Maybe Next Year

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Since my son was only a few months old I’ve fielded the common question, “So when are you going to have another one?” My answer has stayed the same. “Maybe next year,” I say with a smile. He’s now...
For as long as I can remember, I pictured myself as a wife and mother. I never thought my life would be any different than that. Like my own mother, my older sister, and my friends, I just assumed...

It’s Time To Talk

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Have you ever avoided having a conversation with someone because you just weren’t sure what to say or you were nervous about how they might react to what you needed to talk to them about? I can think of...
When you’re 16 there is really no good, or right, way to tell your parents that you think you are pregnant. It’s like ripping off a Band-Aid, they say “do it fast and it will hurt less”, but in...
As I sit here watching my daughter spin and dance in our living room while watching Rapunzel, I can’t help but ask myself, “What did I do to deserve this little nugget of happiness?” She is so much more...
I'll be the first to say it: planning a pregnancy is not easy.  Our journey of “planning to plan” started three years ago, when I was 22 and my then fiancé, now husband, was 26.  The medicine that I...
I know a lot about the baby growing in my belly, but not the gender. I know he (or she) was fertilized on September 7, 2011 at around 8:40am. The embryo was placed in cold storage a few hours...
Prior to my own pregnancy, I was openly vocal about how I thought my friends that didn't find out the gender of their babies were straight-up crazy.  I swore I could never do that. Citing the fact that I’m...

Guilty or Not Guilty?

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Being a mom was always on my list of what I wanted to be when I grew up. Because I became a mom slightly later in life at age 33, I had plenty of time to prepare. When you...
My husband and I always knew we would have kids. We were looking forward to having several. He comes from a family of four children and has always said that’s the magic number. I am an only child and...

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