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  1. Family Life
    "I was once told that there were stages of grief. I remember how angry I was that someone was basically sitting there with a checklist. I remember how bad those words tasted in my mouth. Stages of grief? As if losing your child was a flight of stairs that you could climb to the top of and look...
  2. Baby
    My beautiful children don't remember how they came into this world, but like most mothers, I do. My daughter was born on a cold spring morning four years ago, after almost thirty-five hours of natural labor. My son came rushing into this big world almost two years ago. I went through transition...
  3. Baby
      Pregnancy loss is a term to describe many different losses; miscarriages, both in first and second trimester, and later pregnancy loss, often referred to as neonatal loss, including stillborn babies and babies who live for a short time after birth. Pregnancy loss can be devastating. Hope...
  4. Baby
    I love November. It is a time of fires and pumpkin pies, a time of apple cider and sweaters, scarves and even more snuggling. It is a time of darker days, of coming inward, of bare branches and crisp evening strolls. But out of all of this, I mostly love that it's National Novel Writing Month...
  5. Baby
    She's had four natural births: two days of labor at home concluded with a hospital birth, a water birth in a birth center, a home birth, and, by accident, an unassisted home birth. Her name is Sarah Clark and she is a natural childbirth educator, also known as the Birth Boot Camp instructor...
  6. Baby
    My husband knew I was nervous because I'd asked him what I should wear at least three times that day. I still hadn't lost my pregnancy weight and hadn't realized that the hope of concealing my ripened motherly figure was just a symbol of the burden I carried from the trauma of my son's birth. I...
  7. Family Life
    We know that kids with cancer are heroes, right? The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society organizes an annual prom for its "little heroes" and a St. Jude affiliate clinic features a "wall of heroes," depicting young cancer patients. And cancer parents' CaringBridge sites routinely mention their child's...
  8. Family Life
    by Suzanne Leigh I used to laugh a lot and I still do - for the most part it's the polite social chuckle typical of people who enjoy the company of others. But a recent e-mail bemoaning work from an acquaintance made me laugh for real. It was a dreadful laugh that provoked whole-body...
  9. Family Life
      By Suzanne Leigh The dining area of this mountainside campsite is teaming with families. There are squeals of excitement from the younger kids, who are casing the joint looking for potential adventures, peals of laughter from the adults and frequent hugs and hearty handshakes. Nobody...
  10. Family Life
    <a>By </a>Suzanne Leigh My daughters never looked alike: one resembled mom, the second takes after dad. One was pensive, creative and forever clutching a sketchpad; the other is bolder, more impetuous, a practical Ms. Fix-it commandeering electronics of all kinds and swiftly repairing a vacuum...
  11. Family Life
    By Suzanne Leigh I have the first outfit I ever dressed you in two days after you were born - gray sweatpants and red shirt (back then I was unfamiliar with infant girl clothing customs). I have your favorite baby and toddler outfits - a cheetah coat, a halter neck dress, a lilac frock with...
  12. Family Life
      By Suzanne Leigh   · 1. That I think the Victorians might have had the right idea. Dressing in black mourning clothes, shunning celebrations and receiving visitors who came to pay homage to the deceased child was what was expected of bereaved mothers in the 19th century. At one time...
  13. Family Life
    <!-- [if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]-->By Suzanne Leigh   My daughter, Natasha 1) Announcing the child's death on social media. Don't do this. Please. Doesn't matter how active the parents might be on Facebook et al...
  14. Family Life
    By Jessica Williams for kidsinthehouse.com   In light of the fatal school shooting at Sparks Middle School, Kidsinthehouse.com offers this video from Maggie Kline, L.M.F.T., which discusses what parents should do with their children after a school tragedy. Maggie Kline, L.M.F.T., is a...
  15. Pregnancy & Birth
    October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. This is a tough subject of course. I want to start with the disclaimer that I realize everyone copes in his or her own way when grieving a pregnancy loss. I'm sharing my own experiences. I think it's difficult for people to understand what...
  16. Family Life
    By Suzanne Leigh   • "You must be thinking of Natasha a lot today," instead of, "Happy Halloween," "Happy Birthday" (or "Happy" anything). • "It's so unfair that Natasha passed away," rather than, "Are you getting over it yet" (or the more tactful version: "Are you feeling better yet"). •...
  17. Family Life
    "Mommy, Ryan's not being kind!" I hear my four year old, Asher, yell from the next room. Our dear friends, who we've seen every Wednesday since Asher and Ryan were babies, are staying with us at my mom's house since we were all evacuated as a result of the recent floods here in Colorado. Ryan...
  18. Baby
      I miscarried my first pregnancy. I lost twins, one at ten weeks, and one at eleven weeks. And even though it was over a decade ago, sometimes the grief still has the power to slam into me and break my heart like it was yesterday. I had a rough morning today - nothing out of the ordinary...
  19. Baby
      I was five months pregnant with my youngest son when my husband died, six or so weeks past the huge exhale that accompanied passing into the second trimester of the pregnancy. My husband and I had been wanting another child for years and had just about given up hope when our baby began...
  20. Green Goods
    "Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body." - Elizabeth Stone   My baby boy, Ty, passed away three years ago. Though I don't cry very often anymore, sometimes the smallest things can trigger a grief...
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