VBAC lies your doctor might tell you


This got a little heated for awhile, and sent to a couple groups to be bashed (haters gonna hate). I’m just going to put the disclaimer at the top now… DISCLAIMER: I am not a medical professional. These facts are taken from studies, research and experience, but you should definitely consider a trusted medical professional before a blog post. My intent is to inform and encourage advocacy! I also removed the post for a day so I could regroup and reword some of the things I meant to say. So [Continue Reading…]

I had a baby, but I didn’t give birth {cesarean thoughts}


As you well know by now, Penny was born via cesarean due to breech presentation. I don’t have any regrets over her birth. I feel as though we were in as much control as we could be; we were informed about every decision we made in the week between when we found out her positioning to when I went into labor. Though I feel a disappointment in the missing opportunity of the birth I had hoped for for her, I know now that this was just how it was meant [Continue Reading…]

Why I’m Banning Social Media During Labor

Dear friends and family, I’m not telling you when I’m in labor. I know it’s a controversial statement, but I thought I would put it out there now, so the expectations were set. It didn’t take too much thinking, and honestly, this has been my stance from the beginning. I’m only going to be telling a few select people that I’m in labor. Everyone else will be getting a phone call or text message when the baby is out, we’ve rested, and he has a name. But why? Because my [Continue Reading…]

Thailand Rewind: Beach, beaches.


Alright, back to rewinds. So, from Cambodia we hopped a flight to Bangkok (quickest flight ever) with a bit of a layover, and then we jetted off to Phuket (pronounced like Poo-ket, you weirdos.) After all that trekking through temples in the humidity and heat, we needed some beach and pool time! And that’s what we did the majority of the time. We had a lot of busy days touring the island and surrounding areas, taking boat rides, driving here and there, visiting and exploring. But when we were at [Continue Reading…]

The best birthday that ever was!


I only had a few requests for my birthday. 1. I didn’t want to cook anything. 2. I wanted an ice cream cake. 3. I wanted Thai food. So, seeing as all of that happened, it was a good day in general. But I went to sleep that night with happiness in my heart, thankful for another great day and great year with some of my favorite people. First, Easter. Every few years, my birthday is on Easter weekend. That Saturday, my birthday, was the Easter egg hunt on base, and [Continue Reading…]

Yes, she STILL sleeps with us.

Aw yes. Cupcake on Mommy's bed

I started drafting this post around 3:30am last night (this morning?) I got up for my nightly bathroom run, thanks pregnancy, pushing over my body pillow and rolling myself off the edge. When I came back, I found that Penny had rolled into the empty space and right onto my pillow. I stared at her, thinking maybe I could try to move her over, and then decided to fill her empty space. I crawled up between Brandon and Penny, and tried to fall asleep. Instead, I started thinking of a comment [Continue Reading…]

Twenty Eight


I’m 28 years old today (in Korea… April 4, that is.) I’m quickly approaching the age that, ten years ago, I thought was “old.” You know, thirty. And I’ve remarked a few times recently how it doesn’t feel nearly as bad as I thought it would, and that, to sixteen-year-old Chantal, thirty looked really old. Now 28 year old Chantal is just eager for each coming year, because of the blessings and excitement that comes with each new phase. I graduated high school ten years ago. Ten years. And wow, look how far [Continue Reading…]

{Second Pregnancy} Second Trimester Recap!

26ish weeks

I just tip-toed my way into the third trimester this past weekend (hello 28 weeks!) so I thought it was time for another uppppdaaaate. How far along: 28 weeks 2 days Baby’s size: 14in, 2.5lbs Clothing: Leggings please, no full panels for this girl. Cardigans that won’t button. Maternity shirts. Gender: It’s a BOY! Physically: I’m feeling kind of big these days… Mentally: Kind of forgetting that I only have 12 weeks left :/ Emotionally: Great actually! Let’s go backwards on this… I have been so much more emotionally stable this pregnancy than I was with [Continue Reading…]

Cambodia Rewind: Bayon & Banteay Srei


Our second day in Cambodia, we were picked up at 9am and spent all morning visiting temples. Our first temple was actually a 38km drive out, so we got to enjoy the Cambodian countryside and scenery. It is such a beautiful country. Terribly poor, and you could tell, but the people were genuine and happy. I think I could’ve spent a week there traveling around! We stopped first at Bayon temple. It was amazing. Our favorite out of all the ones we saw! It is old, you just feel like you’re [Continue Reading…]

Cambodia Rewind: Ta Prohm


Yesterday, I chatted about Angkor Wat, but that wasn’t the end of our day! First, we had a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. It was fantastic! The food in Cambodia and Thailand was just top notch, and we never got sick of it. And… we never got sick. I’ll post about some health strategies later on. On our way to visit Ta Prohm, the famous Tomb Raider temple, we stopped at a smaller temple called Pravat Kravan. It’s made completely of pale bricks, with several rooms for shrines. I [Continue Reading…]