Miles James: A Birth Story

Our last photo as a family of two!

Miles James Koch was born at 12:32pm on Sunday, October 25, 2015 after spending exactly 41 weeks getting ready for the outside world. I started having contractions at around midnight on Friday night/Saturday morning. If you're quick at math, you probably just realized that I was in labor for almost exactly 36 hours. Yep. I woke up around midnight on Friday night with what felt like an intense gas cramp. However, after about two hours of cramping, I started to think that my wildest dreams … [Read more...]

10 Things I Learned in my Second Trimester

I finally entered my third trimester a couple of weeks ago, and I would say "Oh my gosh I can't believe I'm already in my third trimester!" except that if anything, I can't believe I am ONLY in my third trimester. These past few weeks have been craaaawwwling by, and I have a feeling the next 10 weeks won't exactly fly by, either. In fact, mid-October feels about 100 years away! Apparently (aka I am told this by most new moms I know), I will look back on pregnancy and miss these "special moments" … [Read more...]

Nursery Inspiration


We are getting ready to move next week (and if you just read that and thought, "Really? You're moving in a week? Shouldn't you be packing?" the answer is Yes. But shh.), and that means pretty soon I will get to actually start putting together a nursery for this little guy! Over the past few weeks, I have started to appreciate the importance and realness of a "nesting" instinct, which I previously thought was probably just a marketing ploy. But I can really see how getting a space ready for a new … [Read more...]

Body Image, Meet Pregnancy

I tried on my first pair of maternity jeans yesterday. They were boyfriend jeans that I ordered from J.Crew that just had a few big elastic panels along the sides instead of having the full-on maternity waistband. I was super excited at the thought of comfy, baggy-yet-somehow-also-slimming, stylish jeans that I could wear for the next few months. But I put them on, and something about the waistband just grabbed all the flesh around my hips and hoisted it up so that it sat prominently on top of … [Read more...]

10 Things I Learned in My First Trimester

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Nothing can prepare you for the realities of holding a positive pregnancy test in your hand. It's a mindfuck guys. For real. It's important to exercise while you're pregnant, but it's even more important to spend that extra hour taking a nap instead. Similarly, it's important to eat healthy while you're pregnant, but it's even more important to eat whatever you can that doesn't make you sick. I'm really lucky to say that I didn't have almost any morning sickness, but there were still days of … [Read more...]