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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...
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...
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...

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Indianapolis Fall Family Bucket List

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Ask just about anyone in the Midwest what the best season is here and the question will often be met with an enthusiastic "Fall!"...
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