My first child is due to arrive any day now and I’m realizing that my greatest fear about motherhood is also my highest hope. They are one and the same thing. Part of me wonders if it's bad that...

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I'm not a crier.  In fact, my family has jokingly referred to me as a robot for my lack of tears.  I cry during funerals of close family/friends, have been known to weep in quiet moments over how quickly...
It’s been a few months since my last update! When I last checked in, I was nearing the end of the first trimester and looking forward to being done with the IVF medications. There is still a spot on...
The Plan Meet the guy. Fall in love. Get married. Buy the house. Have babies and become a mom. That was always my plan and I never thought anything would alter that plan. The majority of this went according to...
October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.  1 in 4 pregnancies do not go full-term.  We want you to know, you're not alone.  And we want to provide space for you to honor that little life that made...
It’s your third trimester and your baby is really growing! The third trimester appointments at Mankato Clinic were my favorite (if it's possible to have a 'favorite').  The anticipation of knowing that my due date was drawing closer.  The...
1st Baby, 1st Dr. Appointment, What Am I Supposed To Ask?! Anyone else really overwhelmed and nervous for their 1st doctor appointment? I know I was, I absolutely hate shots and getting my blood taken and was so worried something...
About a year and a half ago, I wrote this post about why we were waiting to expand our family and have baby number two. This seems ridiculous now because here we are, one year into trying to conceive...
We talked with Dr. Amy Brien, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, about an innovative Mayo Clinic-developed program called the Mayo Clinic OB Nest. The Mayo Clinic OB Nest is a new prenatal care model...

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