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postpartum bodies

The Joy of Having a Baby and the Misery of our Postpartum Bodies

When you give birth, I’m convinced that there is absolutely no way to be prepared for the overwhelming love you feel for that fresh, tiny – or maybe not so tiny…bless you – human. The moment they first handed me my 6 lb, 9 oz little boy, I was downright giddy. Deliriously giddy. As in, […]

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preemie

Becoming Mom: Big Love for a Micro-Preemie

He was 1 pound, 11 ounces – the tiniest human I had ever seen. Our micro-preemie. His body was the size of a vending-machine soda bottle with a tennis-ball head perched on top. Matchstick fingers and toes wiggled madly. Waiting for Contact I saw him for roughly 30 seconds before a huge Neonatal Intensive Care Unit […]

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friendship

I Don’t Want Your Interaction; Give Me Friendship Please

“One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.” – Lucius Seneca I’m a fairly introverted person.  It’s not so much that I enjoy time to myself, but that time around others feels awkward and exhausting.  As a kid, and as a young adult, I enjoyed one “best” friendship […]

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parenting hacks

Top Five Parenting Hacks from a Family of Five

Okay, let’s just get straight into it – because when you have a family of five, there just isn’t any time for lengthy introductions. Cash Under the Restaurant Table  We occasionally venture outside the house and go out to eat at a restaurant where they have silverware, cloth napkins, and adult conversation. When we do […]

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breastfeeding

I Tried And Thought I Failed: What They Don’t Tell You About Breastfeeding

I hear it in your voice, and can see it in your eyes. A “successful” breastfeeding mom asks “Did you breast or bottle feed?” You avoid eye contact, lower your head and whisper “I tried, and it just didn’t work. I didn’t make enough, had to supplement and my milk eventually dried up.” You avoid […]

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