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All the Mother’s Days

Some moments overwhelm me with a flawless combination of pride, beauty, and joy. And love. The unconditional, protective, all-consuming kind of love. I watch in wonder as he plays on my lap, by my side, on the playground. I stare at his freckles, his smile. His wide open eyes. I swell up with the most […]

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Open Mouth, Insert Foot. Then What?

Have you ever thought something about someone else and said it out loud not thinking anything of it? We all have…so don’t lie to yourself. This whole motherhood thing has so many different options and ways to do things that everyone has their opinion or different way of making it work for them and their […]

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Breastfeeding for the First Timer and the Experienced Mom

In anticipation of this spring’s opening of The Birth Place, featuring a Level II NICU, we have partnered with Olathe Medical Center and local mom, Sarah, to document her pregnancy and birth journey in this new space. I was warned that breastfeeding would be hard and painful. If someone asked me how my breastfeeding journey […]

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The Girl From On This Day

Like many of my fellow millennials, you have probably been “lucky” enough to have your entire adulthood immortalized on the internet. AOL Chatrooms and MySpace anyone? If you had to have a college email address to create a Facebook account you can relive the best, and unfortunately the worst, of your memories. As ill advised […]

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Through a Mother’s Eyes : My View of a Refugee Camp in Greece

Motherhood is an identity that transcends countries of birth and circumstance. Mothers across the world experience starkly different realities, but the connection between us all is unavoidable. When I see a mother, no matter where I am, I feel a sense of kinship. We are the nurturers, the matriarchs, the teachers of life lessons. We […]

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Unexpectedly Expecting

The blue balloons flew out of the box and all the emotions consumed me. The exciting afternoon of my son’s (my second child) gender reveal gathering  was a happy day.  The happy emotions of knowing I’d have a daughter and a son passed quickly as I was secretly was more excited knowing I was done after him. I […]

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Motherhood: A Playlist for Survival

This playlist was not inspired by Martina McBride, Celine Dion or Taylor Swift. These songs aren’t about the precious, snuggle-time, tender moments with your sweet squishy little newborn. Nope. This is for when you’re lonely, angry, tired, and covered in someone else’s boogery, slobbery, vomity poop. Let these songs remind you that you will get […]

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When Mom Life Feels Lonely

When you’re a mom, especially to littles, you’re never really alone. Even bathroom breaks aren’t solo experiences, and if you think for a moment that it is, the silence is interrupted by a tiny hand pounding on the door. Despite this “never alone” kind of situation we find ourselves in, it’s still quite possible to […]

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