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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...

Why My Daughter Won’t Be Sitting on Your Lap

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When traveling to see family and friends, it’s normal for us to exchange hugs. However, my two-year-old is not always warm to this type of welcome and sometimes prefers a departure without notice over...

Making Room for Margins

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A recent Sunday sermon really stuck with me. It was the first of a series called Margins: Making Room for What Matters and discussed how we often wear busyness like a badge of honor,...

Second Child Reality: When Your Baby is No Longer THE Baby

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My husband and I had a plan. We had discussed a second child and had “scheduled it in” for after our summer festivities, family events, and vacations had concluded. But, in life – especially...

Tasking Your Toddler

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The thirty minutes between when I get home from work, with my toddler in tow, and the minute I set her plate of food down for her to eat is pure pandemonium. The balancing...
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Advice from One Working, Breastfeeding Mama to Another

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I thought the hard part about returning to work would be leaving my baby for 9+ hours a day. I had spent the weeks before returning to work preparing my heart for that. What...

Social vs Reality: Motherhood [Un]filtered

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My life unfiltered looks a lot like the morning mayhem of lost keys, misplaced shoes, forgotten phones and computers, and pump parts and lunch bags. My unfiltered life looks a lot like apologizing for being...

5 Takeaways from IMB’s 2019 Bloom: A Celebration of Motherhood Event

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I was able to sneak away from the house to attend my first IMB Bloom: A Celebration of Motherhood event. While the swag bag, treats, giveaways and vendors were all amazing, I especially enjoyed...
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