Laura

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How Disney World won me over for our family getaways

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I love to travel. I’ve been to 22 countries, and relish the adventure of exploring new places. My idea of a personal dream vacation includes large mountains, lots of walking, a good stash of books to...

Loving someone rare

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What is Angelman Syndrome? Angelman syndrome (AS) is a rare neuro-genetic disorder that occurs in one in 15,000 live births. Angelman syndrome is often misdiagnosed as cerebral palsy or autism due to lack of awareness....

The best gift I never wanted

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Two years ago this month, we received a call that changed our lives. After months of failed milestones and a barrage of testing, our fears and worry over our baby girl’s health received a name:...

I’m that mom posting ponies and rainbows on social media, but what was ACTUALLY...

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  A couple weeks ago, I was that mom. The one filling your news feed with cute kid pictures, celebration (ala the world series), and general happiness...while actually having the worst week EVER. Now that the election is over, I...

How to be a rockstar NICU family friend

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I'd heard of the NICU. I knew some NICU nurses and friends whose child had spent time there. And when my first two kids were born, I remember nurses making vague reference to the 3rd floor, but I never...

Tips for becoming a super pumper (or at least surviving this season)

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So it’s World Breastfeeding Week. And if you’re a mom like me, you might have, well, mixed feelings about the extravaganza. After a great experience breastfeeding my firstborn, I had to pump exclusively for...

The question I stopped asking myself

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Before I had kids, I traveled a lot. My goal was to pack light, walk fast, and take the trip of a lifetime at least every other year, and that’s pretty much what I...

How to be #ORLANDOSTRONG without leaving your house

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A week ago, my son graduated from a 13-week stay in the NICU at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies. I drove by Pulse daily on my trips to see my little guy,...