Month: January 2016

The Twin Dictionary

This post is written by Christa, a working mom to twin toddlers, who battled infertility after a PCOS diagnosis. She is an avid infertility supporter, red-wine-for-sanity drinker, and Kansas City resident. I distinctly remember reading the chapters in my baby books about parenting styles, and pondering which option would be the best for us as a family. […]

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Against Medical Advice

There is a phrase, “The customer is always right.” It’s silly, I know, because we all know that it isn’t true—but it speaks volumes about how you are supposed to treat those who are paying you for services. The one place that doesn’t roll over to this idea is the medical community. It amazes me […]

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I’m So Lucky To Have Him

This afternoon, my son woke up early from his nap. When I went in to get him, he stopped crying, found his pacifier and blanket, and motioned to be picked up. When I lifted him up, instead of wriggling out of my arms to go play, he snuggled into my neck and grabbed my shirt. I […]

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Flip of a Switch

Something changed late last year. Friends I’d made in the Twitter world had recently given birth and were struggling in the way new parents do in the early days—breastfeeding, lack of sleep, baby blues. I was in a group text with a few friends in the home stretch of their pregnancies, and the messages became […]

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Lauren’s Birth Story, Part 2

This is Part 2 of Lauren’s Birth Story. Read Part 1 here. First Hours After my three-hour-long caesarean, Gena, my pre-op and OR nurse, got me settled in recovery. My OB, Dr. D, stopped by and, although she didn’t go into much detail at that point, let me know that it was a serious caesarean and that […]

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Announcing RainCorns Tribe: An Interactive Community

Rainbows & Unicorns is growing! We realize that, given how Facebook operates (as in your connections on Facebook can see what you “like”), the Rainbows & Unicorns blog page might not feel like a safe space to those whose friends and family don’t know about their loss/infertility journey. So, we’ve created a new CLOSED* Facebook group called RainCorns […]

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Lauren’s Birth Story – Part One

My birth story neither begins nor ends on the day my daughter was born. It’s rather long, but the six-word version is this: Planned caesarean. Postpartum haemmorrhage. We survived. At the anatomy scan, almost 19 weeks into my pregnancy, I learned that I would most likely need a caesarean. I’d long had my heart set […]

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How Beans Came To Be, Part 2

Around 9:00pm on the 17th of January 2015, my waters finally went. Whilst bouncing like a mad woman on the ball, watching Doris Day make bad choices and chatting to a “Fox-y” friend on Twitter, there was a pop and a gush. It felt a little eerie as there were no contractions. Nothing whatsoever. I […]

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How Beans Came To Be, Part 1

I don’t really know where to start with my birth story. It wasn’t a particularly terrible birth. I didn’t almost die and wasn’t at immediate risk of losing Beans. However, it was a bit shit and I am not sure I like thinking about it too much. Pregnancy was tough. Purely emotionally, as physically I […]

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Hiding From The Sad

I feel like a fraud. I’m straddling between two worlds, infertility and parenthood, but my footing isn’t solid on either side. I think we can all agree that we don’t quite “fit in” with normal parents, but I’m struggling to put my finger on why. Is it because we’re privy to the really bad way […]

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