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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...
Preparing to have a baby can be a nerve-racking time for every mom-to-be, filled with anticipation, birth plans, and packing the hospital bag. Lately, that anticipation has spiraled into major anxiety with all of the uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus...
During my first pregnancy, I didn't give a C-section much thought. I was consumed by all things pregnancy, nurseries, tiny onesies, and baby names. I just assumed I'd meet my baby after hours of labor and pushing. I imagined...
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 anyone else has chosen to...
I always knew that I didn't want to know the gender of my future babies. It truly is one of the purest joys in the world. As a former labor and delivery nurse, I had the pleasure of witnessing...
Breastfeeding. Yes, it has extreme benefits.  From nutrition to bonding, I wouldn’t trade my experiences with my boys for anything. But is there a darker side to breastfeeding? It has its stressors, especially in the first weeks of the baby’s life. Is...
If you’re looking forward to reading about a sweet, positive breastfeeding journey, this isn’t it. Maybe they exist, but I wouldn’t know. What I do know is what I wish I would have known in the first few days...

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5 Safe and Fun Trick-or-Treating Alternatives

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It's officially October which means Halloween is right around the corner! And while things are definitely a bit different when compared to last year,...
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