Carey Shofner

Originally from Indiana, Carey moved to South Carolina in 2009. She and her husband, Brett, met during college at USC and now reside in Forest Acres. She is an elementary school teacher turned stay-at-home mom to two wonderful boys. After struggling with infertility for years, their son, Milo, joined their family in November of 2017 through domestic adoption. In March of 2020 baby River joined the family via embryo adoption. In addition to being a SAHM, Carey works in Social Media Management, is a babywearing educator, and a postpartum doula. She enjoys writing, iced coffee, road trips, and connecting with other mamas online. Her passions include adoption ethics and education, infertility, mental health advocacy, plus size life, and social justice issues. You can follow Carey’s motherhood journey and more on Instagram at MessyAsAMother.
My Subchorionic Hemorrhage Story | Columbia Mom

My Subchorionic Hemorrhage Story

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My High Tech Pregnancy :: Our Embryo Adoption Story

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Our Milk Sharing Story There are a few different scenarios that might cause a family to seek out donor breast milk for their baby. A mother might have a medical condition that prevents her from...
5 Kids Books to Celebrate Pride Month

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My First Few Months as a Foster Parent

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5 Read Alouds You & Your Kids Will Love | Columbia SC Moms Blog

5 Read Alouds You & Your Kids Will Love

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When is the Right Time for Baby #2? | Columbia SC Moms Blog

When is the Right Time for Baby #2?

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10 Unique Gift Ideas For Your Secret Santa | Columbia SC Moms Blog

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8 Thanksgiving Traditions to Start this Year | Columbia SC Moms Blog

8 Thanksgiving Traditions to Start this Year

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8 Favorite Places in Columbia for a Playdate | Columbia SC Moms Blog

8 Favorite Places in Columbia for a Playdate

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