Collin and Owen smiling at each other sitting on chairs

Balance

By The Truthful Take | March 8, 2019

The Need of Balance Pneumonia 4 times in 1 year. That’ll change a person. In good ways and bad. After each bout of pneumonia I went through days, weeks, even months of sadness and frustration. Sadness that my life didn’t feel like mine any more. I was succumb to feeling like crap, taking multiple rounds…

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Career Change

By The Truthful Take | November 14, 2018

I became a public school teacher 6 years ago. It has been a hard 6 years.  To tell you the truth, I think I’m a decent teacher. I build real, trusting relationships with my students, work tirelessly to differentiated my lessons and have produced great test scores. But am I happy teaching? No. I am…

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Collin standing on colorful play area in back yard

Breastfeeding

By Leslie Shelledy | October 23, 2018

Breastfeeding Well, the time has come. I’ve decided to start weaning my little guy from breastfeeding. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it, I actually do.  I’m just so done with pumping. I’m done with hauling my pump everywhere, always wearing a pumping bra, and feeling like a cow being milked 4 times a day.…

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Collin taking a bath

Sleep Training

By Leslie Shelledy | September 27, 2018

Sleep Training I never knew how difficult sleep training would be until I had kids. Before Owen and Collin, I thought I knew what tired felt like. I look back at pre-kids Leslie and think, “Seriously? You thought you were tired? Really? Really?” Ian and I were fortunate enough with Owen because he was relatively…

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Anxiety

By Leslie Shelledy | June 15, 2018

Anxiety I have anxiety. I first noticed it after having Owen. I would worry about the usual stuff such as health, safety, work, etc. but with a little extra knot in my stomach. Then, after having Collin my anxiety got worse. I tell myself to chill and remind myself that I’m being overly worrisome. But…

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Mom Guilt

By Leslie Shelledy | April 17, 2018

Mom Guilt Mom guilt. I first experienced mom guilt when I stopped breastfeeding Owen. Call me naive, but I truly didn’t realize how time consuming breastfeeding would be until I had a baby stuck to my breast seemingly 24/7. Owen had acid reflex, which caused him to cluster feed, so instead of feeding every few hours…

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Questions

By Leslie Shelledy | March 31, 2018

Questions I’ve decided that being a breastfeeding/pumping full time teacher and mom is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I’ve never felt so out of place and questioning everything I do. A few questions that have come and gone and come again in the past 4 months… How often should I pump? Where…

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A New Normal

By Leslie Shelledy | February 28, 2018

A New Normal I’ve got to admit the past few months have been hard. I feel like my life has been dumped upside down, stepped on, kicked, punched, chewed up and then spit out. I knew adding another kiddo to my life would be hard, but this hard? I had no clue. Before having Collin,…

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Leslie Shelledy

Whether it's through nutrition, mindfulness, spending more time with family, setting monthly goals, or just finding the things that make us happy in life, finding balance is the ultimate goal. Join me as I try and find balance in my own life... Read More

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