The magnificent Christine McNelis, Eleanor (4.5) and William (2.5).
Motherhood has been far more difficult and far more rewarding that Christine could have imagined. She feels fortunate to be able to stay home with children, and notes that they are the most frustrating creatures in the most adorable ways possible.
Christine went in for an ultrasound with her first pregnancy while her husband was out of town and learned that it was ectopic. She was taken from ultrasound right to the ER where they gave her a shot to dissolve the pregnancy. The experience was difficult and they were eager to try again as soon as it was safe to. Christine's pregnancy with Eleanor was uncomplicated but she had some anxiety along the way. She had a previous LEEP procedure so needed some extra monitoring to make sure her cervix would hold but things went well. Her labor and delivery were only three hours from start to finish which were incredibly intense.
Pregnancy with William also went well but things for Christine were stressful. They lost her husband's father unexpectedly just after finding out they were pregnant and had a big move, including selling and buying a house, along the way. William arrived a bit slower than his sister, following 8 hours of labor which allowed Christine to get an epidural which she says was wonderful.
Christine had planned to breastfeed both of her children but things didn't work out and she says there was a point where she knew formula was their answer. "Similac exists for a reason and a sane mom is most important".
After having friends participate in this movement, Christine wanted to capture her family but struggled with feeling that she didn't really have a story to tell. Her husband reassured her that all stories are important and that hers is one that also needs to heard. Your journey doesn't need to be dramatic or complex to be valid, our voices are all worthy of being heard.