This is usually me. I’m a procrastinator.  I’m writing this gift guide at the last minute. But ironically, I have done all of my shopping and am now just down to the little things. It’s a relief. However… usually I find myself in Target or Walmart a few days before Christmas, scrounging through whatever is left and trying to find something. I’d like to save you from that scenario.  So, here is my holiday gift guide – or, my best last minute suggestions for other procrastinators like me! For the person...

My sister-in-law became pregnant with her second child while I was pregnant with my second child, Jelly Bean. Jelly Bean was born in December, and my nephew was due in June. When we received the phone call on April 25th that Boston had been born – I was terrified for them. He was six weeks early, and I prayed that he was okay. Boston spent one week in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) – and this was my first glimpse at what life was like trying to balance a baby in the hospital, a husband with a demanding work schedule,...

It’s Kathryn Day I cannot let the day pass without remembering her, and making sure everyone else remembers her too, but I also don’t want the day to be a sad and gloomy day. I challenged everyone through my Facebook page to do something kind for someone today in Kathryn’s memory. Can you do something nice for someone today? In memory of my sweet baby? I’d love it if you’d consider using this as your Facebook Profile today: If you need some ideas, I happen to have a few! (Of course I do!) You can donate...

Since losing my own baby, I have become acutely aware of maternal health and newborn health topics. One platform I have become increasingly passionate about is saving mothers and babies from dying from preventable causes during pregnancy and delivery. In our case, even the best medical facility, the best prenatal care, and access to the best delivery care and neonatal intensive care could not save our Kathryn. But there are so many other mothers, that just given any ONE of those options would have a better outcome for their babies and...

Three years ago… December 10, 2011. I woke up in the hospital bed at about 6am like normal. Shift change. The night nurse checked on me one last time, and I knew I wouldn’t see anyone again for awhile. Since it was Saturday morning, I knew I would not have the normal troop of medical students come through the room, ask me questions, give me a quick exam, etc, like I got the pleasure of enduring every Monday through Friday. That’s what comes with being in a teaching hospital. It was day 32 of my torturous hospital stay....

This house needs a mouse! Okay, MY house does not need a mouse – at least I didn’t think so until we read This House Needs a Mouse by C. Jeffrey Nunnally. By the way, I was provided a copy in exchange for my review, but all opinions are my own.     Isn’t it cute? My kids love this book. They loved it before I even had a chance to read it to them. In fact, when the package with the book arrived, I took it out of the box, set the book on the table, and went into the kitchen to do the dishes. I returned to this...

This is my period of grief. In just a few days we will celebrate the third birthday of my identical twin daughters, and just two days later, mourn the 3 year anniversary of the loss of one of them. I try to fill the birthday with joy and celebrate my survivor Tiny as much as possible. I reserve the 12th as my day for Kathryn; a day in which I not only mourn her loss, but I make a conscious effort to do something kind for someone, and try to convince everyone else to do the same on December 12th. Kathryn Day. While I have mostly healed,...

Better late than never. I posted a bit on facebook today, but I felt like I couldn’t let the date completely pass without mentioning this day. TTTS, Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome,is a disease of the placenta affecting identical twins who share a placenta. While this may not directly impact you, perhaps you know someone who is pregnant with ID twins? If you do, please share this information! Awareness saves lives. Why is December 7th TTTS Awareness Day? In honor of the founder of the TTTS Foundation – Mary Slaman, and a...

Has this ever happened to you? I ran across the store floor with my two year old daughter in my arms. As I approached the store employee, who was shuffling through clothes with a bored look on her face, I asked in a panic, “Do you have a bathroom we can use? She really needs to go.” She looked up at me and said, “No ma’am, we sure don’t.” And went on about her business. Seriously? SERIOUSLY? I didn’t mean to sound like a total ass-hat, but it came out that way. “Well then my daughter’s...

The Twinless Twin Project – with images by Random ReNee. It’s in the UN reality where I find my peace.   The Twinless Twin project – an effort to smile when we want to cry. ...

Today is a special day. It’s #GivingTuesday. #GivingTuesday is a national day to give back – to help others, and support the nonprofits that are doing such amazing work to make our communities, country, and world a better place. You all know how I feel about giving back. It’s part of my every day life. Whether it be through time, acts, or gifts – which can be gifts of money, service, time, or other items, I believe in contributing to our society. I believe in paying it forward, helping others, and sharing. I...

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