© 2019 by Cara Rossi

DROP ME A LINE

February 16, 2020

I’ve been wanting to write you this note for so long. And tonight, as I sit with you in my arms listening to Da and Sissy belting out princess songs in the other room seems like the perfect time. Your 8 months old and just starting to get frustrated with the fact that you want to do more than you can. And I feel like you just popped out of me and I blinked and now we’re here - teetering on the edge of a precipice. We’re about...

August 19, 2019

On the evening of May 25th, I started to feel not great and I knew what I was feeling was my blood pressure higher than normal. I took my blood pressure a few times over the next hour and it was high. I tried to do deep breathing and laying on my left side to lower it on my own but it wasn’t working. I called my midwife, Amy, and she told me to go to the hospital.  This I was not prepared for as I thought this baby would be la...

May 21, 2019

This is my journal entry from the day I thought my water broke.  I've debated sharing it but I decided I wanted to because it helps to show my thought process to overcome my anxieties and fears and maybe that can be helpful to you.  

I am sitting here in tears. Tears for so many reasons. I think my first gut thought is I’m terrified. I am afraid of this birth. Because of Charlie’s. Because I only remember that experience a...

April 15, 2019

I am not afraid

I can do this

I trust my body and my pain

I am powerful

It’s not pain, it’s power

Breathe in light and love, breathe out pain and fear

I am not alone, I am surrounded by love and support

I am ready to meet Romeo

April 2, 2019

Since I was a freshman in college, I’ve been in awe of the beauty and magic of natural childbirth and was adamant about having a natural birth. I knew that when I would become a mother, I would have a beautiful, peaceful, natural birth to transition myself and my baby into our new partnership.

So when I became pregnant in 2016, the first thing I wanted to do was craft my most perfect birth plan. I reread many books that I had r...

January 14, 2018

One of the primary reasons I wanted to start this blog was to share my birth story. What I was able to accomplish and how I achieved my goal of an un-medicated birth – despite facing barrier after barrier – made me feel an incredible amount of power. And I wanted to share that power with other women. So here is my story. 

The Beginning

On September 19th, 2017, we had a Non-Stress Test (NST) scheduled for 2pm becau...

September 1, 2017

The first book I read about happiness was The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.  In the book she shared her Secrets to Adulthood.  On her blog she says, “Although these items may not seem particularly profound, each one was a revelation when I finally figured it out”.  I’ve collected my own similar secrets as I’ve been learning to be a mother and I’d like to share them with you:

  • Ask for help. Not only is it ok,...

July 10, 2017

On the eve of my 31st birthday, I want to take a moment to reflect and document the things I think a million times a day but never right down.

To my dearest Charlie,

I can't help but be happy when I think about you and the fact that I get to be your mom. I am in awe of you and the way you make me feel daily. You inspire me to be my best self - to challenge myself to figure out who that is and be confident in every minute and eve...

September 10, 2016

As I prepare for labor I've read a lot about the power of birth mantras.  Here are the ones I'm planning on using to get me through.  

I am powerful
I am ready 
I am strong
I am opening
I am one with my pain
I am ready to meet Charlie 
I am here 
I am now
I am not alone
I am surrounded by love 
I am not afraid 
I trust my body and my pain 

It's not pain it's power

I was born to do this 

My body opens
My mind quiets
My baby de...

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