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MotherHEARD: Filling my Cup

 "There I was with a brand new baby in my arms, I had every reason to be filled with joy and excitement. But for some reason I couldn’t shake this awful feeling, I felt at my worst, I felt hopeless, defeated and alone. Like I couldn’t hold it together anymore, I hadn’t showered or brushed my hair in days. I had been practically living in my pijamas, something so easy to do became a task. I felt so selfish for feeling this way. As I was sitting there with my baby in my arms feeling unworthy to be her mom, I was just crying and apologizing to my baby for not being enough and I told her I loved her with all...

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MotherHEARD: What fills your cup? (evening edition)

 "Motherhood is truly beautiful. When my husband and I found out I was pregnant last summer, it was a dream come true. That said, the weight of caring for these tiny humans can be overwhelming. Being outside and taking walks has helped refill my cup when I need it most. There is something so simple and organic about feeling the sunshine on your skin and taking a big breath of fresh air. The change in scenery and getting out of the house improves my mood tremendously. Bonus: the fresh air is great for baby too! When you’re feeling the stress of being a new mama, know that you were created for this! You’re the best mama possible for this sweet...

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MotherHEARD: Miscarriage

My son Camden was born on September 9, 2017 and forever my life has been changed my life. He was my second child but first to enter this world on earth.  My first pregnancy came and went. I found out I was pregnant with our first child and was ecstatic as any first timer would be. We had been trying for a few months and when I saw the word "pregnant" on the pregnancy test, I was so so happy. I decided a clever way of how I was going to tell my husband. I wanted it to be a surprise but also something that was right to the point. When I told him, he was elated and we were...

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MotherHEARD: Honoring The Military Parent

"Everyone says it takes a village to raise a child. Most people have villages that consist of mothers, grandmothers, best friends, or siblings. My village was myself and my spouse on a figurative island that existed 900 miles from the rest of our family. My husband served 7 active duty years in the US Air Force. As a childless couple we enjoyed the freedom and occasionally felt homesick.⁠ ⁠ Then we got pregnant. Reality set in that we were doing this alone when we had to video chat to tell everyone about the pregnancy. I relied on almost daily phone calls with my mom and FaceTime to talk to my sister. But they still existed so far away from my...

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MotherHEARD: Infertility

"As I sit here on my couch writing my story with infertility, I’ve got my 12 week old twins beside me. My husband just left to take our almost three year old son to school. My story has a happy ending. I was already established with a fertility specialist before we had even started trying to get pregnant back in 2015. I had abnormal bleeding and my cervix and uterus were breeding grounds for polyps. Since 2014, I’ve had numerous polyps removed on five separate occasions. My husband and I began trying to get pregnant in 2015 and since I wasn’t yet 35, my doctor told me that we had to wait a year until he would initiate fertility treatments...

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