By Lexi Behrndt via Redbook It’s hard to support people through difficult times. Honestly, before two years ago, I would have felt a lot of compassion and a lot of confusion if I were placed in a situation of supporting a parent of a chronically or critically ill child. That is, until I became one myself. On April 10, 2014 I gave birth to my second son. He was perfect, and he was purple. What I thought would turn into a quick visit with the on-call pediatrician in the hospital nursery suddenly turned in to my son fighting for his life, not just for a fewRead More →

Sage was born on November 20th, 2014, he was a 7 pound 15 ounce 20 inch long beautiful baby boy. The doctors sent my placenta away for testing since his kidneys were a little big on an ultrasound and found storage vacuoles. They told me that he had a ‘special rare disease’ some are not so serious and others are deadly so we need to talk about quality and longevity of life. Wait, what?! After I was discharged from the hospital they sent us to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh for genetic testing, we were there for the first week of his life. They finally toldRead More →

The dog days of summer are upon us and soon sleeping in and lazy summer days will be replaced with rushed mornings and school bells. And when the school bell rings, make sure your kids are prepared and safe. With 4 kids of her own, Miriam Sonenschein of Rubber Mulch understands safety concerns parents have when their kids are heading off to school. Check out Miriam’s helpful back to school safety tips below that cover everything from walking to school to handling strangers and safety in school and on the playground.  Back to School Safety Tips If your child will be walking to school, takeRead More →