Laura Holland

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Laura is an East Mountain Mama who loves Jesus, coffee, baseball, role-playing games, and the smell of rain in the desert. Laura has been married to her husband, James, since 2010, and after two losses they welcomed their son, David, into the world in 2014. Laura holds a degree in creative writing from UNM, and she often writes transparently about subjects such as miscarriage, secondary infertility, and the perspective change of parenthood after loss. She is passionate about connecting with other moms and sharing the good, the ugly, and the beautiful in this amazing journey.
How Sleep Training Saved My Sanity

How Sleep Training Saved My Sanity

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I don't take it for granted that we got very, very lucky. The night after our son David was born, he slept six hours in one stretch. In fact, the nurse had to come...
We Started Unplugging Once a Week: Here's What Happened

We Started Unplugging Once a Week: Here’s What Happened

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My husband recently showed me some research which detailed the benefits of unplugging from your electronic devices once a week. I was dubious at first, but we decided to give it a try. We established...
secondary infertility, ABQ Mom

This Is the Face of Secondary Infertility

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The white stick dropped into the trash can, conspicuously face-up, showing just one little pink line. When we first started trying for another baby, I took tests with regularity, but as time went on and...
As a Loss and Infertility Parent, I See Things Differently

As a Loss and Infertility Parent, I See Things Differently

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I follow a lot of moms in the loss and infertility community. Most of them, by now, have received their miracle, one way or another. But some have not. And all have struggled. One family...
To the Forgotten Mothers on Mother's Day

To the Forgotten Mothers on Mother’s Day

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When I was pregnant with our son, David, I had a lot of people stop and wish me congratulations on that first Mothers day. Only, what most people didn't realize was that it wasn't...
Reflections on the Miracle of Pregnancy After Loss

Reflections on the Miracle of Pregnancy After Loss

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My son's life is a miracle. My pregnancy with him was not a typical pregnancy. We got pregnant after 13 months of trying. My husband and I had already been through two miscarriages. In total...
For the Mother Who Is Hurting on Mother's Day

For the Mother Who Is Hurting on Mother’s Day

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My husband and I went through the loss (miscarriage) of our first baby at just five weeks. Afterwards, I knew I was different. Research shows that pregnancy changes a woman's brain. My desire to...
secondary infertility

Be Gentle with Your Friends Going Through Secondary Infertility

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It happened again the other day: the group of women I was sitting with started talking about the best age gap between children and asking each other when they were going to try for...
In Celebration of Womanhood

In Celebration of Womanhood

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I am proud to be a woman. But I'm not going to lie: it took me a long time to appreciate my womanhood. The single most influential event in my identity journey was . . ....
Minecraft, ABQ Mom

What I’ve Learned From Playing Minecraft with my Son

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My son loves the computer game Minecraft. A lot. He is only 5 years old, but Minecraft is simple enough that he can enjoy it, and complex enough that it encourages his creativity. When he's...
What Should I Read Next? Book Suggestions for Mom

What Should I Read Next? Book Suggestions for Mom

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Feeling a little stir crazy? Looking for some new book suggestions? Thanks to the Albuquerque Public Library online system, reading is a great activity to enjoy - and below are some you could check...
life lessons from the movie cars, ABQ Moms

5 Life Lessons My Child and I Have Learned from the Movie “Cars”

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One of the favorite movies in our house is the Pixar movie, Cars. We have gleaned a few life lessons from Cars and its two sequels and wanted to share some of them with...
10 years of marriage

10 Lessons I’ve Learned from 10 Years of Marriage

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This Valentine’s Day week, we have a series of posts dedicated to love, marriage, and sex. This series is brought to you by our partners at A New You Counseling.  My husband and I will celebrate...
depression

From Darkness to Light :: My Depression Journey

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Everything seemed to happen at once. Most of our community of friends moved away due to job changes. People I saw on a regular basis suddenly weren't there anymore. Our relationship with our best...