Failure To Thrive (FTT)

Children are diagnosed with “Failure to Thrive” when their weight or rate of weight gain is significantly below that of other children of similar age and gender (John Hopkins Children Center)  Z has this listed on her medical chart, and it makes me sad every time I see it. I think it should have been listed on […]

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Dealing with Discouragement

I’m at the coffee shop again, because I just can’t think in that messy house. I got sick over the weekend, and I am just too tired to keep up on all of the chores.  My husband has an interview today, and no clean white shirts. My son has a rescheduled doctor appointment, because last […]

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My First Time Giving Birth

I had a bit of a false start the day after my due date.  I had an acupuncture treatment and immediately experienced changes in cervical fluid.  We had a relaxing afternoon with irregular contractions for the rest of the day and night.  We watched Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (this was part […]

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Making Choices and Accepting Not Having Control

I apologize that this was not posted yesterday.  Our internet was down, so it was out of my control.  I’m trying to get in the habit of early morning posts.  However, I’m just going to do my best, and it might not be 6am everyday. I’ve been reflecting on the first month after C was […]

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Embracing Imperfection

My day was not too hard.  It was not too busy.  It was not perfect either. I caught a cold and feel lousy. I struggle with having unrealistic expectations of myself, and my family too.  This postpartum season is certainly challenging me here.  I need to be challenged, because I need to offer more grace […]

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No, I am not okay

Days 2 – 17 of my son’s life are some of the most stressful days of my life.  To be completely honest, I can’ remember when every detail happened.  It’s hard to think back on those days, because my heart hurt so much, my body was still exhausted from pregnancy, labor and birth.  My emotional […]

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C’s Birth Story

Today, I write about the birth of my son. I can’t believe this was already 2 years ago.  While this technically covers only the first 20 minutes of postpartum life, the lessons I learned at his birth carry through into my next two posts.  This post is less  perfect, from a writing perspective.  Why?  C […]

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Sparkly Stefka’s Postpartum Life

Write 31 Days October, Another reason to love autumn.  As if apples, squash, crisp air, pumpkin spices, corn mazes, trick-or-treating and bonfires were not reason enough.  The Write 31 Days challenge is here, and I am honored that you have joined me. God saw fit to direct me to #write31days, and I am so thankful.  I […]

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Doula and Doulos

Am I a Servant (Doula) to Christ? Titus 1:1-4, ESV Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life, which God who never lies promised before the ages began […]

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