Pregnant? You need a health advocate

The nurse leaned in with plenty of disdain and said, “You seem VERY suspicious of the medical establishment.” Yes, perhaps because you keep coming into my room and asking if this second child I’m birthing...

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Nursing is addictive (and lovely)

I don’t know about you, but some of my best friends are addicts. And when I was nursing my babes, I noticed a few, unsettling similarities between me, the innocent, devoted, nursing mother, and my...

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Marriage sucks after kids?

Research shows marriages suffer after having kids. Awesome! Actually I didn’t need “research” to tell me this. For every married person I know, I know one other divorced person. Growing up, I don’t remember seeing...

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Spreading cheer in the NICU

I’m Jaclyn. And I’m a HELLP syndrome survivor. Never heard of HELLP syndrome? Neither had I. Until I was diagnosed with it in an emergency room in Fort Myers, FL. While on vacation. (There’s probably...

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Easy, breezy Christmas decorating

Got the tree trimmed? Stockings hung? Wreath on the front door? Wait, no? Not yet? Well, if you haven’t decorated for Christmas yet, perhaps one of the following applies: 1. You don’t do Christmas. 2....

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The Penis Chronicles

Let’s talk about the P word. No, not the one in the news lately. The one attached to my little boy. That’s right. Let’s talk about the penis. First, let me say that I always...

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The truth about newborns

Hello, new parents! This post is for you. However, if you are a new parent, I don’t expect you to have time to read this. Because you are a) exhausted b) feeding, changing, burping, rocking,...

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The no-shame C-section

When I was 10 weeks pregnant with baby #1, an aunt said, “Of course, you’re not planning on having a C-section.” Um, at 10 weeks does anyone plan on having a C-section? I put on...

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Miracle baby turned TWO

How is it possible that this sweet little guy is TWO already?! To celebrate, he enjoyed popsicles at daycare, toy airplanes with daddy, and birthday brownies at the lake with Mimi and Poppa. I actually...

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