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The Dad Who Watches

When we went to that very first doctor’s appointment, you watched. When I fell asleep on the couch at 6 p.m. from first trimester fatigue, you watched. When I became frustrated with my clothes no longer fitting like they used to, you stood there and you watched. When my ankles began to swell from the […]

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Pregnancy Is Not An Excuse

Pregnancy is not the time to let yourself go. It is not an excuse to eat whatever you want. It is not the time for you to rationalize that second piece of pie, or laying on the couch when you could be out for a walk. In fact, it’s just the opposite. When you’re pregnant, […]

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Be Above the Bashing

  Maybe you’re guilty of it. No doubt you’ve witnessed it. Or, perhaps you’ve simply acknowledged it with an “Amen, girl” or an all-caps “YES” comment on another mom’s Facebook rant. Dad bashing. Sure, there are things that get on your nerves. There are things you can’t stand. We all need to vent sometimes. Yet, […]

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Balance and Boundaries: Making Your Own

Each of us sets boundaries in our lives. Some grow subconsciously over time, others with much more thought. We set boundaries for ourselves, and we set boundaries for those with whom we interact. They’re important and sometimes downright imperative. When you get married, you inherit your spouse’s family, for better or worse. There are traditions […]

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Dear NICU Mom, We Know It’s Hard

Dear NICU Mom,  Please know that you are not alone. When you leave the NICU without your baby for the first time, overwhelmed and heartbroken, you aren’t alone. I know how it feels to send updates to friends and family, fighting for words that make you sound confident, all the while feeling helpless and lost. I […]

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