March 27th, 2007

Your Turn: Large Catholic Families

A reader asks: As I read your blog and other Catholic mom’s blogs, it seems like the majority of you have a very large family … I’m just wondering if the reason for it is because the Catholic Church is against using contraceptives or is it something to do with a Catholic family culture?

Both. We’ve talked about being open to life here before and I would link to that

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December 11th, 2006

Your Turn: Childbirth

Do you (or perhaps your readers) have any advice or opinions on how to achieve childbirth as naturally as possible? I am nearly four months along with my first, and I would like to have a birth free from medications, if possible. I’m just not sure which methods or ideas work. I’d like to go into birth somewhat educated about how to help myself… Or do you think it’s one

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November 13th, 2006

Your Turn: Sterilization and Regret

A reader writes: Do you think you could start a discussion about and for womenwho regret sterilization procedures? I have recently finished reading abook by Christopher West and I feel nauseous about the fact that I gaveup the precious gift that is fertility. I am sickened, almost to thepoint of depression, that my husband and I are “lying with our bodies.”We are both converts to Catholicism and NFP and the

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July 6th, 2006

Our God is a Just God

And so He just can’t let me go unpunished for my smug wondering about what on earth other women were complaining about during their third trimesters. You see, with most of my previous pregnancies, I actually had the audacity to tell people I felt fabulous right through till the end. It really was true, though. I would have gladly suffered through two of those kinds of third trimesters in place

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June 18th, 2006

Self-Medication

I can handle being pregnant. Or having a cold with a fever. Or having a crabby 15 month old who also has a cold with a fever. Or sweltering 100 degree weather with unbelievably high humidity. But all these things at the same time? God apparently has a sense a sense of humor, but tonight I surely don’t.

Not to worry, though. It’s nothing two (okay, three) Happy Cookie Bars

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June 5th, 2006

Your Turn: Coping With Pregnancy Nausea

Now here is a topic that is near to my heart. I wrote about pregnancy nausea insanity a while back and got a lot of response from fellow sickness sufferers. Here is something a recent emailer wrote:

How do you cope with pregnancy sickness and take care of your little ones? My husband and son have been subjected to Campbell’s soups, Chef Boyardee, and a house that hasn’t been cleaned

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May 10th, 2006

The Long Goodbye

This morning Stephen patted me on my middle and said, “Hello, Baby Belly.”

It might as well admit it. I put it off as long as I could, but now even my so humongous I can’t believe I am wearing these things jeans are getting snug. It is time to hang my regular pants, jeans, and waisted dresses in the closet and say goodbye. It is time to pack my

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April 21st, 2006

Sick-o

Warning: The following post contains some disgusting information as well as descriptions of food. Do not read any further if you are currently pregnant and suffering morning sickness.

I said I would write about the insanity of pregnancy nausea (or “morning sickness” as it is sometimes inaccurately called) and so now, though these days I am feeling loads better, I will attempt to do so. Those who do not experience

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