Ashley Mozingo

Hi everyone! My name is Ashley, and I am a stay at home mom to two girls, Paislee, 3 and Keely, 1. My husband is in the Coast Guard, and is currently stationed at a Coast Guard unit on Camp Lejune. We have been married for five years now and have spent two of those years in Alaska, where Paislee was born, and two in Maine, where we had Keely. We were lucky to get stationed here in 2012, and call North Carolina "home". We were both born and raised in different cities in eastern North Carolina, and we are super excited to get to spend some time here with our girls and introduce them to some of our favorite places that we had as children. Before I met my husband, I attended East Carolina University, where I earned my Bachelors Degree in Communications. I have a love for writing, and a huge passion for being a mom, so I am thrilled to have the opportunity to write about my experiences and exciting moments of this rocky ride that we all call 'Motherhood'.

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Labor, Delivery, and Ben

Next week, I’ll have hit my third trimester. And that means I need to start preparing for the arrival of my new little boy. Last time, that was relatively easy. Pack up the hospital bag, get the nursery ready, buy whatever baby gear I thought I needed. This time, there’s something that will make it a bit more complicated: Ben.

When your husband is in the military, things like planning labor and delivery with another child already in the picture are much more difficult. It isn’t like I can just go drop Ben off with my parents on the way to the hospital. So trying to figure out what I can do with him while I’m giving birth is stressful, to say the least.

Luckily, my mom did say she would come up here when I went into labor. She agreed to watch Ben while I was in the hospital. That’s reassuring, but there’s still a lot of worries. I still have to figure out what to do with him in the hours it takes for her to get here.

Then there’s also preparing Ben for what’s coming. I ask him quite often if he’s ready to be a big brother, but he doesn’t understand what that means. I worry a little bit how he’ll react when he sees me in a hospital bed, if he’ll get upset that I can’t hold him right away for some reason (like, say, feeding the baby). And then when we come home, it’ll be a whole new routine. He won’t have mommy all to himself anymore.

Labor and delivery this time around presents a whole new set of stressors, and I’m trying to prepare the best I can. I can only hope that it all works out for the best — not only for me, but for Ben as well.

Any advice or words of wisdom for me? I could sure use it. 

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