anna rendell

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just write: cry.

that tiny cry. so bitty, so strong, and so loud. sometimes i just cry with him. the only surefire soother is my breast, and he can't stay there all day (though i think he would, if i let him). the exercise ball works too, but nysse the dog popped it (seriously). i...

a birth story {part 3}

**if you missed them, here are parts 1 and part 2** After Sam was here and we snuggled and cried and rejoiced, and the nurses said he was perfect and healthy, the mama repair began.I hadn't had any pain meds during labor and delivery, so when the doctor said I needed...

a birth story {part 2}

**part one of the story can be found here** There was a lot of groaning and grunting as I fought pushing. The last centimeter of cervix just refused to efface. My nurse called the doctor, and I knew we were close. I don't remember the doctor arriving, or the second...

a birth story {part 1}

On December 14th, I had been having cramping all day that came with the contractions (I thought they were the same Braxton Hicks I'd had since October). I just felt 'off'. About 2:30 I called Husby and asked him to come home from work to just be with me. It was funny,...

introducing baby r.

Samuel RobertDecember 15, 20112:47am8lbs, 2oz22in longLove of my life. -anna{girlwithblog}anna {girl with blog} ---------- www.twitter.com/anna_r www.facebook.com/girlwithblog...

40+ week update & nursery tour!

Hi friends! No sweet babe yet... at our doc appt yesterday I was 3cm dilated - good progress over the last week! So we scheduled a 'just-in-case' induction for next Tuesday morning. So baby's birthday will be December 20th or before!! Just having an end date makes me...

Peppermint Popcorn Crunch Recipe

Last week a recipe appeared in my reader that almost spoke to me. White chocolate, mint m&m's, sprinkles... I had to have it. So like any good 40 week pregnant girl, I sent my sweet Husby to the craft store for peppermint melts =) They didn't have any, so I ended...

39 weeks!

Still here. Almost 40 weeks along (39 weeks 5 days today). Hoping this update doesn't sound whiny, but simply truthful. It's just not comfortable being this pregnant, which is a good thing - if it were nice and cozy, there would be no drive to get the baby out and I'd...

Thanksgiving: what we fought for.

A baby, growing ounce by ounce in my womb. Stretchies. Not able to breathe deeply. Diapers and blankies and mittens sprawled across the nursery. Varicose veins. Constant stuffy nose. Closets overflowing with tiny clothes. Puffy feet. Carpal tunnel. Painful,...

just write.

i saw this tweet yesterday, and it made my heart quicken and unfroze my fingers. @HeatheroftheEO: Listen to her RT @amyturnsharp: if you make your blog too precious- you won't write on it very often. be messy. be flip. be nuts. be you. this has not been how i've...

of Autumn Spice Bread and quiet moments

The last couple weeks have been so jam-packed for my little family. We had two weddings, both out of town, both of us in the bridal parties, on back-to-back weekends. Things are ramping up at work, and I'm trying to log some extra hours before being on baby leave....

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Meet Anna

I'm Anna Rendell - social media coordinator at (in)courage, speaker, writer, latte lover. Wife of Jared and mom of Sam (5), Josie (2), and Clara Grace (1). Join me at the picket fence and let's talk real life, real mothering and real encouragement.

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