Jacksonville mom Chalonda Hill nervously listened to the news that her newborn son, Priest, would need to be admitted to the NICU at UF Health Jacksonville just minutes after delivery. Priest was Chalonda’s first child born premature, and he...
Curtis Dvorak, co-host of First Coast Living on First Coast News and the original Jaxson DeVille mascot for the Jacksonville Jaguars for 19+ years, has always believed in living in the present. His watch displays only one time: NOW. It’s never...
It’s creativity that brought Finn’s parents, Matthew Kelly and Marissa Kelly, together when they met as art teachers at a local Jacksonville school. Now, they create art with more heart than ever before, literally. The couple was elated when they found...
The first trimester is a beast that very few talk about. You might look totally normal on the outside. In fact, you probably do. But inside, your emotions are going haywire, you want all the bagels, and you feel...
January is here and so is the height of flu season. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released the statistics from the 2018 season and they are sobering: an estimated 80,000 Americans died of the flu last season (approximately...
We had to wait a long time to have our babies. Our oldest is 10 and our youngest are not quite 2-and-a-half. Through all the failed IUI and IVF cycles, lost babies, a ruptured ectopic, and grief over pursuing...
As a mother of twins, I always listen a little harder when I hear stories of other twin moms. Whether identical or fraternal, parenting twins has its own challenges and complications but, most of all, stories of love. On December 1,...
As an interior designer — and person of questionable sanity — who has moved seven times over the last eight years, I thought I knew all there was to know about how to choose a home and floor plan that...
One in 10 babies are born too soon. According to marchofdimes.org, there are 380,000 sweet babies who are born prematurely each year. That means 380,000 babies do not spend their first moments in the arms of their mother —...
Being a mom and being busy seem to go hand in hand. Whether you stay home with your children or work outside the home, all parents are constantly juggling. During my maternity leave as a new mom, I was...
I was 18 weeks pregnant when my high-risk OB (advanced maternal age and conceived by IVF) saw it on the ultrasound. He pointed to the screen and said, “This thumb appears to be wider than the other one. It’s...
As moms, we want to remember the firsts, the “big” moments and the little ones. The smiles (and tears!), laughter and hugs and this time of motherhood and parenting that go too fast. To help you capture these moments before...

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