Author Archive | Melanie Trulsen

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Celebrating Breastfeeding Despite My Traumatic Birth

  August 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week and we have a special extended line up for you! Our writers will share their triumphs and tears through their personal recollections of making sure their babies are fed, be it through breastfeeding or supplementation. We hope you connect with these experiences by picking up a few tips or […]

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The Joy of a Local, Kid-Free, Weekend Vacation

For our anniversary this year, my husband and I decided to spend a kid-free weekend just fifteen minutes from our house. And we loved it. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m all for vacations where you travel somewhere far from home, but if the goal of your vacation is to spend quality time together with […]

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Why Moms Need the Enneagram

In ninth grade, I gave a speech about the Myers-Briggs personality typing system. I enjoyed giving the speech so much that I, a relatively shy 14-year old, won speaker of the day. Personality assessments abound, and I’m fascinated by them: StrengthsFinder, spiritual gifts assessments, the Four Temperaments, the DISC assessment, the Highly Sensitive Person test, […]

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10 Wellness Ideas That Take Less Than Five Minutes

I believe that wellness means honoring and taking care of my body and cultivating joy wherever I go. Living a healthy, full life is as much about what fills my body as what fills my heart and mind. Around the time when my son turned one, I realized that if I wanted to savor this […]

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The Lies Motherhood Will Tell You

Real women get pregnant right away. That was the first lie. It made me feel flawed before I could even identify what I was thinking. A few months went by with my unwanted period arriving on time, a bloody announcement of what did not exist. I googled “average time to conceive” over and over, desperate […]

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10 Things To Do If You Had A Traumatic Birth Experience

It began calmly in the middle of the night. My water broke on its own. Our drive to the hospital was blissfully free of contractions. But 37 hours later, I found myself in the operating room about to have a Cesarean. A week after my son’s birth, I went to the emergency room with extensive […]

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