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I am going to let you in on my story. It is not easy to talk about, butit is a big part of what has led me to where I am today.

I started Peaceful Mama Coaching not just because of myexperiences as a mother to my daughter, but also because of my experiences as awoman that longed for a child. Letting go of my first child is what, in fact,saved my life and brought me the child that I have today.

My first pregnancy brought me so much joy, which was followed byconfusion, sadness, and fear over the course of multiple doctors’ visits. Uponhearing that I was going to have a miscarriage, I began to process the loss ofmy child.

I had known of very few that had miscarried, as it’s something we tend tohide as a society.

I was very well-supported by those around me, but I was not prepared forwhat was to come.

When the initial pain started, it caught me by surprise.

I was driving home and the pain was quickly accompanied by a list offlu-like symptoms, minus the fever. Just as I had hoped to birth withoutmedication, I also hoped to experience this loss without medication numbing meor my experience.

When I got home and tried to walk up the stairs and down the hallway, mypain was so intense and my body was so weak that I could barely walk straight. Fortunately,I was able to call for my husband’s help to get to the front door.

My symptoms continued to worsen and become more intense. I heard whatsounded like a waterfall for a few seconds and asked my husband if he heard it,too. He didn’t.

The pain eventually became too much to bear and I asked my husband toget the prescription my doctor wrote for a pain-reliever filled. I waited andthen he came back and we waited for the prescription to be filled... we waitedfor this to pass.

All I could think about was my physical pain. There was no room toprocess any emotional pain at this point.

After my husband came back with the medication, it was clear that Ineeded to go to the ER. As he was on the phone with the 911 operator, I startedto lose consciousness.

I feel for my husband who must have felt so lost in those moments as hewas awaiting the paramedics with me. His wife was not present. I had turnedpale and could not move on my own. The paramedics said my body was in shock andas they laid me down on the floor, they stated my blood pressure an extreme lowof 60 over 30.

What followed was a series of doctors and ER staff that could not makesense of my symptoms.

Was I experiencing an infection due to not miscarrying on time? Whywasn’t anything showing up on the ultrasound besides fluid?

They were ready to do an exploratory surgery so that they could find someanswers.

Thank goodness for specialities. The on-call OBGYN was able to pinpointthat I was experiencing a ruptured ectopic pregnancy.

This little child got stuck on the way down and could not get out. Mychild was growing in my fallopian tube, so much so that I could not contain himor her in that space.

Recovering from the surgery, I often looked at the scar that was leftbehind. The scar that looked just like a Caesarean scar on the outside butleft no child in my arms.

I went back and forth between processing my near death and my loss of mychild. It took much time before I was able to emotionally prepare myself forhaving a family again. It was when I saw a family in a moment of joy that Irealized I was ready to have a family for myself to share joy with.

Upon becoming pregnant with my daughter, the joy came back. And now I cannotimagine what life would be like without her and would never want to imaginethat.

It is so hard to justify a life lost even when a life is gained, but Imust say that I would not change anything—even if I could—becausethere is a good chance my daughter wouldn’t be here right now, and that is something Icould not accept.

There is truly so much to be grateful for in this life.

I want to thank the doctors, nurses, and paramedics that saved my life.They gave me all of their attention and did everything they could to figure outwhat was going on. I can’t imagine working with such intense pressure withsomeone’s life in your hands, while family surrounds you as you try to findanswers.

I want to thank the donors that gave me the near-six pints of blood thatI needed. I wouldn’t be here without that. I recently learned that the averagehuman body has about eight pints of blood in it. That made me realize just howresilient we are as living creatures.

I want to thank my mother, father, and brother who, without a question,hopped in their cars the moment they heard the news and sat in panic in the ERfor hours prior to my surgery. They sat and listened to me in pain, while theycould do nothing more than hold my hand and feed me juice from hospital cottonswabs, which was the only thing I was allowed to ingest prior to surgery.

I want to thank my husband forstaying by my side rather than rushing to get me the medication. In being therewith his love, he actually saved my life.

We didn’t know that the medication would have actually lowered my bloodpressure and we didn’t realize that it was low to begin with, but thankgoodness there was something in his heart that told him to wait another 10 minutes with me even though the prescription was probably ready.

I also want to thank him for humoring me while I was awaiting surgery.That was the only thing that made the pain go away. And since then he continuesto be by my side, encouraging me every step of the way to live my life to thefullest, and bringing into my life our amazing daughter.

Oddly enough, I have even considered thanking my doctor thatmisdiagnosed me with a miscarriage. Without her eagerness to get me diagnosed,I would not have experienced all that I did, which led me to my little lionessof a daughter.

I also want to thank the little onethat entered my world for several weeks. The child that gave me joy upon his or her arrivaland truly made me realize that I wanted a child. I hope that you are safe inyour new home, wherever that may be.

Lastly, I want to thank my daughter.

You are truly beautiful inevery sense of the word. Your smile brings me such joy. Your growth astonishesme every day. You entered this world as a dependent little being and now I seeyou seeking independence in any possible moment and it is so precious andgratifying to see that you feel so secure in your independence.

I realize that I am able to be thankfulnow, mainly because I have gained such a beautiful result.

For moms that havenot yet had a rainbow child, the pain may feel that much worse. I have learnedto be mindful of other people’s “plans” to have a child, as theirstories may be untold and unknown by others.

We surely can’t plan it all out,but hopefully we can find meaning in whatever the result may be.

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Sometimes inspiration just strikes.

Diana, our Motherly Experts Editor, had a moment just like that. The result was magic. "I was tucking my middle guy in, and he was all toddler-perfect... lost in a sea of blankets, so cute and little, and I just had this moment of, "wow, one day he is going to be a grown up, and someone else is going to love him..." And the rest is history :)" These poignant moments of motherhood touch the heart in immeasurable ways...balh able bla

After the tears have dried, this unique story, inspired by the overflow of love in a mother's heart, stays with you for a loooong time and is bound to resonate in your heart fas long as a mother's love remains for her child, long after they've left home. That's motherly. And, that's Motherly.

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Motherly supports mamas through their entire parenthood journey, delivering women-centric content that addresses her whole lifestyle through thousands of articles, images, videos and classes each month with Mom-to-mom insights, inspiration and empowerment.

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Vacationing with a baby isn't for the faint of heart. But while it typically means more luggage (hello, travel-friendly bassinets, clothes for all seasons, and more diapers than you can shake a boarding pass at!), it's still possible to have a fun, memorable adventure with your little ones―especially with the right equipment.

Our favorite family vacation saver? The right baby carrier, like BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One Air. The breathable, mesh design is perfect for a variety of climates, while the supportive construction will help you stay comfortable while you trek across your favorite destination.

One of our favorite family-friendly locales? Los Angeles. That's why we teamed up with LA mama extraordinaire Magin Birrenkott to share the best places to play in La-La Land when you have little ones in tow.


La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Perfect for your little dinosaur lovers, the famous Tar Pits and art museum feature something for everyone. Take the tar pit tour to learn more about excavation, or simply let the little ones run around the park to see the variety of sculptures. The museum features a Fossil Lab, atrium, and even a 3D theater to learn more. "You can have lunch and play on the grassy areas around the tar pits and fossil areas, as well as grab a coffee and stroll through the different art exhibits around the park," Birrenkott recommends.

Kidspace Children's Museum
Who says vacation can't also be educational? This incredible children's museum helps your little ones learn about everything from physics to biology―all through the power of play. Babies can face out in the Baby Carrier One so they'll have plenty to look at while staying snuggled up to you. Bigger kids will love experiencing the indoor and outdoor exhibits. Note: Several attractions feature water play, so pack a spare outfit for any kids who like to get messy.

Magin navigating a day out in LA with two little people and one free hand, thanks to the BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One Air.

Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Lions, tigers, bears...and more! The LA Zoo is home to a variety of animals from around the world―all of which your kiddos will love to admire. The bird show and giraffe feedings are especially popular hits. "Make sure to plan the short trek to the giraffes between 11:00-12:00 and 2:30-3:30. For $5 you get three branches and are able to feed them up close and personal!" Birrenkott says.

Move your little one to your back in the Baby Carrior One Air so they can get close to the action too. "We like to go at the very beginning since they can get full and sometimes walk away if there were too many people in front of you." After letting the kids run out their energy in the zoo, the Botanical Gardens make the perfect spot to relax and have lunch. "There's a beautiful grassy area that's quiet where you can set a blanket and enjoy the beautiful LA weather. And for us struggling tired mamas, there's a coffee shop that has the most amazing lattes and cappuccinos. Huge win."


The El Capitan Theatre

More than just a must-see on your tour of Hollywood, the El Capitan Theatre is an excellent spot for family memories. There are "Tiny Tot Tuesdays" for families with younger children (AKA, no one will give you a dirty look if your kiddo wants to sing along...or just throws a tantrum mid-show), and all of the family-friendly movies feature something extra, whether it's live Disney cast members, gift bags, or extra effects like confetti. Check the website to find out what is showing during your trip.

Aquarium of the Pacific
If your kids are fans of Finding Dory, they're going to love the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. With everything from penguins to sea otters to sharks (not to mention millions of fish in every shape, size, color), there's something to catch the eye of everyone in your family. The aquarium also features seasonal festivals and events, so check the calendar during your visit to make sure you don't miss their best shows. As for your littlest family members, they'll enjoy a comfy ride through the aquarium in their carrier.

"Our weather is all over the place sometimes, but in the BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One Air, he didn't get sweaty at all!" Birrenkott says. "Plus, after two days of activities, my back is in one piece. I can babywear him all the time now!"

Traveling Tikes
Forget something at home? Traveling Tikes on Santa Monica Boulevard is the perfect spot to scoop up any baby gear that didn't make it into your suitcase―including the BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One Air for easier travel around town. One other store we love? KIDSLAND on Wilshire Boulevard.

Making the time to explore is one of the greatest gifts you can give your family―and yourself. And thanks to BabyBjörn, now everyone can come along for the ride.

This article is sponsored by BabyBjörn. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

If there's anything better than dressing your kids up in adorable holiday outfits, it's gotta be matching them.

We rounded up seven of our favorite looks for this season. 🎁

1. Classic Christmas for kids

Go crisp, clean, classic and Christmassy with a Short Sleeve Smocked Holiday Dress from Feltman Brothers.

Short Sleeve Smocked Holiday Dress, Feltman Brothers, $67.95


Classic Christmas made modern for mama

Match your cotton cutie in a crisp and modern shirtdress that can last you far beyond Christmas.

Kowtow Monologue Shirt Dress, Garmentory, $93.00


2. Nordic-themed sweater set

Get cozy + complimentary with black and red family sweaters that you can wear all winter long.

Oh Sno Happy Christmas Collection, Hanna Andersson, $68 - $92


3. Matchy matchy mommy

A super-affordable option for the matchy matchy mama.

Emmababy Mommy and Me Matching Plaid Long Sleeve Shirt Dress + Princess Tulle Tutu Dress, $14.99


4. Mommy + me tutus

Tutus make everything, including the holidays, a bit more magical. Grab a matching set to enjoy a twirl with your girl.

Mommy and Me Tulle Tutus, Etsy, $110.00


5. The perfect plaid dress

Quick! This one is perfect, grab it fast.

Ruffle Trim Babydoll Dress for Toddler Girls, Old Navy, $20.00


Mama's plaid

Mama deserves ruffles and plaid, too.

Relaxed Plaid Twill Classic Shirt, $24.00, Old Navy


6. Best sweater set yet

Moms and sons can play match-up, too. Grab a sweater set you can return to the entire season.

Festivewear Sweater Sets, Boden, $55.00-$130.00


7. Big blue

Light up the night with Santa's sleigh and a sleek little number for mama.

Festive Big Applique Dress, Boden, $48.00


Blue for you, too

The perfect LBD (little blue dress).

Flippy Pencil Dress, Boden, $170.00


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