Author Archive | Nikki

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The Child Who Got Shot

This morning, a student and an adult were shot at Noblesville West Middle School. I don’t know many more details as I write this. This is not a school I’ve personally heard of or been to, but it feels close. Closer than before. I can only imagine that middle school serves hundreds of students. That […]

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Practicing Self Care When You Don’t Have a Lot of Time or Money

When I first started reading about the importance of self care among mothers, I was thrilled. Women spending more time focusing on themselves and taking care of themselves? I’m all for it. But then I started reading some examples of how mothers were practicing self care and I became discouraged. Not because what was working […]

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Why There’s No Definitive Book on Parenting (Despite All These Articles)

If you type “book on parenting” into Google or Amazon, you’ll find a wealth of books are available for your immediate purchase. Don’t have time to wait on Prime shipping? Type “mom blog” into your Google search bar, and see if anything pops up. You’ll see, of course, that there is no shortage of content […]

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Misconceptions About Stay at Home Moms You Haven’t Heard

When I first became a stay at home mom, I did a lot of reading about what the transition may be like. While reading, I discovered there were plenty of stay at home mom stereotypes that were easily and often debunked. For example, not all stay at home moms are trouncing around Target sipping Starbucks […]

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Trials of Parenting While Pregnant

I’m so, so thrilled to be expecting my second child, due in mid-June. So far, the biggest surprise of this pregnancy is how much more difficult it has been than my pregnancy with my son, now just over two-years-old. Now, please don’t get me wrong. I know some women have pregnancies filled with complications or […]

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The Size of my Child is Not Your Concern

I was at Kid City at the Greenwood Community Center the other day (side note: absolutely amazing, cheap place to take a kiddo!) and I overheard a conversation that was pretty familiar for me. To set the scene: Two little ones are playing in the same vicinity as (presumably) their parents look on: “She’s so […]

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Experiencing Loss in the Form of a Chemical Pregnancy

The term “chemical pregnancy” refers to a pregnancy loss that occurs so early that there is only the chemical reaction from the positive pregnancy test that indicates pregnancy occurred. It is essentially an early onset miscarriage. I had a chemical pregnancy in January 2015. My husband and I were trying to get pregnant and had […]

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Today Was Easy

The Struggle Is Real Being a mom means being someone who is adaptable and patient. Or at least it means having to occasionally try to be those things. But sometimes no matter how adaptable and patient you are, your day will be tough. Perhaps your whole week, month or year. Mommying is hard, folks, that […]

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#AskHer – May is Maternal Depression Awareness Month

“New baby” and “depression” aren’t phrases you commonly hear together. But, as, we know and have experienced, motherhood hits you in the face. While pregnancy seems long – a gradual progression – there is nothing gradual about becoming a mother. Motherhood can blindside you, even if you read all the books and prepped the nursery […]

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