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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...
This is not a club you want to belong to. This is not a club you want a membership for. But this club brings women together in their loss, healing, grief, and sorrow. It’s a secret club that not...
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...

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Indianapolis Holiday Events for the Family

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The holiday season is officially upon us! Indianapolis is filled with so many holiday-themed events this year for you to enjoy. Check out our...

Christmas Nights of Lights

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