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I’m Starting To Realize My Third Pregnancy Will Not Be As Easy

I’m Starting To Realize My Third Pregnancy Will Not Be As Easy

I don’t want to want another child. My husband and I have a beautiful girl and boy. We look like the bicycling family in a prescription medication commercial. We’ve achieved the perfect boy-to-girl ratio in our home. A third pregnancy would cause us to rearrange bedrooms, car seats, and our entire lives. But the overwhelming desire to have a third child just won’t leave me be. I can’t pass a stroller without looking in. I’ve even started watching A Baby Story again. I want to be pregnant, but I don’t look forward to another pregnancy. Through both of my pregnancies, I suffered from preeclampsia, chronic nausea, and psychotic hormonal episodes when Chic-Fil-A was closed on Sunday and all I craved was some freaking poultry and waffle fries. I wasn’t a beautiful and glowing pregnant woman, either. My once soft, smooth skin became riddled with hormonal acne that caused me to resemble Pizza the Hutt from Spaceballs. My waistline expanded like a sumo wrestler on a sugar IV. RELATED: Am I Ready To Have A Baby? 12 Questions To Ask Yourself First I developed a wingspan; …

What It’s Like Being Married To A Mute

What It’s Like Being Married To A Mute

I can still vividly remember the chilly New Year’s Eve when my husband and I met. Because we were two of the tallest people in the Irish pub, we managed to gravitate toward one another like giraffes under the influence of cheap champagne. His eyes were pretty and I respected him for not once looking away from my glittery eyelashes to my glittery low-cut blouse. We talked for hours that night and tackled really important subject matter: Roth or Hagar? Summer or winter? Democrat or Republican? Ax murderer or not? In our “honeymoon phase” of the relationship, we conversed quite a bit.  It felt like we would never run out of things to talk about. So many late nights we held bulky Nokia cell phones to our ears and refused to be the first one to press end. We revealed secrets about our past and hopes for our future while sharing our present. We talked and we talked and we talked some more. But now that ten years have passed, we don’t have much to say. Let me rephrase …

I Wish I Never Had Kids Because I Was Happier Before Children

I Wish I Never Had Kids Because I Was Happier Before Children

Editor’s Note: This is a part of YourTango’s Opinion section where individual authors can provide varying perspectives for wide-ranging political, social, and personal commentary on issues. In November of 1975, the year before I was born, advice columnist Ann Landers asked her readers, “If you had it to do over again, would you have children?” Nearly 10,000 parents replied on handwritten postcards — some of them saying things along the lines of, “I wish I never had kids.” A few weeks later, Landers shared the survey results in an article headlined “70 Percent Of Parents Say Kids Not Worth It.” I happened across an old clipping of this headline 23 years later. I was the proud mama of two little tots, swollen and counting down to two more, an unexpected batch of twins. Raised as a devout Mormon, I believed it was my divine destiny to birth babies. This was what I was born to do. And so, I did it well. The belief that I was doing right by God made my early years of parenting …

11 Painfully Honest Truths About Dating A Middle Child

11 Painfully Honest Truths About Dating A Middle Child

I’m the middle child of three boys. All my life, I’ve heard people tell me, “I can tell that you’re a middle child.” It’s the hardest position to grow up in, and you may develop middle-child syndrome. Oldest and youngest siblings have well-defined characteristics due to birth order, but the middle child is a real wild card. That said, if you’re dating a middle child, you might not know how to deal with them. But here are 11 things you’ll always find to be true. Here are 11 painfully honest truths about dating a middle child: 1. We’d like some attention, please The obvious stereotype about middle children is that we’re desperate for attention. This is kind of true, but the reality is that we don’t need that much attention. A little bit goes a long way. Middle children don’t need a parade every time they enter a building. Youngest children, however, well… RELATED: What Your Birth Order Says About Your Love Life 2. We give and take good advice Probably the hardest part about being a …

10 Sweet Valentine’s Day Traditions From Around The World

10 Sweet Valentine’s Day Traditions From Around The World

What can we say? Love is a universal theme. But not everyone chooses to celebrate it with roses and boxes of chocolate, and that’s true in many parts of the world. You see, good Valentine’s Day ideas are a dime a dozen, but in order to give your partner something truly special, you’ll need to understand how to be romantic and take it to another level, like many of these traditions do! Is Valentine’s Day celebrated everywhere around the world? Yes and no. Valentine’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world, although not always on the same day and not always as “Valentine’s Day” specifically. For instance, in Slovenia, instead of celebrating Saint Valentine, they celebrate Saint Gregory’s Day, and they do so on March 12, rather than on February 14. Many of these festivities honor not just romantic love, but also extend to friendship and family, too, which is great news for single people. And others, like those done in South Africa and other parts of the world, keep to the true …

The Real History Of Why And How We Celebrate Valentine’s Day

The Real History Of Why And How We Celebrate Valentine’s Day

We stuff ourselves on Thanksgiving, wear ugly sweaters come Christmas-time, and ring in the New Year with a champagne toast. That’s just how it’s done. Similarly, ever since most of us were in pre-kindergarten, we celebrated Valentine’s Day by exchanging heart-shaped gifts and cards, red or pink flowers and chocolate (preferably from that someone special) have marked our celebrations of Valentine’s Day. While your days spent sorting those little cardboard, Disney princess-themed valentines may be over, there are many things we expect every year on February 14 without giving much thought to the history or origins of these traditions and their associated symbols of love. RELATED: Happy Valentine Week! What Each Day Means + Propose Day Quotes For Your Love Knowledge is power (and fun facts are, well, fun). Here’s the history of Valentine’s Day, including the origins of the most popular traditions, symbols and gifts associated with love, St. Valentine, Cupid and Lupercalia. The Real History And Origins Of Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day began as a minor feast day honoring two Christian martyrs named Saint …

8 Things Strong, Secure, Stable Women Do Differently

8 Things Strong, Secure, Stable Women Do Differently

If you have ever watched a smart, powerful woman walk into the room and hold her own with class, grace, and style, you know the effect she can have on those around her. It’s not about being rude, demanding, or loud, but more about maintaining a personal constitution that guides her through difficulties and shines a light of inspiration so bright that others can’t help but want to follow in her footsteps. She’s a strong woman in control — and you can be, too. Here are 8 things strong, stable, secure women do differently: 1. They decide to be powerful In this life, there isn’t one among us who will not experience fear, anxiety, insecurity, and all kinds of other “negative” emotions that can and will tear us down if we allow them to. It’s easy to let those intrusive thoughts linger. But strong women have chosen to make the powerful decision to fully commit to themselves for the long haul, come what may. They truly embrace the idea that they will never give anything …