…the reveal…

hello, my friends!

my last update was around 38 weeks, and this update is comin’ atcha 11 days postpartum. yes, that is right…i went and had me a baby! my birth story will be coming soon, but suffice to say it was an incredible, intense, calm, beautiful entrance into the world for our baby. and in the comfort of our own home, to boot.

the details:

1176107_636718539701596_1031206520_nit’s a GIRL

selah. {“say-lah”}

1175257_636718833034900_630744423_n9lbs even.

2 hours and 45 minutes of labor, born at 12:47am on our bed (too fast to fill the tub up).

1176108_636719039701546_602195496_na beautiful baby girl and a beaming older brother (who now, at 11 days postpartum, is realizing this new baby is actually staying. and he’s not 100% sure how he feels about it)


1240602_641654679188609_341738394_nphotography by Labor of Love Photography and Petula Pea.

lots of love from our family of four,

kelly ❤



the dawn of a new age in the life of kelly! more info coming soon, and some changes coming to this blog, too. i just couldn’t wait to share…

a special shout out to my friend melissa, aka FauxMartha. she is ridiculously talented. stop by her blog, make a recipe or two, and check out her awesome design work.



not mine. at least not right now.

but maybe yours. or may be yours soon.

i thought this was a really helpful picture. once you know what your body will do to both help and hinder the labor process, you can see how important working WITH your body is rather than fighting against it. and why the HypnoBirthing techniques really do work. this can help companions, dads, friends, family be better support people too.

simple, yes. but so is birth.

{ps. i’m avoiding the fact that i’ve avoiding blogging for so long. i’ve said a million times i wouldn’t do that again. i think i’ve finally figured out why i was getting so stuck. i don’t always feel like i have USEFUL things to say. when i do, i blog. when i don’t, i read other blogs. i want to add to this world, not muck it up with noise. so here’s to hoping for useful things to say often! and the confidence to trust that they are useful. and the willingness to know not every post needs to be earth shattering}

chunky babies are good for the soul

i know, i know. you are getting down to the wire in your pregnancy and you are a bit worried about your baby getting too big for you. please don’t. i promise that if you have faith in your body it will reward you.

i’ve heard of too many women who are scared into inducing labor early because they don’t want their baby to get too big. let’s stop that rumor right now. if you don’t have gestational diabetes or any other health issues and barring any crazy freak statistical outliers, your baby is going to be just the right size for you. i understand many doctors will say that the baby may be getting too big for you, but i honestly think that they have lost faith in the female body’s strength and ability. that’s just my opinion. i’m not a health practitioner in any way, but i am informed. potentially more than your doctor may be about what your body is capable of doing. i know it sounds crazy, but it may just be true. your little boy may be bigger than “average,” or she may be on the “small” side … but please trust that your body knows what to cook up just for you!

i birthed naturally this little chubster 9lb 7oz baby boy out of a 5’9/5’10 previously 120lb frame. i’m long and lanky and my baby boy was long and chubby. the nurses all exclaimed that i should have had a c-section because that baby was just too big for me. hmm, did you see what just happened? i birthed him. naturally. and he was just the right size! so no, i shouldn’t have had a c-section. certainly he was a big baby, but he had a couple extra weeks of cooking to help fatten his little body up. he knew he was being born on the verge of winter and wanted to make sure he’d be warm for the journey.

i love that my baby was a chunkster. the extra fat gave me more to love on. so please don’t worry. you and your body will do just fine!