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Avery's Birth Story

birth story, baby born at 36 weeks, water break at 35 weeks


Today's post is one I have been wanting to share for, well, about a year now! I'm anxious to publish it for some reason, but I'm doing it to pay it forward to all the women out there who are carefully listening to countless birth stories, waiting for their own to come. I watched so many birth stories while pregnant and I'm so grateful to everyone who shared their story before me.


Not included in the video are my biggest takeaways from the experience of pregnancy and delivery. I plan to read these back to myself if/when I'm preparing for my next labor and delivery experience.

My 2019 Word of the Year



I've never had a word of the year before, but I think I like the concept! We'll see after having to stick with it for a full year :P

It was actually harder to think of one than I thought it would be. I didn't just want to pick something willy nilly, it had to be something that was applicable through many facets of life, would work for 365 days (not just the current season), and I wanted it to help me reach my goals. Keep reading to see where I landed!

2018 Year In Review

2018. I'm not sure if this has been the fastest year of my life, because I literally blinked and its over, or the slowest, because so so much has happened! Either way, this year has taught me more than all of the other years of my life combined. I've experienced my highest high and my lowest low. I've learned that I'm not in control. And I've learned how to live in the present more than ever before.

Last year I took a look back (see the post here) and I love the format of that post, so here are the highlights of 2018! I'm going to post some never before seen pics here in the post but will link to other pictures/posts throughout as well.