Looking back on this past year brings us such joy for all that Quad City Moms Blog has put out there in ways of amazing posts. Our team has poured their hearts into researching and writing each and every post from many diverse motherhood perspctives. We’ve had posts that were informative, humorous, and emotional, but they have all been written with YOU in mind.
Our most popular posts are our Quad City Area guides. It’s clear our audience loves finding out what’s going on around town. We will keep these posts coming in 2018!
We thank you all for following along (and invite you to submit a guest post if you are interested!) and thank our sponsors for supporting Quad City Moms Blog. We look forward to ‘seeing’ you online this year and if we are really lucky, we look forward to meeting you at some of our 2018 events – we have lots of fun planned for the upcoming year!
Happy Holidays from all of us!
It is okay to be unhappy, just like it’s okay to be happy. Life plans may need to be altered and changes will take effect. We need to try to not bottle everything up. It also won’t be healthy for you or your baby. If talking to a friend about your feelings makes you uncomfortable because you don’t want to be judged for your feelings, consider seeking professional help so that you can talk through the emotions. Talk to your doctor or midwife to share your concerns. But know you aren’t alone.
You know when something isn’t right. Sometimes we feel like we are being paranoid, or alarmist. Medical professionals, or teachers, or others who are supposed to know better, can shake our confidence in our instincts. But deep down we know. You know.
What other people do (or think) doesn’t matter.
But fast forward a couple years and they don’t miss it and neither do we. They now have more time to practice what they truly love. It gave them time to….get this….BE KIDS.
Traveling is certainly expensive, but it is something we love to do, so we do what we can to bring the cost down a little.
On the outside, I looked like any other mom. I picked up my kids after school and drove them wherever they needed to be. I never missed a sporting event or a band concert. I laughed and chatted with other moms along the way. And as I strolled through the motions of life, I made sure everything looked perfectly fine.
But on the inside, I wasn’t fine.
Phone a friend.
I’ve been to 49 countries, and nearly every US State, so I like to think of myself as a bit of a travel junkie. Trust me when I say I couldn’t do all that if I was paying normal vacation prices. I budget like crazy and shop all the deals to be able to afford vacations without debt.
My husband asked if everything was okay, and although I knew that it wasn’t, the doctor said, “I think it probably is, but we’ll find out.” After a few moments, he came back and a nurse followed with the machine. He moved it around, and I knew he wasn’t seeing what he wanted to. He said that he was going to send us in for an ultrasound. That he wasn’t seeing a heartbeat, but he would need to have a bigger picture before making a miscarriage diagnosis.
I have six kids. Yes, SIX. We homeschool. Chaotic is in the job description. This can be really detrimental to my family because as a Highly Sensitive Person, I am easily overwhelmed with too much stimuli. As my husband says, “You literally notice everything! It affects us all!” It can interfere with my ability to be the kind of mom I want to be, because kids are, well, kids.
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