Luke’s Birth Story: Part 3, The Birth

This post is the final installation of a three part series of Luke’s Birth Story that ran this week. Click here to read Luke’s Birth Story: Part 1, The Road to Homebirth Click here to read Luke’s Birth Story: Part 2, In Denial — At 1:00 AM sharp I awoke from a deep sleep. I immediately felt three quick pops, a pause and a pool of water. At that moment I was ever thankful that my mom had brought me a waterproof pad for our mattress!... Read More

Luke’s Birth Story: Part 2, In Denial

This post is the second installation of a three part series of Luke’s Birth Story that ran this week. Click here to read Luke’s Birth Story: Part 1, The Road to Homebirth Click here to read Luke’s Birth Story: Part 3, The Birth — Fast-forward several weeks to Friday, September 7th, the night before Luke’s guess date. I began feeling intense pressure in my lower back, which I assumed was gas related to baby’s position. The pressure waxed... Read More

Luke’s Birth Story: Part 1, The Road to Homebirth

This post is the first installation of a three part series of Luke’s Birth Story that ran this week. Click here to read Luke’s Birth Story: Part 2, In Denial Click here to read Luke’s Birth Story: Part 3, The Birth Luke’s birth story begins when I was seven months pregnant with Matthew. At that time we were taking Hypnobirthing classes from Channing McKinley at Blooma. Before studying Hypnobirthing I knew that I wanted a natural birth.... Read More

Luke Allan Peters

Luke Allan Peters was peacefully born in our living room into Allan’s loving arms on September 10, 2012 at 3:03 AM. Mom and baby are both happy, healthy and resting at home. Our sweet baby Luke weighs 9 pounds 8 ounces and is 22.5 inches long. Thank you for your support and love throughout our pregnancy. Allan, Maria, Matthew and Luke Peters I apologize for my abrupt absence from the blog recently. We have been enjoying our summer... Read More

Pregnancy Update: Weeks 24-25

Every week passes by quicker than the last. I can’t believe that in a few short months I will be holding our little one in my arms! Baby Peters is grown like a weed, which is exciting, but a bit concerning, as well. Today I met with my midwife for my routine 26-28 week appointment and I am still measuring ahead of schedule… 4 weeks ahead to be exact. Throughout my pregnancy I have been measuring about 1-2 weeks ahead, which is very normal... Read More

Pregnancy Update: Weeks 19-23

Yikes! It has been way too long since I officially posted an update on the little munchkin steadily growing inside of me. The most exciting thing that has happened in the last few weeks, pregnancy related or not, was having our second ultrasound. I know that it is becoming quite popular to hold off on finding out the sex of baby until birth. Some mamas state that it helped to motivate them during labor, others are simply excited about the anticipation. I... Read More

Fun in the Sun

Have you been wondering to yourself, where in the world has that Maria Makes Muffins been?!? She hasn’t posted in weeks! Today I am here to answer that question… With the second trimester in full swing, Matthew and I have had quite a bit to catch up on. It felt like the first trimester moved in slow motion, filled with morning sickness, nausea and fatigue; however, the second trimester is FLYING by! This morning Matthew and I used up... Read More

Pregnancy Update: Weeks 17 & 18

I have fallen behind on posting my pregnancy updates and decided to combine weeks 17 and 18 into one post, as today is the last day of week 18! Remember when I mentioned in my week 16 post that I was having vivid dreams about feeling the baby kick on the outside of my belly? As it turns out, I might NOT have been dreaming, because on week 17 day 3 we started feeling the baby kick on the outside of my belly! All day I kept thinking to myself some... Read More

Pregnancy update: 16 weeks

I appologize in advance for the pics in this post, I completely forgot to have Allan take an official week 16 belly pic. What you see are the best photos that I have from dyeing Easter eggs on Friday. I caught a little cold this week. I believe I had the same virus that caused Matthew’s bout with croup. Honestly, it hasn’t been that bad, it’s simply annoying to feel just slightly off. I have been having very vivid dreams this week,... Read More

Pregnancy update: 15 weeks

Welcome to week 15, my little one! When I look in the mirror I feel like I look very pregnant. Although, having been through this before, I know that this is nothing compared to how I will look and feel come August! My maternity clothes are starting to fit properly, or at least not completely hang off of my body like I am a little girl playing dress up with her mommy’s clothes. I like to feel put together and am just starting to feel like I... Read More

Pregnancy update: 14 weeks

The weeks are flying by! Every day I can feel the bond with my baby increasing in strength. During my first trimester there were times when it was easy to forget for a moment (or a couple hours) that I was pregnant. However, now it has become more of a full-time job. When I look in the mirror, the woman looking back me is definitely pregnant. My pre-pregnancy clothes are too tight or short to wear comfortably and I am beginning to fit into more... Read More

Prenatal Fitness

During my first trimester I experienced quiet a bit of fatigue and nausea which significantly impacted my energy level. I was determined to keep working out, so I decided to pick up a few prenatal fitness DVDs to keep myself motivated and my workouts first trimester appropriate. I know that many people are able to keep up their regular workout routine right through their first trimester; however, I was not feeling up to my intense Supreme 90 and Body... Read More

13 Weeks

Welcome to the last week of the first trimester! I would like to put together an update of my first trimester soon, I just need to find the time to sort through all of our pics and find good belly shots to share, as I didn’t start taking purposeful pics of my belly until this week. This week I can feel my energy levels increasing and nausea subsiding. We spent part of week 13 in Gulf Shores, Alabama, visiting my mother- and father-in-law, who... Read More

Letting the Cat Outta The Bag

I have to be honest with you, for the last three months I have been keeping a secret from you. It’s a teeny-tiny secret that I have been dying to share, but haven’t quite found the exact words to tell you until now. I honestly have been ready to tell you for a couple weeks, but have been procrastinating in hopes of finding the perfect way to break the news, as my fellow bloggers have all found such unique ways to let you their little secrets.... Read More