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Bloom Into Motherhood: Raising Self Care with Self Awareness

With our Bloom event drawing near I wanted to make something special to share with the new and expecting moms. Being a mother is a blessing. There is something magical and humbling at the new and expecting stage. Whether it’s your 1st or 4th child, every pregnancy is special. They all are different in many […]

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Getting Over Yourself

While recently talking to a good friend, we both lamented how now, in our late thirties, we’re doing things that younger versions of ourselves would never have considered. I’m knitting, she’s cross-fitting. In our younger years were very busy being non-conformists and while we didn’t know each other then, have found that we were basically […]

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The Second Pregnancy

Pregnancy is always the start of many different emotions – from thinking you might be pregnant to taking that pregnancy test that confirms what you already knew: positive. For me the feelings between finding out I was pregnant for the first and second time were pretty identical, but the pregnancies themselves have not. My first […]

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I Hope She Knows

The morning of my daughter’s 15-month appointment, I cried in the kitchen. She still wasn’t saying any words consistently and I was embarrassed to tell the doctor. Was she behind? Was it my fault? Was I not teaching her enough? Was I a bad mom? One night a week later, I searched Pinterest for “activities […]

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The Hood or the Heart?

You’ve probably heard people discuss the entertaining differences between babies and their birth order.  There are three of us in my immediate family. My dad always referenced how the pacifier was treated.  He said that with the first child, it was lovingly sterilized when dropped.  With the second (me!), it was washed off under water […]

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Raising Bilingual Children When Only One Parent Is A Native Speaker

  I am currently raising two bilingual children in Pittsburgh, and it is important to me that they embrace, understand, and are fluent in the Spanish language. I was born in the beautiful island of the Dominican Republic (Caribbean) and my husband is Italian/German, so our daughters are really getting the best of both worlds. […]

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The Day I Became A Mother

  The day I met my son is a little different than the fairy-tale birth story you see in the movies. My husband and I had just finished our certification to become foster parents on Monday when we received a call  on Thursday that there was a baby in the NICU that needed a family […]

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