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In Remembrance: Babies Gone Too Soon

October 14, 2002 was a Monday.  It was the Columbus Day holiday, and my husband had the day off.  I hadn’t been well lately – kind of nauseous, tired, not quite myself.  I had almost gotten car sick just a few days before on a short ride to take our then 4 year-old son and […]

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Sharing the Sport

This post is brought to you in partnership with the Football Matters campaign. National Football Foundation (NFF) launched Football Matters to celebrate the positive impact the game has made on millions of players, coaches, administrators, volunteers, and fans nationwide. On November 1, 2013, my husband and I sat in the doctor’s office of my OBGYN, […]

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7 Reasons Winter Pregnancies are the Worst

7 Reasons Winter Pregnancies Are the Worst

As I celebrate nearing the end of my third pregnancy in five years, I’d like to think that I’ve become somewhat of an expert at enjoying surviving pregnancy. My last two, however, were fall babies, which meant that I spent most of the summers enormously pregnant. People would sigh and coo and say “oh, how […]

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The Smell that Sealed the Deal

Most women can probably attest to the hyper-sensitive sense of smell that accompanies gestating a human.  Sometimes, this can be pleasant, at least in my opinion. In the spring, there is the smell of fresh-cut grass. In the mornings, the scent of coffee, thanks to my cheap-but-trusty automatic coffee maker, wafts through the house.   Other […]

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On the Day My Babies Died

He was perfect. Yes, at fourteen and a half weeks, perfect. He had his Pawpaw’s feet and already looked so much like his big brother. At first, it was confusing. He didn’t look sick, he was beautifully formed. I kept thinking, “just put him back. He will be fine.” My mind just couldn’t wrap itself […]

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Raising a Kind Girl in a Mean Girl World

As soon as I cut through the gender reveal cake, a million emotions flooded my body. I’m pregnant, so that is not uncommon, but the contradiction in emotions is what surprised me. We’re having a girl! Excitement, happiness, fear, inadequacy, responsibility. For some reason, I was plagued with the immediate fear of raising a girl […]

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I Don’t Miss The Infant Stage, But I Am Still Doing It Again

I was having a conversation with some friends recently as we all gloriously sipped our coffees kid-free, but pretty much talked non-stop about our kids. Upon talking about the infancy stage, many women said how much they missed that stage and how they wished time could just stand still in those days.  I silently sipped […]

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