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The controversial sleep decision you need to make for your baby

I was not going to be the mom who needed an Owlet, a Snuza or any other fancy-pancy, expensive baby monitoring device for this baby. After all, I'd raised three other babies already without any major scares. I've got this, I thought.   But then -- my rainbow baby arrived. And all bets were off.    

  • 6 things you do differently in pregnancy after loss

6 Things You Do Differently in Pregnancy After Loss

Pregnancy comes with a lot of expectations. From home pregnancy tests to routine prenatal care to baby showers, expecting moms often breeze through these milestones with ease. Sure there are the heartburn complaints and the swollen feet to deal with ... But most pregnant women expect their pregnancy to be normal. And you know what?

No room at the inn

I can tell you that for a country full of people dedicated to the idea of Christmas being around a baby born in a barn, few are willing to open their own barns because of the inconvenience, the mess, the uncertainty of it all.

Foster care: How to say goodbye — and then say hello

I wrote the following two years ago, in the middle of Z transitioning to his bio family.  Today, two years later, I am meeting with his bio mom to drop off his photo book of his time with us, and an outfit for his Christmas gift. At the time I wrote this ... I could

Dear This Is Us — If you’re going to start the talk, make sure to continue the conversation

THIS IS US -- "Number Two" Episode 209 -- Pictured: (l-r) Chrissy Metz as Kate, Chris Sullivan as Toby -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC) Ron Batzdorff/NBC | 2017 NBCUniversal Media, LLC Dear writers for This is Us (Dan Fogelman and anyone else),   First I feel the need to tell you I'm a