When we decided to have a third child I thought there’s no way that this third labor could top my first two. My first child was born during a blizzard. My second child was a whopping 10 pounder. This...
Call me a weirdo, but I love labor! I don't enjoy being pregnant at all (and pregnancy doesn't agree with me either. You can read about that here). But there's something exciting about the labor experience. Whether it's due...
Let me start by saying I am SO thankful to be pregnant with my second child. I'm in my 3rd trimester of what has been a very healthy and mostly uneventful pregnancy. Every time I get to see my...
"I was in labor for 24 hours with my first kid." "Labor was the most painful experience of my life. I screamed through the whole thing." When these are the war stories an expectant first-time mom hears, it's no wonder we're...
Six years ago, my son was born on his due date. 22 months ago, my daughter was born a day before her due date. So, with my third baby, when I started having contractions more than 2 weeks before my due...
My birth plan was more than just 'I want a natural birth'. I wanted a natural water birth at a birthing center, not in a hospital, plus other fine print requests. Everyone tells you birth plans 'never go as planned' and 'expect...

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With every visit to the doctor, my husband and I felt more and more blessed.  We especially looked forward to ultrasound appointments.  Actually seeing the life that we created develop and grow was amazing.  I wanted to save the...
What I've enjoyed most about working on this series covering pregnancy resources in Tampa Bay, is discovering so many stories of local moms who are passionate about providing quality resources to other mamas. These business-minded moms are about more...
Ten days after my second child was born, I was sure my body had just about fully healed from childbirth. I felt like I was bouncing back. Caring for two kids was going pretty well. I was even keeping up...
It's hard to believe that I’ve been breastfeeding for four straight years. As I prepared for my daughter’s birth four and a half years ago, I never would have guessed this would be the particular breastfeeding journey I was...

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5 fast and family friendly recipes for easier weeknights

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Sometimes, the last thing you want to do after a long day of work, is make a meal for yourself, let alone the whole...