I am a story teller. I weave words with images, tuck them into neat little squares on a grid. These are the stories I share with the world. You have these too. I see them when I scroll, following the...
“I wouldn’t do that when I have my baby,” I said five years ago like every other mom.  A couple years later, I said, "I will probably do it the other way with my second baby." Another couple of years later,...
The ability that we as women and mothers have to breastfeed is an incredible, wonderful gift. It's a miracle that our bodies can create food for our babies without much thought or effort on our part. It's even more...
Every mother’s breastfeeding journey is different and unique. And I wish someone had said that to me before I began my own journey. Before I was even pregnant, I knew that I had to breastfeed. All the women I knew...
The last biological son I gave birth to was 9lbs 10oz so when the nurse told us we were being discharged the day after we met our daughter (who weighed a whopping 4lbs 10oz!) we begged her to let...
I was 26 when I first found out that I had melanoma. My dermatologist called me with biopsy results and I instantly knew it wasn't good news. A few days earlier, the dermatologist had removed the teeniest, tiniest little...
We all have one thing we can agree on: music is awesome! It really is one of the only universal languages on this earth. A melody can be linked to a specific memory from many years ago. A tune...
Worry. It comes with the motherhood territory. At least, that’s what we’re told, and it’s true to some extent. But sometimes, it’s more than just worry. Intense, chronic anxiety can turn your life into a living nightmare. I was fortunate...
Priscilla Anne, my beautiful daughter, was born this past August at Roots Community Birth Center in North Minneapolis. My birth story actually starts a few years before my daughter was born. The seeds of education, my own awareness, and...
It was a summer night and we were watching The Incredibles at the park. I got up to go to the restroom and realized my stomach was being pulled down, which had never happened. When we returned back home,...
It was a Sunday morning around 5:00 am; I woke up needing to go to the bathroom so badly. As soon as I was done, while walking back to the bedroom, my water broke! Omg! It's time!  At 38 weeks,...
Birth stories are amazing and horrifying all at the same time. I have a love-hate relationship with them. Hearing people's stories almost always make me terrified to have another baby. But then, somehow, they also reassure me that mamas...
This time of year I find rhythm with the rain; it splatters against the overflow pond in my backyard and I feel the beat of my heart, the memories flooding in like the rushing creek from the nearby lake’s...
Deep inside the heart of every mother lies a powerful and courageous instinct to protect their young, no matter the cost, even if it means their life. It’s in our nature to shield them from all harm and to...

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