The scariest year of my life

Making it alive through two pregnancies is the most difficult thing I’ve ever doneToday I’m sharing an essay about the scariest year of my life for ABC News and the UN Foundation’s Million Moms Challenge.

cute baby

And all of a sudden, in the midst of the bustling holidays, the night before the first day of my final semester of college, I took a pregnancy test.  And it was positive.


Go to Million Moms Challenge to read my essay, and to share your own birth stories. You can enter to win an exclusive Million Moms Challenge Gift Pack, which includes an all expenses paid trip to a conference on mothers hosted by the UN Foundation in DC (Jan/Feb 2012), an iPad2, a custom-made Million Moms Challenge pendant and $50 donation in your name to Global Giving. When you share your story, you automatically are entered to win the prizes.

ABC News and the UN Foundation’s Million Moms Challenge

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Million Moms Challenge. The opinions and text are all mine. Contest runs September 19 to October 16, 2011. A random winner will be announced by October 18, 2011.

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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Jamie :

    Is there a way to link right to your story? I was there, but could not find you. Thanks!

    • Allison :

      That’s because I’m a moron and forgot the link.

      Fixed now!

  2. Liz Christensen :

    Ditto Allison! I want to read it too, but can’t find YOUR story. :)

    • Allison :

      Can you see it now? I totally forgot the link the first time around.