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Welcome to Thoughts, Dots, and Tots! This site is home to the advice column “Dear Hailey“, as well as posts on many different topics including marriage, self-care, mental health, and motherhood shenanigans.


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When it’s not the Greatest Day of Your Life

  I had the opportunity to write a guest post for Hot Minute Mom! Check it out here! Or read below! (And credit for the above photo goes to one of our favorite photographers, Davina!) I experienced one of the most beautiful moments in my life this weekend. What was[Read more]

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When Breastfeeding Isn’t Beautiful

  My Story Breastfeeding is a beautiful thing. So natural, so easy, so wonderful…except when it’s not. We had a rough start with our breastfeeding journey. My little man was in the NICU for his first 5 days of life due to low oxygen levels. He was so lethargic that[Read more]

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30 Things to do When You Are About to Lose it

Self-care is always essential, but as a new mom I am realizing even more how important it is. While taking care of my family is my number one priority, I’ve come to realize that I can’t take care of them if I don’t take care of myself. Here is a[Read more]

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The Daily Habit That is Destroying Your Self-Worth

Sometimes we have days where we get to take care of everyone else. But somedays we have days where we are the ones who everyone else has to take care of. I had one of those days this weekend. This called my attention to something I do regularly that is[Read more]

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The Moment That Changed My Life Forever

  There are a handful of experiences that shape our lives in a significant way. They are different for every individual, of course. One of the most significant is having a child. Being a parent is amazing. It’s hard. It feels impossible at times. And of course, you will find that[Read more]

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10 Things to Consider When Choosing Childcare

  So you have children and you are going to work. Maybe by choice, maybe out of necessity? You have a kiddo (or kiddos?) so what do you do with them while you are at work? What on earth do you look for in a quality child care? When my hubby[Read more]

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The Scariest Gross Story (poop!)

The beginning It was just a regular morning, just like any other. Or so I thought. Oh, if I could only go back to the peacefulness of that morning, and if I could unsee the trauma of poop that I saw that morning. I heard the sounds of the baby[Read more]

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