Finding the Joy (and Balance) in the Holidays

I love Christmas.  I always have.  I think it's the most magical time of the year.  I know for many, the holidays are an incredible source of stress but I love an entire season devoted to helping others and spending time with the people you love.  After Dorothy died, I found myself terrified of many…

There Are Cracks Everywhere

Everything feels so much more complicated when you are a bereaved parent.  Simple, everyday tasks can take an emotional toll.  So, when you are dealing with an already complicated situation, like dealing with a salesperson over the telephone, the emotional toll is even more costly. Recently, I had to reach out to a baby furniture…

We’re Pregnant*

I feel like our pregnancy deserves an asterisk.  Or, maybe a footnote.  (We're partial to Chicago style in this house.  Controversial, I know.)  Any woman can tell you that pregnancy is one of the most anxiety-riddled experiences you'll ever encounter.  It's always hovering around a 10.  Well, this pregnancy goes up to 11. My doctors…

Now You Know: About Preeclampsia

Pregnancy is an overwhelming experience.  Every day presents a new celebration, a new worry, and new questions.  Expectant mothers are bombarded with all kinds of new information, but do they really know all that they can face during those 40 weeks?  One of my goals is to educate those around me about some of the…