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Celebration is a part of our lives. It is natural for us to celebrate as an expression of joy and love. We celebrate births, anniversaries, and achievements. I am even guilty of celebrating a successful trip to the grocery...
You don’t know me, but I am your friend, your coworker, a fellow room mom, or the woman taking a walk one night in my neighborhood. I look happy. I have a partner, a career, and a child. My...
So I have a question. When did society dictate how our birth experience is perceived? Since when do those who give birth unmedicated earn a gold star while those that choose to get an epidural are told they didn't give...
It may not be a popular opinion, but I can't wait to love my postpartum body.  I'm sure there will be moments when I loathe that statement, and maybe even myself. But this isn't a new journey for me. With...
Both of my children were born at IU Health North Hospital in Carmel, a little over three years apart. The birthing experiences were very different from each other. One was typical, one was not. Though they were very different,...
When I started our IVF medications, I held my breath for a rainbow. Through the retrieval and transfer, I am not sure I ever allowed myself a moment to truly breathe in and out. Anyone who has experienced fertility...
Welcome to the word vomit version of my most recent birth story, well, more birth recovery. Buckle up. We all envision that perfect, blissful, according-to-plan delivery and recovery, am I right? But, more times than not that isn’t the...

A Decade of Trying

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We are not trying anymore. For ten years, my body has been trying to create a miracle. When we first started, we were decidedly not trying. We avoided the zeal of a young couple wanting to enjoy each other...
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...
Well, we couldn’t stay six feet apart, and I went and got knocked up during a pandemic (classic Covid joke, had to do it). We always knew we wanted another kid, but getting pregnant during a pandemic was certainly...
PTSD

PTSD in a Pandemic

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Eight months ago, I sat in a room with a psychologist, and even though I knew where the conversation was leading, hearing the words was a little bit like when your kids are all in bed, and one of...
As I sit here, I am exactly 26 days away from giving birth to my second child. We are having a girl and if you have read any of my previous posts you know that this one didn’t exactly...
As a child, I had a vivid imagination. Fireflies were fairies dancing, elves were always up to mischief, and I was destined to be a princess in some far-away land. I really wished that these fairytales were true. I...
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...

In + Around Indy

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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