Chaunie Brusie, RN, BSN

Chaunie Brusie is a coffee mug addict, a labor and delivery nurse turned freelance writer, and a young(ish) mom of four. She is the author of "Tiny Blue Lines: Preparing For Your Baby, Moving Forward In Faith, & Reclaiming Your Life In An Unplanned Pregnancy" and "The Moments That Made You A Mother". She also runs Passion Meets Practicality, a community of tips + inspiration for work-at-home mothers.

Chaunie Brusie is a coffee mug addict, a labor and delivery nurse turned freelance writer, and a young(ish) mom of four. She is the author of "Tiny Blue Lines: Preparing For Your Baby, Moving Forward In Faith, & Reclaiming Your Life In An Unplanned Pregnancy" and "The Moments That Made You A Mother". She also runs Passion Meets Practicality, a community of tips + inspiration for work-at-home mothers.

If you're a mom, you know all about the different emotions that vacation planning can put you through. You will plan the trip, pack all the things for the trip, organize the trip, clean out your fridge with the precision of an engineer (How many ways can you eat carrots? Let me count the ways ...), and then run through every scenario possible that ...

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Right now, as we speak, I am sitting at a tranquil resort in Mexico. Sun is streaming in through my window, waves crashing outside of my balcony, my skin tingling from a day spent sailing on the ocean. And intermingled with the relaxed vibe that can only be found on vacation when you're a mom and absolutely nothing is expected of you is the ...

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For Mother's Day this year, I did something a little crazy for myself. I did something that I hoped would transform my life for the better. Something that would give me back my freedom, my sanity, and maybe even my happiness. And what, you may ask, was this magical contraption that offered me so much happiness? As you may have guessed by now, ...

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One of the worst moments of my parenting life happened about two years ago. I had recently welcomed our fourth baby. I was still in the foggy postpartum phase of basically walking around without a brain but still insisting I could do all the things. So, I had loaded up the kids to run a few other errands and as I turned into the bank, I suddenly ...

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There is still a lot that we don't know about postpartum depression. What exactly causes it, why do some women get it more than others, and what is the best way to treat it? I have had postpartum depression with one of my four kids but escaped it the other times. What made the difference? Is it a mixture of internal and external factors, like ...

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Nope, I don't make my kids share either. And I think that's 100% fine. ...

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For others, Mother's Day is anything but sweet and celebratory. Mother's Day, to some, is a painful reminder of what they don't have -- or what they have lost. Sometimes, Mother's Day sucks. ...

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Prematurity is one of the most dangerous situations that any baby can face. In the US, the CDC has found that despite a small decrease in preterm birth rates from 2007-2014, the rates of preterm births have actually been increasing since then. In fact, in the developed world, prematurity is the #1 cause of death for babies. ...

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Dear Stretch Marks, It's time we had a talk. Listen, I really have nothing against you, despite the fact that you totally tricked me when you came along. The pregnancy books didn't tell me that it could be possible to have stretch marks that were so stretched out they weren't even visible. But here we are, together, almost 10 years after we ...

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As you are reading this, I am celebrating 31 years on this planet. 31 years of loving and learning and laughing and probably just as many years of bad hair and a love of baked goods. I have been a mother for nine of those 31 years and yet, in the strange time warp of motherhood, it feels like I couldn't possibly imagine my life as anything but ...

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