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My thoughts about donating eggs changed now that I'M a mom

No part of me regrets the decision I made to be an egg donor, but I regret how I went about it. I did not understand the gravity of my decisions; I believed I was mature and now I look back and feel like I was just a kid. And now there is a little boy out there that is my kids' half-brother that they may never meet.

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I'm an autistic woman married to a neuro-typical man: Here's how we make it work

One of the biggest fears I see that autistic people or parents of autistic children have is that they'll never be able to have a romantic relationship.

I'm here to dispel that myth by sharing how my marriage works. I'm married to a neuro-typical ("normal") husband with no psychological issues whatsoever, and no prior experience at all in dealing with people with psychological problems.

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On good looks, ugliness, image, and what we teach our kids…

"We talk about body shape, size and weight, but rarely about distorted features. And we talk about plainness, but not faces that would make a surgeon’s fingers itch.

“The Ugly Duckling” is widely assumed to be the story of his own life. But the moral of that story was that a swan would emerge from the body of an outcast, and that you could not repress the nobility of a swan in a crowd of common ducks.

What if you just stay a duck?"

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What's the etiquette on taking a baby to an all ages show?

The types of show I'm used to attending are generally held in much smaller indoor venues, like bars and church basements. So far as the kid is concerned, as long as he's riding in the baby carrier with ear muffs on, I think he'll do just fine. I'm more worried that we'd be crossing some social line with the other concert goers…

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How and when do you tell your employer you're pregnant?

I just found out I'm pregnant! Incidentally, I was between rounds of interviews for my next job, which I start next week. The thought of telling them I need to go on maternity leave seven months after starting my job terrifies me. I've been let go due to lack of work twice in the past year, so I'm scared. And now there's an additional life counting on me. When and how do you tell your employer you're pregnant?