Devan McGuinnessAuthor

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.

Common Problems Parents Encounter When Potty Training Their Toddler

Potty training: the moment all parents look forward to — to when we can say goodbye to the diapers and experience the freedom of having a child who can handle their bathroom business all by themselves. You have already researched the signs and cues to watch for that will alert you that your toddler is [&hellip
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Just over one year ago, I was in the hospital holding my fourth full term baby, a tiny little boy who weighed just slightly over six pounds. After the struggles we had to get pregnant and the scary pregnancy itself, I can’t even put into words how it felt to have him in my arms [&hellip
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Do You Hate Your Own Name?

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

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Growing up, I never had anyone in the same class with my same name. Actually, my whole school experience, from grade school through college I never experienced the issue of being called by my first name and last initial. Devan is not only unusual, but more so for a female and with a unique spelling [&hellip
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This time last year, I was nearing the end of my pregnancy — huge, excited, nervous, and almost over being pregnant. The third trimester is something I remember looking forward to when I was in the very early first trimester, filled with worries and wonders. But once I was in it, I wondered why I [&hellip
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As a child, I had a love/hate relationship with this time of year. I loved all the family gatherings, the gifts, and the excitement of it all, but I was an impatient child who didn’t like surprises, so waiting for gift opening was hard for me. I was the kid who would snoop — the [&hellip
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My oldest child is turning 9 years old in a few days — I can’t even believe it! With a 1-year-old at home as well, I look at my oldest and can see so much of him in my youngest child. It’s hard to remember life with only one child, but I can say the [&hellip
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This time of year always makes me feel warm and fuzzy, but not because I am a festive person — I’m not. The holiday season is fun for getting together with family and friends, and the food is hard to say no to, but this time of year holds a different reason for happiness. I [&hellip
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I have been pregnant during two Christmas seasons, and for the other two pregnancies, I had just had a baby less than two weeks before Christmas day. It’s been long while since I’ve been able to partake in the holiday cocktails due to a mix of trying to conceive, being pregnant, or doing some early [&hellip
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I was at the grocery store one afternoon with my three children (I only had three at the time), and I had a young woman come up to me. She looked at my kids, and I expected to hear one of the many phrases people often spout to me when I am out and about [&hellip
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My youngest is almost a year old now, and for the past few months, he’s been really enjoying the stage of babyhood where he gets to feed himself. He is still breastfed, but he is definitely a growing boy, when he finally showed interest in trying solids there’s been no looking back. Even though he’s so [&hellip
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