“How do you get protein?” If you’re a vegetarian (or vegan), you have heard this question more than a time or two. I always respond with some combination of the following: “It’s actually not hard,” “I’ve always been perfectly healthy,”...
Although mother nature delivered a cold wintery mix we enjoyed a lovely event with over 100 local mothers at our 5th annual Bloom: Mom's Morning Out on April 14, 2018.  Once again, we were proud to be selected by...
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One in four women will experience miscarriage or stillbirth in her lifetime. It's a staggering statistic, and chances are good either you yourself have experienced one or you know someone personally who has. You've probably read a blog post or two...
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 was pregnant with my son, I was committed to breastfeeding exclusively.  I went to classes, read all the books and blogs, talked with other moms who successfully breastfed, and asked for their advice.  I joined online breastfeeding...
Our culture treats pregnancy and pregnancy loss in such a strange way. The common practice is not to share your news until 8 or 12 or 16 weeks, or whatever point each individual person feels "safe" that nothing is...
Nesting Newborn clothes are washed and tucked away in my childhood dresser.  The crib is assembled and the room is freshly painted in a shade of ballet pink.  We read "big brother" books to our son and have him talk...
There is just something magical about a first pregnancy. You’re experiencing so many firsts and on the verge of life in a whole new world. You read all the books and spend hours upon hours daydreaming of what your...
Raise your hand if you are a planner.  I am sure a lot of us would raise our hands and admit that in some way shape or form, having a plan in place brings us comfort.  What happens when...

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Many of us are still being cautious about venturing out during this strange time of COVID-19. While I find myself missing movies, sitting in...