You have permission to make time for yourself.

Self-care can look different for each of us.

I think we can all agree that our children are important. They’re the reason that we do all the things that we do in order to secure food, shelter and happiness for our little loves. In the midst of all you do to take care of your children, are you remembering to take care of yourself? I need to let you in on a secret that shouldn’t be so secret. You, yes youare important. You have permission to make time for yourself, too.

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5 Things I Learned When I Gave Up Sugar

5 Things I Learned When I Gave Up Sugar

When I gave up grains in the beginning of the year, I had no intention of giving up sugar. Why would I do that to myself? I am a lover of chocolate and ice cream. When those two things combine, it’s perfection on a spoon. No, giving up sugar was just crazy talk! I went grain-free for two months and realized that, while I felt better, I was not losing as much weight as I thought I would. I examined what I was eating and decided that sugar might be the last piece of the puzzle, so I eliminated sugar last month. I learned five things when I gave up sugar:

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Weight Loss: The Difference One Year Makes

Slow and steady wins the race.

I have a really difficult time losing weight due to PCOS. I need to work really, really hard at it and even when I am successful, the weight comes off very slowly. I was on Zoloft for my postpartum mood disorders with Baby Jo. It made me gain a lot of weight in a short amount of time. When I was finished with Zoloft in March 2014, I was at the heaviest weight of my life. Knowing how difficult it is for me to lose weight, I was discouraged. I took a before picture. I’m still mortified to post that here, but I’m going to do it because I know that there are probably many people who feel the way that I did. Discouraged, hopeless, ashamed.

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C’s Visit to the Autism Clinic

C playing piano
Last summer, we put C’s name on a waiting list for the Waisman Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. This clinic is part of UW Health and we were told it was the best place to go in Wisconsin for a complete, holistic evaluation for an autism diagnosis. C finally had his appointment late last week. I was so anxious about it that I barely slept, and afterward I was so exhausted that with the exception of a hasty Facebook post I hid from the world.

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The Truth About Tube Feeding

Feeding Tube Awareness Week

It is Feeding Tube Awareness Week 2015 and this year’s theme is, “The Truth About Tube Feeding.” I’d love to tell you about our lives with C’s g-tube. A feeding tube saved my son’s life. In August 2013, he was slipping away from us. He essentially stopped eating in July 2013. By the beginning of August, he had become weak and lethargic. We were told to bring him to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, where he was admitted and given an NG tube.

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“That’s too loud for me.”

That's too loud for me.

The thing is, there’s something about my son that I know, but we don’t actually know, but we want to know, yet I’m scared that we will be told, “no,” about. It’s a word that makes me tear up even as I am about to type it here. It’s this thing that I’m grappling with knowing but not actually knowing, and I’ll be sharing my deep emotional struggles with that all week.

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