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I remember reading Megan’s HELLP post back in January and thinking my preeclampsia experience was a breeze compared to hers. So when she asked me to share my own story I felt a little silly following her rapid weight...
Amy West Wilson

Success through Turmoil

My husband David, and I came into 2009 with great excitement as we learned we were pregnant. Little did we know we were about to enter the biggest personal crisis we had ever experienced in our five-year marriage. At thirteen...
“You convinced your husband?? How did you do it?” This is the first thing people say to me when they find out I’m pregnant with our third child. I have always wanted three children and my husband has always...
If you've had a baby or are expecting for the first time, you might have heard of a birth plan. It's an actual piece of paper that you bring with you to the hospital detailing how you want your...
Let's admit it, we've all fantasized about the ideal birth. The moment you find out you're pregnant, you start looking into birthing classes.  Will you do it Au Naturale? Bradley? Lamaze? Hypnobirth? There are so many options and so...
My first pregnancy was full of surprises, including finding out that-- SURPRISE! Ten days before my wedding--my nausea wasn’t wedding nerves, but morning sickness. At my last wedding-dress fitting my boobs were spilling out the top, not because it...
I’m one of the million mothers out there making a list and checking it twice, dashing around trying to find the perfect gift for my preschoolers when it hit me. I have the best resources at my fingertips...other parents....
“I see two heartbeats.” In October of 2009, those were the scariest words I had ever heard. Had I heard the sonographer correctly? Were there really two babies? Yes. Twins. Identical twins. I panicked. Were we ready for this? My...
There's a club that many moms don't like to talk about. It's the miscarriage club. The sad and realistic statistic is that 25% of pregnancies end in miscarriage. You have either had one (or multiple) or you know someone who...
Spotted Stork is a locally owned baby boutique nestled in a cozy pink cottage on 1st Avenue North in Jacksonville Beach.  When owner Julie Wintz envisioned Spotted Stork, she kept several things in mind: she wanted to "offer distinctive and...

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