Welcome back to the blog! I’m Haley one of the co-founders of Sunny Babe Boutique! I’m excited to share my motherhood journey with you because it’s not a traditional one. My intention for this blog is that it helps someone that is struggling to figure out their path to becoming a mother. Let me start out by telling you my story. My first baby is now 14 years old (time is an absolute thief by the way). Harper has grown into a handsome young man that I’m extremely proud of. My story with him was the most traditional. I carried him and delivered him. I had preeclampsia and after he was born I severely hemorrhaged and lost a lot of blood. I didn’t know how serious it all was until it was over. The severity of it would have meant any other future children would be high risk. I longed for more children but couldn’t fathom putting myself or another baby at risk. Almost 10 years later and in my second marriage my husband and I wanted to have a child together. We knew that me carrying a baby wasn’t an option so we started to look into other ways. After mentioning it to a coworker/friend that I was looking into finding a surrogate she said “I will have a baby for you!” I couldn’t believe it! We spent the next year and a half getting everything finalized! We decided to use her egg and donor sperm. We chose a 7 foot collegiate wrestler as the donor on the donor site! 9 months later we got our sweet Briggs (he is now 2). As you can imagine he is stocky, tall, and extremely strong! Hulk baby is what we call him sometimes, but we laugh because that’s what we get for picking a 7 foot donor. The bond and gratitude I have for my sweet friend that carried him for me is unmatched. The selflessness that someone has to have to do that for another human is amazing. We love her like family. And lastly is my sweet foster baby who is 12 weeks old. We will be here for him for as long as he may need. We love him so much already and he is such a sweet soul to be a part of our family. Each of these forms of motherhood are very different, and not to mention I have 3 step daughters as well. So the diversity of my motherhood roles are vast. I love all of them unconditionally. I’m so thankful I get to be their mom. I’m by no means doing it all perfectly, but it feels imperfectly perfect. A family doesn’t always have to be blood, but it can be just as beautiful.