Maternity photos, to do or not to do, what a hard question! I will tell you now that I wish I had done them! I know that it is a tough choice and here are some pros and cons. I...
Not So Ideal Second Pregnancy Three months into our adventure of raising our son we were surprised with the news of another baby on the way.  The Shock To say that I was really excited to jump back into another pregnancy would...
I’ll never forget when we, as a married couple of five years at the time, decided, okay we’re ready. We’re ready to start a family. It wasn’t an easy decision. At 29, we still weren’t ready to “grow up”....
Spoiler alert: Sex makes babies! I know, it's crazy. It's also the only way to naturally get pregnant! Not to say that every time you have sex you want to add to your brood. Fortunately, our female bodies were designed...
A Tale of IUI Process After getting married the next best thing is to welcome a new bundle of joy, right? But did they tell you how “easy” it is? Probably not! Especially when you try for years to prevent...
Hey all! Happy New Year! Hope you all are meeting and exceeding this years’ goals already. One of mine is to get out of this funk. Baby boy is due in April and while I am so thrilled beyond...

The Mystery of PCOS

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I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) at the age of 14.  At what was probably my very first visit to the gynecologist, she asked me the dreaded question: "When was your last menstrual period?"  This was an awkward question...
Family Planning (or unplanned...) I was 21, my boyfriend was 19 and we had just moved in together. We weren't planning on having any children, maybe not ever. We'd done a little research into long-term birth control and my doctor...
Let me just start by saying that I know pregnancy can be extremely difficult for some women and much easier for others but regardless of how your pregnancy is going, I hope this helps a bit.   Normally, when a pregnant...

Choosing a Name

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Picking a name for your new baby! Yes, the most exciting, stressful, trying part of pregnancy (besides squeezing a baby out of your vagina). But just like labor, you will have to do it anyway. Everyone has a say in your...
When I became pregnant with Suzanne, my husband asked me when we could tell people. "Whenever we want", I said. "No, I mean, when is it safe to tell people." Safe. He meant because 80% of miscarriages happen in the first trimester.  I would...
I had no idea breastfeeding was painful... Mothering is extremely difficult and we are quiet about some of the most challenging aspects of it. Before my daughter's first latch, I didn't know that breastfeeding was painful. It took me months...
In my wildest fantasy, DCS calls me in the middle of the night (because even though it is a fantasy, I'm still realistic) to ask my husband and I to come get a baby that has been given up....

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When we moved to Flagstaff over 10 years ago, I really had no idea where to start in figuring out where to live. I...