Author Archive | Melissa Mowry


The Five People You Meet in Pregnancy

It’s a fact: all the opinionated, judgmental, handsy naysayers come out of the woodwork when you get pregnant. Suddenly, everyone wants a piece of the pie.  Some of the bold (read: obnoxious) ones will tell you exactly how you should cook the pie; the bolder still will try to get their grubby little paws right on […]

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Five Things I Didn’t Expect When I Was Expecting

Having worked in childcare for many years before getting pregnant with my son, I thought I had it all figured out when it came to expectations. I knew about the endless diapers full of mustardy poop and the grate-on-your-nerves cry of a colicky baby. I’d had any number of bodily fluids leaked and wiped and exploded on […]

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Why Can’t We Talk About The “M” Word?

“Unfortunately, I’m not seeing a heartbeat.” The technician gives me her best sympathetic face and my hands ball in my paper gown, willing her to leave before my fist lands between her perfectly plucked eyebrows. The feeling of anger surprises me as it wells up in me quick and strong, but there’s no denying the […]

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No One Told Me It was OK to Quit Breastfeeding

The nurse very calmly looked at me and said, “I want you to really hear me. It is OK to feed your child formula. Plenty of people have done it before and their children turn out just fine. My son is 23 years old and never got a drop of breastmilk in his life; he’s one of the healthiest people I know. This is a very short stage in your child’s life. In two years, you’ll have totally different concerns and you won’t be worried about this at all. Give yourself a break. Sleep when your baby sleeps. Let yourself enjoy him. I’m giving you permission to stop torturing yourself, because I think that’s what you need to hear.”

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