Meet Asena!

Meet Asena!

Asena (just a few hours old) wearing a bonnet my great, great grandmother crocheted for mePHOTO CREDIT: Taylre Pearson Photography There's a new, tiny human being laying on my lap in a fuzzy, pink, zip-up sack as I type this. She has ten itsy-bitsy spidery fingers, ten tiny toes and sweet, milky breath. When I look at her, my heart feels fluffy and light – like cotton candy. In fact, life itself feels all fluffy and light since she made her debut despite all the diaper changing. I guess you could say she makes me melt and that's why I'm so excited to introduce you to this little girl my family waited so long to meet. Her name is Asena (uh-SEE-nuh) and we welcomed her into this world on Groundhog Day. She's my little moonack, although Spennie calls her Sea for short. Seeing how Reila has a bazillion nicknames from...Read More
Mommy Hiatus

Mommy Hiatus

Our beautiful baby girl, Asena. Moony Musing readers may have noticed my daily 5 AM posts have been irregular this February. Just look at the dates for yourself and see what I mean. But don't worry, I am doing fabulous and things are getting back to normal (whatever that means) so I decided to share the wonderful news: Spennie and I had another baby! Our second daughter, Asena, was born February 2, 2019, at 1:10 PM in the comfort of our own home. Two wonderful Kansas City midwives – Cheryl Gilman and Nicole Green – were in attendance as well as my sister and father-in-law, who did a great job entertaining our 18-month-old daughter, Reila, when she wasn't checking in on me. Click here to find out why I chose home birth with both my pregnancies. I'll save the details for a pregnancy-specific blog post but labor was only six...Read More
My Ectopic Pregnancy Story

My Ectopic Pregnancy Story

February 2 was a Friday of firsts for me. First ambulance ride. First hospital admittance. First IV. First surgery. First time under anesthesia. First breathing tube shoved down my throat.  First time a doctor has ever told me my life was in danger. I'm not the type of person who runs to see a doctor over an ache until I've explored a lot of other options. But when you're in pain so intense you can't roll over in bed without breaking into a cold sweat, there isn't much choice. Two weeks ago, my in-laws took me to the emergency room for stomach and side pain. Imagine my shock when the doctor told me I was pregnant again. My first pregnancy was a breeze, aside from a few weeks of morning sickness (all-day sickness, really.) I got my first butt injection and went home with antibiotics for a kidney infection, where I got...Read More
20 Questions for Your Midwife

20 Questions for Your Midwife

So you're going to have a baby. CONGRATULATIONS! Now it's time to make the most important decision of the next nine months: choosing the perfect caregiver for you and that little lovebug growing in your belly. Your midwife is going to play an integral role in what may be the most intimate, vulnerable moment of your life so picking the right one is of the utmost importance – especially since your hormones orchestrate birth. Schedule a face-to-face interview to play 20 questions with your midwife before committing to their services. I suggest bringing your partner or family members along to share feedback afterward, too. Aside from the pretty website, great online testimonies and generally good vibes, you need to know your midwife is going to your back 110% no matter what happens. Feel free to use these 20 as a cheat sheet. Why did you choose to become a midwife? What is your training, education...Read More
Why I Chose Home Birth

Why I Chose Home Birth

On the evening of August 20, 2017, I gave birth to a healthy baby girl in the comfort of my own home. Only my midwife, Cheryl Gilman, and husband, Spencer, were in attendance. Active labor was relatively short for a first-time mom. My daughter's transition into this world was, in a word, smooth. I didn't tear or lose an abnormal amount of blood, despite battling anemia all my life. And, although labor was downright uncomfortable at times, I wouldn't call it painful. You may be thinking, "Wow, Laurien, you're so brave." Or, "Dang, Lo, you must have quite the pain tolerance." Wrong. My heart was intent on giving birth naturally, preferably in the comfort of my own home, long before I conceived. I believe this serious forethought in conjunction with my own independent research and months of reading/hearing other mothers' birth experiences attributed greatly to the success of my home birth. So before...Read More