It Was Then that I Realized…

Million Moms Challenge, preterm labor, irritable uterus, in these small momentsI’ve had people call it brave to share so many details from my life.

They have asked me how I do it and my answer is always how can I not

Most of those posts that lay my soul bare write themselves and hitting publish is typically relatively easy.

But writing today’s post was tough.

And in a year and a half here on in these small moments, I haven’t been able to write about it. 

As I wrote my story today, I cried. I walked away several times, but kept coming back. 

This night was one of the most frightening of my life. 

Thank you for visiting and thank you for always being so tender with my words.


ABC News recently launched the Million Moms Challenge in conjunction with a variety of media partners, including mom bloggers, in an attempt to improve health for women and children across the world.

Today, I’d like to share with you the most difficult moment of my first pregnancy…a moment that I’ve not been ready to share until now.

“I see that your contractions are consistently three minutes apart,” the veiled urgency in the on call doctor’s voice echoed in my ears.

Earlier that evening, I felt the contractions beginning. By midnight, they were ten minutes apart, and we were on our way to labor and delivery.

At 24 weeks pregnant, I hadn’t reached the chapters in my pregnancy books that covered contractions. I hadn’t yet taken my childbirth class…

For the rest of my story, please visit me over at the Million Moms Challenge.


  1. jane@flightplatform

    beautifully written. she is a munchkin but what a scary time! i sad i cant enter as i am in the uk. xxx

  2. kellytirman

    seriously – how am I going to pull myself together after reading this? Your writing totally sucks me in.

  3. Sherri

    Oh sweet friend, I am so glad you found the words. We needed to hear them.

    Love to you…

  4. Alison@Mama Wants This

    Nichole, thank you for sharing your story, I know how hard it was for you to write. xo

  5. What an amazing story…so heartwrenching and sweet. Children are our most precious gift.

  6. SO glad your shared with us. I can only imagine what they must have been like. SO happy she is here with us today and so are you.

  7. Megan -Best of Fates

    How incredibly beautiful – isn't modern medicine fabulous?

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