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I had an unrealistic idea of motherhood before I had my sweet girl 3 years ago. I envisioned quiet nights rocking her to sleep gently and laying her down in her picture perfect Pottery Barn crib. I dreamed of...
The first time I nursed in public I was on a busy Chicago roof deck in July. We had just taken the baby to his 6 week check-up with the pediatrician, and we hadn’t planned on stopping for lunch....
  In parenthood, the days are long but the months are short. During maternity leave, the days can be an eternity and the months go by before you can blink. While I was lucky enough to spend my daughter's first...
In honor of Breastfeeding Awareness Month, a friend of mine recently posted a photo of her breastfeeding her newborn daughter on Facebook. The caption posed the question: “What’s your favorite thing about breastfeeding your child?” Her question brought me...
It has been 1176 consecutive days that I have been pregnant and/or breastfeeding. My two daughters are exactly 18 months apart and I was fortunate to be able to breastfeed each of them up to their first birthdays. That...

Life in the NICU

On March 16th, 2014 my life completely changed. I went from being a mom of one to a mom of three. I also became a NICU mama. I gave birth to my twins at 30 weeks and 2 days...
Local Midwife and Obstetricians Recognize Need For More Natural Birthing Experience for Women Needing C-Section—Inspires Change in Local Hospital Meriter - UnityPoint Health to offer New Family-Centered Birthing Experience                                              in C-Section Operating Rooms With one-third of all babies born via cesarean-section...

Coping with Colic

Our family will be welcoming baby #3 in the next month and we are all beyond excited (and ready) to finally meet our next little guy. Of course, just the thought of adding a newborn with an almost-four year...

The Struggle for Sleep

My husband suggested letting my son, who is now 2 ½, cry-it-out when he was around 4 months old. However, I just couldn’t do it. I could not imagine leaving my sweet boy - the one we tried so...
Quick poll – during pregnancy, did you actually feel “connected” to your baby? Have you perused adorable baby bump photos, jealously? I’ll have to admit that I did. It was easy for me to feel like everyone else had...
A memory of a quick glance was all I received of my two little baby boys, who I was so anxious to meet. My eyes were watering and my throat was dry. Despite the layers of white hospital blankets...
Because I can't be the only one. They say hindsight is 20/20. I remember when I had my first baby, and I felt like a flailing mess. Now when I look back at that time, I see a mom who...

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