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Parenting After Loss: I See You

By | on 12, Oct 2018 | pregnancy loss pregnancy parenting loss of a child grief loss prenatal loss real motherhood motherhood

Dear Parenting-After-Loss Mama,

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Navigating Our New Normal (As a Working Mom Returning from My Second Maternity Leave)

By | on 04, Sep 2018 | real motherhood motherhood strength in motherhood back to school maternity leave back to work working moms stories of parenting parenting todays parents mamahood FIT4MOM mom blog san diego moms

September 4. That date has been etched in my mind for well over a year, bringing with it a potpourri of emotions. “When do you go back to work?” people ask me. “September 4,” I reply, silently adding [...]

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10 Things Every Mama Needs to Survive Back-to-School

By | on 16, Aug 2018 | todays parents san diego moms a letter to my child working moms kindergartener grade school back to work maternity leave back to school school real motherhood motherhood motherhood blog parenting

 

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The First Day of Kindergarten

By | on 09, Aug 2018 | kindergarden kinder back to school real motherhood motherhood blog motherhood strength in motherhood the motherhood is real parenting school

It seems both logical, and beyond possibility that this day is almost here. That we are paused on the front step with our fingers hovering mere inches from the doorbell. Leading up to this crescendo, [...]

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Letting Go Of a Birth Plan That Didn't Go As Planned

By | on 30, May 2018 | motherhood strength in motherhood FIT4MOM postpartum birth stories birth story epidural real motherhood childbirth new mom birth support birth

Read the books. Go to the classes. Get a doula. Write your birth plan. STICK to the birth plan. Do A, B & C and you’re golden. Those are the instructions that everyone gives you. Those are the tapes t[...]

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Baby, It's Cold Outside... [Facing Pregnancy, Loss, IVF, Adoption, and the Symbolism of Hallmark Christmas Movies]

By | on 17, May 2018 | real motherhood motherhood IVF adoption FIT4MOM birth stories miscarriage pregnancy loss

About a week ago I received an extremely important text from someone.  It read, “Thought of you when I saw this…,” and included an announcement from the Hallmark Channel stating that they would be rel[...]

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When the Going Gets Tough, You Get Going: A Story of Sisters, Adoption, and Life After Loss Featuring Katrina Surdi

By | on 10, May 2018 | stories of motherhood real motherhood motherhood strength in motherhood adoption loss grief teen adoption family FIT4MOM

This week, we have been featuring stories and wisdom that other women in our lives have taught us as mothers, women, sisters, friends, aunts...the list goes on. We've realized more than ever that "wis[...]

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The Lessons We Learn From Wise Women

By | on 08, May 2018 | month of mama real motherhood strength in motherhood seasons of motherhood wise women women women's health womanhood san diego mom mamawell stories of motherhood

I remember when I became a new mom and got released from the hospital. I watched my mom help ME mom, so gracefully, so naturally, and so....easily.

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I See Your Birth Plan, Birth Story, and Delivery, and I Respect and Celebrate It (Even If It's Totally Different Than Mine)

By | on 01, May 2018 | childbirth stories of motherhood real motherhood c-section VBAC all-natural epidural motherhood strength in motherhood

I see your home-birth. I see your emergency C-section. I see your VBAC. I see your fears. I see your scheduled C-section. I see your adoption plan. I see your IVF needles. I see your tears. I see your[...]

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Breaking News: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Redesigns Postpartum Care

By | on 25, Apr 2018 | postpartum healing postpartum wellness postpartum body childbirth new mom FIT4MOM real motherhood motherhood strength in motherhood new motherhood ACOG Obstetricians and Gynecologists OBGYN postpartum care postpartum anxiety postpartum depression

We've discussed whether or not exercise is safe during pregnancy here, but lately a bigger conversation has been happening about postpartum care and how it needs to improve - for mama's mental, sociol[...]

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