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‘She had a severe fever. I thought she’d sleep it off. The next morning, her breathing was off. I should have listened to my gut.’: Local ‘mom tribe’ step in to breastfeed newborn while mother’s daughter battles life-threatening flu

“That night, she got worse. Her eye turned pink. She sat next to the couch and cried, coughing so hard she vomited. When the ambulance arrived, I passed off my other kids to a friend, said goodbye. That’s when I lost it. I had no idea this would be 1 of 9 nights my daughter would remain in the hospital. I had to be strong for my sweet girl. My newborn was stuck at home. I posted to Facebook about it. Suddenly, text after text came flooding in.”

‘Is she your only one?’ Awkward silence. ‘Nope. She has an older brother. He died.’: Mother of stillborn son’s candid response to strangers’ prying questions, ‘He should be here’

“My daughter and I went to the mall. She was waving at everyone. It prompted an older couple to strike up a conversation. ‘She’s so cute and friendly,’ they told me. ‘How old is she? She’s big for her age!’ Then the inevitable question was asked. I just thought, ‘How do I get myself out of this conversation?’ I wonder what would happen if I just said, ‘My son died,’ then walked away.”

‘Everyone knows I’m waiting until 7 a.m. to get ‘the alcohol.’ 6 minutes left. Enter Shirley, my cashier.’: Woman’s unexpected run-in with 2 Walmart employees leaves her ‘humbled, choked up’

“Everything was running smoothly until she came upon my bottle of wine. Apparently, they don’t sell alcohol until 7:00 a.m. She said I could wait. After all, it was only 23 minutes. ‘Mmmhmmm, she’s waitin’ on the alcohol.’ I started waving and threw in some ‘hey’s!’ But then Shirley started telling me about her life. I began crying in line.”

‘I was holding hands with my boys when a friend shook his head at me. ‘Ya know, you’re raising them to be mama’s boys.’ Every hair on my arm stood up.’ Mom with all-boy tribe criticized for raising ‘mama’s boys’

“It was a neighborhood street, but the darkening sky and numerous curves made me a little nervous. So, I kept my boys close to me. And just like that, the cool air was replaced with hot steam billowing from my ears. He continued to list reasons why raising mama’s boys was a NEGATIVE thing. It was one of those Mama Bear moments you don’t see coming, but hits hard and fast.”

‘Stop touching my kids, stranger. You don’t know us and it’s creepy.’: Mom stresses importance of respecting children’s consent

“I was in the grocery store, minding my own business. I was anxious, hoping to get in and out before my daughter woke up. Everything was going great until a stranger approached my cart, undid my car seat canopy, and started rubbing my daughter’s cheeks. I felt so uncomfortable. I appreciate how adorable you think my daughter is, but please don’t caress her.”

‘I know you said ‘no’ to terminating, but no one would blame you.’ A long needle pierced my pregnant belly.’: Military couple give birth to ‘beautiful’ Down syndrome baby, ‘she drew her first breath, our lives changed forever’

“I laid on that cold hospital bed in that dark ultrasound room, shaking from nerves. ‘Having kids is hard. Having kids with special needs is harder.’ He approached my case with absolutely no care in the world. When Brian came home on Christmas leave, we broke away from family. ‘Babe, they found things wrong with the baby.’ I had no idea how I was going to tell him. He missed it all. He had no clue.”

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