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A Precious Son Born-Too-Soon & #Preemie Guilt

GUEST POST: By Denise Brown, Preemie Mom & Blogger SunshinePod22 Blog Johnny L. Bowen III (Lj) was born 10 weeks early via emergency C-section at Rainbow Babies and Children of Cleveland. My water broke late night on December 10th 2009 at 30 weeks pregnant. I was laying in bed trying to sleep. I couldn't get comfortable and turned over. That’s when it happened, I felt a small trickle of … [Read more...]

Beautiful Family Struggles with Infertility & Hopes to Adopt

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Infertility is a topic that is of great importance to me as a woman, blogger and now a mom. I went through minimal infertility issues--in the grand scheme of things--and was able to conceive both of our kids with Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) after one try (with Ronin) and two tries (with Ellie). But even so, it was incredibly difficult to struggle for just one year to get pregnant.  So … [Read more...]

Seattle Mom Prom. Ultimate Ladies Night & Benefit for WA #Pregnancy & #PPMD Support Organization

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I'm going to Prom! And no, its not with a 12th grader. ;) The Seattle Mom Prom is the ultimate ladies night out and a wonderful benefit. An evening of drinks, dessert and dancing, that in fact is not JUST for moms. Ladies, you really must check this out. Not only will it be a great night to leave the kids, husbands and boyfriends at home, you'll also be supporting a fantastic cause that is very … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday w Linky: Can you read this expression?

  Wordless Wednesday April 6, 2011 What do you think? a) Did big brother just steal a toy? b) Did Mama just tell her NO? c) Is it past nap time? d) Is she really really hungry? Feel free to link up bloggers. Comment that you did and I'll be sure to follow back. :) I'd love to hear what you all think the answer is. But please don't worry. Baby girl was VERY MUCH consoled right after … [Read more...]

Help for Postpartum Depression and Anxiety from @HealthyPlace Radio Blog

I'm new to this whole blogging world and have been "blog hopping" meeting other terrific women online who are very active within the mom blog community. One of those women was Amanada from HealthyPlace.com who mentioned their radio interview this week regarding PPD & Anxiety. I realized that the interviewee was someone I've been reading a lot about. A mom named Katherine who after experiencing … [Read more...]

What’s a guy to expect when she’s not expecting?

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Having gone through fertility treatments myself (3 IUIs), I find this fascinating and very true. I was definitely a "Doer." What were/are you? Have a good Friday. From Today.com http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/42096898/ns/today-books/# Marc Sedaka pens book that helps men communicate with and support their wives  Marc Sedaka stood by while he and his wife endured endless rounds of drug … [Read more...]

What’s a guy to expect when she’s not expecting?

Having gone through fertility treatments myself (3 IUIs), I find this fascinating and very true. I was definitely a "Doer." What were/are you? Have a good Friday. From Today.com http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/42096898/ns/today-books/# Marc Sedaka pens book that helps men communicate with and support their wives  Marc Sedaka stood by while he and his wife endured endless rounds of drug … [Read more...]

The Day We Lost Faith

GUEST POST: By Katie Tamblingson of Kady Did Blog This is hardest post to write so far, and probably one of the hardest of my life. I was debating about writing it at all. I tend to be a more private person, and come from a private family. Isaiah and I were talking one day, and he said I should. He thought it would help give me closure. Another blogger I was reading wrote about going through the … [Read more...]

Sharing Stories of Suicide

Opening up about suicide is such a difficult thing to do. I have a friend, who many years ago, lost a teenage family member to suicide. For the family, I'm sure the years have felt like an eternity of grieving, and just seconds since they last thought about the pain. I recently asked this friend to write a story about the experience for my blog, knowing how difficult it would be to write, … [Read more...]

How Stress and Sleep Conspire to Make You Fat

. Mamas...This is so interesting and further proof that many factors contribute to depression and can help reverse it. Stress Reduction, Diet, Exercise, Weight Management, Good Sleep, etc. There are so many things we can do to help overcome PPD and chronic depression, but its SO hard to get there when you're in the depths of it, or even just having a bad day. What areas are you focusing on to … [Read more...]

The Writing on the Wall: Generalized Anxiety in Children and Teens

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.  GUEST POST: From One Crafty Mother, By Ellie, Mom & Jewelry Designer Last week Greta had a sore throat that wasn't going away, so we went to the doctor to get a strep test. We've been at the doctor a lot this winter - recurring sore throats that are sometimes strep, sometimes not.   We have spent a lot of time sitting in the exam room, waiting for the results of the strep … [Read more...]

When should we share our “scars” with our children?

. I was recently reading a post on a fascinating blog I discovered via Twitter called Raising My Boychick. The topic was How to Explain Self Injury Scars to your Child if and when the child started asking questions. This intrigued me for many reasons, but most notably because I think most of us carry scars (whether visible or internal) and these issues are things that our own children may … [Read more...]

Depression & PPD Resource from the CDC

. I ran across the information below from a resource page on the CDC website for Depression & PPD of Women of reproductive age. I think the descriptions of Depression & PPD are very clear and concise so I wanted to share the page with you. This is excellent information to share with new moms or anyone you feel has recently changed their behavior and seems to have the symptoms listed … [Read more...]

A Time Machine to give Parenting Advice to your “Pre-Kid” Self.

I posted this on the blog Facebook page and thought it was an interesting topic. So here's my question: If you could go back in time and speak to your past self prior to having children, what parenting advice would you give yourself. Remember, you're talking to yourself and will most likely listen, so make sure its good. ;) Here's mine: 1. Follow your instincts, not a book or doctor or other … [Read more...]

“That I Would Be Good” – Alanis Morissette

A little video for you this lovely Friday. Here's a song that has a lot of meaning for me, especially when I'm feeling depressed, anxious, frustrated with my kids or just not happy with myself. Listen to the words..."That I Would Be Good" is a beautifully written song by Alanis Morissette. "That I would be loved, even when I numb myself. That I would be good, even when I am overwhelmed. That I … [Read more...]