Breastfeeding Support Blog Party Round Up

On Thursday, bloggers from around the world came together in a show of support for breastfeeding mothers. New mothers have enough challenges without having to feel guilty for how they feed their baby, especially when they are choosing the most natural of means – breastfeeding.   Over the last few days there has been a […]

Max | 5 Months


Melt my heart, why don’t ya, Max? Five months is looking so good on you! You are embracing your new world of sitting up, with help still, but you are getting super strong. With your first snow in mid December you also accomplishing rolling over from tummy to back and blowing lots of smiley bubbles. […]

Postpartum Sitz Bath


Two babies down and a few more to go (someday, not now) and I’ve got a little feeling that I’m growing in my expertise of all those mama things that rock your bod postpartum. Today, I want to share about postpartum sitz baths – also known as mama bath magic. So, you just pushed a […]

2012 Service Project Update


$175! Together, we raised $175 to sponsor our two foster girl’s Christmas gifts. It was such a thrill to go shopping for our girls. I started on Black Friday and just wrapped things up in time for drop off. Here’s a peek at everything! For our 2 year old … 4 puzzles, coloring book and […]

Sponsor a Foster Child (or Two) With Me This Christmas


Last Christmas we (as in the readers of That Mama Gretchen) raised $65 to purchase a share of a sheep through World Vision! I loved partnering with each of you to bless a family who truly needed our help, didn’t you? This year I have another fun project for to help us celebrate the season […]

Max’s Double Thumb – Learning More


Last week I took this picture of my sweet boy. I sent it out on Facebook asking for prayers as Dominic, Max, and I were on our way to the children’s hospital to meet an orthopedic surgeon to discuss Max’s double thumb.   I was pretty nervous, hospitals are for sick people and my baby […]

The Birth Story of Max Valentine

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I wrote the first rendition of Max’s birth story when he was just a day old, but I wanted to also share a more specific timeline of how things happened. Plus, now I have all of my amazing birth photos to match the story! Here’s how things went …   Wednesday, August 8th, 11:41 pm […]

Close to My Heart


Oh, sweet babies … Life is calm when we’re wrapped tight together. I see your sweet smile. I hear your tiny breathes. I feel your warm self. For so long you were bundled inside of me. It only seems right to be bundled together now. You’re close to my heart. Right where you belong. Babywearing […]

Three Thumbs Up


Mr. Max … Over the last month we’ve had a blast embracing the uniqueness of your extra thumb! Daddy thinks you may be an extra talented baseball pitcher someday and your grandpa is hoping you take up golf. I love holding your little hand and feeling the extra grasp, it couldn’t be any sweeter :) […]

The Placenta Report


Check out this rad button? I’m going to give you all fair warning on this post. If you aren’t feeling the placenta love – read no further. I know I have some family and friend readers who might think twice about our relationship after the placenta report. Then again, I know I have some super […]