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My Labor Story: An 81 Hour & 9 Minute Journey Into Motherhood

My Labor Story: An 81 Hour & 9 Minute Journey Into Motherhood

Every mother has a labor story (and often, more than one). I heard at least 50 of them throughout my pregnancy, and probably a lot more before I ever even got pregnant. But I wasn’t listening. I mean, I was listening. Or rather, I was hearing the words without really listening, you know what I […]

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Anticipation: Mastering the Art of Surrender

Anticipation: Mastering the Art of Surrender

This post was written a few hours before I went into labor with my daughter. I could not know the labor that was to come (or that I would go into labor soon after), nor could I know how madly in love I would fall with my beautiful Madison Grace when she finally uttered her […]

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Welcome to the World, Madison Grace McDonald!

Welcome to the World, Madison Grace McDonald!

Hello all! My apologies for being out of touch this last month and a half. As you may have (correctly) guessed, I had a baby! Madison Grace McDonald was born at 10:39pm on Friday February 19th after 80 hours of labor – and many many contractions (though surprisingly not a lot of swearing)! She was […]

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You Matter: A Friendly Reminder of Just how Much You (yes YOU) Mean to the World

You Matter: A Friendly Reminder of Just how Much You (yes YOU) Mean to the World

How many times have you had the experience of driving in your car, stopping at a red light, and seeing a homeless person walking up and down the line of stopped cars with a cardboard sign? Or maybe you were walking down the street and you passed a similar looking person, also holding a similar […]

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The Magic Art of Being Kind: Why it Matters, How to Give Yourself a Break, and 5 Tips For Success

The Magic Art of Being Kind: Why it Matters, How to Give Yourself a Break, and 5 Tips For Success

Humans. Humanity. Mankind. Yup. That’s you. That’s me. That’s all the people we hear about on the news every day, near and far. We are mankind. But it’s an interesting word to use, don’t you think? The very word suggests that we are kind, and yet the news is filled with stories of people being […]

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A Little Yet Profound Distinction That Can Make You a Better Human (and Incidentally, a Better Parent)

A Little Yet Profound Distinction That Can Make You a Better Human (and Incidentally, a Better Parent)

As I prepare to become a mother in the next few weeks (holy shit, holy shit, holy shit…did I mention holy shit?), I’ve got my nose buried in books about pregnancy, labor, and parenting. My mind is flooded with questions: What if I don’t know what I’m doing? Will I be a good mother? What […]

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