BECOMING Hope Morgan

Its been 8 months since I delivered my miracle baby and I feel like it happened yesterday. Going through IVF has been one of the hardest things I have EVER went though. The other hardest…… countless surgeries and several miscarriages.

In a rect Instagram post I spoke about feeling like I was ugly because of the weight I am currently. Let me elaborate. I was 110lbs my whole life. When I got married I was 100lbs. I have never been 155lbs which was my end pregnancy weight.. I am now 140lbs. When you are small your whole life gaining 30-35 lbs is new. Its different. Your clothes don’t fit the same. You have to learn how to love yourself including your body allllll over again. Yes, I housed a human being. Yes, I birthed a boy child BUT that doesn’t negate the newness that is now Hope Morgan the mother of Jeremiah Scott Morgan. I work in an industry and we also live in a world that makes you feel that thin is in and thats it. I am learning to love me while being healthy of course!

to be continued………..

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My IVF Journey

I’m sure your wondering where I’ve been. After I found out and announced I was pregnant via IVF I had a health scare. At 8 weeks pregnant I started bleeding. If you’ve been following my journey I had 2 Ectopic Pregnancies and a Myomectomy  all within a 5 year period. SO when I finally found out after 3 failed IUI‘s and 2 rounds of IVF I was pregnant seeing blood I panicked. I was immediately placed on bed rest for my entire pregnancy. The choice to blog was a thought, but I felt like I had nothing to talk about because at the time I was only blogging about fashion. Unfortunately, there was nothing fashionable about being on bed rest for 10 months. During those 10 months I focused on growing and strengthening what has become my miracle baby! On March 9, 2018 in the early hours of the morning Jeremiah Scott Morgan was born. From conception to birth , hearing him cry for the first time was worth it. What happened in between is the real story.

After attending a panel discussion entitled “Behind Her Smile” I decided its now time to tell the the entire story. There are soooo many woman going through this journey and have given up hope. In the climate we live in we need to come together and be our sisters’ keeper. I hope by sharing my story someone will have the courage to share theirs as well.

IVF is only half the story. What I’ve endured is not for the faint at heart, but for the strong.

 

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Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year from my family to yours!

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Baby Morgan was moving the entire time I was taking this picture!

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My husband and I. Check out my new Warby Parker glasses! 

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Daddy Morgan, Mommy Morgan and Baby Morgan

January 2, 2018 I have just entered into my 3rd trimester. I am now 28 weeks pregnant and the countdown to the arrival of Baby Morgan has begun. I am extremely excited and yes a little nervous. Becoming a mom has always been a dream of mine and it is about to come true. Today I had a sonogram and Baby Morgan the active baby that he is moved the entire time. THE ENTIRE TIME!!! One of my goals this year with becoming a mom is to be patient with myself and with Baby Morgan.

 

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Baby Morgan said “no pictures, no pictures.”

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Left Foot

 

What are some of your goals for 2018?

 

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Baby Morgan Registry Part 2

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Mommy Morgan, Daddy Morgan and Baby Morgan

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6 months pregnant

 

Christmas has come and gone and we are gearing up for the New Year. I can’t believe it!  I remember when the clock struck 12 going into the year 2000. Time is literally flying by.  I am extremely excited about the upcoming year. January is my birthday, March is the arrival of our son and soo much more.

As promised Part 2 of Baby Morgan’s Registry is finally complete! For first time parents we tried not to go overboard…keyword:tried. Once we were handed that scanning gun it was hard not to go for everything cute. Buy Buy Baby has some of the best, top of the line items for babies. The staff at the Chelsea location were very friendly knowledgeable and was extremely patient. Here are some of my favorite things:

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Yes, I had to take a picture!

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Yes, I had to take a picture next to the board!

 

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Sophie la giraffe Teething Toy

 

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4moms mamaRoo 4 Plush Infant Seat

 

6Pack Elmo Boys Quarter Socks

Elmo and Friends Boys Assorted Socks

 

This is only a small, very small portion of the items we scanned.  We are also registered at Babies R Us and Amazon for those that live outside NY. As the days and weeks progress I will share more of my favorite things. Once Baby Morgan is born we will see if my favorite things become his favorite things.

 

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Baby Morgan Registry Part 1

Happy Monday!! I know I know…where have I’ve been? Ever since I announced I was expecting our first child I have been placed on bed rest. SO all activities had to come to a halt for a couple of months. I am currently 5 months pregnant and a lot has happened in the last months…let’s just say this will definitely be a miracle baby!

We went on a baby moon! The doctor prescribed a small getaway to Shawnee Poconos in Pennsylvania . I needed a new scenery, fresh air and a chance to plan out the coming of Baby Morgan. Of course it turned into a mini photoshoot.

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3 months pregnant 

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Mom and Dad

After our baby moon we were eager to tell everyone the gender of the baby. Luckily I found out early in my pregnancy, but mistakenly told my husband in a night time bed conversation …smart move. I tried to cover it up, but it was too late. We are having a ………

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It’s a BOY!!!

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5 months pregnant 

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Today we had the pleasure of starting our registry! There are sooooooooo many options even Dominos has a registry. After attending the Big City Moms Biggest Baby Shower Ever we started our registry at Buy Buy Baby . Never heard of the Biggest Baby Shower Ever? It a huge party like a baby shower to gain knowledge about all the latest gadgets and things your baby will need. My favorite part was the abundance of free samples . At the end of the event I received the biggest goodie bag ever and a 4moms bounceROO.

If you’ve been following my story my husband and I have been trying to conceive for 5 years. I remember the days I couldn’t even walk into a baby section without tearing up. Today I walked into Buy Buy Baby holding back tears. I was overjoyed and excited to be in this stage of my pregnancy . I am fully enjoying this stage and with 4 months to go I am ready to see my little pumpkin. Don’t give up on your dreams!

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Who said you can’t be stylish and pregnant?!

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Coat: H&M

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I love this vintage stroller.

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Working hard!

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Baby Morgan’s daddy checking social media

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Baby Morgan was sleep during the whole registry.

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Mom and Dad to be

 

Baby Morgan Part 2 registry to be continued………………

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I’m Back With A Special Announcement !

I know you’ve been wondering were I’ve been. My husband and I have been going through IVF and ……..WE’RE HAVING A BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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So please continue to follow The Morgans on this journey as we document the coming of our baby! Gender reveal coming soon!!

 

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Mentor Me Summit 2017

On this past Saturday I had the pleasure of being apart of the On This Journe Mentor Me Summit 2017 panel. 20 young ladies were selected not only to gleam from 6 different panelist, they were given prizes! Such as a glam squad for their prom day and a book scholarship for college. It was such a pleasure being around individuals that have shared the same experiences and to see what our future lawyers, doctors and/or even politicians looked like.

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I had the pleasure of presenting the topic “I Am Beautiful”.  My subtopics were Fashion, Clothing and Makeup. Whenever I am on a panel I ALWAYS try to go against the grain….step outside the box. I took my make up off in front of everyone. Yes, you read right. We are made to believe we NEED makeup and can’t live with out it. I wanted to make a point that we are all beautiful with all our imperfections we may think we have. Plus you have to give your a face a break to breath. Its not what’s outside like the latest designer fashions, but what’s inside your brain such as education and heart such as love, compassion and sympathy towards others.

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Blazer (Banana Republic ) / Pants ( Banana Republic ) / Stripe Blouse ( H&M ) / Shoes  (Paul Smith) / Earrings (JCrew)

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This is what I look like without makeup and I feel just as fabulous.

 

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The Unofficial Start of Summer 2017

Memorial Day is considered to be the unofficial start of the summer. Cook outs begin, road trips increase and laying in the sun enjoying the warm weather is considering “working”.  Sadly the weather lately says otherwise. Its been dark and cloudy, but that hasn’t stopped me from heading outside and enjoying this beautiful world and one of the best cities…..NYC. For this holiday I decided to stay local and explore SoHo. SoHo stands for South of Houston Street.

Have you ever heard of JGoldCrown ? You may not know his name, but you’ve seen his artwork. #LoveWall My goal was to simply go to his website , find a wall and locate a mural in NYC. Sadly many of his murals have been painted over. After visiting 3 locations on the 4th location I finally found a #LoveWall.  It was everything I expected and more.

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We all have things that we love. One place that I love is Strands Book Store . They have all the latest books, buttons, totes etc. One person that I love is our previous  First Lady Michelle Obama. She exudes class, sophistication and beauty.  While in the book store I came across a t shirt that expresses love for us the female species.

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Jeans ( Dance and Marvel ) / T Shirt ( Michelle Obama ICON ) /                                          Shoes ( Christian Louboutin ) / Bag (Vintage Gucci)

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Let’s Get Personal

Let me reintroduce myself. My name is Hope Morgan …..Shannel is my middle name. I’ve been married for 7 years to my wonderful, amazing and  yes sometimes annoying husband Nick. July 17th will be our 8th wedding anniversary! We are a lot alike and yet a lot different. My favorite color is pink, his is blue and orange.  He loves the Knicks, I love fashion. He’s studying for his Doctorate in Education…..I’m still trying to figure out what to cook for dinner tonight. lol  We love each other dearly and we have no children…..yet.

When you first get married you say your “I Do’s” and then the question many of us dread is asked….. when are you going to start having children? “I don’t know what sheets to put on the bed, now you want me to produce life “. Again we’ve been married for 7 years. 3 years into our marriage we got pregnant. Rewind. My parents were told they couldn’t have children. They now have me Hope, Josh and Faith. Now back to the present. We were ecstatic when we found out the news. I panicked, my husband reassured me everything was going to be ok. 6 weeks later I experienced what is called an ectopic pregnancy. I’ve never had surgery before. This required an extensive amount. I cried for months. Bed rest, no exercise. NO HIGH HEELS!!! I survived. 6 months later it happened again. We found out I was pregnant. 6 weeks later another ectopic pregnancy. I cried for months. No baby showers, I couldn’t be around babies. I got stronger. I survived. Many women especially in the African American community have fibroids. I assumed this was the cause of both loss so I acted fast. This would be my 3rd surgery in less than 3 years. It was a success, but I haven’t gotten pregnant since. We’ve been trying for 5 years. #5years

Ever heard of IVF ? Yes, I was TOTALLY against it. After SEVERAL talks with my husband and doing my own research I agreed to the process. THIS IS NOT AN EASY PROCESS. It involves a lot of medicine and a lot of home injections. A lot of tears, but a lot of faith.

 

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These pictures were taken on Mother’s Day. 

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To be continued……………

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Denim Day

Happy Denim Day!!! 

 

I know you’ve been wondering where have I been. Let’s just say…… IVF post coming soon.

Denim

a heavy, Z-twist, twill cotton for jeans, overalls, and other work andleisure garments. Dictionary.com
a similar fabric of finer quality, for covering cushions, furniture, etc. Dictionary.com
Jeans
hard-wearing trousers made of denim or other cotton fabric, for informal wear.
One of my favorite things to wear is denim. I can wear denim every day (hhhmmm different ways to wear denim for a week or month coming soon!) Denim comes in every price point. My favorite line of denim is from you guessed it Levi’s . Key word:DURABILITY.  You can never have too many pairs! I received my first pair of  Levi’s 501 Original jeans at 6 years old and never looked back. If you haven’t tried on a pair or don’t own a pair please do yourself a favorite buy a pair.
Denim( TopShop ) / Shirt( Levi’s ) / Shoes (Zara sold out ) / Rain Coat ( EBay )/ Lipstick ( NYX Cosmetics Little Denim Dress )
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  How are you wearing your denim today?
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