So I haven’t been writing as much as I was hoping to, the holidays were busy, and I have been dealing with all the lovely pregnancy things.
As most of you probably know, this is a rainbow baby for me. I found out I was pregnant exactly five months to the day after I found out I was pregnant…a pregnancy that would end in miscarriage.
I have gone through feelings and emotional episodes that put the feelings and emotional episodes of my other pregnancies to shame, made them look like pure child’s play. I thought I would feel better when I passed the point at which I miscarried in April…and I did, but then I was like “Okay, I need to get to 12 weeks. Surely I’ll feel better then.”
Nope. I wasn’t prepared for this at all. No article, all of which were well written and very helpful, prepared me for this, though they all seemed to be along the line of “It’s normal to be afraid during a rainbow pregnancy.” Continue reading
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Yes. You ARE.
No, I am not pregnant. Maybe you are, and maybe this just might be your first baby…congratulations!! Becoming a mom for the first time (and second, third, etc.) is an amazing, life-changing experience! I know, I know…everyone says that. If you had a dollar for every time someone said it to you, amirite? Continue reading
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Tagged all-natural, autism, baby, breastfeeding, children, depression, family, first time mom, health, infant, kids, life, mental health, motherhood, newborn, parenthood, post-partum depression, pregnancy, vaccination, vaccine
Sleep…most of us love it, everyone needs it…so why is it all too common to hear “I am so tired”? Many of us do not get enough sleep each night. The average range for what qualifies as ‘enough sleep’ is from 7.5 – 9 hours per night for an adult over 18. There are some people with a genetic factor that allows their bodies to function fine on six hours, but that’s only about 3% of the population. Even though some people swear they only need four or five hours, it’s been shown that they are setting themselves up for the effects of long-term sleep deprivation. Continue reading
Addiction is an issue that touches almost every American life. Whether we have struggled with addiction or know someone who has, or is still struggling, addiction is something that affects us all. There are many types of addiction, and this post focuses on alcohol/substance abuse and addiction. Continue reading
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Listen, parents who do not vaccinate…I am not here to tell you that you are wrong. I am not here to lump you into one group and blast you all for your beliefs. I will not think less of you as people, as parents, for your choice, no matter how misguided and dangerous I feel it is. There are thousands upon thousands of comments, blog posts, etc, that do that already. This post is simply about the debate itself, and will also touch on why, after doing diligent research into vaccines and autism, I chose to vaccinate my children, though on a delayed schedule (with the blessing of the pediatrician). Continue reading
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Tagged autism, baby, chickenpox, children, diptheria, health, herd immunity, infants, Jenny McCarthy, mmr, smallpox, vaccination, vaccine, whooping cough
Bear with me, I’ll get to the giveaway details and link in a moment. Everyone by now has heard of cord blood banking, in which stem cells from the umbilical cord is cryogenically preserved after a baby is born. This post is not a political or moral stance on stem cell research. I happen to support stem cell research when those stem cells are gained through ethical means, like cord blood banking. Continue reading
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Note: I wrote the majority of this yesterday afternoon. I was in a horrible spot, emotionally speaking. That’s the thing with depression…when you’re in a depressive episode (these can last anywhere from days to months), you have bad days and ‘not so bad’ days. Today (after the first few hours) for me is a ‘not so bad’ day…yesterday was…yesterday was downright horrible, and I wrote this in the middle of that.
I’m writing this first as a document in Word, because I am not sure it will ever see the “Publish” button on my blog. I don’t know if I need to publish it, or if I need to just let my breaking heart vomit it out in a massive vent. Also, in case I do publish this, please be advised that there’s really not a lot of optimism or hope here. I’m holding on to what little amounts of both I have left, I don’t want to purge it with the negativity.
With that said…here we go. Continue reading
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Tagged 2013, ADHD, children, depression, family, health, life, mental health, motherhood, NaBloPoMo, postpartum, self-esteem, wellness, writing