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When Your Child’s Birth Parent Is An Addict
“We want to be honest with him and we're not sure how. Both of his…
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…

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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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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An Open Apology

I'm sorry for expecting you to understand what it was like to not be expecting. To those of you who had a front row seat to the last three years of my…
"Eye Love You" Class Valentines

“Eye Love You” Valentines

DIY Valentines for the eyeball obsessed. My son is obsessed with eyeballs. There’s no clever way to write that sentence. Every day, he asks, “How do you spell eyeball?” “Can I touch…
Faux Aloe In Terracotta Pot

The Best Faux Houseplants

I've always hated artificial plants, but when we bought our second home, it was faux or nothing. We're not there often enough to keep real houseplants alive between visits. Not to mention,…
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When Friends Or Family Are Displaced: How To Help

Adopting a child from a different state often requires at least one parent to remain in the baby’s birth state for an extended period of time. And if your baby is born…
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 on to protect his delicate skin. CETAPHIL PRO ECZEMA SOOTHING MOISTURIZER Levon used to suffer from patches…
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The Best Product For Glowing Skin, According To A Celebrity Makeup Artist

Sarah Uslan, whose clients include Beyoncé, Solange, Emma Roberts, Tori Kelly, and Olivia Colman, shares her go-to product for glowing skin. Living in Hollywood has its perks, like when your son falls…
Levon's Disneland Birthday, Raise Magazine.

Levon’s Disneyland Birthday Party

Levon turned FOUR last month and we celebrated with a Disneyland themed party! At first, he requested a Haunted Mansion party. Levon loves Halloween and The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Haunted Mansion…
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Our Favorite Bottles For Preemies

What brand of bottle did your preemie use? Levon was born at 30 weeks, before his body knew how to suck, swallow, and breath. He received donated breast milk thru a feeding…
Vodka Greyhound, Raise Magazine.

Vodka Greyhound

A twist on the traditional Greyhound, featuring mint-infused grapefruit juice and a splash of club soda. I’ve never been a brunch boozer. I’m deathly allergic to celery, so Bloody Marys are out…

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