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To the powers-that-be at the Centers for Disease Control, I am sure you had good intentions when you issued a new recommendation that women of childbearing age should completely avoid alcohol unless they are on birth control. Fetal alcohol syndrome...
"New baby" and "depression" aren't phrases you commonly hear together. But, as, we know and have experienced, motherhood hits you in the face. While pregnancy seems long - a gradual progression - there is nothing gradual about becoming a...

Letting Go of Breastfeeding

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It has been seven years since I started breastfeeding my daughter and yet I still remember so many details. It is one of those life experiences you can't forget. Although, I do get reminded every day as I get...
  Dearest Daughter, Hi, it’s me. Your mom. I’ve been wanting to write this down for some time now but couldn’t quite find the words...until now.   You see, only a short eight months ago, you entered the world with your big,...
There, I said it. I know, I know, I'm supposed to give myself grace, but it's true -- I want to lose my baby weight. After my first two pregnancies, I didn't know what it meant to "try to...
Our stories are powerful. When we share them, they can help us heal and bring hope to others. The following stories highlight the unimaginable, pregnancy and infant loss. Story One She was 18 years old, a freshman in college. Nervously, she...
Like many women, my second pregnancy has been vastly different from my first. Yes there are more aches and pains, yes, my belly got bigger a lot sooner, and yes, I now have zero guilt about eating turkey sandwiches...
That 'meternity' essay that Meghann Foye wrote for the New York Post sure is gaining a lot of attention -- and not the good kind. For those of you unfamiliar with it, Ms. Foye is the author of a book titled Meternity, about a woman...
I wanted to breastfeed my son, but I didn’t want it to rule my life. There I said it. I wanted to give my son the best possible nourishment, but I also wanted to keep my sanity. Plenty of...
It’s that time of year again! The season is changing. We are wearing our flip flops and fleeces daily. It’s time for fall organizing--cleaning out the closets, readying the yard, the house, and the people in it for the...
Before I jump in, I want to say that this series shares my personal, individual experience, and feelings for the childbirth that I want. In no way do I pass any judgment on how anyone else has chosen to...
What do you do after you’ve accepted the fact that in vitro fertilization (IVF) is your best chance of getting pregnant? If you’re like my husband and me, you take a break. Sometimes it’s best to do nothing. I wrote...
When you become a parent, suddenly, everyone around you has advice to give on everything from diaper choice to infant feeding. It is usually well intended, but sometimes the very advice you’re given is wrong. Today, I want to...
  When my husband and I found out we were expecting our first child last July, we faced many of the same questions as other first-time parents: Can this amazing news be real? Is everything okay? Are we ready? Will...

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Best Lakes to Swim Around Indianapolis During Lake Season

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It's lake season! And if you don't know where to go on your next summer adventure – we've got it covered. We have rounded...