I was a mother for almost two years before I held my daughter. Though she was the first baby I held in my arms, she was not the one who made me a mother.  The one who made me...
  It all started as a normal day. While my daughters were preoccupied with princesses and ponies, I had this small voice telling me to take a pregnancy test. My husband and I had been hoping and praying for our...
One in four pregnancies end in loss. That is one of the statistics that if I heard it before February 22, 2013 I must have not listened. I mean those kinds of things only happen to other people. Not to...
I wrote this blog a few months ago. But I had to put it down for awhile. Revisiting my ectopic pregnancy in too much detail still makes me tear up. I’m literally crying right now. Geez. But no one warned...

Finding Our Song

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I became a mother on April 14, 2016. In truth I had been one through the whole pregnancy, in all its brevity. But on that day, I held the tiny bodies of my first son and my daughter. And...
As I was wrapping up this blog submission, the news flashed across my screen: another school shooting. Admittedly I was taken aback, again. I was shocked, heartbroken, furious, and instantly devastated for the families involved. No matter how many...
Missing a loved one at the “most wonderful time of year” is always hard. Grief loves to squeeze into the happy moments and remind us that they could be a little happier, “if only…” When you’ve had years of holidays...
The past 365+ days have tested me. We celebrated the one-year anniversary of my grandfather’s death due to Alzheimer’s. I hate the word Alzheimer’s with a passion. It robbed me of the patriarch of my family. In January, my brother -...
I could only see the ceiling tiles as they rolled me down the hallway, the lights passing in fluorescent blobs. As we turned the corners, I worked to steady my hips on the wedge holding them at an angle...
"I don't want to watch this anymore." I said it horsely as tears welled up in my eyes. My husband quickly turned off the Netflix show that we were watching--GLOW. We were only a few episodes in and while the...
What I’m about to share with you is deeply personal and from my own experience, not professional advice from a doctor. I am a firm believer that each mom needs to be her own advocate for what she feels...
If you're brave or lucky enough to be an older mom (aka over 35), you’ll know there's a lot of indignity and humiliation that comes with it. While you’re trying to get pregnant, news articles will warn you you’ve...

When I Thought You Were Gone

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"I got the email. Your results came back negative." That's the text I got when I thought you were gone. I had been so sure. I had been positive I was pregnant. I had every cornerstone symptom from my last two...
Dear First Trimester, We need to talk. No, it’s not me – it’s you. You’re an unstable friend. We’ve been down this road together three times now, so it seems we should be old pals. Yet I still don’t even know you. What...
The room was sterile and there were a million signatures needed from me. With every one, I wept. In hours, everything had changed - where I was once growing love and dreams and hope, I would be scraped and...

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Holiday Pop-Up Bars in Kansas City

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Tis the season for holiday dates and night's out with friends and nowhere is more festive than a holiday pop-up bar! The Kansas City...
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