Month: September 2015

Being the Default Parent

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I got into an argument. We were lying in the bed one morning, discussing our weekend plans, and he made a joke about being “buzzed” by noon. I quipped that it must be nice to just do whatever he wants on the weekends. He responded by telling me […]

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Thankful for the Bad

The month of September is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Awareness Month. As it affects between 6 to 10% of all women across the world, we will be having voices from across the community share their experiences of the syndrome from the diagnosis through to having a child. I was diagnosed with PCOS on September 14, […]

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Mothering Without a Mother

I slept through the night at 6 weeks old and was also started on rice cereal and puréed pears at the same time. I had breast milk for 2 months and then formula. I had cereal, fruit, and fruit juices at 2 months old. I had vegetables and meat at 3 months old, and ham seemed to upset my stomach. […]

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The Incompetent Mother

There’s nothing quite like a bit of infertility or loss to feel entirely incompetent as a human being. After all, reproduction should be pretty simple to master, right? You wee on a stick, say, ‘Here we go again,’ and things go wrong. They might not be realistically within your control—but your body, your failure, eh? […]

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Is It Really My Fault?

The month of September is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Awareness Month. As it affects between 6 to 10% of all women across the world, we will be having voices from across the community share their experiences of the syndrome from the diagnosis through to having a child. This post comes to us from the author […]

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The Stork Theory: An Introduction

This is the first installment in a series by author Kendra on her experience as a surrogate.   “As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.” — Mary Anne Radmacher Hi, my name is Kendra. I am 25, a wife, a mom, a teacher…and I am hoping to become a stork. […]

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Art with the Littles, Vol. 1: Footprint Butterflies

After a long winter on the North American East Coast with two newborns, I started to go stir crazy. The second that it became Spring, I started to do more activities with the girls. When they were about five months old (four months adjusted), we did some footprint art. There are a lot of different ideas […]

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Define “Skinny”

The month of September is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Awareness Month. As it affects between 6 to 10% of all women across the world, we will be having voices from across the community share their experiences of the syndrome from the diagnosis through to having a child. When I was first given my diagnosis of […]

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Giving Up the Ghosts

I have a daughter called Elizabeth. She’s dark-haired and green-eyed like me. She rarely gets called Elizabeth, as I nicknamed her Bess from the scan I had at five weeks pregnant. The scan that I was having as a follow-up after my third miscarriage that had happened just under two months beforehand. As I’d never […]

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Passion Is Not Disdain

I’ve become a lactavist. I didn’t intend for it to happen. I never really thought I’d care this much, I just figured breastfeeding was what you did and so I did it. I breastfed through a painful tongue tie. I breastfed through painkillers and vasospasms (basically frostbite of the nipple). I’ve breastfed now through two […]

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