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    Hey y’all! I’m BSonja! I’m a 39 year old single mother expecting my second child in April! By way of background I have a 20 year old daughter who I raised as a single mother who’s about to go on her own single mother journey (due in October)! Five years ago I ended a toxic relationship only to...
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    Recently I wrote a post about the unexpected ways I've found community through my kids. I shared that for me this was not part of my initial plan, that community had happened but was not something I had sought. That was a bit of an oversimplification, though. One particular response to that...
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    The immediate days and weeks after a baby is born are full of adjustments. It is such a short time frame, though, that it's easy to forget some parts of the experience. In fact, research has found that as time goes on, mothers do start to forget the intense struggle of child birth and...
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    You just had a baby. Holy crap! It's intense isn't it? You probably heard a bunch of amazing (and not so amazing, and probably unsolicited) advice from friends and family. But how much of it was the God's honest truth? Oh sure, you will be elated those first few days. You will feel the most...
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    Homeopathic options are perfect for postpartum mothers because they are generally safe to use and that's a plus when nursing. While you should check with your doctor about any complications from pregnancy and in your postpartum period to be sure there are not more complicated issues, many...
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    Postpartum Depression...it's so common that many just consider it part of the job sometimes as you become a new mother. But that doesn't always have to be, and many moms are finding relief in placenta encapsulation. It's no wonder that 80% of new mothers experience some form of postpartum mood...
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    Every developed country in the world offers its families some form of paid parental leave. All but the United States, that is. And though President Trump signed legislation into law late last year, for federal employees to have paid parental leave, the United States is still one of just two...
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    How can people ask new moms the right questions if they don't know what they are? In order to support these mamas, let's start talking about asking the right questions! Many new moms are faced with well-meaning family members or even strangers asking about their well-being but in back-handed...
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    They say there's nothing like being a mother, and we agree. There isn't. But something we don't often share about motherhood is how hard it is. More, we don't share why new motherhood is so hard, and we think now's a good time to remind mamas everywhere that they're not alone. I spent over a...
  10. Family Life
    As we face some of the toughest parenting times we have ever faced, it's important to remember that motherhood has many facets. It's beautiful, yes. But hard. Mamas, we love motherhood. It fulfills us in a way that we never really thought something could, and is a gift like no other. It's a...
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      Moms. Now more than ever, we're looking for what makes our lives easier. And when we step back and think about what that might be, we're finding the answer is so simple, we can't believe it's been so buried! These are times like we've not seen before, and many moms are sitting in their...
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    As research continues to confirm that breastfeeding significantly reduces the risk that new mothers will experience postpartum depression, the Maternal and Child Health Journal report looked at information from more than 14,000 mothers and has some surprising information to add. To better...
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    There is a reason they say you can't pour from an empty cup. It may be a cliche, but most seasoned mothers will tell you that it's true- and research agrees. Taking care of yourself, aka self-care, is an important consideration for all moms. It is not only good for the mental, emotional, and...
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    It's a myth that you have to be completely ready for the baby when they make their grand appearance. In fact, you might be quite surprised at just what you don't need for a new baby! Let's face it. When we get those two pink lines (or find out we're pregnant however we find out), the dreams...
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    Beginning even before you find out you're pregnant, parenthood is filled with decisions (which brand of pregnancy test to purchase??). Some simple, some difficult, all important… and although it can be overwhelming, I'm pretty sure there will come a time when our children are making their...
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    It's the makings of a great joke, "You know you're a mom when..." And, though we mamas take our roles very seriously, where would we be in life without some laughs? (Or cries, as the case may be!) We talked to mamas in our Mothering Forums and asked them for ways to know it's obvious you're a...
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    Thank you to Lysa Parker and Barbara Nicholson, Attachment Parenting International co-founders, for this guest post. "Couples who are having difficulties in their relationship will find parenting to be an added stressor, not necessarily the blessing that solves all their problems." ~ Attached...
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    Here's a guest post by Hailie Wolfe on a topic we all can relate to! Everyone poops. It's true. It's a normal, everyday part of life that we don't think twice about. Until we give birth and have our first postpartum poop. True Story -"When Abbie was one week old (Christmas Eve), Kevin went to...
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    We were rushing out the door, scrambling to get big kids to the babysitter so that I could attend my six-week postpartum checkup. No one was listening. I had asked them repeatedly to follow instructions, but it hadn't seemed to register. I resorted to bellowing, adopting the distinct inflection...
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    When it comes to parenting, there is an overabundance of false information that can discourage even the most eager first-time mom. In fact, some mistruths have become so common and accepted that they could even be called myths. And then there are always those, "When I'm a mother..." phrases we...
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