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Book Review & Giveaway: Tiny Blue Lines

When I got married at the age of 20 the summer before my junior year of college, many people assumed I “had” to get married. A guy I worked with even asked if I was going to continue working after, well, you know…. At first, I didn’t know what he was talking about. After I
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Blessingway

Blessingways: An Alternative to Baby Showers

Childbirth is a transformative journey in which a woman comes face-to-face with her fears, her strength and her deepest joy. In our culture nowadays, there is a distinct focus on the mental and physical preparation for birth. Childbirth classes, hospital tours and prenatal appointments are important, but they are only one aspect of the preparedness
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It Wasn’t What I Expected: My Story of Postpartum Depression

It Wasn’t What I Expected: My Story of Postpartum Depression

We walked in the house around dinner time the last day in February 2011. We were coming home from our unexpected transfer to the hospital after birthing my baby girl, Marlee, at home. It was already dark. My mom was rocking my little baby and I was jealous to hold her. She was mine and
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Kicking the Bucket List

Kicking the Bucket List

I decided to kick the bucket list to the curb this summer. To me, they are only glorified to-do lists anyway. They may be filled with fun things like zoo trips, fireworks shows, baseball games and water park visits, instead of the typical to-dos of laundry, oil changes and cleaning toilets. But I prefer to
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Eating for Two? Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy Diet

Eating for Two? Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy Diet

With the emotional roller coaster that pregnancy brings, it can be daunting for pregnant women to take on the additional pressure of eating the “perfect” pregnancy diet. The good news: there is no single perfect diet for pregnancy. The best way for expectant mothers to meet their nutritional needs is to focus on consuming an
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Answers to Your Breastfeeding Nutrition Questions

Answers to Your Breastfeeding Nutrition Questions

Breastfeeding nutrition can be confusing. How much should you eat? What should you avoid? How might your diet affect your baby? If you’re breastfeeding, you’re giving your baby nutrients through your breast milk that will promote his or her growth and health. You might have questions, however, about what foods and drinks are best for
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How to Potty Train in 3 Days

How to Potty Train in 3 Days

Two of the most dreaded words in parenting have to be “potty training.” And that’s right where we are at this very moment. Nearly two weeks ago, I woke up one day and decided I was done with diapers, so I asked my 28-month-old if she wanted to wear underwear. Of course she did! And
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Normalizing Home Birth

Normalizing Home Birth

A few months ago, I witnessed a home birth thanks to social media. Friends of mine were attending the birth and were giving intermittent updates via Instagram and Facebook. As a very private person, the thought of having cameras and Facebook in my delivery room is a bit beyond my comfort zone, but I was
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Birth #6: Pain I Hadn’t Recalled

“Who you are God and what you’ve done are all we’ll ever want. Through the night my soul longs for you. Deep from within me my spirit reaches out to you.” Isaiah 26: 8,9 (Message translation) Wednesday, April 25: this would be the day for baby #6 to shine. We had scheduled the induction the
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Motherhood is a Beach

Motherhood is a Beach

Motherhood is exhausting, right? At least that’s the battle cry (or yawn) of mothers everywhere. We are tired, worn out, depleted. We just want a nap and the chance to go to the bathroom alone. But, while that may be true, that’s a dangerous place to stay. If we see motherhood as only a depletion
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