Dear First Time Moms

By Theresa Boedeker, Guest Writer Dear First Time Moms, Congratulations! You have joined the honored circle of motherhood. It may look like most mothers have it all together, but the truth is, they really don’t. Most of us are trying to stay one step ahead of our children. Remember this. None of us have children … [Read more…]

I didn’t know Pregnancy Depression was a thing

By Brett Baker, Core Writer When I get pregnant, my first clue is exhaustion. Well, that and constipation, but we don’t have to talk about that. It’s next-level exhaustion. Like, can’t-walk-across-the-house-without-wanting-to-nap type of tired. Like the nausea, I’m one of those lucky ones for whom that exhaustion wanes after the first trimester. Except with my … [Read more…]

The day I couldn’t cope anymore

Please note: Discussion of depression, self-harm, and suicidal thoughts   By Katie Balthazor, Guest Writer I have struggled with depression since high school but since I didn’t understand the emotions I was feeling, I turned to self-harm. I would cut or burn myself and was fascinated how the pain distracted me and pushed aside other … [Read more…]

The one thing no one told me about Co-sleeping

By Alyssa Harold, Guest Writer Becoming a parent is one of those adventurous experiences in which you find yourself “breaking all the rules.” More specifically, your rules. You know, those lies you told yourself about your future, unborn, perfect children? Yeah, “my child will never…”a wise person stops before she completes that sentence. I am … [Read more…]

The night of the pin-worms and paranoia

By Alison Mezzanotte, Guest Writer Confession: I forever have a “gut feeling” that my baby girl—my only child—has something wrong with her. You are a crazy mom. You are paranoid. Get off of Google. She’s not one of your students—stop trying to diagnose her. These are all phrases I’ve heard on repeat from both my … [Read more…]

Confessions of a First-Time Mama

By Brett Tubbs, Guest Writer Eight weeks ago my husband and I welcomed our first child into the whirlwind of our lives. Exactly seven weeks and six days ago, I had a very different idea of how the curtain on this motherhood drama would rise. Primed with optimism, and a splash of know-it-all pride, I … [Read more…]

The chance to show up

By Brett Baker, Core Writer I don’t have a lot of personal experience with tragedy. I was fortunate to grow up in a healthy home, and I’ve gotten through most of my adult life without a tremendous amount of grief. I’m thankful for this–very thankful. I’ve dealt with dysfunction, trauma, depression and other heavy issues, … [Read more…]