Exhausted, anxious, strained, worried, tense, frustrated, and agitated. These are the words I would use to describe the way I have felt almost everyday for the past several years. That makes my life sound so depressing, which is absolutely...
What if you could help a friend who’s struggling with infertility? Not just with a shoulder to lean on—what if you could actually give that friend a baby? In the not-too-distant past, my husband and I struggled through two years...
I have joined many “clubs” related to having a baby that I’d rather not be in. But none have been extreme cases. My miscarriage was devastating…but I was still a few weeks away from my second trimester.  It took 13 months to...
When I decided I wanted a baby with my husband at age 25, I had no idea what rabbit hole I was heading down.  Here are a few things I didn’t anticipate: The amount of time I’d spend going to...

Beyond The Baby Blues

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I've always been a worrier. In fact, my worrywart tendencies are something of a joke in our family. My ability to predict what could go wrong in any situation has earned me various nicknames: "Eeyore," "Debbie Downer," and my personal...
When my youngest child was born, many people didn't know I was pregnant until after he arrived. We did our best to keep news of the pregnancy under wraps, even concealing the news from our children until 28 weeks. I...
By the best available statistics, 25% of women will experience a miscarriage, stillbirth, ectopic pregnancy, or other type of infant loss at some time during their lifetimes. 25% Let that sink in a moment. Think of four of your closest friends....
If you are reading this, first of all we want to say THANK YOU!  We are so glad you're here, following all things ICMB and involving your families in our local events.  When we started this blog almost four...
Do you know how hard it is to wait for something that has a large chance of never happening? And did you know that there is actually something even more excruciating than that? There is no pain deeper then...

Mind The Gap

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First things first: mind the gap.  If you've never been to London, you may not know what I'm talking about. In fact, I myself had never heard the phrase until I stepped off the plane in Heathrow airport.  I...

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Guide to Pools and Splash Pads in the Iowa City Area

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Summer is almost here! Take your kids to a local pool or splash pad and have them burn off all of their energy! Check...