A letter to a friend I lost: I’ve been thinking of you.

A letter to the friend I lost

Remember that video you and your husband made, singing to your future son right before you went to be induced? I thought of it the other day and smiled. It was quintessentially you. Fun, thoughtful, cute, humorous and creative. I remember seeing the excitement in your eyes as you sang.

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28 Things I’ve Learned in 28 Years

28 Things I've Learned in 28 Years

In honor of my 28th birthday this week, I came up with 28 things that I have learned. Maybe you’ll be imparted with wisdom. Maybe you’ll laugh at my expense.

  1. Don’t compare your flaws to someone else’s strengths.
  2. Wine and chocolate are two of life’s joys.
  3. Find the thing that you love to do and go after it.
  4. Life is never what you expect.
  5. You are stronger than you ever thought possible.
  6. Your biggest competitor is yourself. You should also be your only competitor, because comparing yourself to others is futile.
  7. At some point, you will leave home without makeup – and without a shower – and you will be okay with that.
  8. The heart wants what it wants, but gut instinct never lies.
  9. Even when it feels impossible, always make time for yourself.
  10. When you experience hardship in life, people might leave. That is okay.
  11. On the same token, you need to cut negativity out of your life – perhaps even family. That is okay, too.
  12. Let the people important to you know that you care.
  13. If you think that no one will notice you picking your nose in your car, you are wrong and I’ve probably witnessed you do it.
  14. The grass is never greener on the other side – just different.
  15. You can easily get lost in a diagnosis or struggle, or you can choose to raise the banner and become an advocate.
  16. Motherhood means literally having your heart living outside of your body and it’s scary as hell sometimes.
  17. When you become a mother, you will never go to the bathroom alone again.
  18. Someone will always doubt you. Focus on yourself, not on what others think.
  19. You might find that some of your closest, dearest friends are scattered across the country.
  20. At some point in your life, you will fart and blame it on a human in your care.
  21. You might not fit in the box, but you always found that to be boring anyway.
  22. People stretch and grow and change. This is what makes marriage challenging, but it is also what makes it awesome.
  23. There will be friends in your life who you don’t get to see for months or years at a time, but you know you are there for each other no matter what.
  24. Sleep is important, beneficial, and incredibly satisfying.
  25. Take a leap of faith in yourself.
  26. Belly buttons smell weird.
  27. It is always worthwhile to speak out against injustice.
  28. At the end of the day, love makes the world go ’round.

I’d love to hear some of your wisdom today. Throw one at me in the comments!

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Breakfast Party with new Star Wars Cereal (and a coupon)!

Star Wars Breakfast Party #StarWarsCereal #sp

May The Force be with you.

At the breakfast table, that is! We had the opportunity to try the new Star Wars Cereal that hit the shelves of grocery stores this month. We livened up our breakfast routine with a Star Wars Breakfast Party featuring this fun new cereal that tastes like Lucky Charms meets Trix. It has marshmallow “marbits” in 6 Star Wars-themed shapes and fruit-flavored corn pieces in 3 shapes.

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Trying to Conceive After Experiencing PPD

Trying to Conceive After Experiencing PPD #ad #TTC #AstroglideTTC #Conception

After C’s first birthday, baby fever started to creep in. I knew that I wanted more children. I had always pictured having kids close in age, so they could be best buddies and enjoy their shared memories and experiences. But I was just starting to feel like myself again after postpartum depression (PPD), postpartum anxiety (PPA) and postpartum OCD (PPOCD). The thought of going through all of that again was terrifying. How do you go about trying to conceive after experiencing PPD?

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Support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals – and a $25 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway!

Disclosure: I received a Walmart gift card in exchange for this post. The Walmart gift cards and information have been provided by P&G. As always, the thoughts and opinions below are entirely my own.

Hospital Day 4

I vividly remember the days leading up to C’s initial hospitalization. The thought of a gtube was a far-off possibility, but then he stopped drinking water or eating food. He stopped climbing, jumping and dancing. He became lethargic. We were told to travel to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, to be admitted. Our stay lasted a few days. He received an NG tube during that visit, which was a feeding tube inserted into his stomach via his nose. We were taught how to measure the tube before each feeding to ensure it was still located in his stomach. We were taught how to tube feed our child formula since he would not eat by mouth.

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