Devan McGuinness

Devan McGuinness is the founder of the online resource Unspoken Grief, which is dedicated to breaking the silence of perinatal grief for those directly and indirectly affected by miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. Using her own experience of surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan has been actively supporting and encouraging others who are wading through the challenges associated with perinatal and neonatal loss. Winner of the 2012 Bloganthropy Award and named one of Babble's “25 bloggers who are changing the world," Devan's a regular contributor to The Huffington Post Canada, Disney's Babble.com, and other places around the web. Check out Devan's lifestyle website byDevan, where you will find everything you need to have a happy, fulfilled, and busy life.

Devan McGuinness is the founder of the online resource Unspoken Grief, which is dedicated to breaking the silence of perinatal grief for those directly and indirectly affected by miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. Using her own experience of surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan has been actively supporting and encouraging others who are wading through the challenges associated with perinatal and neonatal loss. Winner of the 2012 Bloganthropy Award and named one of Babble's “25 bloggers who are changing the world," Devan's a regular contributor to The Huffington Post Canada, Disney's Babble.com, and other places around the web. Check out Devan's lifestyle website byDevan, where you will find everything you need to have a happy, fulfilled, and busy life.

There was a glorious time in my life a few years ago when we were all done with the diaper stage of life and my three children were using the toilet full time. Then my fourth child was born. Now that he's technically a toddler, I am reminded that this potty training isn't as simple as I remembered it being. ...

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I can still remember it like it was yesterday, taking the pregnancy test and wondering if it was finally going to show up with two lines. I can remember that moment each time I found out I was pregnant and those first thoughts of both extreme excitement and wonderment. ...

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I think all baby names are inspired by love because, if we as parents didn't love the name, we likely wouldn't have chosen it for our child. If you want your baby to not only know a lot of love went into their name choice, but that it's also inspired by love itself, there are some names that will drive that point home. ...

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When my kids were young, I looked forward to two o'clock in the afternoon. That afternoon naptime was when the house would be quiet and still for on average two hours, and it was glorious. I found myself looking at the clock around 1:30, counting down the last half hour until it was time for them to sleep and time for me to get a little break. ...

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Miscarriage is not easy to talk about, but I believe it's an important conversation we should be having. It's not easy to hear about miscarriage either because it's not a happy topic, but again, I believe it's imperative to listen. You can learn a lot about how to support the women and families who have been through miscarriage and talking can be ...

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There is something about the idea of taking my toddler out in the car that already gets my anxiety up. He does not like to be strapped down into his car seat, and during some outings, all he does is scream. Then, we get to our destination (even if it's just a short trip to the grocery store), he's all happy when I take him out. ...

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Many aches and pains can creep up during pregnancy and when you think about all that your body is going through-- it's a wonder the whole thing isn't more painful than it is. Back pain was something that plagued me during the pregnancy with my fourth child. I didn't experience it with any other and I was surprised how painful it was. According ...

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When we talk about fine motor movements, we're referring to developing and using the muscles in the fingers and hands. It's something we, as adults, don't spend too much time thinking about until we have kids and realize that there's a lot going on there. One of my children had troubles developing fine motor movements when they were younger, so ...

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When I was admitted to the hospital, in labor with my first child, I didn't know what to expect. I had been to the childbirth classes, and I had read up on the natural processes of labor, complications that could arise from it, and my pain relief options. I had it set on early on that I would request an epidural to aid with the pain. (I was ...

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When you bring a newborn home, and you're deep in that "I swear I will never sleep again" phase, finding the good can be hard. Getting to know a new baby, healing from pregnancy and birth, plus dealing with sleep deprivation and a total hormone overload, you can definitely say that newborns can seem totally overwhelming. ...

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