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Bumpy. Pretty much the perfect way to say it. It’s been a roller coaster, this ride to baby number two, but it’s been one full of introspection & personal growth. and loss & hope. I have learned so much along this road & taken a lot of quiet time to think & process & feel. & today, I feel blessed. So blessed. & beyond supported by the wonderful people in my life.

I never really considered myself a person of faith. Until recently. I was raised going through the motions of religion. I was baptized. Confirmed. It was not a choice but I questioned everything along the way & got slapped on the wrist with each question. I often found myself turned off to the idea of Church. Religion. All of it was so cold & unwelcoming. At least the part of it I was exposed to. The people I was in contact with seemed to simply want to quiet me down and dismiss my questions, which only came from a place of seeking to understand. No one would answer me. Not even my professors at my very Catholic college. How dare I question that. I could see it on their faces. But it was a college that stressed the Socratic method & we were taught to question EVERYTHING before we believed it. Argue it. Defend it. Figure out where we stand & back ourselves up. Except, apparently, when it came to religion. I felt stranded & frankly, I didn’t really care to learn any more. I felt very turned off by the church and all that came with it.

But I have always been spiritual. I dove into the study of Transcendentalism in college. I did a lot of meditation & learned about Eastern religions in my deep practice of yoga. I never believed that there is nothing. I have always hoped there was more to life than what we have on this earth. I just knew my path was a longer one than most people I knew–but someday I’d understand it all. Someday I’d know where I stand. I just needed to be ready & supported.

Since becoming a mother, I have experienced a beautiful shift in my life. I learned that I needed faith to know that I wasn’t alone in this terrifying task that is raising a little PERSON. I met some WONDERFUL and encouraging spiritual women recently that have helped me in ways they do not even know. I love them for what they have brought to my life. I finally realized that much of what I believe, is found in scripture. I just never looked there for my words. My views and values are not unlike those in the Bible. In fact, many are similar. Very similar. I just never sought to cultivate them there…my bumpy road to faith has been full of questioning & slowly exploring & that has brought me to exactly the place I need to be.

So why now? Why share this now? Well. During this journey to this pregnancy I felt incredibly guided. In a way that I have never experienced in my life. When I questioned things, I always got answers. Should I medicate now? Should I wait? Am I ovulating? Am I not? Should I rush it? What’s the hurry? How is this going to affect my marriage? What is my next step? Or is one enough? I got answers to EVERYTHING. Clear as can be. Every single question had an answer so obvious that I just couldn’t help but stop. Think. Listen. I was so surprised & relieved. & just at ease. I can’t quite explain it in words. “If all of this is telling me what I think it is,” I thought to myself, “then this is my turning point. My moment in my journey of faith. I have to believe.”

& sure enough. After deep deliberation (and plenty of tears), I left the drugs in the cabinet. Again. & I waited. & wondered. & moped and embraced the joy that is my sweet, fiery two year old. & then, for the first time in my life, I actually felt my body ovulate. So strongly that I could not mistake it for anything else. so I waited & waited. & two weeks later…I saw two pink lines.

I have puhhh-lenty of reasons why I should not be pregnant right now. A jacked up uterus. Poorly functioning ovaries. Very few eggs. But…I am pregnant. & I got this way without any medical help. NO MEDICAL HELP. I am so grateful. All I can hope is that this one makes it–as I am not out of the woods yet (thanks to that jacked up uterus). But I am hopeful & happy. I will be done with babies after this. Two is good. Two is perfect. One would have been too, but this is just icing on the cake. My heart is full.

I know a lot of you who read this blog wound up here because of our common experiences with infertility or miscarriage. & I know a lot of you are still experiencing the pain of one or both. I am sure I am not alone in saying this– but it always stung a little bit when I heard annnnnother friend of mine was pregnant. I was happy for them & never wished my struggles on anyone, but it still made me sad for myself. I hope my story can bring you something more than this feeling–because I have really shitty statistics. & a lot of hurdles. & it STILL happened. “It just takes one” my RE always told me. Just one. Even if there aren’t a lot…it just takes one. And I now believe that it takes a little faith & paying attention to the signs along the way that point us in the right direction for our family. I have heard & continue to hear of so many miracles–despite shitty statistics. They are just numbers, after all. I hope, beyond what you’ll ever know, that you are granted the patience, determination & faith it takes for you to get the family you want. There is no right way. There is our way. & being positive, despite the emotional roller coaster, can only help. :)

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So on a little less deep note:

Yes, we’ll be having another surprise. In February (fingers crossed). No, I will not be delivering on base. Yes, I will be using both a midwife AND an OBGYN. Yes, I am hoping to go drug-free & educating myself all the way there. Yes, I will be decorating a gender neutral nursery. Yes, I feel like crap. Yes, it’s MUCH harder the second time. & Yes, I need a break from blogging. So I am going to take one for a bit. :) I’ll be back soon. Mama is exhausted. (yay!)

What, you wanted to see my nursery-so-far? SURE! (apparently I am not good at keeping secrets because those of you on pinterest caught me pinning a lot to this board–whoopsie!) Oh what fun. :)

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  • Jen - first time commenter – but couldn’t NOT say congratulations. what a beautiful picture – for so many reasons. best of luck!ReplyCancel

  • Katie - Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!! Congratulations, Shawna (and family)! What a blessing….and I loved reading about your journey to faith!ReplyCancel

  • kristin - Congratulations, lady! That was a nice surprise to open up while eating my morning oatmeal! I wish you all the best. We’re all on our own human journey, aren’t we? From someone who’s swung from Christian missionary to Atheist Humanist all in the span of about 10 years, I can say becoming a mother has affected me more deeply and profoundly than any experience in life thus far.

    Enjoy this time–you look gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Kristen - Yay!! Congrats! I am due in January… Looks like we’ll be on this ride together! Although this is my first.. so I might be emailing you for advice along the way.. Congrats again! Feel well! Your bump is adorable. ;)ReplyCancel

  • amy - I’m so so happy for you :) :) :)ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - How beautiful! Thanks for sharing this, Shawna. I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of months and I really enjoy all of your spirit and positivity as you pursue motherhood. You’re so informative and I love learning from you…and I’m not even a mother yet! But I did want to tell you how grateful I am that you are sharing this info, it helps me intentionally prepare for the beautiful days that I look forward to in becoming a mother. Thanks for sharing about your faith journey as well, I pray that it also continues beautifully! I’ve already been thanking God this morning for you and all you share with all of us! Be encouraged…and I hope you and your baby are doing well!ReplyCancel

  • Arianne - Huge congrats, beautiful story!! So glad you shared. <3ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Lynn - Congratulations! SO SO SO exciting :)ReplyCancel

  • Kelley T - This is simply beautiful. Thank you for sharing. I’m so glad your faith journey has led you to the Bible. It’s the only thing I can stand on because it’s not about opinions. God is my rock (and the only way I’ve survived – and thrived – raising our son)… oh, and after the roughest first trimester (being told I was miscarrying by the doctor and having my body tell me the same thing over and over), you and I are baby buddies! I have a February due date, too!!! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - Best of luck to you! It is truly a blessing. I am currently pregnant with #2, my son is 3. It is exhausting but sharing the journey with your little one is an amazing experience. We do not know the sex either, and my son often asks, “Mama, what are we going to teach bean?” This makes my heart melt. I too am educating myself on natural childbirth. If you would like some recommendations, I would be happy to share. From one military wife to another, I wish you much happiness, and most important, moments of rest!ReplyCancel

  • Abi - Just started my 3rd round of Clomid :-( We’ve been trying for #2 for 14 months and it’s getting harder to stay positive. I’ve had 2 miscarriages and months of anxiety. I have PCOS that was kicked off by my first pregnancy! So, all I can say is thanks for the wise words. I’m getting ready to accept that my gorgeous son may be all we have. It’s just that after seeing what an amazing little person he is, and how much I fell in love with being a Mama, I feel like I have so much more love to give, you know!!? So, Congrats to the most inspiring and lovely person I’ve ever met at an airport :-) and most of the world in fact lol! Keep us all posted XOXOXOReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Huffman - Abi…I don’t know you, but I know Shawna and have walked through the heart-wrenching journey that both of you have. I know the hopeless, helpless feelings after multiple miscarriages and throughout secondary infertility. Pour yourself into your precious baby boy and focus on your Maker. He is in control, He knows the ending to your story, He’s got you here for a reason. I know that it’s SO hard to see while you’re in it, but this season is going to make you stronger. You will make it through this. You will get to the other side. There will be a happy ending! “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6. If you ever need an ear – huffman_rhonda@yahoo.com – we are in a sisterhood that we never would’ve chosen, but we’re sisters, none-the-less ;)ReplyCancel

      • Abi - Rhonda, thanks so much for your kind words. I know what you say is true, but letting go of that control is something that doesn’t come naturally to us as human beings! One day at a time :-)ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - 1. Im crying. my heart is so full for you 2. Your such a BLESSING in my life. and on a FUN note…..those nursery colors are amazingReplyCancel

  • Suki - Hey, Congrats on the second one :)
    Beautiful post about faith and in my hood is coming a baby too with shitty statistics. They happen plenty. Just need to ahve what it takes to make it happen, like faith and a little body knowledge. :)
    I am so happy for you four.ReplyCancel

  • Monica - Congratulations Shawna and Family. So excited for you to be adding to your sweet family! Get some rest and see ya when ya get back!! I am beyond excited for you!ReplyCancel

  • The Up North Writer Mama - Congratulations!!! (!!!) (Three didn’t quite feel like enough there.)

    We are getting ready to embark on our second time around, so I am really looking forward to hearing your experiences… second pregnancy, balancing a toddler and a pregnancy/newborn, etc.

    But, for now, enjoy your break! Take care of yourself, and that beautiful bump, and your beautiful little girl. Oh, and that husband, too, probably shouldn’t leave him out.ReplyCancel

  • Meghan - There just aren’t words for how happy I am for you guys. Two is a fabulously fun handful!! And I get your journey. It took motherhood for me to understand where I stood with religion too.ReplyCancel

  • Denae - I am so happy for you. I know how much you wanted this by what you didnt say. If going natural I highly recommend taking the 12 week bradley class. It was so helpful during my birth last May.ReplyCancel

  • cary balser - I read your blog from time to time, mostly because my wife LOVES it and shares it with me, but this one rang so true to me because it’s only through people and personal relationships that we can really understand what true love is, selfless giving and at times hardship. If I can I’d like to say a little bit about myself:

    For me the question of what was of God (ie what was the Bible, how do we know, how do we interpret it etc) gripped me and kept me from Christianity for so long. I, for a long time, felt a strong call to follow the Lord and that God was there. I constantly turned to the Bible and protestant services in these moments but every time I asked the question: Where does the Bible come from? I was inevitably confronted with the non answer that the Bible was the Bible because it was…the Bible. And so, I stayed away, not because I didn’t want to serve the Lord but because these answers were simply not consistent or logical. I was just as well off defining my own Bible, morality, and living in that manner, as I felt and still feel Luther did though I don’t think he necessarily had bad intentions. However, this led me into great sin and only after lambasting the Catholic Church, harping at my now wife about how she was off my list of people I could marry precisely because of her “Catholicity,” and continually proclaiming my Anti-Catholic stances did I finally pick up a Catechism and surprise myself with just how wrong I was. This led me to lower my guard to ALL authorities and to begin to study and discern just how the Church seemed to have gotten these things right. Even a cursory glance could show me the Church in every age, defending God’s Word and proclaiming the work and salvation of the world through Jesus Christ. At this point I was, well, done for. The more I read the more I was convinced particularly through the Church Fathers and in the understanding of the Eucharist. Through all of this I’m sure that God was laughing as I told my wife she was “off my list,” saddened by the fact that I had been TOLD so many half truths, fallacies and rumors, and happy about my openness to answer the Holy Spirit which he sent to show me the Way that was and is His Church. He knew me, He knew what I needed, and fortunately for me, others who had answered His call already were ready, able, and willing to proclaim the Word to me in a personal way, proclaiming their faith and most of all His Love. This is why this is so important. Not because I am right but because it is what He established.

    Congratulations, on the great news! I hope you continue to grow and be encouraged by those around you and to better understand the grace that is shown to us through children. May God bless you abundantly!

    Sincerely,
    Cary BalserReplyCancel

  • Jackie - O’ Shawna! What a wonderful post, in soo many ways! And, o’ that college… :) Congratulations and best of luck! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Natalie C - Congrats Shawna!!! I had a sneaky suspicion you were expecting, and I could not be more thrilled for you and your hubby :-D Enjoy your blogging break!ReplyCancel

  • Lori - Beautiful. :) Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - I am elated for you. I struggled getting pregnant, but after a year I’m pregnant too. On the subject of faith, I forget too often to let go of all the worry and frustration I’m feeling while trying to control my path. Often times until I pray and truly know that God is greater than my circumstance I do not see the fruits of my efforts. God is good. God is great. :)ReplyCancel

  • Marylin - Shawna, I am so so happy for your blessing! It’s so wonderful when beautiful things happen for beautiful people. Take care of your precious family and enjoy this special time. Sending my warmest wishes your way along with a prayer for a healthy baby and mama! Congratulations!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Zantia - Congratulations! What a beautiful picture and an amazing piece of writing. I can relate to the “going through the motions of religion” you talk about. I felt the very same way throughout most of my life. I didn’t understand, and they was no one helping me to. I also had a turn around when I had my first son. It opened my eyes, and I looked everywhere I could to learn more if for no other reason than to be able to answer my son’s questions if he ever had any. In my search I felt like I found myself, and have such a full life because of it. Thank you for sharing you story with us. What a wonderful blessing to you and your family!ReplyCancel

  • Colleen - Woohoo! I could not be more excited for you and your family. This news put a smile on my face today.ReplyCancel

  • melissa - love your blog and so happy for you guys! happy you are finding some answers to your questions also. its just a great feeling knowing that you are not in the end solely responsible for making everything happen.. sometimes its nice to just say.. okay i cant do this on my own and there is someone there to walk beside you and give you what you need to continue on this journey:)ReplyCancel

  • Ash - Shawna,
    I have only come across your blog through a mutual friend and as you have said there are always answers put right in front of us. I am personally going through what you have been through and today reading this gave me exactly what I needed, hope for the future and what lies ahead and the strength to push forward on my weakest days. I appreciate you being open and honest. For me this has been a not so much talked about journey, that I some day hope to share. Its a journey for women that is not talked about and hard to let the world know. By you being open and honest you have touched my heart and renewed my faith in the process I am taking. So thank you thank you thank you. You words are perfect and my guide to seeing the light in this journey somewhere along the way. Congrats and know that some momma-wanna be is praying for you all the way in Kansas. Happy and Healthy pregnancy. ~AshReplyCancel

  • Ashley - I first saw this come up through facebook on my phone and the post couldn’t load fast enough. I knew it! (Yes, pinterest gave it away a bit, and I just felt like you were)

    I am beyond thrilled for you. You deserve this little one so much. Praying for a happy and healthy pregnancy the whole way through. I’ll miss your posts while you take a break, but I’m too excited for you to be upset!ReplyCancel

    • Cristin - I wounder on pinterest too! love that site :)ReplyCancel

  • Cristin - I am so very excited for you…
    From the time you posted about your loss I have been thinking, hoping praying for you. When I got my positive test I hoped you had one too (12wks today and we are also telling everyone tonight ;]). I feel very connected to you through this site, there is something that drew me to you and your story. As a midwife I wanted to reach out to you and tell you that everyone was wrong, that I knew you could do it. After reading this post I can see why some many times I all most sent you a little note (didn’t know if I should). It is amazing the journey that life is. Everyone has a different path and that is so true about faith and birth. I love the saying, if you want to hear God laugh tell him your plan…it seems the fertility people didn’t hear that one when they gave you the bad news ;) I believe everything happens for a reason and in this case it seems to have fallen into place perfectly. I find that when something is suppose to happen it dose just that and with such ease, to me that is faith and religion (and besides God always has a backup plan for that whole freewill thing right?, lol). As a midwife I see it every time a baby is born, it will never get old and I will always be amazed at my job and feel lucky that I was called to do it. As a mom it is that little voice deep down that you hear and never should ignore. I am constantly learning and trying to self improve, I think that faith/religion is a constant journey that is so different for each of use but we can also learn so much for one another. I hope that this pregnancy brings you empowerment! That is the number one thing I try to do with my clients, empower them! Let them know that they are the ones that know their bodies best, and you know if something is wrong or not. Trust yourself and your body, enjoy every second of it and I will be thinking about you along the way. I will be your cheerleader for the east coast ; )
    There is a great book called birthing from within that is a great way to feel empowered about childbirth. I wish you all the best on all your journey’s…ReplyCancel

  • Aja - Congratulations!!!! How exciting and what a MIRACLE that it happened so naturally for you! I can’t wait to follow along with you here. Get some rest mama!! :)ReplyCancel

  • leahnicole - just had to say Congratulations! (now back to reading today’s post)ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - CONGRATULATIONS!! I’ve never commented before but I’ve been stalking your blog for a few months and absolutely LOVE it! I have a two year old and just had number two…it is WAY different the second time around! But boy will your heart melt when you see the two of them together! :)

    Congrats!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristine Neeley - Hi Shawna! I’m a very new reader – like – two days ago new reader. I can’t remember exactly how I ended up here, but I think it was in my search for blackout solutions for curtains for our soon-to-be nursery (our first little one – a baby girl – is due on Thanksgiving)… and since, I’ve perused enough on your site (including your incredibly resourceful divulge-all on CD – I think your stories took me off the fence I’ve been on for the last few months) to have read some stories that this was SUCH a delightful read to come across today. What a miracle and blessing – and I wanted you to know I’ll be praying for you and your sweet little one to come.ReplyCancel

  • Crystal - Hi Shawna, Congratulations! I originally found your blog a while back for some photography inspiration through Under the Sycamore. Then, all of a sudden I found myself spending hundreds of dollars buying cloth diapers….and every other thing you have recommended on here. :) It seemed that every question I had about some baby product or organization and efficiency, you had the answer!! Seriously, you have been a great resource (and daily read) and inspiration in many ways! Anyway, this being my first time to speak up, it just seems like we should introduce ourselves to comment or something!
    So, I am happy for you with your new baby growing inside you and commit to praying for you in the next several months. It is exciting to hear about your journey to faith. God is simply amazing and can do “far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think” (Eph 3:20). I am also reminded of Psalm 139 thinking of the precious gift inside you….but also relating it to yourself. He knew you when you were in your mother’s womb. He knew His plans for you, and however bumpy that may have been, He knew the path you would take to find Him. He loves you “and we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Rom 8:28) He doesn’t let those bumps go to waste!
    God bless you!!
    CrystalReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - Congratulations!!! I’m so happy for you. Thank you for sharing the amazing news with us.ReplyCancel

  • Lacee Curtis - Is it weird that I don’t even personally know you, but I have tears reading your post? WEIRD and CREEPY I agree! CONGRATS!!! I hope everything goes well for you. I think you sound like an amazing mother, and person. On a side note to your faith. LDS.org is a great website and a great recommendation for a book is the Book Of Mormon. I have felt so lost at times in my life and frustrated and sad, but I have always felt comfort in my religion even if the people may seem to bring you down it’s such a personal relationship you begin to build with your Father in heaven and I think when you have children it makes reality come to life!!! BEST OF LUCK!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - I am so happy to add a new niece or nephew to our family! (S)he will be lucky to have you as a mama, Tommy as a dad & Caroline as a sister! All our love!!

    & btw … you look hot!!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - Beautiful photo Shawna, in so many ways <3
    I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that I've followed your many stories (some which have helped me grow as a woman and mother… more than you know)and I've prayed for your family to finally feel complete. I am soooo thrilled for you and your family and wish you the best of luck Shawna (& hubby) :)
    Everything happens for a reason…ReplyCancel

  • Carrie - Congratulations! That is wonderful news! Sending prayers and positive thoughts!

    I completely identify with your spiritual journey. I was active in my church and then, during high school, I started to question many things. Although they tried to answer, sometimes it seemed like the answer I got was “because this is the right way”. Not so helpful for an inquiring mind… But I’m now at peace with how my various beliefs work for me and, even if I never find a church that shares 100% of them, it comes from the same place: love and appreciation of life.

    Can’t wait to see what you come up with for the nursery! Enjoy your blog vacation ;)ReplyCancel

  • Bree - I seriously could not be any happier for you and your family. Here is to a happy and healthy 9!ReplyCancel

  • andrea - yay!! such happy news :) :) congratulations!!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - I could not be happier! Funny, how I don’t even ‘know’ you, but yet I do. Your news just helped make my day. I too became more spiritual during my fertility problems and two miscarriages. My process was much easier when I realized that ultimately nothing was up to me. I needed faith. Now I am blessed with two beautiful girls.

    You look gorgous by the way! I can’t wait to go through this journey with you!

    LindsayReplyCancel

  • Nicole - i had to come read this again because im just so excited for you and you look so adorable. God is so good! cant wait to see you!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy - Yay! Congratulations, that is wonderful news! So happy for you :) I too went down that road of IF, but was lucky enough to get into WH and now I’m having twin girls in Sept/Oct! Take care!ReplyCancel

  • Brooke - YAY! YAY! YAY!! So very happy for you!!ReplyCancel

  • Mrs. Biscuit - Oh my goodness!!! So, so, so happy for you and your family. Congratulations!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Paulina Sobon - firs time commenter- that true it’s hard to say nothing about this post!!! my family and I are happy for you, CONGRATULATIONS !!!! and of’course I had tears in my eye riding all this, you are so self motivated you diserve all of this, good luck, take some rest and we waiting for you ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Shika - Congratulations!!! You have been blessed. You have been a great inspiration to me in so many ways. I hope you continue to live in the moment and enjoy your journey.ReplyCancel

  • Casey Chappell - I love this story. I love hearing your history. I love HIS story that is now changing your story. One of my favorite songs is called Blessed Assurance. And it just tells the story of our walk with God and one line I love to sing at the top of my lungs is “This is my story, this is my song, Praising my Savior, all the day long” Because God is writing our stories… even the loss and sorrow that comes with it He somehow ordains and carries us through. I would never have written my own story the way it’s turned out but I’m so thankful that He knew best and even through the waves of deep suffering He has seen me through and has turned my mourning into joy. I just recently found your blog through CM. and I’m so glad I did. Thank you for being so open and transparent and for letting people like me take a glimpse into your life and family. Congratulations Love!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ali - Congrats! Sending lots of healthy juju to your uterus over the next months. I recommend two books: Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth and Birthing From Within by England Horowitz.ReplyCancel

  • Christa - Congratulations!!! So happy for you and your family! Can’t wait to see more pregnancy and baby related posts on the blog (after you get some rest)!!! AND love love LOVEEEEE the nursery fabrics thus far!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - Yay…congratulations! I am due the first week of March, and I’m so excited for your baby-related posts!ReplyCancel

  • Crystal - So amazing, Shawna =)ReplyCancel

  • Nat Nat - Congrats! Exciting news for you and your family :)ReplyCancel

  • Ali - Congrats! I am sending lots of healthy juju to your uterus over the next few months. Here are two books I recommend: Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth and Birthing From Within by Pam England and Rob Horowitz.ReplyCancel

  • Juliana - I’m so incredibly excited for you! I don’t really “know” you and yet, I feel as one of my close friends is going through this journey. Congratulations, Shawna. God has great things in store for you!ReplyCancel

  • Ali - Congrats! Sending you healthy uterus juju over the coming months. I recommend two books, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth and Birthing From Within.ReplyCancel

  • Whitney - Oh my gosh, congratulations! That is wonderful news! And thanks for sharing your thoughts on spirituality. I look forward to following your journey.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - What wonderful news!! CONGRATULATIONS to you and your family!!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - Congratulations! :)ReplyCancel

  • Colleen Sheehy - So happy for you. You and your family will be in thoughts. :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - A huge congratulations to you! This is sooo exciting!ReplyCancel

  • Meaghan - Congratulations!!! What a beautiful photo! Thank you for your honesty. Faith always is a bumpy road. I’m sorry that your Catholic professors couldn’t answer your questions. Ironically, I had the oposite experience in college– I started questioning everything and seemed like Catholics were the only ones with clear, consistent answers. Thoughts about babies:) .. http://www.conversiondiary.com/2009/02/why-my-life-is-better-since-becoming.html
    http://www.conversiondiary.com/2010/10/my-answer-to-do-you-want-more-children.html
    http://www.conversiondiary.com/2007/01/openness-to-life-in-theory-and-in-practice.htmlReplyCancel

  • Shannon - Mark 5:34 has your name written all over it girl!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin Smith - What wonderful news. Congratulations to your family!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin Smith - What wonderful news – congratulations to your family!ReplyCancel

  • Erin W. - BEST – POST – EVER!!! Prayer works! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Molly@Anthromollogies - I’m so happy for you! What exciting news, and the journey there….thank you for sharing it. This peaceful place that you’re in is beautiful. So glad you decided NOT to deliver on base. I have a wonderful midwife here in SA, attended our last birth at home, and will again for this babe. It was truly one of the best experiences of my life. I love the colors and patterns you’ve got going on for this nursery. Can’t wait to see it all materialize! Happy well wishes to you and your little family.
    MollyReplyCancel

  • Sarah Shalley - I love this entry. Nothing has taught me more about miracles and God’s love than being a Mama. :) Can’t wait to meet your sweet Baby#2.ReplyCancel

  • Project 52 | ONE » styleberry BLOG - […] diagnosis. The joy of a pregnancy. The loss that followed. The decision to let it be. The finding of faith & the gratitude of a subsequent pregnancy. & all the mommy moments inbetween. I will treasure the 2011 project […]ReplyCancel

  • Project 52 | SIX » styleberry BLOG - […] have a BABY! & to think…I thought I was huge in every one of these pictures…haaa! I am grateful for this pregnancy, for sure, but I am ready to put my pregnant years behind me. I wanted to have […]ReplyCancel

  • A little faith. » styleberry BLOG - […] first wrote about my faith back when I shared the news about Everett. He is my moment. He is my sign. He is my blessing. Everything about him has brought me to where I […]ReplyCancel

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