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Pregnancy brings with it a lot of changes, which is to be expected when you're growing a human in under 10 months. Change is simply a necessary part of the process and one that I fully prepared myself for...
You know that diaper commercial where the new mom is making guests bathe in hand sanitizer and is using a nursing cover and doing all the ‘right’ new mom things? And then it shows her with baby #2 hanging...

No, I Don’t Want A Girl

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I don't need a girl. I'm not hoping or praying for a girl. We weren't trying for a girl. A girl will not complete my family or mean that we are done having children. Whew, it feels good to get...

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When I was six, I convinced my little brother to join my club.  For his contribution of nine dollars, he could be vice-president, while I was president, secretary, and treasurer.  Even though I only contributed a dollar myself, as...
My son Teddy and I had trouble breastfeeding from the start. He wouldn't latch in the hospital despite my receiving help from three different nurses and two lactation consultants. After 24 hours he still hadn't eaten and when they...
My first day back at work after 13 weeks at home with my daughter, I headed into the office wearing nicer clothes and more make-up than I had in four months. I had the crying situation under control after...
When I announced my pregnancy last year, a number of people—mostly strangers—reacted to the news with a peculiar and somewhat rude question: “Don’t you think bringing a child into this world is morally questionable?” Of course, most of them didn’t state...
I'm that person you probably hate. I love being pregnant! I feel better in my clothes (for the most part), and I have really easy pregnancies - no morning sickness, no major problems, etc. But, regardless of how much I may...
Just the other day, while I was perusing social media, a friend who is becoming a new mom in the next few weeks asked for advice on items to take to the hospital that no one may have told...
  There was a lot about my first pregnancy I wasn't ready for. I hated the new limitations on my body, and had a hard time adjusting: I was hungry, hot, swollen, and out-of-breath all the time. I worked full-time,...
Last week on the Today Show, Kathie and Hoda discussed their disapproval of the brelfie (breastfeeding selfie) on their segment  "OK! Or Not OK". Hoda explained that she preferred to keep those moments private and Kathie called sharing them...
When I was pregnant, I received lots of well-meaning advice, but nothing about breastfeeding. It included the following: Go on dates now; babysitters are expensive. Sleep while you can. You won't sleep through the night for the next year...
Pregnancy loss is hard. My ectopic pregnancy wasn't a planned pregnancy. But it was my first, and as afraid as I was of the complete lack of planning, I was pregnant. At the time, I was 32 years old and...
I'm currently 11 days postpartum after giving birth to my amazing and adorable daughter, Lyra. It's unimaginable that I did not know this tiny, beautiful person just twelve days ago, and yet the experience of my natural birth plan...

In + Around Indy

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...