Birth Story: When They Call the NICU

Birth Story: When They Call the NICU

I felt huge during my third trimester, but figured most people do. I started retaining water and became very swollen. This being my first pregnancy, I was unaware of how it truly feels during the third trimester. I am a teacher and therefore on my feet all day. I thought that was likely the reason
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Dear Mom, You are a Leader

Dear Mom, You are a Leader

Dear Mom, you are a leader. Did you know that? Do you believe it? Well, you should. Recently, I attended the Global Leadership Summit, an annual event that brings together some of the greatest leaders in the world. As I listened and tried to absorb as much as possible, I couldn’t help but realize how
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When Ants Get in the Mac-and-Cheese

When Ants Get in the Mac-and-Cheese

Last Friday night we decided to take an impromptu trip to the beach. We had survived the first three days of school, we had a wide-open, unscheduled weekend ahead of us, and we wanted to do something fun to kick it off. As Matt drove home from work at 5:00 p.m., we hatched a plan
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Babies Don't Spoil: why holding your baby matters

Babies Don’t Spoil

I did it. I tried to resist the urge, but I just couldn’t. Perhaps my willpower isn’t strong enough. I began typing and deleted, but then I resumed and hit return before I could turn back. You see, I used to be a constant commenter. I assumed that if anyone put something out there on
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Zumba Like No One's Watching

Zumba Like No One’s Watching

A few days ago, I headed to the gym for a morning spinning class and then took the kids for a swim. After being at the pool for over an hour, it was time to go, and as much as I was ready to leave, I wasn’t ready for the struggle of getting three wet
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Reflections as Summer Ends: Where Did the Time Go?

Reflections as Summer Ends: Where Did the Time Go?

Where did the time go? Wasn’t it just yesterday when we sent the kids off to their last day of school? Yet, here we are gathering school supplies and sending them back. It seems like the last of the snow melted about a week ago, but summer is nearly over. How is this possible? Where
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tiny-bue-lines

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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