What I Didn’t Know About IVF

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I admit it, I kind of went into IVF (in vitro fertilization) blind. All I knew what that after three years of trying, I was still not pregnant and not getting any younger. I knew my insurance covered infertility...
When I was pregnant with both of my kids, I felt pressure to have a “perfect” delivery. There's a whole market around this: doulas, birth centers, a plethora of books and videos…and Flagstaff, with its hipster vibe, is all...
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...
We all know the expression, "A mother worries."  Motherhood introduces a whole new sense of responsibility and what-ifs when considering all that could happen to our precious children. I consider myself a worrier.  So when I found out last summer...
Postpartum with my second baby In the last three years,  I’ve gained 40 pounds, lost 40 pounds, then gained 50 and lost 20. I am 30 pounds heavier than my "pre-baby weight," up four sizes in jeans, and from a...
I've had this conversation a few times lately.  It starts with downcast eyes and is in hushed tones.  Sometimes it ends with hot tears and feelings of shame, sometimes it ends with a slow trickle of exhausted crying that...

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...
  Elderly Primigravida. Not the most flattering adjective to describe a first time, glowing mom to be. But there they were. Those words were on the summary of every prenatal visit I had. I never planned to be 35 and...
This post was created in partnership with Beech-Nut® Naturals™. All opinions are our own. We recently hosted a party for some of our Mommy Friends and Contributors in partnership with Beech-Nut® Naturals™. It was so easy and fun to plan...
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....
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...
I had the great luck of easily conceiving both my girls and although I am grateful for that, the thought of being pregnant a third time made my palms sweat thinking about it. My youngest was sleeping through the night....
Minimalism can be tricky when it comes to young families. Before you have kids, you might say you want 4, but after 2 you decide you're done, and then maybe after a year you say, ok, how about three? I...

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  It's fall and in Flagstaff, that means chilly temps and gorgeous foliage in hues of crimson, gold, and magenta; and it is the perfect...