Tag Archives: Lauren DeBusschere

Safe place

This is going to sound like a big, fat “DUH!” But until this week, I didn’t realize how much a mother represents safety to her baby outside of the womb. After my daughter’s very first “boo-boo” occurred the other morning, … Continue reading

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Oh, dada

Well, my intuition served me WRONG! No twins for us! I don’t want to say I am “relieved” because we would welcome any child(ren) into our home, but my wallet is probably sweating fewer bullets. Aside from the baby bloat, … Continue reading

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Break out the folic acid (again)

Surprise, surprise! We have a big announcement: After a long six whopping months of parenthood, we are somewhat shocked to announce we are pregnant with baby No. 2! Wow! Let me address the initial questions in your head. No, we are … Continue reading

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Because I’m a mom

Because I’m a mom, I take the night shift AND the day shift. Because I’m a mom, I forgo the good kind of sleep, for now, and I listen to you babble your own baby language while you claw my … Continue reading

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Speaking life

I want to address something too many of us have fallen victim to or been a part of as parents. Whether you’re on the giving or receiving side, shaming in any way shouldn’t have a voice within our society. The … Continue reading

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A genuine gift

As the holidays roll in, I notice a different joy in my heart that started out small and continues to grow, just like the Grinch. Although I wouldn’t compare myself to him, and I have always loved Christmas, I can … Continue reading

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It gets better

I want to shout from the rooftops of the highest point, because I am so thankful and happy! We seem to have finally transitioned out of the 4-month sleep regression, and I can confidently say we are all sleeping better … Continue reading

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My mom fear

Marriage and motherhood have both been the most refining processes of my life. Once I entered into each, there was a moment I realized this is “forever,” and my innermost vulnerabilities cringed at the idea of being seen by another … Continue reading

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What it’s like

A very common question a new mom receives postpartum is, “So, how is it being a mom?” This question mainly comes from people without children because the ones with children know it can be a complex question to ponder, let … Continue reading

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Easy traditions

I would like to think for many families the topic of family traditions gets brought up regularly around the holidays. This is true for Matt and me, and it has become especially exciting to think about now that we have … Continue reading

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Bellamy’s first blowout

Yes, you read the title correctly. It was THAT memorable for me. I knew from the beginning poop was part of the equation of having a baby, but there’s nothing quite like the first “up the back” poop explosion. Let’s … Continue reading

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Un-tagged

A few months after I found out I was pregnant, my sister got engaged to her longtime boyfriend! My family was so excited to be growing by two in the coming year. I remember thinking, minimally, about being a bridesmaid … Continue reading

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What stress?

I don’t mean to brag, but on good days, I am genuinely impressed with the new me. The “new me” meaning the mom I have become thanks to Bellamy. Whether I like it or not, being a mom doesn’t make … Continue reading

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Stranger danger

I remember feeling slightly offended anytime I would gawk at how cute or sweet a baby was, only to have their parent(s) seem dismissive of my comment or give a passive, “Thanks.” I thought, “How weird! When I have a … Continue reading

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Plenty of excuses

Did you ever see the article discussing the infamous “fit mom” and her harsh words on excuses for getting back in shape postpregnancy? Really the message was there is NO excuse to NOT be in shape after you pop that … Continue reading

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Thursdays are like …

Let me immediately set the tone with this post—I hate divulging information regarding my finances. I hate talking finances, period! However, financial trial and error is part of growing up. It’s incredibly relatable, too. It goes hand in hand with … Continue reading

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Best parent

I recently read a comment thread on a previous post I wrote regarding utilizing help with a newborn. In that post I used the word “I” a lot because it’s written from my perspective as a parent. A commenter raised … Continue reading

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No hands!

I have had the best week with my daughter, Bellamy. Certain social events and obligations divided our days differently than usual, and it allowed me to see past the foggy haze of babyland I have been living in. I don’t … Continue reading

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Twist my arm

I am writing this while my daughter sleeps on me, draped over my lap in total satisfaction. Most of this post will be typed one-handed because she desires to feel my touch and is happiest when she has that sense … Continue reading

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Three’s company

I started noticing how many pictures I have of Bellamy and me in our bed. This is because she would take over our bed if I let her! It never fails; she will cry her sugary sweet, pitiful cry if … Continue reading

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The village

One of the common pieces of advice I was given while pregnant was to accept help when it was offered. When I was pregnant I wasn’t able to foresee what my life would be like with a newborn. I had … Continue reading

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Miscarriage matters

Before I was a mother, I do not think I was a very sensitive person. I could politely deliver sympathies and have a heart-to-heart without skipping a beat, but I rarely truly mourned with others when experiencing something difficult. Pregnancy … Continue reading

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How to feel like a winner

We made it to the 6-week mark, yay! Like magic, life starts to get a little bit easier around this time (everyone tells me to hold out for 2 months). Bellamy sleeps so well at night, and I have been catching … Continue reading

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Breast and bottle

In my world, breast and bottle are friends, not enemies. I arrived at the decision to use both forms of feeding over the course of much trial and error. Having gone through every form and combination of feeding more than … Continue reading

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Who am I, now?

Motherhood gets real as soon as that sweet baby is born into this world. That sweet baby comes with needs—lots of them—and I am convinced they aren’t too happy about leaving their perfect world (aka the womb) to enter ours. … Continue reading

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Closer together: The birth of Bellamy

I think I can sum up my first birth experience by quoting my husband: “I am reduced to tears over the birth of my daughter, Bellamy.” We experienced tears of joy, tears of pain, of fear and relief. Every moment … Continue reading

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Week 40: Airplane mode

Hi everyone! We made it! I am officially 40 week’s pregnant and still going strong! I said hello and goodbye to my due date on June 26th, shed a few tears over it and am now adjusting to the new … Continue reading

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Week 39: Keeping myself entertained

Thirty-nine weeks, wow! Guys, honestly, what can I say at this point? Every day is filled with the highest anticipation and tons of texts and phone calls saying, “I am so ready for you to have your baby. Why is it … Continue reading

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Week 38: My contribution

In the wake of last week’s mass shooting tragedy, I had a personal revelation. As details of the event slowly unfolded and we learned the names, the faces and the families of each victim, I was truly broken by the … Continue reading

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Week 37: I can feel her head!

At my most recent appointment, my doctor decided to check me for the first time after I told her I was experiencing contractions (woo!). It was the same appointment as the, ahem, lovely swab test, so I was already feeling … Continue reading

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Week 36: Am I leaking?

I cannot believe June 2016 has finally arrived. It feels like yesterday I had a full-blown meltdown over realizing I was having a baby come summertime. The hot heat of Atlanta makes me happy to know this process will come … Continue reading

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Week 35: Our new home!

Wow. That’s all I can say after this wonderful long weekend. What a truly memorable time I had creating new memories—most notably, creating a space for Bellamy in our little loft apartment. This was a long time coming and a … Continue reading

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Week 34: Team BWD

You know what pregnancy is? Humbling. It’s the ultimate checks and balances system for checking who you once were at the door and swallowing all the misguided things once said before going through this process. I can only imagine how … Continue reading

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Week 33: A Bellamy belly

My one and only sister got me a Mother’s Day gift this past weekend. Out of everyone I encountered that day, she really made an effort to celebrate me, and I was so touched by her gesture. What struck me … Continue reading

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Week 32: Support system

I know Mother’s Day just passed, and I could be consumed with the reality I am included in the people group being celebrated! After all, I am now a mom, but instead of thinking about “my day,” I am weeks ahead of … Continue reading

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Week 31: Just me and the bump

Ironically, pregnancy can feel lonely sometimes. Even though I am literally with another human at all times, I have experienced some really trying moments of feeling alone. I don’t think this is a bad thing, but something some of us … Continue reading

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Week 30: Clocking out

Bringing a baby into the world can come with a fair share of things to figure out. Although you can continue to plan on living life as similarly as possible, I think most women would agree they at least entertain … Continue reading

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Week 29: Her name

I’ve surprised myself with how relaxed I have been throughout the past 29 weeks of my first pregnancy. I kept waiting for this intense motherly protectiveness to rear its ugly head when someone coughs too close to me, or I … Continue reading

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Week 28: Do you catch my drift?

In case you haven’t had enough of my over-sharing, I thought I would really let you in on my biggest struggle of each day. It trumps the battle of the bladder, the terrible night sleeps and chub rub I have … Continue reading

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Week 27: Pursuing peace

  I love that State Farm commercial for “all the never(s) in life.” In case you haven’t seen it, it’s a collection of a few snapshots from a man’s point of view. It stars with him claiming he will never … Continue reading

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Week 26: Modesty milestones

Pregnancy is full of milestones charting the progress of a growing baby. There is the “fruit of the week” milestone to show the baby’s size, three trimester milestones every couple of months and new symptoms to go with each one … Continue reading

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Week 25: We all go through it

Ugh. I already feel a little weird bringing up this topic because I do not want to put negativity out there regarding pregnancy. Too many women have problems associated with fertility, so let me preface my perceived “complaints” as actual … Continue reading

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Week 24: Who runs the world?

In case you missed it, we recently celebrated International Women’s Day, reminding women everywhere how BA they are for being themselves. It was a unique experience celebrating womanhood knowing I’m pregnant with a girl. I was on cloud nine all … Continue reading

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Week 23: Just the two of us

You know the saying, “that’s a good problem to have?” I have one of those. This week I realized (again) how blessed I am to be bringing a baby into my world with the person I love the most. Although … Continue reading

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Week 22: Soak, sip and sexual healing

I read something the other day that made me go, “What am I doing with my free time?!” I was reading about French parenting and how pregnancy is portrayed (in writing) as a nine-month retreat to the spa. Expectant moms … Continue reading

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Week 21: Sew it begins

It’s amazing how pregnancy changes you. The physical changes are expected, and moms assure you the maternal instincts will come—but I’ve experienced additional changes of self-discovery as a result of becoming pregnant. Naturally, I didn’t view my world the same … Continue reading

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Week 20: Cute or nah?

There is one phrase everyone likes to say to a pregnant woman, usually out of politeness or nervousness of not knowing how to interact with a human growing another human—because it’s a tad alien to some, I guess. This phrase … Continue reading

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Week 19: The week I started to forget—everything

Upon finding out I was pregnant, I started thinking about the clichés and supposed symptoms of bodily changes I would possibly endure. Admittedly, I was a naysayer of things like cravings and the “eating for two” mentality. I believed it … Continue reading

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Week 18: Almost halfway to baby!

Hi! I’m Lauren. I am almost 19 weeks pregnant with my first baby. My husband (his name is Matt) and I are thrilled, but it certainly took time to process this change! Time is flying by, so allow me to … Continue reading

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