Congratulations, Pregnant Mama!

What is it about a pregnant woman that gives other people the feeling that they can just say whatever they’d like? Do they think that the woman has lost her mind and will not remember the comments? I know that most days I felt I had some pregnancy brain, but that did not decrease the sting…

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The Art of Slowing Down

Amazon recently ran a special discounting their prime membership for a year.  Knowing that Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood is on it, I jumped on the good deal as a fallback for surviving the next two months of pregnancy/winter with four feral-like kids that would live outside if I let them.  That afternoon, I started a random…

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Which is the Superior Sex?

Perhaps you have heard the recent comments (and subsequently firestorm of rebuttal articles) by a certain well-known Catholic cardinal who seemed to say that the women’s movement has hurt society and especially men. He isn’t the first so–called conservative–thinking celebrity to lump all facets of the women’s movement into one, aligning all women–related efforts to radical…

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A Different Kind of New Year’s Resolution

The new year is here and with it the many reduced gym and fitness memberships, the weight-loss pill advertisements, and the numerous articles addressed to getting fit in magazines, blogs, and morning shows. Of course, being healthy is important,  but it seems often the emphasis is less about respecting one’s body and more about hounding women…

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A Husband’s Perspective: Post Partum Depression

Saying that postpartum depression affects only the woman experiencing it is like saying that alcoholism only impacts the person who is drinking destructively. It is obvious that postpartum depression affects the dynamic of the entire family, not only the individual. When our first child Grace was born, Abby went through over a year-long struggle with postpartum depression. (For the sake of brevity, let’s use PPD from this point forward.) To say that this was an…

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