Sweet Memories to Remember

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While Valentines’s Day is loaded with sweets, it reminds me of some sweet moments in my life. Meeting my husband, getting married, giving birth to my children, and the everyday little moments I have with my kids – the first smile from my baby or a hug from my toddler. One of my sweet memories, […]

First Week: Abdominal Surgery Recovery

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It has been a week since my surgery and it has been….interesting. The pain was to be expected, but there were other things that I didn’t expect. First, I haven’t slept in a bed. While it may look comfortable, after the sixth night, it loses its appeal. So I am not sleeping well and I […]

Recovery from Abdominal Surgery

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Umbilical Hernia, Ventral Hernia, Diastasis Recti and more. I am now in recovery from abdominal surgery, and it was pretty bad in there, my friends. The night before the surgery, I was afraid that something would go wrong. There was a lot of build up to this moment, which means I had a lot of […]

Surgery Preparation

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Surgery vs. Vacation As you can imagine, things have been crazy over here. As a Mom, there is a lot to do when you are going to be laid up for a few days. I could have a whole other post about how most Dads don’t have to worry about surgery preparation, but that is […]

Diaper Bag that Looks Like a Handbag

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A diaper bag that looks like a handbag or a purse seems allusive.¬†As a second-time Mom, I know how fleeting diaper bags can be. You really need them the first year and after the first year, the need dissipates. You don’t need as much stuff and that huge bag doesn’t fit the new toddler lifestyle […]

Abdominal Separation, Diastasis Recti & Surgery

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Going to the grand opening of New Fantasyland brought a new outlook on life, but not in the way you might think. It helped me make a decision on what to do with my two umbilical hernias and abdominal separation. I’m having surgery to fix them all. I debated for awhile on whether I should […]

In-Between and Post Pregnancy Clothes

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Finding and shopping for clothes, well, sucks. Especially after you have had a child and are thinking about having more. You are then in, what I call, the Preggo-Zone. The dreaded need to find post pregnancy clothes. This is the zone where you can’t fit into your old pre-kid clothes because your hips, butt, boobs, […]

Should I Have Diastasis Recti Surgery?

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There are two situations that I wasn’t expecting as a result of a Diastasis Recti, Umbilical and Ventral surgery: stopping breastfeeding before I was expecting to, and not having more children. I shared my medical situation and here is the emotional side. Diastasis Recti Surgery For those of you who read the birth story of […]

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