We are all familiar with the traditional baby shower; a custom our society designed to celebrate mom and baby, with a heavy emphasis on the baby. Registries are filled with swaddles, strollers, diapers, toys, clothes, and “must-have” accessories. There is...
At 37+ weeks pregnant with my third baby, I am in the ‘home stretch’ as they say. Most mothers I know hit this stage of pregnancy and are so ready to be done, and hold their babies in their...
Bloom: An Event for New & Expecting moms in Columbia is coming up this Saturday, November 13! Why do you want to join us at Bloom? We have been so busy behind the scenes making sure this event is...
I remember driving through downtown Lexington while pregnant with my second daughter, and seeing Mom+Me Strong. It was a fitness center with children's toys and gym equipment peeking through the large glass windows. I immediately searched for the website and...
March 14, 1997 was an ordinary Friday. I remember thinking that morning that Easter was rather early that year, March 30. This particular Friday was a teachers’ professional development day, and we had all gathered in the theater to...
I have been immensely lucky to have had three healthy pregnancies without much of a fuss. Since the very early stages of each one of them, my body was eager to let me know that change was coming (probably in...

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Having just welcomed our second baby girl in May, I've been thinking about all the things that were so different from my first baby, such as how I feel, what seems easier this time around, what seems harder, and...
If you are a mom who has birthed children, chances are you have looked at your body after baby and not recognized who you were looking at in the mirror. I'd like to give you a few ideas as...
I have always been able to picture my future life. It is an ever-changing picture but I've always had a life plan. When I married my husband in 2017, having children was not a part of the plan. I had...
I weighed 110 pounds pre-pregnancy. My standard dumbbell curl was 20 to 25lbs. I could do eight to ten pull-ups without pause. I could run a mile in under seven minutes. A good day meant my six-pack abs were...
When I became a mom for the first time, I wasn't prepared for the journey ahead. My daughter was born two weeks early and her lungs were under-developed. She couldn't breathe on her own. While recovering from a Cesarean...
Ashlee White is a local mother, wife, and entrepreneur doing big things in the Midlands. She is the president of a new organization in Columbia, Life After Birth.   Life After Birth advocates for African American mothers in combatting postpartum depression,...
My family's lives changed in an instant exactly one week ago today. In Chicago, my brother Josh and his wife, Katie, went into the hospital to deliver their third child. Our family is spread out across the United States and...
Here is some groundbreaking, how-did-I-live-before-I-knew-this information: March 6 is Middle Name Pride Day. When I was little I did not like my middle name. Growing up in Philadelphia, Mercedes was not a name, it was a car. When we moved...
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4 Local Activities for Your Little Ones Who Are Not Yet...

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With school starting this month, my child's status as a stay-at-home child will come to an end. She will be starting preschool for the...

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