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A collection of real-life stories from women who have been there and done that. Some will make you laugh, and some will make you cry, but all of them will make you think.

Explaining The Dramatic Decline In International Adoption

International adoptions have decreased at an extraordinary rate over the last decade. Since 2004, the number of children adopted by US families from other countries has been cut in half, as nations across the world revise their guidelines to restrict overseas adoption. In 2016, only 5,370 children from other countries were adopted by American families. …

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Guest Post: How to Create Inclusive Kids

Most adults can remember at least one instance of bullying or exclusion they experienced as a child. For some, exclusion defined their lives, impacting how they learned to relate with others into adulthood. In an effort to keep their own children from becoming victims of bullying, these scarred adults inadvertently teach their children how to …

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The Truth About Postpartum Depression | My PPD Story

When it comes to Postpartum Depression, I feel like I’ve been through it all. Not only have I dealt with it after each of my children’s births, but I also suffered from traumatic Perinatal Depression, which is depression during pregnancy. Somehow, though, this time around, it took me a while to realize that I was suffering …

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Guest Post: The Importance of Reading With Your Child

When it comes to reading, the earlier you can start with your child, the better. Reading books to your little one is not only fun, but it also is important for growing developmental skills. By reading to your child, you reinforce basic sounds, encourage language acquisition, teach your child about enunciation and more. Why is …

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Guest Post – How to Raise Decent Humans

This post was submitted by reader, Miranda DeFabio. It has been edited for syntax and clarity. Publication of opinion pieces does not necessarily mean this site endorses them. However, in this case, the editor is in agreement. Last week was Martin Luther King Jr. day, and it got me thinking about his “I Have A …

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78 Seconds – A Birth Story

“It’s just that there’s more blood than we would like to be seeing.” “Someone call the doctor in.” “She’s coming.” “What’s she dilated to?” “She’s at 5cm and about 80% effaced. She just started bleeding.” “Get peds in here. Get them ready. Let me check her.” “She’s complete.” “Oh that explains it.” “Get the team.” …

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Big Pregnancy Update – 32 Weeks

I have been hesitating to publish pregnancy updates lately because all in all, this fourth baby has caused me very few issues (unlike his brothers!), and I didn’t really want to bore anyone with posts about random pregnancy things that most everyone deals with. But a few weeks ago, things changed up a little bit, …

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A True and Accurate Account of Every Online Interaction Moms Experience

It seems that whether we ask for it or not, moms are subjected to advice from well-meaning third parties, hoping to impart their knowledge and be congratulated on their own parenting prowess. The problem is, half the time, those dropping their so-called expert advice don’t even have children of their own. Ironically, this doesn’t stop …

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So Your Child’s Friend Sucks…

In the beginning… As babies and toddlers, we, as parents, get to pick our kids’ friends. It’s cute at that age. There’s an abundance of cherubic smiles. There’s the melodic giggles that come from a child who is still at the age where they’re learning to crawl, then walk—both literally and metaphorically. There’s the adorable …

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The Unbearable Itchiness of Being

Oh help me, OB-GYN Kenobi! You’re my only hope! I can’t believe this is happening again. And so early! That’s right – my body has gone into super crazy overdrive with the unbearable itchiness associated with Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (ICP). As you may or may not know, I’ve dealt with this in every single …

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Pregnancy Update! What The Hell Is Going On?

I know I’ve been quiet on this blog for a while. The truth is that I’ve been spending an exceptionally large amount of time in my bed during this pregnancy. I’ve been struggling with my usual antenatal depression, which has been a little trickier to navigate this time around. There’s been a LOT of personal …

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