Embracing Me

After I gave birth to Lola, my body went right back to the way it was before I was pregnant. Shockingly, I didn’t have to work extra hard at getting rid of the baby fat–it just sort of went away. I considered myself lucky and never thought twice about it. As many of you know, Sebastian came out enormous for my 5’3″ body. He was 10 1/2 lbs which would explain why I felt so huge throughout my entire pregnancy. I was naive to think my body would quickly slim up like it had after Lola. I quickly realized Sebastian’s presence in my body would leave a permanent reminder that I once housed a child. The stretch marks, the flabby belly and the inability to yet fit in...
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Bringing Sebastian into the World

×This is a day late as life just became too busy to get it published. Exactly one month ago today, Rob and I dropped Lola off at the sitters and told her she’d be a big sister soon. We kissed her goodbye and as we left tears returned to my already flooded eyes. I was just a couple days shy of being 41 weeks pregnant and per my doctor’s advice (for reasons I’m choosing to remain private about), I was going to induce labor. The decision had been made the day prior and for some reason, it wasn’t sitting well with me. While it was ultimately my choice, the thought of forcing our unborn child into the world made me feel somewhat guilty. I pictured our child all...
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Merry Christmas from the Howells

Just a brief post to say Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah or whatever you may celebrate! We had a small, quiet Christmas filled with good cheer, wonderful presents, a delicious dinner and lots of love. With the baby due any day now, we are simply enjoying our family of three, cherishing the small moments and waiting for our fourth to make his/her debut into our world. Peace and Much Love, The Howells...
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That’s SAHM to You!

Stay at home mom

Today begins the third week of something I’ve looked forward to for a long time now…I’m officially a stay at home mama (SAHM). OK, I fibbed a bit. I still work two days a week, but for the most part I am immersed in Lola’s life every single day. And I have to say…I absolutely love it. I won’t go into full details about the transition, but lets just say Rob landed what many call “a dream job”. He is incredibly happy and while I know he misses his time with Lola, he was more than ready to embark on this next chapter in his life. I have to thank him for everything he has done for our girl. Most men would never make it as a stay...
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Sweet Baby Howell

This follow-up post was supposed to be just that – an immediate follow-up to my last post. But hey…I’m pregnant (29 weeks now) and I’m already a mama to a child who now treats our living room furniture like a darn jungle gym (even gets up on the coffee table with this crazy look of pride) which means no eyes can be taken off of her. Ever. Well I had discussed before about why our family and friends were in Indianapolis to visit…and while the immediate reason was obviously to hang out with the coolest child on the planet, they were also here to help celebrate the soon arrival of Baby Howell. Sweet Baby Howell. The restaurant where I work was graciously donated to us to celebrate my...
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