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Let's talk about the silence and uncertainty of possible infertility

I'd started off so optimistic… I was healthy and young, of course I'd get pregnant today or sometime soon. The longer it took, the less I believed that or my doctors reassurance. My mind became wrapped in a negativity I'd never known before.

It is absolutely, positively, fantastic that there is a growing movement of woman making it more socially acceptable to talk about infertility. What we're not talking about is what comes before that. The months of uncertainty, of wondering if you're infertile…

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Go off-brand & black-ops: How to have a baby on the cheap

Three days before I found out I was pregnant with my first baby, in an example of worst-timing-ever, I quit my job. Now nine months of being pregnant, broke, and bored loomed ahead. After the first (but not last) major panic attack was over, we realized we would have to become money-saving ninjas, embracing the second hand, the cheap and the wonky, and we would cope.

So now I'm in my second pregnancy, I'd like to share how we managed to keep down the costs of preparing for a newborn…

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When it's necessary to overrule a child's "no touching" requests

I am a pediatric nurse, and I was just worrying the other day about the message I was sending to a four-year-old girl during a treatment. She very clearly said "no," but of course it was necessary for us to treat her (nasal suctioning — totally not fun!).

I would love to hear more suggestions from parents about what works when it is necessary to overrule a child's wishes about their bodies.

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4 ways to survive being an accidental stay at home mom

I am an accidental stay-at-home mom. It's not all roses however, as there was a learning curve to the two of us being home all day together. My husband now jokes that he was certain he would come home one day and my son and I would have divided the house in half with tape and claimed territories!

All joking aside, there are some great ways to help make the transition easier and to break the monotony of it all…