot to be flat and lessen problems down the road. It will also provide some extra stability as he gets ready to walk. . He took to the new shoes like a dream. He didn’t get frustrated and had a great therapy session. As I thought about what this means for my warrior, Forrest Gump keeps coming to mind. . “Momma said they'd take me anywhere. She said they was my magic shoes.” . During therapy, I noticed that his moose outfit said something on the butt that I had not previously read. It read, “trailing a little behind.” I pointed this out and the therapist and I laughed. I was overcome with pride. He could not be wearing a more perfect statement on this day, the day he got his “magic shoes.” . The doctors say Lochlan is developmentally delayed, but as I repeat just like a broken record, he may be behind, but he isn’t losing a race. . He (and we) are just taking the scenic route. And, I repeat, you should see this view!

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ashleejanzenlmft. In light of yesterday’s announcement in the political arena, I felt it

In light of yesterday’s announcement in the political arena, I felt it important to acknowledge that the fear is very real for so many who already face barriers in growing their families. Without the amazing field of Reproductive Endocrinology, so many of us may not be able to do so. These were some thoughts I had shortly after the announcement: Today, I got to hold my babies. The two babies that made me a Momma. Two babies that I dreamt about, prayed for, and wondered for years if I would ever have that chance to be their Momma. Two babies who may not have a “traditional” start...but the journey to have them is still miraculous and unmatched. The two babies that I have because of IVF and the amazing doctor I had the PRIVILEGE of engaging with on my road to become a mother. The two babies that are miraculous in themselves but also...we needed help. You see, we don’t always have an able body that matches our desire to be parents. Due to things beyond our control, growing a family is difficult but not impossible thanks to IVF. That desire we have, gets to be fulfilled because of amazing doctors all over this country who specialize in helping families like ours. My personal life and therapy practice are filled with others who have a similar story. So for any of you who shed tears today, felt fear today, worried about your journey toward parenthood...I am with you! . . . #ivfjourney #infertility #journeytomotherhood #infertilitytherapist #ttc #ttcjourney #infertilitysucks #infertilityjourney #ivfcommunity #ashleejanzenlmft #fearisaliar #1in8 #infertilitysupportfriday

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justagirlgoingsolo. I’m exhausted. I chose the busiest time of the year to start IVF, with

I’m exhausted. I chose the busiest time of the year to start IVF, with work and with it being close to Christmas! I’m dying for a break. I’m 5weeks tomorrow and I’ve cried all afternoon because I’m so tired and I have so much to do. Oh and my 17 week old puppy has been testing my patience beyond words. Doesn’t help I have to go away for the weekend when all I want to do is stay in bed. I am SO grateful to be pregnant, I just wish I could stop being so anxious and so busy ❤️ Third beta results came back today.. hcg is 1734 and progesterone is 77.6. Grateful the numbers keep moving up ❤️ #exhausted #stickbabystick #babydust #stickydust #onedayatatime #shitisreal #fet #frozenembryotransfer #cycle #singlemumbychoice #singlemotherhood #singlemotherbychoice #ivf #myjourney #myivfjourney #donorconception #notbyaccident #bychoice #wanted #intentional #ivfcommunity #journeytomotherhood #positivity

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