The radiant Christine Ripsky with her youngest son Scott (2 months). Christine is also mom to Owen (2.5 years). Her first pregnancy was pretty easy but she began having blood pressure issues toward the end and was scheduled for an induction. Though, she went into labor on her own the day of the scheduled induction. She was given magnesium which caused her to get very sick, feeling almost as if she had the flu, and she was really out of it. She found it hindering to her start of being of mom and proceeded to struggle with breastfeeding issues. They made it to a month and then ultimately stopped nursing entirely at 6 weeks. She says it took a long time to forgive herself but that as self described "control freak" it was very hard to feel as if she didn't know what to do or how to do it as a new mother. She was very active her second pregnancy and found it easy as well. She started to have blood pressure issues again so her doctor swept her membranes and she went into labor the same day. She had hoped to remain medication free this time and succeeded, in fact it was only 90 minutes from the time they got to the hospital until Scott was born. She felt wonderful and perky afterwards and while breastfeeding hasn't been easy, they met her initial goal of 6 weeks and hope to continue. She also feels like she knows more what she's doing this time which has allowed her to relax and enjoy things a bit more. Christine wanted to challenge herself to do something out of her comfort zone and she wanted to share her story in addition to others to show that motherhood doesn't always fit into one mold. "You can be different, do things differently, enjoy different stages and still be able to celebrate being a good mother."