My journey to motherhood started a little different than most. I always dreamed of being a mother, but I had a severe phobia of doctors, needles and childbirth. I had been married to my husband since 1997 and every...

All Births Count

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We cannot help but to compare our experiences with other moms.  It seems that in so much of our everyday parenting, we tend to look outwards at others and then make a determination about our own efforts to raise...

What’s in a Name?

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As we come into the 30th week of pregnancy, my husband and I have many lists going. A list on things to get done, a list of things to buy for the baby, a list of things to pack...
I still get goose bumps as I walk down the halls to the McClure Birthing Unit at FAHC, some 5 years later.  This time I am headed to celebrate the miracle that happened then, to bring birthday cupcakes to...
In the August 1991 issue of Vanity Fair magazine, Demi Moore graced the cover nude and pregnant. This memorable portrait beautifully broke down the barriers that had women hiding their pregnancies under shape-less clothing. Annie Leibovitz was the photographer for this...
  I was awakened by an awful feeling. You know that feeling when you've started your period and you weren't prepared for it? (Sorry, men, bear with me.) It was the warm, wet feeling that woke me up. I was startled. Had...
How many of you began cooking, cleaning, or leaving the house within the first week postpartum? How about returned to exercising and work before 6 weeks postpartum? Perhaps this occurs because some of us have no choice, some of...

The Open Plan

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At my last doctor appointment, my OB asked what my birth plan was.  You see, last time I had this lovely, detailed, birth plan all printed out and in my bag ready to go.  It never even left the...
My husband and I were so excited to bring Maddie to the hot air balloon festival in Stowe, Vermont, when I woke up feeling horrible -and I mean HORRIBLE! I was nauseous like you wouldn’t believe. I was exhausted....
By now, you may have read about some of the struggles and challenges other women have faced getting and staying pregnant. My husband and I have been blessed in that getting pregnant was the easy part for us. Although during each of...
When I became pregnant with my second baby, I knew from the start that I wanted a VBAC (Vaginal Birth after Cesarian).  After much research, I felt that it was the safest option as long as I did not...
The road to motherhood is not the same for every woman. Some experience smooth roads with no bumps or hiccups, while others of us struggle along our pothole filled road wondering if we will ever make it to the end....

A Hopeful Story

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I told the story here.  It was the one about children first conceived in a heart and then in a Petri dish. There was fear and hope and a deep contented smile of an ending that left me laden...
About three years ago, my husband and I decided it was time to start a family.  We took all the “right” steps to lead us down the path of becoming parents and began to prepare for this new phase...

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2022 Vermont Holiday Activities for the Whole Family

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Welcome to the sometimes cold but always delightful Vermont holiday season! Whether you stay close to home or decide to take a tour of the...