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25 Inspirational Pregnancy Quotes That Beautifully Express A Mother’s Experience

I have a pretty snarky sense of humor, so when I assembled a list of funny pregnancy quotes, it was right up my alley. I was surprised to find just how popular that post was, so now it only seems fair to tap into the other side of pregnancy — with a list of beautiful, …

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To My Last Baby – A Letter In The Final Weeks Before We Meet

To My Last Baby, We’re in the final weeks before we’ll finally meet face-to-face. For most of this rough pregnancy, it seemed like this point would never get here, yet here it is. These last weeks look a lot different than they did with your older siblings. With them, there was still a great deal …

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As the end of my last pregnancy approaches, I don’t feel sad. I feel relieved.

I’ve seen so many articles lately about the sadness that surrounds your last pregnancy, the last opportunity to grow life. With each one I come across, I think “I can see how she feels that way, but nope. Not me.” I’m grateful to the point of tears that we’ve been able to grow our family …

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The Truth About Parenting: I Won’t Miss This, But I Will Miss Them

I won’t miss this, but I will miss them. I won’t miss the constant disaster in my house. I won’t miss sticky counters and floors, the “What’s that smell” and the worst, “Why is this wet?!” But I will miss the evidence of their little lives all around me. Right now, any place in my …

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A Letter to My Oldest Child, When I Forget You’re Still Little, Too

To My Dear Firstborn, You’re my oldest child. The biggest. The ruler of the siblings. You can dress yourself, brush your own teeth, and mostly follow instructions. You can help your little brother with his shoes and his coat. You can read and write. You have your own hobbies and interests. I don’t have to …

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To The Mom of All Boys or All Girls – On having a baby of the same sex (again!)

People have been asking me how I’m feeling since finding out I’m having another boy, making me a mom of all boys permanently (this is our last baby). They ask cautiously, like they’re creeping onto a field of landmines. The answer is: I’m feeling fine. (Well, actually, I feel like garbage, but that’s pregnancy nausea …

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A Thank You Letter to Coach From Parents Everywhere

Every time we end another sports season, I want to write a love letter to the coach and give them a million dollars. Since that’s not realistic, I have to settle for this thank you letter to Coach (and a gift card of waaaay less than $1,000,000). I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling this …

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Dear Husband, I am So Thankful For Your Job (Even If It Doesn’t Always Seem That Way)

Dear Husband, I want to take a minute to let you know that I am so grateful for your job.  I know that should seem obvious, because that job pays the bills around here (which are basically never-ending), but I think, at times, maybe it actually isn’t so clear.  The truth is, sometimes the inconveniences …

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This Mom Doesn’t Have It All Together, But I’m Giving it My Darndest

You can’t always count on me to text you back, but you can count on me giving it my darndest by mentally responding to your message 57 times. You can’t always count on me to remember every grocery item we need, but you can count on me giving it my darndest by making a list, …

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We Made A Lot of Mistakes. Marrying Young Wasn’t One of Them.

We made a lot of mistakes when we were younger. Getting married wasn’t one of them. Marrying Young: Everyone Has An Opinion The average couple marries in their upper-20s (27.5 for women, 29.5 for men). When we got engaged at 21, and married at 22, there were choruses of “You’re too young to get married!” …

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