What I Learned in My First Two Years of Motherhood: The top 10 rules to surviving it all.

What I Learned in My First Two Years of Motherhood: The top 10 rules to surviving it all.

We just celebrated Little J's second birthday! Say what?! How did that even happen? I have been her mom for two years! It seems like just yesterday she was just a tiny newborn that cried all night. Now she is a headstrong toddler who whines all day—joking. Kind of. Although I have been a step mom longer then [...]

Two Things: Firstly Your Baby is Fine, Secondly You Have Cancer

Two Things: Firstly Your Baby is Fine, Secondly You Have Cancer

Coming to into motherhood for the second time was already different.  I was more nervous, more excited, more realistic, more confident, more everything having experienced a newborn before.  Combining this moment with advanced colorectal cancer was not a difference I had been anticipating.  It was at the 6-week health check for my daughter that my [...]

The day I became the mother I never wanted to be (and how I learned to embrace her)

The day I became the mother I never wanted to be (and how I learned to embrace her)

“I’m going away on a business trip for a few days, are you going to be alright?” A relatively simple question posed by my husband. It should have a simple answer, the one he was looking for. It felt like the rug was being pulled out from under and my ass was hitting the floor [...]

Miracle baby turned TWO: Overcoming infertility

Miracle baby turned TWO: Overcoming infertility

If it wasn’t for Miracle Baby #1, there’d be no Miracle Baby #2. Maybe you can relate. Maybe you, too, have struggled with infertility. Infertility used to be this thing of shame. Just read the Old Testament where all the women weep because they’re barren. A vessel unfilled. It is their identity. Today, we can [...]

Parenting through depression: 5 Ways I’m coping

Parenting through depression: 5 Ways I’m coping

It has been almost a year since my battle with depression began, and the path I have taken to break through the struggle has been a long and winding one. Acknowledging that I was even depressed was a challenge for me. I knew the signs as I had experienced postpartum depression, yet I found myself [...]

Dealing with postpartum body image: Why do we hate how we look?

Dealing with postpartum body image: Why do we hate how we look?

Well shit. My shorts I bought during my postpartum months last summer still kind of fit. I really had hoped that when I pulled them on today to deal with this freakishly warm winter they would fall right back down, unassisted. Instead, they stayed on my baby-wide hips where they were supposed to, even though [...]