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Grin, Gripe, Let Go: 3 Ways to Compartmentalize Unsolicited Advice

When you become a mom, you suddenly realize you’ve been surrounded by parenting experts all along. Well-intentioned family members, online acquaintances, even the elderly stranger you meet in the HyVee checkout line is full of golden nuggets of wisdom you didn’t even ask for (or necessarily want, for that matter)! It can be overwhelming to […]

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What We Wish We’d Done: First-Time Parents Battling Flu Season

Some lessons have to be learned the hard way. Our 15-month old daughter has been battling illness basically bi-weekly since her first birthday in late October. We both work full-time, so she spends her Monday through Friday daytime hours at a center (which we adore!) with about a dozen other germy toddlers who aren’t shy […]

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Breastfeeding Failure: 11 Things I Wish I Knew

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 support communities and found local groups to attend after I gave birth. With all my preparations […]

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1 Year Ago Today: The Aftermath of a Traumatic Pregnancy Experience

Dear Adrienne, Thanksgiving to me is almost as big of a milestone as your upcoming first birthday. It’s the beginning of your birth story. It’s also the beginning of when I thought I might lose you. This is why I have been more anxious as your mom than I was the first time around, even […]

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