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Synesthesia

My Mommy Sense is Tingling: A Mother’s Complete Guide to Synesthesia

Fox is hard-left; spoon is soft-right. Mackenzie is orange; Amanda is lavender. And if you were to even suggest that a word might be hard-RIGHT or soft-LEFT, well, my goodness. It’s like fingernails on a chalkboard. It actually makes me physically uncomfortable. (It was an interesting semester the year my mischievous sixth grade students learned […]

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doula

Why I Hired a Doula

Choosing a doula was the first thing I did, as we prepared to move from the UK to the US at 8 months pregnant. A deliberate choice in my quest for the perfect birth story. What happened is, in hindsight, predictable – an imperfect birth story where the protagonist gets what she needed but not […]

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What Not to Say to a Pregnant Woman

What Not to Say to a Pregnant Woman

We’ve all been there. A few weeks post partum, finally brave enough to tackle a “quick” Target trip away from the baby. Feeling quite proud of yourself for not completely melting down, the woman checking you out innocently asks “Oh! When are you due?” As if pregnancy isn’t hard enough, comments from strangers – OK […]

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