Season 2 Episode 14: NICU Mom to a "Micro-Preemie" with Aisha Williams

We have so much to celebrate this week on the Messy Roads Podcast, and I have an incredible story to tell you today. My guest is Aisha Williams and she is happy to be here because her son just graduated from the NICU last week! After giving birth to her son at only 23 weeks, Aisha found herself facing impossible odds. Her son is what we might call a “micro-preemie.” He only weighed 1 lb. 11 oz.! Despite the short odds, this little guy was a fighter, and he is on his way to a normal, happy life. 

 

Season 2 Episode 13: Making Mother Care a Priority with Dayna Kurtz

I am so excited for you to hear today’s episode because we are talking about a vitally important topic: Mother Care. In order to be the best mother, wife, or friend you could possibly be, you have to take care of yourself. It’s imperative. Your journey to motherhood might have been a struggle, or it might have been a dream. Whether you have three kids or whether your babies are all in heaven, it is important that you are being cared for.

Season 2 Episode 12: Difficult Pregnancies are Worth It

Today’s show is honestly full of messy roads, but my guest, Kate Woolley, shares her story in a way that highlights the joys she experienced on the way. Kate had what her doctor called the most difficult naturally conceived pregnancy he had ever seen.

Season 2 Episode 10: Being Courageous In Spite of Fear with Kate Swoboda

Motherhood is a tough journey, and it takes so much courage to face the fears that day-to-day life will always bring. With thoughts like, “What if I’m not a good enough mom?” and, “Do I even have what it takes?” constantly plaguing us, we sometimes need to take a step back and remind ourselves that we have the power to be courageous, in spite of fear.

Season 2 Episode 09: Overcoming Infertility, Prematurity, and Medical Complications with Krissy Mulligan

A lot of moms go into planning for pregnancy with a great big master plan. As we often say on this show, those plans rarely pan out. Life has a way of making our road to motherhood less of a highway and more of a winding mountain pass. Luckily, when moms are supported by their families, doctors, and spouses, these roadblocks and setbacks are more than manageable. Krissy Mulligan was one of those fortunate women, and she is thankful every day that she managed to conceive her sweet son, Flynn, even after major medical problems. 

Season 2 Episode 08: How to Love Yourself Better with Sarah Argenal

How can we love ourselves better? It’s not a question that many moms ask themselves, but it is absolutely essential. When we take the time to love ourselves, we have even more to give to our children, our jobs, and our spouses. I can already hear the objections rising, so I have my guest, Sarah Argenal here with me to give you practical steps you can take towards self-care.

Season 2 Episode 07: When Motherhood Means Trauma, Grief and Pain with Leslie Browning

What happens when motherhood isn’t a happy memory, but a traumatic one? When a woman experiences a miscarriage, her memories of motherhood are tainted with grief, and it can often bring up other unpleasant memories along with it. It’s no small wonder that we don’t often hear stories about miscarriage, but I think that needs to change. Every woman is going to bear their grief differently and sometimes it’s in silence or isolation. Today, I wanted you to hear how one woman has learned to bear her grief after losing twins, and how she is using her story to help others heal so they don’t have to be alone like she was. This is the story of Leslie Browning, an accidental memoirist. 

Season 2 Episode 06: Mommy Intuition is the Key to Inner Wisdom with Julie Cusmariu

As mothers, we are told to trust our instincts, but that sounds a lot easier than it actually is. When was the last time you gave thought to your intuition? Do you trust it? Like other skills, our intuitive skills can be grown and honed to better serve ourselves, our relationships, and our children.

Season 2 Episode 05: Authentic Parenting in Spite of Trauma with Anna Seeward

How do you learn to be a parent when you haven’t had an example to follow? Is it possible to overcome severe trauma and parent from a place of authenticity, kindness, and love? Today’s show answers these questions and more about commonalities in the world of parenting. We share the same challenges and hardships, and we all have something to overcome to “be better.”