Over the summer, the July 4th holiday brought my extended family together in a joyful (and extremely hot) reunion on the lake. Two cousins came with their one year-old daughters. Both were smiley, happy, squirmy little bundles of heaven....
The NICU, which stands for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit isn’t discussed in What To Expect When You're Expecting, or The Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy. Trust me, I’ve read them. It isn’t discussed at baby showers or Lamaze classes....
Despite being over 4000 miles away from any supportive family or friends, I told myself, when having my first baby – I’ve got this made – I’m a nurse and a midwife. I know what to do.  But as...
Let’s face it, we all have unavoidable annoyances that cross our paths from time to time and make us cringe, sweat a little and sometimes push us over the edge. There’s no doubt the types of annoyances vary from...
I had a rough week, last week. I don’t typically talk about my feelings (like, I did once and it was a BIG deal for my family and friends). But, I think I’m going to make an exception today....
When I was pregnant with our son, I was sick from week six until delivery, nauseous all the time and losing my lunch on the daily. I remember my doctor saying, “Oh, you’ll feel better at 12 weeks,” then,...
When it came to finding out the sex of my babies, I found that I enjoyed waiting until birth to find out much more than finding out ahead of time. However, not everyone feels the same way. I think we’ve...
I remember when I found out I was pregnant with my first baby. I had suspicions that I could be pregnant. The anxiety was killing me. I woke up at 5am on a Sunday morning because I couldn’t sleep...
Like many first time mothers, I took a childbirth class when I was pregnant with my oldest. It was useful and terrifying at the same time. I absorbed so much information that my head started spinning. The instructor talked...
Finding great breastfeeding-friendly outfits when you have a large bust can be tricky. And lonely. Before my first was born, many people, blogs, pins, and Instagram posts cheerily shared, “Just pull your shirt down!” or, “This shirt can totally...
After suffering the loss of our son due to a miscarriage at about 20 weeks, it became very important to my husband and me to do something tangible to honor the memory of our child. I didn’t want to pretend...
Two years ago, I had a miscarriage. I was about nine weeks into the first trimester, feeling terribly sick until one day I woke up and felt better. At first, I was excited, relieved that I had an appetite...
There is no question that suffering a miscarriage is devastating, heartbreaking, and all-consuming. Depending on how far along the pregnancy was, the physical recovery itself can be complicated. However, the emotional effects of such a loss can be overwhelming and...
When you’re pregnant, the sound of a Doppler not picking up a heartbeat is deafening. That quiet when you’re waiting for the reassuring, rhythmic beating is enough to send chills down your spine and fear into your heart. It’s an...

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2021 Vermont Holiday Activities for the Whole Family

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Welcome to the always delightful, sometimes kind of cold Vermont holiday season! Whether you stay in your town or decide to take a tour of...