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Hearing Loss in a Hearing World

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Most people don’t know that I have hearing loss. Most people don’t know that I rely on lip-reading during conversations. Most people don’t know that I carry anxiety every day due to hearing loss....

My Brother, The Nurse

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Today my brother received a Daisy Award, given to nurses who meet their hospital’s mission and values and display extraordinary care and compassion. He, like so many other nurses, would say that he did...

What 2020 Taught Me About Motherhood

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Having become a mom at the end of 2017, I wasn’t brand new to motherhood when 2020 rolled around. At the beginning of the year, I was expecting my second and ready to take...

Be Still

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Be still, my heart. Be still. Stillness is uncomfortable. 2020 has been an exercise in stillness and the realization that it can be easier to keep moving than it is to stop. Because stopping means processing....

Meet Our Indianapolis Moms: Krysten

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Krysten here! I’m a southern Indiana (Georgetown – which is by New Albany – which is by Jeffersonville – which is across the river from Louisville…anyone?) transport who made it to the “big city”...

Surviving in Our Comparison Culture

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It starts from the first few days we enter this world. How big is he/she? What percentile? And it continues. What milestones have they hit? Can they walk yet? Are they babbling/signing/talking? And it continues. Where did you...

The Thing About Anxiety

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The thing about anxiety is that it goes with me wherever I go. I can drive 650+ miles to the coast, sink my toes in the sand, look out into the sea and find...

I’m a Nasty Woman Raising Nasty Women

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Evidently, I’m a “nasty woman” by some people’s “standards.” I’m a nasty woman because I stand up when others need to learn to sit down. I’m a nasty woman because I’m not a doormat, a...

Husband, I Like You

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If being in quarantine has taught me anything, it is this: husband, I like you. Like, really. I really like you. Since the middle of March, we have been stuck together. We have seen more...

A Letter to My Postpartum Self

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To My Postpartum Self, I know things feel heavy. Your body. Your mind. Your reality. Even the lightness of a tiny, precious baby upon your chest. It’s a lot. I know you feel like it’s not...

Pandemic Postpartum: Finding Healing in the Brokenness

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Above my couch, the decor mocked me: “It’s so good to be home.” I tried remembering what life was like when I had made that purchase - when the words were true. I had been sitting...

Inside My Labor of Love, Pt. 2: Changing Provider Lanes

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In part one of this series, I discussed the childbirth of my firstborn and how it colored my postpartum experience. It has also played a significant role in what I’m doing the second time...

The Quarantined Mom’s Survival Kit

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Whether you’re a stay-at-home-mom who is used to having littles with you all day long or a working mama who now has to juggle work and kids within the walls of your home –...

Inside My Labor of Love, Part 1: My First Childbirth Experience

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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...
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