Mom Talk

Becoming a mother is something that completed me. The are the stories that represent the most intimate parts of my life.

Birth

Whenever I gave birth for the first time, it changed me. I emerged from the experience as a completely new and different person. These stories are probably ones that I will vividly remember until the day I die, but even still, I wanted to capture every feeling, every moment, and every single thing that happened.

Our Fifth Born: Jack's Home Birth Story

Our Fifth Born: Jack’s Home Birth Story

The pain was excruciating beyond all measure of belief, yet I somehow managed to bring my hands up to the edge of the couch and buried my face in the cushions so that I could scream with reckless abandon.
March 15, 2017/by Stacey Maaser

Julian’s First Ten Days

The first person that I noticed to change and grow was Scott. He has always been an amazing father and husband, but he stepped up to a higher level than I even thought possible after this birth.
December 3, 2014/by Stacey Maaser
Our Fourth Born: Julian's Home Birth

Our Fourth Born: Julian’s Home Birth

The fear, the worry, the pain…I let it all go and went inside of myself where I was finally able to exhale. In that moment, I was rocked by a huge and powerful contraction and then felt a pop and a warm gush. “My water just broke!” I shouted.
December 3, 2014/by Stacey Maaser

My First Birth: An Epilogue About Dealing with the Pain

So hear I am, three days away from my due date with my fourth pregnancy, and I'm finally reading birth stories and thinking about how I'll manage the pain.
November 9, 2014/by Stacey Maaser
Our Third Born: Ophelia's Homebirth Story

Our Third Born: Ophelia’s Homebirth Story

When the next contraction came they said, “Ok, give one big push!” So I did, and then I felt the rest of the body slip out. I turned over and couldn’t believe the little miracle that was placed upon my chest.
October 12, 2013/by Stacey Maaser
Our Second Born: Elliot's Homebirth Story

Our Second Born: Elliot’s Homebirth Story

One of my first words after the birth  was “That was sooo easy!!” because really, it was. I had been afraid that I wouldn't want any more children after this birth...but that was not the case!
October 12, 2013/by Stacey Maaser
Our Firstborn: Ruby's Birth Center Story

Our Firstborn: Ruby’s Birth Center Story

I felt like I was going to panic. I didn't think I could handle the pain that was consuming me. Scott was crouched beside me with encouraging words. My body felt like it was being torn apart by a viscous source of unknown agony.
October 12, 2013/by Stacey Maaser

Postpartum

Taking care of yourself and your baby after birth is crucial. It is a very special time that should not be rushed and needs to be treated with tender care. The first three months after birth are essentially the “fourth trimester” and it is a world unlike any other. I have learned many helpful dos and don’t for this time in my experience.

Babies

After having our first baby, Ruby, we thought we had things figured out! Then along came Elliot, and we learned just how different two children could be. After now having five children, these are the things we’ve learned about sleep, teething, and all things baby related.

Baby Conversations Are an Important Part of Language Development

Baby Conversations are an Important Part of Language Development

Oral language development is a HUGE part of a child's development! But…
September 16, 2017/by Stacey Maaser

Jack’s Hair Tourniquet: One of the Most Traumatic Nights of my Life

Last night while we were sitting around the campfire with some…
July 2, 2017/by Stacey Maaser

26 Ways to Calm a Fussy Newborn

Trying to calm a fussy, or inconsolable, or screaming newborn…
April 30, 2017/by Stacey Maaser
Embracing Motherhood How to Establish a Bedtime Routine with a Baby (or What to Do When Your Baby Won't Nurse to Sleep Anymore)

Establishing a Bedtime Routine with a Baby Who is Used to Nursing to Sleep

I usually just like to nurse my babies to sleep, but at some…
May 17, 2016/by Stacey Maaser
Embracing Motherhood My 15 Month Old "Baby" is Still Not Sleeping Through the Night

My 15 Month Old “Baby” is Still Not Sleeping Through the Night

It's 2 o'clock in the morning, and it feels like my head just…
April 28, 2016/by Stacey Maaser
I'm Up in the Night to Nurse My 6 Month Old Every Hour...and I'm Okay with That

I’m Up in the Night to Nurse My 6 Month Old Every Hour…and I’m Okay with That

Now that this is my fourth baby (in the last five years), I really…
May 25, 2015/by Stacey Maaser
Everything You'll Need for a New Baby

Everything You’ll Need for a New Baby

This is the most comprehensive list of baby items that you'll…
May 6, 2015/by Stacey Maaser
How to Relieve Teething Pain

How to Relieve Teething Pain

Just when you think your baby is sleeping like a champ...teething…
April 19, 2015/by Stacey Maaser

Do Amber Teething Necklaces Really Work?

There is a lot of uncertainty about amber teething necklaces.…
April 19, 2015/by Stacey Maaser
How to Make an Allspice Teething Necklace

How to Make an Allspice Teething Necklace

When I see my little ones go through teething pain, it just breaks…
April 17, 2015/by Stacey Maaser

Me, Myself, and I

These are the things I think about, the emotions I feel, and the stories that make me who I am. Yes, much of who I am right now is tied into being a mother, but I am also a wife, a mother, a friend, a daughter, a thinker, a philosopher, a researcher, a wonderer, and a life long learner. I love reflecting on who I was, who I am, and who I will be.

Hi, I’m Stacey Maaser,

author of Embracing Motherhood! I am a stay at home mother of 5 with 7 years of teaching experience and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I am passionate about teaching my children, feeding them healthy food, learning the truth about things (not just what is popular opinion or counter culture), and sharing what I’ve learned and experienced with others. Thanks for stopping by!