Benefits of a Birth Plan (Plus 10 Questions To Consider)

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“Well, that didn’t go as expected.” <– Me, 348,487 times since becoming a mom. The first time I went into labor, I planned to touch up my makeup just after delivery for beautiful mama/newborn photos. In reality, I forgot I wa…

8 Thoughtful Last Minute Gift Ideas

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So, tonight is attempt #3 for Operation Popcorn & PJ’s – a night where my husband and I help our kids get ready for bed as usual, and then at the last minute surprise them by piling them into the car with warm, buttery popcorn to drive around and look at holiday lights. Attempt #1 […]

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17 Ways To Increase Oxytocin For A Better Birth (And Postpartum Bonding)

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Pregnant mamas: If your body could make a substance that releases morphine-like painkillers during labor, surges at just the right time to help with delivery, and connects you with your baby so deeply that your heartbeats synchronize, you’d want it right? Good, because it totally does. That substance is oxytocin, which is also known as the […]

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My almost-teen

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“I saw J do the reading the other day at church, and at first, I thought it was you. She is becoming a young lady,â€� Maureen said to me on the sidelines of a soccer game. My daughter is 12, soon to be 13, but has recently passed me in height. She is…