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The Physicality of Motherhood | A Great Contradiction

My entire body hurts tonight. Aches deep down to the bones. I am tired. I am sore. Even my skin hurts. I have just reminded my five-year-old daughter again to please not jump on mommy. Please don’t climb on mommy. And it is in this plea that I am reminded that I was not prepared […]

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Giving Honor Where Honor is Due: Thank You, Indiana Black Breastfeeding Coalition

A few months ago I walked into Meijer with my youngest, MJ. She was comfortably nursing in my ring sling and I was focused on my shopping. As I walked toward the carts an older black woman stopped me and asked: “Do you think she should be eating all out like that?” She wasn’t disrespectful […]

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BrightBod.com: A Free Pregnancy Support Group

Disclosure: Indianapolis Moms Blog received product or payment in exchange for this review; however, all opinions shared are those of the contributor who wrote them. I was pretty sure I was pregnant. I’ve always been safe and never had sex without using condoms. Yet, there were certain occasions when I would notice the condom was […]

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Breastfeeding Is Not for the Faint of Heart

Disclaimer: I am not a lactation consultant or a doctor. If you are having problems with breastfeeding, please seek help at your local La Leche League or an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Trust me, they are worth it. Before my husband and I got married, we talked about how we wanted to raise […]

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My Tried and True Parenting Motto

I’m a big fan of mottos and quotes. For example, my personal happiness motto comes from one of my favorite writers, Kelly Corrigan, who often talks about her three-part formula for happiness: “Make yourself useful doing something hard with good people.”  When I think back to my happiest memories–the moments when I felt most fulfilled […]

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Bringing Home Baby {The Baby Stuff You Actually Need}

When I was pregnant with my son four years ago, I was over-prepared. Or so I thought. The nursery was painted and decorated long before his arrival, fancy baby clothes hung in his closet, the last remaining registry items had been purchased, and bouncers, play mats, and adorable handmade blankets littered our apartment. We were ready. […]

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11 Paradoxes of Motherhood

Ah, motherhood. It’s an immensely joyful, heart-warming experience that we mamas wouldn’t trade for anything in the world. But it can also sometimes be unimaginably crazymaking, turning even the most put-together, self-confident woman into a neurotic mess flying through her day on a wing and a prayer. And perhaps the most crazymaking quality of motherhood is the endless […]

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Maternity Leave Is Not A Vacation {What It Actually Did For Me}

In the six months that I’ve been pregnant with our second daughter, I’ve been asked approximately 500 times if I’ll be returning back to work after the baby is born. In the same six months, my husband has been asked this question exactly zero times. The assumption is that I’ll stay home (because hello: DAYCARE […]

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