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....
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...

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...

Just One More…

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As you read this, please keep in mind that everyone’s journey is different and some people struggle for years longer than others. This is not meant to be insensitive, this is merely one mama’s experience with infertility.  We’ve all felt...

My Mommy Must Haves

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Whenever I hear about someone having their first child, I so desperately want to insert my opinions on what to buy and what not to buy. My Mommy Must Haves. Not because I am some self-proclaimed baby-stuff-expert, but so...
Motherhood is hard enough as it is... How can we learn to be positive about bodies that don't look anything like the bodies we see in the media?  Our culture is obsessed with the female form. Women's bodies are expected to...
Fun Fact: Every season is baby shower season when you're in your twenties! This month alone I have three baby showers, one of which is for a best friend and one is for my sister-in-law. Having my own little one...

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Prenda – Arizona’s Microschools

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https://youtu.be/qU3a3ciOAMo “You don’t have to have this enormous amount of training… you just need to love the kids.”  Toni is a Prenda guide in Arizona and...