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EVOLUTION OF A DREAM

by Carmel April 11, 2016

A couple of years ago, I had a revelation. I knew what I wanted with my life for the first time ever – to be a mom and to own my own business. This is a pattern for me – I’ll feel completely lost and then suddenly one day THE answer reveals itself to me. […]

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DUE DATE

by Carmel February 2, 2016

Today would have been Laurel’s due date. The last couple of months have gone by much quicker than they would have if I was still pregnant – particularly the last month she’s been home. I’m still working on writing our experiences in the NICU. It’s been a lot more to process than I anticipated. Laurel’s […]

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LAUREL’S BIRTH STORY

by Carmel January 12, 2016

When last I left you, I was in the hospital for some preterm labor symptoms, sent home on bed rest. I think the alternate title to this story could be, “What the hell happened??” because that’s the response I got from most people who found out I had our baby already. Even to my closest […]

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36 HOURS OF UNCERTAINTY

by Carmel December 4, 2015

We had a scare a couple nights ago with baby. I had some light bleeding/spotting and cramps Wednesday night. Luckily it happened right before we were already scheduled to go to our Centering class (we do this instead of individual appointments with an OB or midwife). I talked to my midwife about it and she […]

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FIVE YEARS OF ADVENTURES

by Carmel October 16, 2015

I never thought I would be this mushy. I once had a coworker compare me to Daria – you know, the cynical cartoon teenager from that MTV show? Apparently all it took was finding the right person to bring out my inner marshmallow. See what I mean? Big, old fluffy marshmallow… Being with Shawn has […]

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20 WEEKS DOWN, 20 WEEKS TO GO

by Carmel September 17, 2015

An update on my favorite little parasite Ladies and gentlemen, we are halfway there. Incredible to think that this journey has already hit the halfway mark. I thought I would do a lot more writing about my pregnancy on this blog, but it hasn’t happened as much as I’d like. It’s an important journey to […]

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WHEN THINGS DON’T GO AS PLANNED

by Carmel September 3, 2015

As I started writing this, I was awaiting a call from my aunt to see what the latest news on the fires in Northern Idaho are like. All summer I’ve been holding on to this vacation to Priest Lake in my brain as a reward for making it through a rough first trimester of pregnancy, […]

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BIRTHDAYS, ANNIVERSARIES, AND CHANGES

by Carmel August 27, 2015

Somehow July 29th passed without me noticing it. I thought it would be a bigger deal. After all, it marked one year since the wheels of our plane touched down in Seattle. Ten and a half months after we left on our round-the-world trip, we were back home. Whatever that meant. September 16, 2013: setting […]

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7 THINGS NO ONE TOLD ME ABOUT BEING PREGNANT

by Carmel July 30, 2015

It’s very possible that I wasn’t listening when my friends with kids were talking. Much like preparing for travel, I tended to gloss over the stories of missed buses, language issues, various stomach illnesses and getting roped into the inevitable scam or two, and heard only the stories of unexpected festivals and new friends. I’m […]

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I’M BACK AND I’VE GOT BIG NEWS

by Carmel July 21, 2015

Coming February 2016… It’s been no secret around here that Shawn and I have been trying to have a baby. So the above picture shouldn’t surprise you. I also have been MIA for quite a few months. I reached a point where something had to give. My new job required a rather steep learning curve […]

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