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Cloth

May 14, 2014

As I carefully held you, my little parcel, I remember wishing the cloth away, wishing that there was nothing between us. You see, we had been linked your whole life. I had felt every hiccup and every stretch. As soon as I had the strength to sit up, I threaded you gently in between the […]

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Staying attached with more than one

May 12, 2014

As my husband and I prepare for the arrival of our second child (a boy!) this summer, I find myself thinking about how different it will be compared to when our daughter was born. With my daughter, we came across attachment parenting as we started exploring different ideas around giving birth and caring for newborns.  […]

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There’s a Pause Button, Just in Case

February 18, 2014

“It’s green. Really green,” said my midwife just after my water broke. The amniotic fluid was meconium-stained, and my mind went to the worst. “So he’ll end up with some in his lungs?” I asked.  She threw out a percentage of babies who aspirate meconium, and I don’t recall the exact figure, but it was […]

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The Hard Heart of Parenting

February 3, 2014

My body tenses. Teeth clench. Heart hardens. I don’t hurt him. I don’t yell. Yet, my heart hardens with frustration. My agenda to clothe my two-year-old collides with his interest in remaining naked. He wants to play with his trucks on the bedroom floor; I have a morning adventure planned. After several attempts to wrestle […]

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The Struggles We Face Only Make Us Stronger

December 6, 2013

On this day four years ago, I gave birth to my second child. I witnessed and experienced bringing another precious, miraculous life into this world and into my heart forever. Our gentle, loving and sweet little warrior, Aston. Our first nine months together were not easy. My lupus decided to painfully challenge us throughout my […]

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A Home Birthing Story

October 17, 2013

I’m pretty sure it never occurred to me I’d ever give birth at home. The first time around, I headed straight to the hospital, hooked up to the epidural, pushed her out and breathed a sigh of relief. After researching homebirth extensively while co-writing my book, my perspective on birthing began to shift. Birthing was […]

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Creative Parenting

October 7, 2013

The AP Month Blog Event is here! All month we will be featuring posts that best demonstrate this year’s theme of “Parenting Creatively: The Art of Parenting.” We hope you enjoy this post by Amy Ahart, who blogs at Moonpie’s Nap. “In spite of the six thousand manuals on child raising in book stores, child […]

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Angels on the Devil’s Backbone

September 20, 2013

I took a break from my worry and hiked the Devil’s Backbone in Loveland, Colorado. I saw a beautiful family; they were about 400 yards ahead of me, if you uncurled a track and rolled it out. This family screamed AP, although the only noises I heard were tree swallows singing, the quiet meadow hum, and the […]

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