Prematurity Knows No Prejudice

(some information reposted from a piece originally written in 2010)





My name is JessieLeigh.

I was raised in a comfortable, upper middle-class home. I have a college degree. I am happily married. I have always been healthy. I do not use drugs, drink heavily, or participate in “risky” [...]

How Honoring Varying Choices & Methods Supports Preemie Parents



November is Prematurity Awareness Month. That makes this a good time to talk a little bit about preemie stuff. I get asked frequently how people can help support preemie mom and dads, so I’m going out on a limb and sharing some ideas you may never have thought of.



Even [...]

Having Three Kids Is Not Harder Than Having One




For some bizarre reason, the following article has been making its way around my Facebook feed: 8 Things Never to Say to a Mom of an Only Child. Even if you haven’t seen it in the last week or so, the odds are decent that you did at some point. This is [...]

Making the Decision to Pass in Arms



It’s not easy.


I guess that’s what I really want you all to know. It’s just not as simple as it sounds. But let me back up a bit…


When I tell C’s birth story, I can typically tell it in under two minutes. To be honest, as much as I [...]

The Value of Paternity Leave



Awhile back, a friend and I were flipping through the scrapbook from A’s first year of life and she landed on this picture and just stopped.


“Wait… how old was A. here?”

“Five weeks,” I answered.

“You looked like THAT five weeks post-partum? Seriously, woman, what is your secret?”


Irish Twin Pregnancy



I’ve written a fair bit about having Irish twins before. I talked about the joys of closely-spaced siblings. I’ve tried to encourage those in this situation to take heart. Perhaps most notably, I wrote on the topic for Amy over at The Finer Things in Life twice and both posts continue to generate [...]

Five… and fantastic



My precious G,


This is how you looked when I woke you this morning:



Tousled hair, bright eyes, and a sweet smile. You bless us in so many ways.


Your darling profile has captured my heart for every year we’ve shared. Back then, you wore headbands on your [...]

Unexpected Hurts After a Miscarriage



When you lose a baby, there are things that you expect to hurt– and they do. These might include:

pregnancy announcements from others seeing pregnant bellies out and about your due date coming and going insensitive remarks having your regular cycle return seeing/hearing newborn babies … and more


These events can be [...]




I have a confession to make. When I gave birth for the first time, there was a little part of me that was super relieved to hear them say, “It’s a boy!” It’s not that I didn’t LIKE girls… of course I did! And, honestly, I was arguably a real girly-girl: long blonde [...]

Those horrible, terrible, no-good anniversaries



There are all kinds of wonderful anniversaries we get to celebrate through the year and we all seem to be pretty good about how to do that. Sadly, anniversaries of sad, hard times are also very real. Here are some ideas for ways to help people going through those tough days or times [...]