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September is National NICU Awareness Month which is designed to honor families experiencing a stay in the neonatal intensive care unit and the health professionals who care for them. Here is my story. I had a pretty uneventful first pregnancy. The...
I had my third baby in mid-May, right as the stay-at-home order in Indiana was lifted. We were only a couple of months into the pandemic and there were so many unknowns. Doctors were telling my family to quarantine...
  When I had my son I nursed him for about five days. Then my supply came in full force and it made it hard for him to latch without drowning him in my milk. The lactation consultant suggested I...
I'm a first-time mom. I'll be honest with you, I had no idea what giving birth or the fourth trimester was really like. I relied on professionals, friends, and family to tell me the truth. Well, that didn't happen....
The first latch hurt so did the next one, and the one after that. I was told it since I was a first-time mom it might be uncomfortable but this was downright painful! Within a few days, we were...

The Need to Wean

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I decided to wean at 2:00 AM. At 1:00 AM, I woke up in a fit of chills; blankets pulled tight around me while the stabbing pain of the fourth bout of mastitis ripped through my chest. It came...
I gave birth to my third baby in the middle of a pandemic. Upon arriving at the hospital already in our masks, my husband and I stopped at the doors where we made our way through a temperature check;...
Breastfeeding didn't feel natural to me. Both my daughters latched on, but I personally could not continue. It was me. I couldn't do it. It hurt, and I struggled. Honestly, I felt like a failure because I couldn't commit...
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 enough. Not enough time in...
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 with my feelings for the...
I'm 39 weeks pregnant with my third baby. I'm tired, I'm achy, I'm overwhelmed, and I'm emotional. I don't know if these symptoms are pregnancy-related or due to the stress of the pandemic, but I'm guessing it's a combination...
  It’s hard to believe that I’m even writing the word, “pandemic.” That’s something I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be living through, and certainly not with a newborn (or two, in my case). Over the incessant...
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 around during pregnancy and in...

My Adult Therapy Blanket

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I started knitting a blanket in early 2017. Just something to do while watching TV and if I had nothing else going on. No thought was given to this new project, I just grabbed some yarn I already had...

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Indianapolis Staycation- Bottleworks District

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Work from home and e-Learning driving you crazy this year? Do you have less than 24 hours to escape the madness? I've got the...

Cabin Fever? Get Outside!

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