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Family Over Fame

Why I’m on Ellen’s side. Waiting in line at the grocery store, as mundane and ordinary as that is, I had an epiphany. Sometimes it’s the more ordinary moments which bring to light the most profound thoughts. The headline was hard to miss. Ellen DeGeneres Chooses Family Over Fame. Good for her, I thought. And…

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Your body and pregnancy. What no one tells you.

Body Changes in Pregnancy The body changes you experience in pregnancy are for some reason a big secret.  I wish I knew why we don’t share with one another, as women, what our bodies actually go through.  I’ve listed the ones that I find most women don’t know about, mostly because nobody wants to admit…

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Mommy Mishaps. Secrets Revealed.

Admit it.  There is not a single one of you out there that has not had a mommy mishap you didn’t wish you could take back. We’ve all succumbed to our ego as mothers…it is I believe the very nature of motherhood to grow us spiritually.  My kids have taught me more than anyone how…

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Confounded by Co-Sleeping? What No One Wants to Say.

Flashback to 2008.  The baby’s crib is perfect in the gender neutral hues of green and yellow.  It had a bumper which of course was only for cute.  The little one would never sleep in a crib with the bumper.  Everyone knew that was not safe.  My husband and I had moved to the downstairs…

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Disposable vs. Cloth Diapers. Is it Worth the…Yuk????

We live in a very disposable age.   Just about everything is tossed to the trash. The ever reliable dump-truck comes once a week and hauls it all away never to be seen again.  Nowadays many of us are much more recycle-aware.  Earth Day has never before been more meaningful as we collectively battle the…

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To Cut or Not To Cut? The Dilemma of Circumcision

During my first pregnancy the idea of a daughter delighted me for many reasons.  But the one that stands out the most was that I did not need to decide if I should have my child circumcised.  Alas, it was not to be.  The birth of my first of three boys would forever be the…

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Breastfeeding bites….

I have recently had the pleasure of learning the art of caring for delivered moms and their new babies.  This would seem silly to the lay person, who like most would think that a labor and delivery nurse would also be caring for the mom and baby after delivery.  Not true in most institutions, although…

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Get rid of the mommy guilt and love your kids even more

Twenty four hours in a day.  You would think that would be enough.  But where does all the time go?  I find I am spending time while at work wishing I was home spending time with my boys.  I think about playing card games or going to the park, letting the spring sunshine melt away…

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Natural or medicated? How to experience bliss after labor.

One of the most common dilemmas as a pregnant mom is whether to have a baby naturally or with some sort of pain management. There is so much controversy, conversations and opinions surrounding this subject.  There is such judgment placed on the mother’s choice; by friends and family, caregivers and spouses.  The people I find…

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Just boys? Are you going to try for a girl?

  Ok…I am probably just as guilty as everyone else.  I’m sure I unsuspectedly asked a mother this question.  “Are you going to try for a ____?” (insert non-existent gender here).  What people don’t realize is how so very intrusive and personal this question can be. I was in Portland several weeks ago, at the…

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