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...
Ok, I’ll admit it. I have told a few white lies to my daughter.  I’ve told her that the ice cream truck only plays music when it is out of ice cream or that YouTube videos don’t work in...
When I became pregnant with my second child, I had this false sense that since it was my second pregnancy, it would go so much smoother. I knew to expect each pregnancy would be different. Yet, I hoped my...
As a two-time In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) patient, I have learned a lot!  During my rounds of IVF I looked for advice from nurses, doctors, and other IVF patients to help calm my nerves and feel at ease. These...
We always wanted children. On August 31st, 2008, we found out we were pregnant. Just one day before our first wedding anniversary. In October 2008, we had a miscarriage. We tried for a little while longer with no luck. The infertility...
I stared at the small, blank white card in my hands and felt unsure of what to write. You see, I was at a baby shower for a friend who's about to be a first-time mom. As part of...
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