This Ain't My First RodeoLauren Hartmann
Hi, my name is Lauren. I’m not new around here at Babble. In fact, I got my start here back when I was a newly pregnant first-timer-mom-to-be about two-and-a-half years ago and since then have written for not only Babble Pregnancy, but also for their beauty, style and toddler channels. My daughter will be turning two in January and now here I am…doing it all over again to document my second pregnancy.
I am currently 13 weeks pregnant with our second child (you can check out our pregnancy announcement here) and will be sharing my pregnancy journey here at Babble. I’m really excited to have a second go at this pregnancy blogging thing, because honestly, I was totally clueless the first time around. I have a degree in child and family development, but I knew very little about anything baby-related going into my first pregnancy. This time around, things should definitely be a little bit different since this ain’t my first rodeo.
Honestly, when I look back at some of my old pregnancy posts, I can’t help but laugh a little. I was so naive. There were so many things I said I would never do, or things I wanted surrounding pregnancy and birth that flew out the window pretty quickly. I was also super uptight about everything and doing it all by the book. This time around, I’ve probably eaten my weight in deli meat sandwiches and undercooked eggs.
A few things you may want to know about me if you don’t already follow me on Babble:
*My last pregnancy turned me into a sometimes hippie. I live in Portland Oregon, so I suppose it was only a matter of time.
*I had an out-of-hospital birth at a birthing center with my first child (you can read my birth story here).
*I plan on having a home birth this time around.
*I really struggled through first time motherhood and have learned a lot along the way – things I hope I can share and that just might make life a little easier for those reading.
*This is a judgement-free zone. If you love epidurals or have had a c-section, we can still be friends. I’m a “do what works for you” kind of parent, so while I think natural birth and breastfeeding is great, I realize it’s not for everyone. I think we can still learn a lot from each other.
Lead photo by: Coeur de La Photography