Family Blogs

I wrote my birth plan months in advance of my due date. It was important that my doctors and nurses understood what I wanted. After all, it's such an important experience—one that we will remember for the rest of our lives. It only makes sense to plan for it to be as close to our ...

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Well, we knew this was coming. It's been inevitable, really. For all women everywhere who have comethisclosetolosingit when someone touched their pregnant belly without permission or rubbed their tummies like they were some kind of good luck fertility charm, one woman has taken a stand. ...

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Parental stress levels are on the rise. Although many people enter the world of parenting with preconceived notions about how wonderful and rewarding the experience will be, it doesn't feel rewarding every single day. Some days are hard.  Each stage of child development brings amazing new milestones, but each ...

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I'm fascinated by women who are successfully able to run during their pregnancies. I love running and in my head, I am definitely one of those women who stay fit throughout their pregnancies. Unfortunately, in real life, I'm definitely one of those women who gain a ton of weight and can barely walk, so yeah. Hence, why I admire women who stay ...

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It's hard to believe that my third child, Ryker, will be a year in just a few more months. This first year has certainly flown by! As a third child, he has met most of his milestones far earlier than my first two. He is also my biggest baby of the three. My first son ...

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The trend toward joint custody, reasonable visitation, and more peaceful co-parenting has been an overall positive one for divorced and blended families. However, current culture tells us that you need to be best friends with your ex — and his new partner — or you’re bitter and selfish, can’t let go, or aren’t putting the children first. ...

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I'll never forget the first migraine I ever had. 

It happened one afternoon during my first pregnancy, as I was sitting in a horrible, three-hour long nursing lecture class. Although I had grown up hearing my mother, sister, and brother all complain about horrible migraines, I had never experienced one for myself. In my mind, I thought ...

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Products for pregnant women are everywhere–from celebrity-sponsored maternity fashion to workout classes tailored to pregnancy. The maternity industry is on a roll, creating products for pregnant women and marketing them as "must haves." Maybe you've bought into the craze, but perhaps you haven't. Either ...

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The everyday life of a working mom is both fantastic and challenging. There's the joy of doing a good job at your job, the satisfaction of managing to get everyone everywhere they need to be, the love that comes with bedtime snuggles and the pure exhaustion the end of the day brings. No matter how much you might look forward to or love being a ...

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Almost every story I hear about someone getting pregnant while using natural family planning (NFP) or the fertility awareness method (FAM) starts something like “Oh, yeah, we tried that, but within two months, I was pregnant!” While it’s true that this method requires more accuracy in practical use, symptothermal methods of birth control are ...

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