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Millennials and Gen Z love to break tradition. We are going to many weddings now without bouquet tosses and first dances. Gender-neutral names are growing in popularity.  It was previously traditional to have a bridal shower and baby shower,...

Becoming a Surrogate

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For couples who have experienced infertility or loss while trying to have a baby, or for same-sex couples that want a biological child of their own, surrogacy may be the answer. If you are seeking a surrogate or are...
There I was, standing with a small group of women, sharing birth stories with a soon-to-be first-time mom, watching her face go from complete joy to utter panic in a mere 5 minute time span. What just happened? What...
"Four kids." Ten years ago, when my husband and I sat side by side in premarital counseling and the counselor asked each of us how many kids we desired to have, I said four. When our first daughter was placed...
It was my first pregnancy.  I was thirty-six.  The thought of labor and delivery was honestly terrifying to me.   I had no idea that the terrifying day of my daughter’s birth would not be birthing her but saving her and...
It’s 3:00 a.m. My toddler just woke up screaming for me. I am acutely aware of my large belly and swollen feet as I drag my tired body out of bed. As I rock her back to sleep, she puts her hand...
Behind every adorable, squishy, prized newborn is a woman learning how to tackle her new role of Mom. Don't forget about her. I have a vivid memory of being one week postpartum, standing in the shower, letting the water fall...
When you make the decision to grow your family, it can be extremely exciting. Along with that, you may have a growing list of questions, especially while we are still living in a pandemic. Indianapolis Moms understands – we've...
It was football season, and a decaf pumpkin spice, oversized hoodie, and ripped blue jeans were perfect complements to my newfound pregnancy glow. A familiar, yet welcomed, queasiness turned my stomach. I loved being pregnant! And, with seven healthy...
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...
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 husband wanted to announce our pregnancy at 12 weeks on social media. I was 12 weeks pregnant on Father’s Day, and he had had such little control in any of this. We had our daughter in the summer...
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...

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Wine Tasting Around Indianapolis

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I’m not going to lie – I enjoy a nice glass of wine often. Sometimes two. I like to call myself a wine tasting...