Chaunie Brusie, RN, BSN

Chaunie Brusie is a writer, mom of four, and founder of The Stay Strong Mom, a community + gift box service for moms after loss.

Chaunie Brusie is a writer, mom of four, and founder of The Stay Strong Mom, a community + gift box service for moms after loss.

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A funny thing happened this year: for the first time in my life as a parent, I have made a more dedicated effort to put on make-up.  I know, I know, I'm just as surprised as you. But let's be real, this has been a long time coming. 10 years, to be more precise.  ...

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It has been two years, almost exactly to the due of my first miscarriage.  It has been nine months, almost exactly, to the date of my second.  And you know what? I am still f*#@ing sad about both of them.  ...

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If you will be participating in a Trunk-or-Treat event like I will be this year, you may have started considering what kind of theme you should go with. ...

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Last month, singer Carrie Underwood shared the very exciting news that she is expecting her second baby with husband Mike Fisher. When she also decided to go public with her journey to having this baby -- and the three miscarriages she suffered along the way -- I was blown away by a new level of respect for the star.  ...

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Vanessa Fernandez Arango was a 30-year-old fertility blogger from Spain who decided to document her journey to conceive with her husband for her many followers. But unfortunately, her followers would go on to mourn her story, with a much different ending than anyone could have ever predicted.  ...

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The trend toward wider age gaps in siblings, at least among celebrity families, does appear to be pretty popular right now. Simpson's youngest child, for instance, is 5, so she will most likely be entering school if she hasn't already by the time the baby is born. And other celebrities have demonstrated the bigger age gap as well, such as Jessica ...

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When you think about motherhood, what words come to mind? Do you think things like, "hard," or "exhausted," or "work," or "piles of laundry" and "no sleep ever"? Or do you think something more along the lines of "joy, fulfillment, and life purpose"? How we talk about motherhood matters. ...

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I know you promised yourself that you wouldn't take the pregnancy test early this time, that you would wait. But I know you snuck into the bathroom while he was sleeping, just you and the box calling your name in the early morning dark. ...

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Want to make sure your kids never forget their birth story? You can preserve your birth story in your very own birth journal! ...

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No matter how your birth experience turns out, it will lead to your birth experience and that's all that matters. Some are beautiful, some are hard, and some are completely unexpected, but it's still your journey.  ...

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