Posts By Brittanie

BrittanieBrittanie was married to Matt in June of 2005, and shortly thereafter became pregnant with their first child. Unfortunately Cora Rei was stillborn on May 2, 2006 (38w1d) due to a cord accident. Brittanie has since had two "rainbow babies" (so called because rainbows bring color back in to the world after a storm): Erin Rielle was born June 7, 2007 and Patrick Reese was born February 25, 2009. She is currently a stay-at-home mom, enjoying every moment she has, and trying to see every day as the miracle that it is.

Scrapbooks

It’s been a crazy couple of months, complete with moving, flooding basement, and then restoration of the basement.  I’m finally getting things put back together; the carpet got finished yesterday, so everything is all done.  I’m redoing my scrapbooking room, and I can’t help but pause to look through the scrapbooks. I came across the…
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2 weeks (pregnancy mentioned)

Tomorrow, I’ll be 36 weeks pregnant.  That gives me 2 weeks to the fateful day in my pregnancy with Cora.  I fell asleep the night of 38 weeks and woke up to no response.  I have 3 weeks until my induction (23 days actually). I keep trying to keep my mind off it, but part…
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Then and now (pregnancy mentioned)

My very last picture taken when pregnant with Cora was at 34 weeks.  I’ve shared it before, but I love it because I look so very very happy in it. I’m 34 weeks today with Allison.  The anxiety is starting to creep in a little.
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My "Cora ring"

At about 33 weeks pregnant with Cora, my right foot suddenly started swelling.  Like, ballooned up out of nowhere.  It was that same way until a few days after delivery.  Anyway, my other foot and hands swelled ever so slightly too, enough that I couldn’t wear my wedding ring.  I had a slightly bigger right-hand…
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It’s all much more emotional than I thought (nursery again)

So yesterday, as I was sitting painting my nursery, I had a sort of mini breakdown.  I just had to stop and cry.  Cry for my first nursery and all the memories that didn’t get made in it. Today, I’m realizing I’m having a hard time not having everything absolutely perfect. I’m sure that’s more…
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The nursery (pregnancy mentioned)

I’m really excited to start painting the room that will be my nursery, and yet, I keep avoiding it. The only baby I had an extra room for a nursery was Cora.  We were in an apartment, so I couldn’t paint, but I did decently well.  It wasn’t exactly what I wanted, but it worked….
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Cora’s shelf again.

It still isn’t up.  It’s a little hard, but it’s okay at the same time.  It’s a great emotional improvement on my part, I think, that I’m getting everything else unpacked first.  Once I get my bedroom completely unpacked, all I have left is my craft room and the pictures that go on the walls….
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Proud of myself (pregnancy mentioned)

Okay, a little back story.  After Cora died, my husband and I took stock of the things we should keep and things we should return.  We knew we’d have more kids, so we decided the furniture and clothing we’d keep, but the bath stuff and the diapers and wipes we’d return.  Needless to say, returning…
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New neighbor noticed Cora’s sticker on my car

This evening we were over our new house cleaning things up, figuring out which light switch plates needed to be replaced, etc. As I was walking out, the new next door neighbor was out and came over to say hi as I was getting the kids in the car. She asked about the sticker, and…
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One step further away.

Matt and I closed a house purchase on Wednesday and officially took possession yesterday afternoon.  We are thrilled with this chapter in our lives, being able to get out of an apartment and into a place all our own. But sitting on the floor of our family room yesterday, as excited as I was, it…
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