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When Do You Say When? Having Babies, Building Families (Part One)

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I’ve been mulling this topic around in my head for weeks. Readers have emailed or commented and asked the question in various forms. I, personally, have also wondered about it. When Do You Say When? Prior to my last delivery, I thought I was “done” having children. But, by the time my doc came to […]

Remembering the Romance: (Cheap) Date Night

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The other night my youngest brother watched the five older children while FishPapa and I went out for dinner, baby in tow. It was the first time we’d been on “a date” since we sat alone in my hospital room two months ago. A lot has happened since then. It was great to share a […]

Guest Post: Letting Go of the "Why Me?"’s

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Today’s post is graciously brought to you by JessieLeigh. When my little girl arrived in the world at only 24 weeks gestation, I was shocked. I was scared. Terrified, really. And worried. I sat in stunned disbelief and fretted about her chances. And then I got mad. “Why me, God?” I wondered, “Why me?” Hadn’t […]

Time for Mom: Pamper Your Feet!

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One of the things that I really enjoyed about my sister’s stay in Kansas City was the pedicure she gave me. In fact, she hadn’t been off the plane for more than a few hours before she had my feet in her capable hands. (Did I mention that she is a manicurist? That ranks right […]

Things I’ve Learned This Week

Hospital food is not as good as I remember it. Chocolate pudding can be eaten with a fork, when necessary. Husbands don’t like to dine in the same room where you just gave birth. Even though you think your tummy is full at 6 pm, if you are 2 days postpartum and nursing, you will […]

Time for Mom: An Estro-fest and Chick Food

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So, I mentioned the other day about an estro-fest. Basically, it’s my youngest sister‘s in-law’s name for a girl get-together. Must include lots of laughs, good food, and some sweets. As you may know, the FishFam currently lives about 1800 miles away from the grandparents, aunties, and uncles. And since we’re getting out of debt, […]

How Do You Do It? What Helps Your Body Get Through the Day?

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One of the things that helps me get through the day are little energy boosters. Productivity enhancers, if you will. A series of good nights of sleep is a great start. When I have no dietary or budgetary restrictions, I might take advantage of a Vanilla Coke, over crushed ice with a straw; a good […]

Time for Mom: Relax!

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One of my doctor’s orders this week was to relax. Easier said than done. For me it was good practice for the “real thing” to come in a few weeks. But whether we’re tackling childbirth or just a stressful week at home, relaxation is a good thing. We can carry tension around in our neck, […]