Author Archives: Kathleen Sullivan

Remembering Sandy Hook: Mourning And Moving Forward

Remembering Sandy Hook: Mourning And Moving Forward

Last month, while Kim Kardashian’s ass blew up the internet, a truly amazing story flew mostly under the radar. On November 5th, little Matthew Bennett was born to proud parents Francine and David Wheeler. While babies are born every day, this was especially heartwarming news. The Wheelers lost their son Benjamin in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 14, 2012. More »

The Pain Of Losing An Infant Never Leaves You

The Pain Of Losing An Infant Never Leaves You

My husband Brian and I entered the room amidst feelings of both shock and devastation. It was our first time here. The mood was very solemn: a bunch of young men and women speaking in hushed tones. We quickly found a table with our new friend; someone whom we had met only hours earlier. One by one, grief stricken individuals rose to light a candle. They also spoke a name. Soon it would be our turn. “Liam Jude Sullivan,” my husband said full of obvious despair. It was still very raw. We were at our very first bereavement meeting. It also happened to be Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance month. If you have never heard of that month, you are not alone. Neither had we, until we had to do the unthinkable. Until we had to bury our firstborn son. More »

7 Ways To Support Parents Faced With A Difficult Prenatal Diagnosis

7 Ways To Support Parents Faced With A Difficult Prenatal Diagnosis

It was supposed to be one of the most wonderful days of our lives. On April 29, 2008, at just over twenty weeks pregnant, it was time for my anatomy scan. I was very excited to find out the gender and to see my little bean again. My pregnancy had been going wonderfully so far; no morning sickness or other issues. When the sonogram tech brought in the doctor to “take a look at something,” I knew there was a serious problem.
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The 11 Types Of Friends Every Mom Needs

The 11 Types Of Friends Every Mom Needs

Let’s face it, motherhood is hard. With all the focus being on our children, it is sometimes difficult for us to take care of our own needs. We no longer have the time to invest in all of the things that we used to. We can also feel isolated. As our children get older, they are making friends. However, that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t have our own relationships as well. In fact, mommy friendships are crucial. More »

After My Son Died: My Life As A Cemetery Mom

After My Son Died: My Life As A Cemetery Mom

For the first few months, my husband and I practically lived at the cemetery. Our first project was decorating his grave for Halloween. We set up a little ghost and put down a couple of pumpkins. Just a couple of months earlier, we had looked forward to spending this first holiday with our son. But now, this was all we had. It was the only way we could parent our child. It was all that we knew. This was our new normal. More »

Cyber Seniors Shows Grandmas How Not To Be Scared Of The Internet

Cyber Seniors Shows Grandmas How Not To Be Scared Of The Internet

Cyber Seniors, a documentary film chronicling the lives of senior citizens and their introduction to the internet, is set to premiere country-wide this month. Judging from the trailers, the film should prove to be both interesting and endearing. The endearing aspect is that these technology challenged elders do not have to go through this journey alone. They have been assigned teenagers as their mentors. More »

Social Media Makes Me Feel Like An Utter Failure

Social Media Makes Me Feel Like An Utter Failure

We have all been there. It is 10 AM and a very slow morning. The kids have a snow day and you are wondering  just what to do with them. You are seriously dragging as you were up a little too late watching the Housewives argue on Bravo. In spite of the exhaustion, kids are dressed. They are fed (somewhat).  And you are proud. You still manage to hold on to your title of Supermom. That is, until you see that pic. The one that ruins your day. A  Facebook friend just posted a photo of a gorgeous display table in the theme of Frozen. There are snowmen and princess cupcakes and colorful cake pops. Everything looks beautiful and perfect, with little coordinating handmade tags. You try not to panic. More »

7 Things I Hate About The Playground

7 Things I Hate About The Playground

With springtime rapidly approaching, many of us will undoubtedly find ourselves at the childhood mecca known as the playground. As delightful as it is for the kiddos, many moms will inevitably leave stressed and exhausted. Recently, I made my own list as to why that may be. So for all of us that often leave with the need for a drink (or ten), I present seven things I hate about the playground. More »

Even Though You May Be Done Having Kids, It May Make You Sad Anyway

Even Though You May Be Done Having Kids, It May Make You Sad Anyway

It has been almost two years now that I have been struggling with this decision. I do envy mom’s that “just know” when to stop having children. Recently, I laughed with an old friend as she spoke about her impending delivery. Not only would she be getting a c-section, she told me, but she would be getting her tubes tied as well. It was her third and she knew it was time. Others like myself, have a harder time. It becomes a mourning period of sorts. We are allowed this sadness. It is okay. More »