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Warning: When you have a baby, you are expected to be instantly thrilled, overjoyed, and/or . In the early weeks after my daughter was born, my husband would say things like, “We can’t imagine life without her” or “We...
September is National NICU Awareness Month which is designed to honor families experiencing a stay in the neonatal intensive care unit and the health professionals who care for them. Here is my story. I had a pretty uneventful first pregnancy. The...
The term "chemical pregnancy" refers to a pregnancy loss that occurs so early that there is only the chemical reaction from the positive pregnancy test that indicates pregnancy occurred. It is essentially an early onset miscarriage. I had a chemical...
During my first pregnancy, I didn't give a C-section much thought. I was consumed by all things pregnancy, nurseries, tiny onesies, and baby names. I just assumed I'd meet my baby after hours of labor and pushing. I imagined...
I was a freshman in high school taking a speech and debate class. Teams of two would take a topic and debate a team of two arguing the opposite. My friend Robert and I prepped to argue in support...
I gave birth to my third baby in the middle of a pandemic. Upon arriving at the hospital already in our masks, my husband and I stopped at the doors where we made our way through a temperature check;...
I felt sick to my stomach reading a blog post this week from a mother who wanted to breastfeed, was breastfeeding, but didn't realize her newborn wasn't getting enough milk. The baby, tragically, was not nutritionally fulfilled, wasn't getting...
Miss Isla James made her (very late) grand entrance into the world at 5:20 p.m. on Tuesday, December 22, 2015. She was 8 pounds, 11 ounces and 20.5 inches long. She has coal black hair like her daddy and...
We’ve all had a point in our life when the ache in our hearts is unbearable. That’s how I would explain grief to someone. And yet, how we react to grief is so personal. Some of us cry out,...

My Adult Therapy Blanket

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I started knitting a blanket in early 2017. Just something to do while watching TV and if I had nothing else going on. No thought was given to this new project, I just grabbed some yarn I already had...
When I was pregnant with my son four years ago, I was over-prepared. Or so I thought. The nursery was painted and decorated long before his arrival, fancy baby clothes hung in his closet, the last remaining registry items had...
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 son turned one recently, so naturally, the questioning has begun. It takes many forms, but the most commonly heard is, "Are you going to have another one soon?" Let me be clear; we love kids, and we want more...
I have been breastfeeding for two years, with only a 3 month break between. Before you give me an overwhelming hand clap, let me precede this by saying I don’t necessarily love it (insert imaginary eye roll). The opportunity...

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Indianapolis Fall Family Bucket List

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Ask just about anyone in the Midwest what the best season is here and the question will often be met with an enthusiastic "Fall!"...
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