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Silent Night used to be one of my favorite Christmas carols.  Now that I have parented through three first Christmases, those tender lyrics sting a bit.  Nothing has ever been calm and bright for me in those first few...
It begins with Halloween, the costumes, the jack-o-lanterns, spider webs, witches, ghosts, and skeletons.  The pumpkins, leaves, pilgrims, cornucopias, and turkeys of Thanksgiving.  The numerous Christmas trees, stockings, holly berries, wreathes, nativity scenes, and mistletoe.  And the lights.  The...
The metrics surrounding pregnancy - and becoming pregnant - are infinite. I began by counting days on a calendar, calculating my eventual due date, noting baby's development at each week's gestation, and adding up my maternity leave. The progression of my pregnancy...

Adoption: Mountain and Valley

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In honor of November being National Adoption Awareness month, I would love to share our adoption journey with you in two parts; the mountain and the valley.  Meet our daughter, Amilia Degenesh.  She embodies light and life, and we adopted...
Hours of mindless Netflix binges and newborn snuggles filled most of my maternity leave days with baby number one. Of course there were the sleepless nights, the rude awakening that is the adjustment to parenthood, and all of those...

My Big Fat Pregnant Lies!

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The saying is, “the truth will set you free,” so I am going to tell you the truth.  I did not enjoy being pregnant.  I was afraid to admit this all through my pregnancy and after because I didn’t...
I recently went on a jungle excursion I like to refer to as "grocery shopping with small children." It was there, in Super One, that I discovered how truly significant of an impact a simple smile has on a...

No One Told Me…

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Advice. It's not something that needs to be solicited when you become a parent. Babies are a topic that people love to talk about! Advice comes from coworkers, friends, family and sometimes even complete strangers lurking in the make-up...
To the mother of my beautiful grandson, Rowan, thank you! Thank you for reminding me what it feels like to be a mom for the first time, for making my heart swell with love from the moment I met him,...

Inexperienced Mama

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{Photo credit: Lindsey Hodgson} I walked into being a mom completely inexperienced. I am the youngest of my siblings, and though I'm in the middle of the pack of my cousins, I never babysat any of those younger than me....

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