I miscarried at work and I suffered alone. I thought I wanted it that way, but looking back, I could have used the support.  At the time, I felt an overwhelming amount of shame, guilt, and embarrassment, all of...
If you’ve been pregnant before, you know there’s something special about the pregnancy brain, and body, that isn’t quite like anything else. Those first few weeks of the first trimester, or really until you reach the coveted second trimester...
364 days of the year mothers teach, nurture, and care for their children. They pour their heart and soul into the tiny humans  with whom they have been entrusted. They stash their independent, coffee-sipping, stylish lifestyle and trade it...
I’ve only been an ‘official,’ real life, completely responsible for another human’s life, mom for ten months. So I understand, I may not be THE most credible source. We all have learning to do, especially a mom who hasn’t...
When I first started thinking about having children I wanted a whole houseful of children.  Originally wanting 4 (but settling on 2 after my husband’s insistence), I couldn’t wait for all the good times we would all have together. ...
It finally happened: we were done having babies.  It was bittersweet but we knew after having our second child that our family was complete.  I wasn't a fan of another c-section, nor was I a fan of the risk...
It’s been over a year now since I’ve decided to become a gestational carrier (or GC). And after writing an initial post about this topic, I’ve heard from a lot of women who were inspired or have thought of...
Our story is that of a wonderful man who came in and took on the role of “Dad” for my twins when they were around six years old. We decided back then that we would eventually add on to...
I had big news that I was finally ready to tell. I sat my kids down and I told them the news. “I’m hoping to have a baby.” My four-year-old daughter’s jaw dropped. My 9-year-old son’s brow furrowed. “Right now?” my daughter...
November is National Adoption Month. Adoption created our family. We looked into private adoption prior to deciding on foster care. Remember, the goal of foster care is reunification with the birth family and if that is not in the best...
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Trying to get on top of organizing my home with Christmas coming makes me want to scream, “INCOMING!!!” I have three girls. We have many,...