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    • SammyReno

      Married my dream man at 23
      in 2009 after knowing him just a year. We found out on our honeymoon I was pregnant with our first child. Three months later, I lost the baby, fully lost my mind, my self-worth, and my hope when I was diagnosed and told I’d likely never carry full term. In 2013, I made the decision to have a hysterectomy, after being told I could finally adopt my husbands son, whose mother was signing over her rights to me, since I was the one who raised him anyway. “One child is enough,” I lied to myself to try to make me feel somewhat better. When I went to my OBGYN, to start with the procedure, I found out I was pregnant, but having six miscarriages including one still birth, I wasn’t hopeful, but still decided to put off the surgery. July 8, 2014 after nine months of bedrest and seven months of morning-and-night sickness, three days before my 29th birthday, I gave birth to the most perfect little girl the world has ever seen. Her paternal great-grandmothers name is Eleanor, and her maternal great-grandmother was Ella May, and next month my little Ella Bird turns 2 years old. I get more than my fair share of flack for being so protective over her, and worrying about every little thing she does, but most pregnancies are just nine months, and I waited seven years for this miracle to happen to me, and I’m still so afraid I’ll lose her. After fighting so much and so long to have her, there’s not anything I wouldn’t do to keep her as safe and as close as I possibly can. I mean, I’m not a crazy person about it, and I have loosened up a bit as she’s gotten older, but unless you’ve lived it, you have no idea the toll it takes on not only your body and spirit, but your whole life and soul. I pray for those still struggling that they’ll too get their miracle baby (if that’s their choice) or just some relief from this awful disease. Hugs to all you bad-ass warriors. Love to all. XOXO

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      As a mother of two, I can whole heartedly tell you being a mom is the most wonderful job I’ve ever had. I adopted my son (now 10) and gave birth to my daughter (almost 2), and being a parent is the most selfless act of love you can bestow on another person.  That being said, it is also a selfless act of love to know you do not want to be a parent. Kids aren’t for everyone. Parenting doesn’t stop when they turn 18. It’s a lifelong, grueling, sometimes awful commitment to be responsible for another human. I can not for the life of me understand why people harp on others about having kids and then call them selfish for not wanting children of their own?!? It’s not for everyone! I would have strangers (!!) tell me I need to hurry up and make my son a sibling. It wasn’t for lack of trying, but I asked the one woman “have you ever had to bury a dead newborn? I have. Don’t ever say anything to another woman about what she should or shouldn’t be doing to their body.”  Now at 32, I have doctors and nurses (educated, medical professionals!) telling me I’m too young to have a hysterectomy because I’m still old enough to have children and may change my mind about having another, that living with endometriosis can’t be nearly as bad as living with the possible regret of removing my parts and never having another child. I didn’t take the decision to adopt my son lightly (my husbands son, but his mom took off when he was a baby and I met them shortly after), and I had almost given up hope of having my daughter, even going as far to schedule an appointment to have the procedure, only to find out I was pregnant and ordered to 9 months of bedrest. She is literally my miracle, but that was MY choice. Everyone needs to calm their tits and let people live their lives the way they want to. It’s not selfish to not want kids. Kids are fcking awful! I love my kids, but to each their own!

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      I’m going to be 32 next month and have been trying for 3 years to have a hysterectomy, because of my endometriosis. As if living with that isn’t bad enough, I had 6 miscarriages in 7 years - including one still birth. Three days before I turned 29, I finally gave birth to my miracle baby. Now I just have to contend with doctors (educated, medical professionals) tell me that I may want to have another, and living with endometriosis can’t be nearly as bad as living with regret of losing my parts so early and my daughter being an only child. Ummm, what the actual fuck?! I’ve said for years I only want one child. One and done. They’re my parts, take them the fuck out! If I change my mind, I’d be more than happy to adopt a teenager (I plan to, anyway!) but don’t tell me I’m too young to make those decisions for myself & living in constant pain and bleeding 2-3 weeks out of the month is WAY better than the possibility of regretting my choice. FOH.

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      You do realize it’s her job, right? My guess would be she’s in charge of writing “Celebrity” articles for Buzzfeed, and since the Kardashian’s are celebrities, she has to write about them or she’ll be fired. Does your place of business not have separate jobs for people? HR, sales, managers, any of these categories? Buzzfeed has several different categories, and I suggest finding one you like instead of bashing a girl for doing her JOB. Even if she enjoys her job, and enjoys writing these articles, what business of that is yours? In case you haven’t been able to tell (like stated in the article above) these Kardashian’s are an insane phenomenon and have millions of supporters - even if you’re not one of them. Lay off of her for doing her job. It’s not a good look.

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      Which are you from? Typically the rivalry exists more in the summer months, but even then South Jersey is hating more on PA people than North Jersey people. In my experience, NNJ is more bougie and and haughty. SNJ is more laid back, but but fiercely protective over their love of Philly teams - even if they hate their people for invading their beaches whilst invading Philly for sporting events. I think it’s a healthy rivalry, because as soon as someone starts on NJ as a whole, that’s when we stick together to defend our state. If you’ve ever travelled to the opposite side of the state where you’re from (live in north and go south and vice versa) you’ll definitely notice the differences in people, accents, and culture. I think that’s the main basis of the rivalry. I’m from South Jersey, and adore my North Jersey friends, but my southern counties are infinitely superior. ;p

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      Who said they don’t “have” to? Even if they don’t “have” to, BET actually HAS nominated white people and white people have won BET Awards. And I’m not just talking about Eminem. Justin Timberlake, started in all white boy band geared towards white teen girls, has been nominated more times than legendary singer/songwriter Jill Scott, actors Halle Berry and Sam Jackson. Please don’t speak what you don’t know. It takes minutes to do an Internet search to find relevant information. JT was nominated, I’m sure, because he doesn’t see color, and chose to work together to create something everyone can enjoy. Not just whites or blacks. Stop it.

    • SammyReno

      We don’t all get to marry the first person we fall in love with and live happily ever after. In fact, I don’t know anyone who has. Dating is the word used to describe having multiple relationships with multiple people. It doesn’t mean you’re porking each person. It doesn’t mean you end up with one person. It’s trying on what fits for you. Even if she, or I, or you were porking every person we dated - so what? When I was still dating, I would date a different guy each month or week to see if we were a good fit. I don’t understand the negative feelings people have about Taylor Swift and her relationships?

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      Am I the only psycho that enjoyed working Black Friday every year? I have 10+ years retail management experience, and have seen the absolute worst in people over the years. But I’ve also had some of the best staff a manager could hope for, and never once let them get mistreated by a customer. I don’t need the business as much as I needed my employees. Don’t like the rules? Put your purchase down on the counter and get out. There were always a few bad apples, but overall people are usually understanding and didn’t give anyone too hard of a time - save for dirty looks. Tis the season! You learn to take it with a grain of salt. Prepare and take care of your employees and they’ll take care of you. I’ve been out of retail for two years now, but if I could, I’d still go back and work the Christmas season as a temporary associate just for the joy of it.

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      Oh good God it’s not “sexualizing children.” It’s stating facts and protecting children. There are sick, sick people in this world who prey on innocent children. Therefore, their bodies need to be more covered and nothing close to a butt cheek should be shown. If you’re in the privacy of your own home, your kids can be naked as much as they want. There are people in this world who look at children in a sexual way. If a grown ass man or woman wants to dress in a way that shows more skin - more power to them. They’re adults. They can handle their own. A child needs protecting.

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      I found out I was pregnant on my honeymoon when I was 23. Three months later, I had a stillbirth. The doctors all told me it was highly unlikely I’d carry full term. At such a young age, this was devastating to me - especially because I was a newlywed and wanted to start a family at, what I thought, was the perfect time. Over the next 6 years, I had 5 more miscarriages (6 total including the stillbirth). After the first one, I fell into a deep depression that lasted over 2 years. I withdrew from family and friends and was miserable. It did get easier, but it still hurt - both physically and mentally. Two years ago, I told my husband that I was ready to have a hysterectomy. There was no point of me living in pain and I had become comfortable with the fact I’d never have a child of my own. Little did I know when I told him this, I was already 5 weeks pregnant. I waited a while to go to the doctor (I was a pro at this point), and was fortunate enough to be in a position to put myself on bedrest. On 7/8/14, I gave birth to the most beautiful, perfect baby girl in the entire world - three days before my 29th birthday - and now we just celebrated her first birthday! I love that you are still trying to remain optimistic and trying to have a baby. I know how hard it is - especially when it feels like everyone around you is having babies, and there’s horrible stories in the news about undeserving parents mistreating their children. I stopped believing in God during my depression (and I’m not sure I ever really did because I wasn’t brought up in church), but one of the first things I said when I held my daughter was, “You’re proof that God exists.” She is my miracle baby and I’m so glad I waited as long as I did before I gave up entirely, because it was definitely a close call and I was at the end of my line. If you’ll allow me to, I’ll pray that you receive your miracle. If not, I’ll just send out positive vibes, hope, strength, and love to get you through this most trying time. Good luck! I’m sure you’ll be a great mom!

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      I asked my 4 year old son if he had breakfast, and he told me, “Yep, Cheerios.” I told him we didn’t have any Cheerios. He said, “Oh. Cinnamon Toast Crunch.” I said we didn’t have that either. He said, “Well what kind of cereal do we have, mom?” My 11 month daughter, who is just learning to talk, is apparently being raised by my dogs instead of my husband and I. When a car goes by the house, she says, “Woof. Woof.” The other day I told someone I was sick as a dog, without missing a beat, she finished my sentence with “Woof.” A lamb does say, “baaa” but cats and birds still say “woof.” Can’t win ‘em all.