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Tag: Motherhood

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Moms Who Inspire: Heidi Kristoffer

When I think of Heidi Kristoffer only one word comes to mind: Balance. Whether it’s balancing career and home or literally balancing on her hands (she’s known for her killer yoga inversion skills), this mama of two knows how to juggle all the different things that are thrown her way. Heidi is the creator of the …

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Why One Insta-Mom Celebrated Losing Followers

Last month when I started losing Instagram followers I got really excited. Yeah, you aren’t seeing things, I just said I’m excited about people NOT liking me. And here’s why… Recently, I made a decision to not share anything on social media that wasn’t the truth. I decided I was going to be more open …

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The First Days of Motherhood: My Education in Letting Go

The first thing I did when I got home from the hospital after giving birth was get down on my hands and knees and scrub the kitchen floor. It wasn’t even dirty. My parents – visiting from out of state – had cleaned my entire apartment the day before. And having just spent 4 nights …

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Why I Was Scared To Leave Home With My Newborn, And How I Overcame It

After my daughter Frances was born, it took me several weeks to get out of the house. I had worked myself into such a frenzy over the possibility of viruses leaping through the air and into my daughter that the only place I felt comfortable taking her socially was a cafe in the woods where …

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How I Embraced My Newborn’s Sleep Schedule

Newborn sleep schedule Throughout this last year I’ve been very open about my struggles with motherhood. I’ve spoken about my issues with breastfeeding, my need to let my pre-mom self go and my experience with postpartum depression. I’ve spoken about the hard parts, while also highlighting the good that came out of them. But in these last …

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The Importance Of Self-Care For Moms

When I was eight years old my parents divorced. My mom who had spent the last 17 years being a stay at home mom to seven children had to start working three jobs just to make ends meet. As time passed I remember her health deteriorating because she was putting all of her focus on …

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Motherhood Lesson #987: Worry is a Misuse of Imagination

Near the end of summer my husband and I were on a morning walk, our 5-month-old daughter strapped to my chest in her carrier. We were probably talking about something baby related (as we do) and I was looking down in awe at my daughter’s face (again, it’s what we do) as she started to …

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How To Keep Your Relationship Strong During Pregnancy

My relationship has never been as turbulent as it was during my pregnancy and my first few months of motherhood. My husband and I struggled with intimacy issues, money issues and connection issues. It was hard for us to see eye-to-eye or to understand what the other one was going through. He couldn’t understand what it …

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