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Here’s What My 5-Year-Old Understands About His Adoption
Parents frequently ask me if Levon knows that he is adopted. Yes, he does, but…
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Natural Hair Care Tips For Kids
If you are a white mom of black children, whether they came to you through…
My Sons’ Adoption and NICU Experience Left Me With Lifelong Anxiety That Destroyed My Marriage, Raise Magazine
My Sons’ Adoption and NICU Experience Left Me With Lifelong Anxiety That Destroyed My Marriage
Twenty years later, I still battle depression and anxiety, because I can’t seem to let…
The Most Frequently Asked (And Frequently Inappropriate) Questions About My Son’s Adoption, Raise Magazine
The Most Frequently Asked (And Frequently Inappropriate) Questions About My Son’s Adoption
My son’s adoption is not a secret -- you’re reading a blog about it --…
The Adoptive Mom's Hospital Go Bag, Raise Magazine
The Adoptive Mom’s Hospital Go Bag
All the things I wish I packed when Levon was born. {shop: book/camera/lotion/boots/sweater} CAMERA In…
The First Thing You Should Do After Your Homestudy Is Approved, Raise Magazine
The First Thing You Should Do After Your Home Study Is Approved
Learn from my mistake, I beg you. Many adoption professionals advise families to refrain from…
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7 Natural Hair Care Tips for Foster & Adoptive Parents
The best practices and products for caring for natural hair. DETANGLING Methods of detangling hair…
Greetings from Poland, Ohio, Raise Magazine
Greetings from Poland, Ohio
Writer Robin Bakay's raw portrait of disrupted adoption. We met in the adoption lawyer’s office…
What Do You Call Your Child's Birth Parent? Raise Magazine
What Do You Call Your Child’s Birth Parent?
Levon has recently started to notice pregnant women. He knows they have babies inside their…
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Tips On Creating An Adoption Profile Book
Adoption profile designer Mallory Fogas, owner of Arrow + Root, shares her tips on creating…

PREEMIES

The Worst Questions You Can Ask A NICU Mom, Raise Magazine

The Worst Question You Can Ask NICU Parents

September is NICU Awareness Month. Raise founder and NICU mom Jessica Butler shares her advice…
In Conversation with Anna Faris, Raise Magazine

In Conversation With Anna Faris

Anna Faris and Raise founder Jessica Butler talk preemies, co-parenting, and of course, mom guilt.…
Pumpkin Muffin Recipe, Raise Magazine

How Designer Rebecca Minkoff Saved My Preemie’s Life

At ten months old, my son stopped growing. By age two, he had fallen off…
Moon and Back Preemie Clothing
Before Chrissy Teigen, There Was Me
Over the summer, Teigen tweeted her struggle to find clothes to fit her newborn preemie…
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Our Favorite Diapers For Preemies
What brand of diaper did your preemie wear? Levon was born weighing 2 pounds, 7…
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Our Favorite Bottles For Preemies
What brand of bottle did your preemie use? Levon was born at 30 weeks, before…
The Best Products For Preemies With Sensitive Skin, Raise Magazine.
Our Favorite Products For Preemies With Sensitive Skin
Levon has ultra-sensitive skin, prone to rashes and eczema. Below are the products we rely…
Jessica Tyler, Raise Magazine
Life After The NICU
When we received the news we were being discharged, instead of joy, I felt anxiety…

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The Best Concealer for Tired Moms

Because none of us are getting that nap we asked for on Mother’s Day. My face is aging well, if I do say so myself. I attribute my still youthful looks to…
Picky Eater, Raise Magazine

Sam-I-Am

It’s a role no one wants to play – the Mother Of The Picky Eater. The nagging character who is hated from the beginning of the story, despite being right. ­­Today’s breakfast…
Toddler Boys' Bowtie and Suspender Set - Cat & Jack™

Preppy Easter Ensembles for Toddlers Too Young To Object

My general philosophy when it comes to holiday outfits is "Janie and Jack Lookbook For Less." Much to my husband's dismay, I dress up Levon every year for Easter. "Why are you…
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Fanny Packs Are The New Easter Baskets

Any kid will tell you that the best part about having a blended family is getting twice as many presents at Christmas. I have no issue with my children receiving a mountain…
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Blythe's Bluberry Muffins

Our Favorite Easter Brunch Recipes

Quiche and Cocktails and Carbs, Oh My! Easter Brunch is one of my favorite holidays to host at the lake. We've tried and loved each of the recipes below and will be…
Banana-Walnut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

The. Best. Cookies. Ever.

Half banana bread, half chocolate chip cookie, complete perfection. Martha Stewart's Cookies has been a favorite of mine for years. Her Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip recipe has been our family's go-to…
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Surviving Holidays In A Blended Family

The keys to thriving, not just surviving, during holiday celebrations with your modern family. My parents divorced when I was twelve. I grew up and married a man whose parents were remarried…
Microfashion, Raise Magazine

The Best Sweatpants For Boys With A Tiny Waist, Long Legs, And No Butt

Levon is 4 years old, barely a size 2T around the waist, a solid 3T in length, and his butt is F          L          A          T. A…
In Conversation with Anna Faris, Raise Magazine

In Conversation With Anna Faris

Anna Faris and Raise founder Jessica Butler talk preemies, co-parenting, and of course, mom guilt. Anna is an actress and author, creator and host of the podcast “Anna Faris is Unqualified,” and…
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What Do Your Stepchildren Call You?

Gijo. Katoots. Muffin. We recently asked several step families about the names and titles their families use, and their answers were fascinating. The word “step” was forbidden in my home. I was…

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