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When All is Not Calm and Bright: Giving The Gift of Holiday Help

Silent Night used to be one of my favorite Christmas carols.  Now that I have parented through three first Christmases, those tender lyrics sting a bit.  Nothing has ever been calm and bright for me in those first few months with a newborn.  Those first Christmases were bittersweet for me.  Returning to work after maternity […]

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Public Opinion On My Baby Body

The metrics surrounding pregnancy – and becoming pregnant – are infinite. I began by counting days on a calendar, calculating my eventual due date, noting baby’s development at each week’s gestation, and adding up my maternity leave. The progression of my pregnancy and the changes to my body were a source of pride: I gleefully posed for the monthly snapshots […]

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Poopy Pants and Popsicles: Maternity Leave 2.0

Hours of mindless Netflix binges and newborn snuggles filled most of my maternity leave days with baby number one. Of course there were the sleepless nights, the rude awakening that is the adjustment to parenthood, and all of those “fun” body changes, but those are thankfully clouded over and I’m left with the sweet, quiet […]

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