This post was created in partnership with TxDOT. However, all opinions are my own. When you become pregnant, you begin reading all of the books, signing up for classes, and preparing your home and car for your little bundle. As...
My current season of motherhood feels like people playing tug-of-war . . . and I’m the rope! I am trying to mother a pre-teen, two elementary kids, a toddler, and a baby—two sets of children with opposing and conflicting...
  "We don't care whether it's a girl or a boy.  Just as long as it's healthy." Is that so?  And what if it's not?  What then? My husband and I were hoping to expand our family.  Soon after two heartbreaking miscarriages...

Pregnancy Loss Wish List

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Pregnancy Loss Wish List Any kind of loss is difficult. The loss of a parent, a child, a beloved pet. But the loss of a pregnancy is can be quite different. For me it was quiet, lonely and hard to navigate. ...

Rewriting Nightmares

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As a child, I was always dreaming. I had very detailed dreams and exhausted the ears of my family many mornings at breakfast. My Dad always listened, the psychology major, and always offered interpretations. His studies were heavy on...
Most people are familiar with maternity leave, but did you know the United States is one of the few countries where it’s not mandated to be paid? To take it a step farther, paternity leave is still being adapted...
Raise your hand if your little one(s) are experts at manipulation when it comes to bedtime? I'm over here waving my hands while jumping up and down. The struggle is R-E-A-L! My daughter turns THREE in two weeks and has...

Dear NICU nurse

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Dear NICU nurse, You were the first person I caught eyes with as my husband rolled my wheelchair up to our son's NICU bed.  I had just given birth via C section the day before and you asked how I...
Heat, Haboob, and Hissing - a Tale of Vacation Mayhem Have you seen that insurance commercial where the narrator is "Mayhem" and shows all the catastrophes awaiting you and your life? Well, my personality type (A Six on the Enneagram...
Dear Waco: Please open a restaurant with a playscape. Love, every mom with a toddler. In bigger cities, playscapes are everywhere. If I lived in Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, etc. , I would be writing "Top 50 restaurants with playscapes"...

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Setting Boundaries | When “Yes” Should Be “No” This Holiday

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Why is it that as mothers, we secretly wish the holidays were spread out more or we could skip it all? Is it because...