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"You understand your child better than anyone else does. You fight for them in a way no one else will."
"Every physical reminder my body gave me about the fact that I'd just given birth felt like I was running into a wall of emotional pain."
"Share with them that even if we have differences we also have things in common."
"1,825. That’s how many days my son has been gone. And every single day I think of my boy; his sweet, angelic face engraved in my mind."
"She was in there soaking wet, going down the water slide, laughing with her kids all around her. She was having so much fun."
"Desiree Fortin is one in five: Part of the 20 percent of women who experience postpartum mental health issues."
"My son will be absent on the first day of school, but you will feel him there, I promise."
"In the big scheme of things, I know that my stresses are walks in the park when you think about what so many other families are facing."
"Middle school is the perfect time to help your child learn how to learn."
"It’s been a thrill watching him navigate the world, little by little on his own ... I’m so proud of the young man he’s become."
"I read the bedtime stories for my oldest and I let my youngest crawl all over me and I make sure to encourage my middle kid ... but I am exhausted."
"Don't be fooled by the bad rap it gets. This, indeed, is a magical time. And so far I love who you are morphing into."
"The preschool age is pure innocence, and if I had it my way, I’d confine him in that safe preschool bubble forever. But I can’t."
"It’s a big day for any kid. It’s an even bigger day for you."
"Be nice to the teachers. It simply means being friendly, and gracious and grateful."
"Believe it or not, I will miss those rolls when they go away. I will show her pictures and tell her how beautiful she was."
'I think every baby-loss parent I have ever met relates to Tahlequah.'
"Right now, we've got a big first going on and it's one that I always knew would eventually happen, but I just wasn't sure how I'd personally be with it."
"While people may think bringing up the name of a deceased child is insensitive, for parents of child loss, it's actually the complete opposite."
"Your absence has never bothered me. Not once until I became a mother and had to look my son in the eye and explain where you were."
"I must learn to start to trust others to look for the best in my little girl as I do."
"Welcome to Kindergarten! My name is Mrs. Whalen and I will be your teacher. I am looking forward to holding space for you in my classroom this year."
"I realized that I can be just like my little boy. I’m always carrying around stuff I don’t need and sometimes it keeps me from doing things I need to do."...
"When she messes up, remind her how much you love her. Let her know that she is so much more than the sum of her mistakes."
"There is such fear in loving who we are because we might not always like what we see. But, I don't want to hide anymore."
"Those babies are lucky to have you, Mama. Keep loving them the best way you know how. We're all just doing the best we can here."
"Drowning isn’t splashing and yelling. It is silent, and it takes seconds."
"Motherhood is full of tricky decisions, and it's usually the decisions with no right answer that are most difficult to make."
"Because of my her, I saw the beauty in the things tonight. One more day that I made it through."
"It wasn’t a punishment, although I’m pretty sure you don’t believe that right now."
"I'm no expert, but I am a mom who has learned a lot about cruising. Here's some of the advice I give my first-time-cruiser friends when they ask."
"I can't express fully just how much it meant to her. Every single morning Victoria woke up and asked, 'What are we doing today?'"
"Mikey knew in his heart all along this little brother of his was coming...it was just a matter of time."
"Let’s find a way to embrace the now for how beautiful, overwhelming, confusing and real it is at this very moment."
"I decided to take his puddle jumper off of him, so I could dry him off. It was the worst mistake I ever made."
"Be you. Trying to be cool is totally uncool. Square pegs end up changing the world."
"She’ll get you. She’ll understand you. She’ll make you want to be the absolute best version of yourself. Just remember I called you baby first."
"I know you really don’t want to hear about my sad story right now. I really wish I didn’t have to tell it."
"Sometimes the hardest thing you can do as a stepmom is to say nothing."
"As difficult as it is right now, those are the traits that will continue to mold him into something special someday."
"She has given me a new perspective on the world," said the bride.