Genderlope

OnlyTrueNorthAsha, Family Life, NICU, Preemie parenting2 Comments

Once upon a time I had everything figured out, said no one—ever. Okay maybe that is a little bit harsh. We do certainly drum up some brilliant ideas though, am I right? I had decided early on that I was the ideal candidate to be a ‘boy Mommy’. I told my parents, my friends, anyone who would listen that I … Read More

Mother’s Day

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I wanted to write about this yesterday, but I had a hard time wrapping my head around everything I was thinking and feeling.   Mother’s Day can be a bittersweet day for some. It can be a glorious day of celebration, but it can also be a day of grief. It is a day that holds so much weight because … Read More

PTSD

OnlyTrueNorthAsha, Family Life, Featured, Friendship, NICU, Preemie parenting7 Comments

You guys, I started therapy today. I say that not to pat myself on the back, but to say that I see the light of healing at the end of a long dark tunnel. I have PTSD. The. Struggle. Is.Real. For some reason I am not embarrassed anymore. Women talk so often about how it takes 9 months to be … Read More

My Lighthouse

OnlyTrueNorthAsha, Insights, Inspirations, Preemie parenting1 Comment

It all started with a song. It was stuck in my head and burning in my ears for days. You know when you hear the lyrics and it’s almost as if it was sung exactly for you—in that moment.   We were in the middle of a massive remodel project and our tiny condo was rattling all day long. It … Read More

A NICU reflection

OnlyTrueNorthAsha, NICU, Preemie parenting7 Comments

My daughter turns 4 at the the end of the month. That means I have been a mom for 4 years. I’ve watched her grow for 4 whole years. It also means it’s been 4 years since my time in the NICU. With baby #2 on the way, I’m obviously beyond excited, but there is also an added layer. It’s … Read More

What NOT to say to a preemie parent

OnlyTrueNorthAsha, NICU, Preemie parenting18 Comments

When I first sat down to write this post, I planned to write a concise list of things you should NOT say to the parents of a preemie. That would certainly be a heated topic and one that I can greatly relate to, but seriously…it isn’t about what shouldn’t be said. People are people and they will always say awkward … Read More