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to my teen

Fact: What parents think of their tweens and teens matters to them. This is common sense, right? But somewhere around the time that our kids trade in their little kid status for tween and teen-dom, we parents tend to lose sight of this. Our kids suddenly seem so different – emotional and sensitive and peer-focused; and parents love talking about these traits, probably because they’re new to us and we feel suddenly off-kilter in our parenting. But the truth is, tweens and teens are ...

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After having mastitis more times than any woman should have, I was getting pretty fed up.

Antibiotics were no longer working in my body after countless rounds and I continued to feel that familiar pain in my breasts, quickly followed by total exhaustion, aches and chills, and it feltl like the cycle would repeat itself over and over again.

As any nursing mother who has dealt with the evil of mastitis knows, it can be hard to get through and recover from it. And the most common ...

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I have a love/hate relationship with Halloween. I love little kids dressed up in cute costumes standing at my door with smiles and gratitude in exchange for oohs and ahs and tasty treats. I love princesses, pirates, minions, tigers, and all other forms of tiny cuteness. I really do.

But I hate creepy. Like really hate it. And creepy is everywhere these days. Front lawns have fake bones sticking out of the freshly manicured grass, meant to give the illusion of bodies waking from the ...

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first time seeing your baby images

If I could travel back in time and relive one (OK, maybe three) moments of my life, it would be the first moment I locked eyes with my brand new baby.

In 2009, 2011, and 2013, my life changed in an instant, and it was an amazing experience. Sadly, I don't even have photos of the first time I met Xander or Noah, so I arranged to have a birth photographer at Ryker's labor and delivery. Unfortunately, timing didn't work out, but at least my husband took photos with our DSLR.

If I ...

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I have been breastfeeding my youngest for nine months now. It's been a rollercoaster of awesome and frustrating, but I have really loved the extra cuddle time I get from breastfeeding. It was a personal goal of mine to breastfeed exclusively for as long as we could, and I didn't have any plans to pump or use bottles.

When I've shared this goal with others, I've been asked if I will let my husband feed the baby so he can bond with our son. When I answer back that my husband doesn't need ...

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Play dates at other peoples' houses? No thanks. Taking them to the park alone? Big fat NO. A stroll around the mall? Why would I do that to myself?

I don't leave the house alone with both kids. Ever.

I grocery shop alone after my husband comes home from work (or, if he's had a rough day, we split them up, and I bring the toddler). I make doctor appointments only for times when he ...

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conquering SIDS fears

When I was pregnant with my first child almost seven years ago, I was working in an acute care pediatric hospital as a speech-language pathologist. My patients ranged from premature babies with eating problems to school-aged children recovering from traumatic accidents. I treated babies and toddlers with a wide range of genetic and developmental disorders. The job was not easy, and many times, I went home in tears. I cared for my patients as if they were my own. I celebrated the tiny ...

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The other day, while washing the breakfast dishes, I start humming to myself. Before I knew it, I had gotten a bit carried away and was doing a full-on, soap-filled rendition of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off."

Suddenly, a loud shout stopped me in my tracks. My 2-year-old son was pointing a forkful of scrambled eggs at me and shouting something. 

"What?" I cried. "What's wrong?"

He looked seriously at me, fork still in hand. "Mama. Stop," he demanded clearly. 

Well, ...

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In the past, women who have had issues with infertility had a select few options for becoming mothers. Some of those options have been fertility medication, surrogacy, adoption, IVF. Now there's one more option that can be added to that list: womb transplantation. 

A woman from Sweden just gave birth this past month to a baby with the help of a transplanted womb that she received from a 61-year-old family friend. The donor had already had two children and had gone through ...

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Can I tell you a little secret? When I am pregnant, I tend to lose the amazing amount of patience I have with the world and all the people in it, and ,well, I can be a little difficult to get along with.

I am not pregnant now and don't anticipate that I will be again any time in the near or distant future, but oh how those days are still fresh in my mind. My husband was always great with me. He understood that if I was crankier than normal, it was probably pregnancy related--hormones ...

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