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Opinions Are Like Orgasms… Only Yours Matters

It seems like as soon as you get pregnant, everyone is ready to give you parenting advice. Sometimes you ask for it, but quite often, you are bombarded with the thoughts and opinions of every person you meet. It’s especially fun when the person giving the advice has no children of their own! From my …

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Pregnancy Diary – 26 Weeks – Thanksgiving Edition!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! It is a blessing that my 27th week of pregnancy begins on Thanksgiving Day. As I have been struggling a lot lately with emotions and physical discomforts, I wanted to be sure that this week’s update included much more positivity than the last few. So in honor of this grand holiday and the …

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Conversations

Dexter and I sit together discussing possible names for his new little brother: Mama: What about…. Michael? Dexter: Mmm. I like it! Mama: Okay. What about… Felix? Dexter: It’s okay. Mama: How about… Mark Jr? Dexter: NO! Mama: Alright. What about… Sebastian? Dexter: YAH! YAH YAH! YAY!! (claps) **************************************** **************************************** Mark and I are driving …

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Pregnancy Diary – 24 Weeks (It’s V-DAY!)

It’s definitely been a rough week this week, what with ER visits and disappointing OB appointments, but that doesn’t dampen my enthusiasm for the milestone that this week represents. We’ve made it to 24 weeks – which in Pregnant Lady Terms means we’ve hit the big V. Our baby is VIABLE! If you don’t know …

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Politics, Religion and Me

I wrote this on November 5th, 2008, in a little apartment in Warren, Pennsylvania, where I was living at the time. With a new election upon us, I wanted to remember exactly how it felt four years ago. I wanted to compare it to how I feel now. Am I different? Is the country different? …

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Pregnancy Diary – 23 Weeks Pregnant

Well we’ve made it this far, and we’re still kickin’! Especially baby Felix who has taken on the personality of a violent footballer. Or maybe a Radio City Rockette? Either way, he’s going strong, making his presence known at every opportunity. This is week 23, which means I’m at the beginning of Month 6 on …

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An Oldie but a Goodie…

This post was originally published in December 2010, but since the subject matter is very much relevant now (and since I had no readers back then!), I decided to republish it. It Could Be Love… I have a confession to make. And it’s a hard thing to admit. It started a while back. I was …

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Here We Go Again…

It’s been a little while since my last real update, and I hope you’ll forgive me. We’ve had family staying with us for the last week or so, and my computer time has been really limited. But it feels good to have had a little break and reconnect with the people we love. I have …

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Depression, Suicide, Love And Redemption

WARNING: This post may contain triggers for those who have dealt with suicide or depression. Today I read an article that got me to thinking about my history of depression. The comedienne, Sarah Silverman has admitted that she would be afraid to have her own children for fear of passing on her depression to them. …

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The Irrational Rulebook of the Insanely Germophobic

What Are You Afraid Of? It is exceptionally difficult for me to articulate just what a hindrance to my life my germophobia is. And when I explain my “rules,” you’ll understand why. I mean, they make no sense! I can hear myself explaining, and I get how insane it sounds. But fear is not rational, …

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Race for Life – Run for Me

Recently I’ve been really struggling with many aspects of my personal circumstance. Several things have contributed to my struggle, but mostly it has to do with how I view myself and what I feel I SHOULD be accomplishing but am not. Since December, Mark and I have been trying to make a little brother or …

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