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Surrendering to Motherhood

In eight years of being a mom, I never cried “uncle.” Until last summer, in July, when I called my own mother in tears and begged her to come down and help me. I had 6-week-old twins, one of whom never stopped crying. And I was at the lowest point I’d been, ever, as a […]

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Honest Thoughts on Having My Last Baby

Honest Thoughts on Having My Last Baby

Last October, I found out I was pregnant with baby no. five. While not entirely unexpected, the news wasn’t something I was able to completely celebrate; I had a lot of concerns and fears about having that fifth baby. Fast forward nine months, and our bundle of joy is here: a little girl we named […]

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Letting Go of My Kindergarten Worries

Letting Go of My Kindergarten Worries

I have dreaded this day ever since my youngest was born. My husband and I made the decision years ago that for us, two children were the limit, so the thought of my daughter going off to kindergarten has always caused a drop of sadness in the pit of my stomach. Sadness, new milestones, and […]

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nightowlHere’s to the Night Owl Mamas

Here’s to the Night Owl Mamas

I’m a mom of two little kids, a pediatric RN, and a self-proclaimed night owl. I used to try and change the fact that I stay up excessively late every single night. I did that because literally no one tells you it’s okay to do otherwise. Well, I am here to let you ladies off […]

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Breastfeeding Awareness: Moms Speak Out on Nursing in Public

Breastfeeding Awareness: Local Moms Speak Out on Nursing in Public

During National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, there are several issues fighting for attention — proper latch, support from health care providers, how mothers balance breastfeeding and work — the list goes on. Among that list is how mothers are treated, and how they feel, when it comes to breastfeeding in public. Every year, I photograph moms […]

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Why We All Could Benefit From Jacksonville's FREE Mental Health First Aid Training

Why We All Could Benefit From FREE Mental Health First Aid Training

Confession: Several years ago, I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, which is a fancy term for the fact that I worry excessively for (usually) no good reason. For instance, this is my brain on anxiety: My husband is only pretending to be in love with me and is actually plotting divorce. My 5-month-old is going to choke […]

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