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Three Times The Love: How Being A Mom Has Made Me Better
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Three Times The Love: How Being A Mom Has Made Me Better

When my children’s birthdays come around, I experience rebirth. In the midst of another rebirth experience with Freedom’s birthday approaching on the same day as my book launch, July 11th, I can’t help but reflect on how much motherhood has shaped me and brought me closer to being my authentic self. As I was answering questions for interviews this weekend regarding my book launch, I did some reflecting. One of those questions (paraphrased) was how am I different now that I’m a mother, wife, and author than before these accomplishments. I remembered how when I first found out that I was pregnant with Jarvis Jr. and I felt a bit discouraged because I felt like my life was over as I knew it. I was 22 at the time so I felt like I had a lot of more life to live and experience before having chi...
Heavy Is The Head
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Heavy Is The Head

One thing that I’ve been extremely grateful for during this stay at home order is creating a new bond with my baby boy Legend. Before Freedom was born, Legend was practically glued to me. I always carried him, we were so close. I talk more about that in a past blog. Of course I thought when I had another baby that I would be able to manage being a mom of three and dividing my time up. I realized that it wouldn’t be so easy just minutes after giving birth to Freedom when I walked over to pick Legend up to let him know that he was still my baby. The nurses quickly told me that I could not lift anything heavier than Freedom. My heart was shattered that I wouldn’t be able to pick Legend up for a while. Then later I would experience extreme mommy guilt when I started working three weeks after ...
The Gift
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The Gift

A few weeks ago I went to the post office with a lot of packages to ship out from orders from my online shop. I had so many that I had to put them in a bag to hold them all. The line was long and I was waiting for what seemed like forever. I could have easily complained about the time that it took to get to the front of the line but instead I thought of the days when I prayed to have multiple orders to ship. Same with now. I can either complain about having more time at home or be grateful for more time with my family, more time to take care of my mental health, and more time to tune in to my gifts. When I choose the latter and shift to a place of gratitude, I am able to see the gift in everything. By the time that I got to the front of the line I asked to buy 20 stamps. I wanted them to ...
The Art of Contentment
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The Art of Contentment

School hadn’t quite started yet as I stood at my door greeting students upon arrival as they began to fill the halls for the day. We are on block schedule and it was an A day. Tiffany, one of my B day students, walked up to me to return the markers that I let her borrow the day before to finish her black history poster at home. She shared with me how she finished her poster and that her mom hung it up on the wall because she was proud of it. I asked Tiffany if she was also proud of the work that she had done and she hesitated. She said, “Yes, but I could have did it better. I wanted to redo it.” I told her, “Be proud of yourself and what you accomplished. The goal is to continue to improve but you have to celebrate where you are right now even if it’s not where you want to be.” Per usual...
Lessons in Art Class: Self-Love Is The Best Love
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Lessons in Art Class: Self-Love Is The Best Love

Yesterday was the calendar holiday Valentine’s Day. Some of my students celebrated this on Thursday since the students were out of school on that Friday. I watched in the hallway as students passed out gifts to their friends, boyfriends, and girlfriends with excitement. I also noticed that some of my students were empty handed and some were even sad. Fortunately, I had a lesson plan for the day that wasn’t typical for Valentine’s Day that also tied into black history month. Before I could introduce the lesson to my 3rd period 8th grade students, I felt a heavy wave of sadness flood the room. Before we meditated I asked, “How are we feeling today” as I could feel tension coming from the right side of the room. KeKe spoke up, “I’m not having a good day! I didn’t get anything for Valentine’s...
The Importance of My Morning Routine
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The Importance of My Morning Routine

Honoring my morning routine is one of the most beneficial ways that I practice self-care. As a mom of three children, wife, teacher, business owner, and artist my plate is full. That's cool because I love to eat; however in order to show up and be present for my family, students, and clients, I have to wake up early in the morning before every one else does. If I don't, I find myself irritable within a few hours of waking up. In some seasons I'm super strict about my morning routine. I have to meditate, pray, read, journal, burn sage, light my candles, etc. Other times I may just paint or really focus on a cleaning tasks which are both forms of meditation because I'm able to be present in the moment. Some times I'll wake up and just sit down and talk to God and write the messages that I re...
11/22
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11/22

Today a new me emerges From the dust like The Phoenix does I transform These ashes as I burn to the ground Igniting my foundation And adjusting my crown This is transcendence -Corinthian Elizabeth
Birthing Freedom
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Birthing Freedom

I'm super excited about the second half of this year! Every July for the past 9 years has been a pivotal month for my evolution on my journey towards freedom. Around this time in 2010, I was preparing to leave Louisiana to go to college. This is also when I started my spiritual journey awakening to my desire for freedom. The two summers that followed bought big changes for me with traveling, internships, and gaining independence getting my first apartments. In July of 2013 I started my journey with holistic health and I met my soulmate for the second time who is now my husband. In July of 2014 I started my career post college graduation. The July that followed I changed jobs while adjusting to being a first time mommy. In July of 2016 I earned a certificate and a promotion. This time was...
My Soul Teacher Lesson #17: Delayed, Denied, or Divine?
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My Soul Teacher Lesson #17: Delayed, Denied, or Divine?

Legend had a great month in May! He's gaining weight, growing taller, and controlling his episodes better when he throws up and struggles to breath. He has a new care team. He's been doing great in therapy exceeding the expectations that his old company had set for him. He's more alert and becoming increasingly active each passing day. He's showing up everyday and letting us know that God is still in control. We got good news a few days ago about his insurance and are on track to get a new team of specialist and additional therapy. A day after the good news we ran into a new stumbling block, but I know we will get through it. It's already being worked out for the good. I have a new alternative remedy that we will be trying this month too. As I look back over Legend’s life, I'm constantl...
My Soul Teacher Lesson #16: Run
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My Soul Teacher Lesson #16: Run

I pulled up to Jr.'s school on Friday. I asked him if he was going to have a good day. He said yes. There was no hesitation, tears, or hints of fear in his voice. He said, "I'm not going to cry at nap time today because you always come back to get me." As many times as Jarvis Sr. And I have reassured Jr. that one of us will always pick him up from school and that we will never leave him, this is the day that it finally clicked for him. When we walked to his class out on the playground, he ran away to go play without telling me bye. His teachers were elated too to see his enthusiasm. I waved and walked away with the reminder from above that as I too leave my comfort zone and run through the doors that have already opened for me, God will always be there for me and will never leave me.
Managing Perinatal Depression
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Managing Perinatal Depression

With the new light being shined on mental health awareness and the open discussion on postpartum depression (see link to blog post from last year), I want to talk about perinatal depression or depression during pregnancy.  This kind of depression often gets mistaken for the common changes that happen during pregnancy like moodiness and being exhausted all the time. In reality its intense feelings of sadness, fear, worry, guilt, shame, and anguish all bottled up in one that manifests from hormonal and physical changes a woman experiences while creating a new life. This needs treatment and healing just like any other mental disorder and should not be ignored. All of my pregnancy journeys have been different. The one thing that they all have in common is that I too battled with perinatal depr...
Caregiving as a Mother
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Caregiving as a Mother

Never in a million years did I expect my son to have complications with his health and have developmental delays. However I can say that I was prepared that this would be a different ride from what I was use to dating back to his time in the womb. The featured image is titled "Differences". I painted it while I was 5 months pregnant with Legend. I could feel that he would be unique to the point that I would cry because I just couldn't explain what I felt to anyone. I still can't explain it to this day. Its a conversation only understood between me and God, just like this painting full of healing energy is. I remember when Legend got discharged from the hospital back in December. The nurses gave us all of this equipment and a quick tutorial on how to use it for Legend to feed through a NG ...
Embarking on a Conscious Pregnancy Journey
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Embarking on a Conscious Pregnancy Journey

When I got pregnant with Jarvis Jr. back in 2014 shortly after I graduated college, I was an emotional wreck. I had heard the stories about pregnancy hormones but I didn't know how they would affect me. One minute I was crying, the next minute I was angry, and then the next I was spiraling with anxious thoughts stemming from every irrational fear that you can think of it. It was safe to say that my emotions controlled me. This was discouraging. I went through perinatal depression over the next few months and then postpartum depression after I gave birth which lasted over a year. In 2016 when I went through my version of a "great awakening" I learned about the power in controlling my thoughts and emotions by taking charge of my mental health and utilizing other powerful tools to help with h...
My Soul Teacher Lesson #15: Leave Your Comfort Zone
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My Soul Teacher Lesson #15: Leave Your Comfort Zone

My big boy started school last month! I cried like a baby when I got to myself and realized that he was growing up. Junie soon faced challenges as he was making the adjustment to going to school everyday. Some days he was excited to go and on others there were tears. Whenever we would ask him why he cried he would say that he wanted to stay home. I would say, "But you can go and learn new things." He would reply, "But I like to learn with you and do school in my room (referring to his learning wall that I use for our homeschool lessons)." I would say, "You get to go and play with new friends and toys." His reply would follow, "I can just stay and play with you guys and play with my own toys." Reality set in that Jr. was afraid to leave his comfort zone despite the possibilities for growth ...
My Soul Teacher Lesson #14: Wound Care
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My Soul Teacher Lesson #14: Wound Care

Back in March when Legend had his g-button placement surgery we were instructed to clean it once a day and that it would heal in eight weeks. To my dismay when we went to the eight week checkup we learned that granulation (extra tissue) had formed around the site and it didn't look so great. It needed to be treated to get rid of it. It turned out that simply cleaning the g-button site once a day and waiting for time to pass wasn't enough to ensure optimal healing. While granulation tissue forming at the site is normal, it's not ideal and does need attention to keep from worsening. The nurse gave us two options to treat the excess tissue. One was to apply Granulotion four times a day for four days at a time until it was completely gone. The other option was to apply silver nitrate once to "...
My Soul Teacher Lesson #13: Carrying Grace
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My Soul Teacher Lesson #13: Carrying Grace

I've been carrying Legend for almost 2 years now. First in my womb and now in my arms. I use to carry him everywhere in a carrier before he got a g-button placed in his stomach. In the womb, he was unable to sustain his own life so I did all that I could to provide him with a healthy temporary home in there. Now he's unable to sit up independently, crawl, or walk yet so I carry him as often as I can to make sure that he's supported and gets around. This reminded me that God does the exact same thing for me by carrying me when I'm unable to carry myself which is really all of the time. I actually talk more about this in a previous blog, My Soul Teacher Lesson #4: The Carrier . Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in the tim...
My Soul Teacher Lesson #12: Jr. The Artist
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My Soul Teacher Lesson #12: Jr. The Artist

It had been a long week spent in the hospital with Legend back in March after the doctors diagnosed him with lysosomal storage disease (which has changed since then, thank God.) We were all exhausted, stressed, and ready to go home. I had asked the Child Life Specialist to come in to speak with Jr. and to do some activities with him that would help him cope. I could imagine that it had to be challenging for him to be back and forth between the hospital and home with Daddy at night when I stayed with Legend. The Child Life Specialist left him some toys and a few other things after they were done with their activities. Among those things was a notebook and markers. When it was just me, Jarvis, Jarvis Jr. and Legend left in the room, Jr. began to draw on some of the sheets of paper. He made...
Healing Gestational Diabetes
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Healing Gestational Diabetes

Growing up, I watched my paternal grandmother stick her fingers several times a day to check her "sugar". At a young age I became familiar with the notion that diabetes "ran in my family". Every since I can remember, about age 2, I've had a heart and a desire to heal. I grew up wanting to be a doctor because I associated medical doctors with people that healed. I can remember having the desire to heal my grandmother one day and making sure that no one else in our family ever had to deal with "sugar" again. A part of me has always believed that every disease can be cured some way, we just have to figure out how. I saw my granny sticking her thumb. Her next prescription would come. Diabetes and high cholesterol? Where did our eating habits come from? Probably the slave masters that fed us th...
Abundant April
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Abundant April

Spring is here, my favorite time of the year! I'm excited about this new month, "Abundant April" and all of the possibilities and opportunities that it holds. I can feel this powerful new moon in Aries in full effect and I'm taking full advantage of the productive and creative energies that it is bringing. The past 6 months have been challenging for me with learning of my new pregnancy, reality setting in that I would soon be a mother of 2 under age 2, my baby boy's recent diagnosis of a life threatening illness, having to rebuild myself once again after another battle with depression, and just trying to create balance while staying on top of things. While challenging it has been, my faith has also grown. I've become stronger, I've learned to ask for and receive help, and I've become a bet...
The Plug
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The Plug

Here lately I've developed this poor habit of falling asleep without putting my phone on the charger. When I start the next day my phone is already in the yellow zone or sometimes on red signaling that it needs to be charged as soon as possible. I start the cycle of putting my phone on the charger for a little bit and then I take it off when I need to use it. I sit the phone down and do something else. I get another low battery notification and I repeat this same cycle. My phone never fully charges and sometimes it dies completely if I'm out and about. There are instances where I want to just pick up my phone and read an ebook for 30 minutes or listen to a full album. Sometimes these moments can't happen because I need to have my phone on the charger to do so. If I would have charged my ph...
My Soul Teacher Lesson #11: Rest
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My Soul Teacher Lesson #11: Rest

Legend has been in the hospital since his surgery on Monday. I've been by his bedside since then with the exception of leaving my husband and oldest son with him to go to the store to get a few things one evening. Neither of us have been getting much sleep, especially since his diagnosis. The nurses and techs have constantly been in and out drawing blood to run more tests trying to slowly bring his electrolyte levels back down. It's been frustrating to say the absolute least. It's been harder on Legend because he's the one that has been having to endure the sticks and pricks. Every time the nurses and techs would get done, I would try to rock him back to sleep and put him in the crib. About 20 minutes later he'd wake up voluntarily or involuntarily because another professional was coming i...
First of February
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First of February

Magic is certainly happening My visions continue coming to past And manifestations are showing up In the physical more rapidly My heart chakra is clearing My ego is transcending Those around me are elevating My consciousness is ascending I'm excited for what's to come While being present in the now Whenever I fall short I will call on Spirit to show me how I will welcome this wave of creative energy And ask God to show me how to better serve humanity -The Book of Corinthian
Full Moon in Leo
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Full Moon in Leo

The paradigm has shifted A new portal has opened It’s time to reset And create new focus The past is just that It’s okay to let it go This time is ideal To awaken my spirit And refresh my soul   Full Moon Affirmation: I am in alignment with full gratitude for this cosmic event. I am free to release anything that no longer serves my highest good with love and faith in knowing that all will be replaced with better. I am open to Divine transformation and receiving the manifestations that best align with Spirit. I am walking in my purpose and everything that I need is being provided in Divine timing I give thanks for all that is and trust in the Creator’s will. And so it is! -The Book of Corinthian
January the 18th
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January the 18th

Today is a special day I feel as though I am emerging again From a dark place I'm finding the light Within this time I'm being challenged to rise Above my greatest achievements And walk in my birthright of Abundance, strength, peace, and love For I am whole And no good thing will be Withheld from me That pertains to the highest level Of my soul's advancement On this journey of evolution -The Book of Corinthian
Dues in December
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Dues in December

This year has come and it has gone by Now is a time for me to appreciate the light As I reflect on all that I've overcome And everything that I've accomplished I'm in a better place from where I started eleven months ago God promised that I would be If I would let the journey unfold So much has changed And the new has been birthed I championed through each trial With each lesson proving to be well worth it Now I'm taking some time to look back And reevaluate my decisions With the intention of gaining more clarity On bringing my vision into fruition I'm processing my emotions And letting go of the past While cherishing each moment Both the good and the bad For what is to come is better Than anything that I've ever seen I am setting new intentions To pursue my dreams ...
What if You’re the Toxic One?
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What if You’re the Toxic One?

With self-love, self-care, and protecting your peace being the new trends, I see a lot of posts on social media about cutting people off as soon as you notice toxic traits about them. While there can be some truth in this tidbit of wisdom, there is also some soul searching that can be done when you identify toxic traits in someone. Soul searching? But how and why? I'm glad you asked! You can begin by checking yourself. Ultimately we are all mirrors, we can see our own reflection in others. Basically the way we view others is the way that we view ourselves either consciously or subconsciously. Ouch! That's a thick pill to swallow. The truth is like that sometimes though. Everything that we deem as bad isn't always "bad". That person that keeps showing up in our lives that's angry, bitter, o...
11/11
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11/11

It's 11/11 And I’m up Manifesting the greatest blessings Joy, love, peace, and riches of the soul Wealth, prosperity, abundance, And Divine overflow -The Book of Corinthian
New in November
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New in November

It's a new month The golden era has come The gateway to freedom Where love has already won I have no reason to worry No reason to fear Everything I've prayed for Is finally here As I keep shedding The layers that no longer serve me I will continue to bloom indefinitely With a renewed mind And a stronger spirit I am more in alignment with my vision May my heart be humbled May my courage be doubled As I embrace the new beginnings On this journey And receive God's promise -The Book of Corinthian
My Soul Teacher Lesson #10: They That Wait
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My Soul Teacher Lesson #10: They That Wait

I had just finished my morning prayer, meditation, and reading. I picked up my phone and had received this encouraging message from a dear friend of mine. She wishes to remain anonymous, however, I will say that she is a devoted wife, mother of two, daughter, sister, and friend. Most of all she loves God and is beautiful both inside and out. I value her insight, plus she gave me permission to share. Here goes: "My son is funny to me. Whenever he wants to watch Sesame Street, he climbs into MY bed, pulls the covers over his legs, and reclines on the pillows. He then says, “I'm ready mommy.” He basically assumes the position and expects mommy to deliver. He’s intelligent because he knows to come to mommy instead of daddy. He knows the position he’s suppose to be in to watch the show. In s...
Who Do You Think You Are?
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Who Do You Think You Are?

Psalms 82:6 "I have said, "You are gods, you are all children of the Most High" When you know exactly who you are You know exactly who you are not Nothing that anyone says Can shake you at your core Simply because you know who you are -The Book of Corinthian
The God in You
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The God in You

Mental detoxification Deprogram indoctrination Unlearn false information Physical elimination Increase hydration Consume more vegetation Spiritual purification Chakra calibration Resulting in liberation To awaken the God in you -The Book of Corinthian
Mental Detox
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Mental Detox

Dear God, Help me to silence my mind And separate all of my thoughts That do not compliment who I truly am inside Thoughts of envy, jealousy, and pride Works of the ego, twisted lies Help me to remember what's true Help me to remain centered in You And then allow my actions to align with my thoughts As you carefully examine my heart While I flourish
The Rainbow
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The Rainbow

It's been raining off and on way more than usual here lately. My old self always hated rainy days for many reasons. I wouldn't so much as step outside for fresh air let alone go anywhere. Before I shaved my hair off, getting my hair wet was a no. Correction it was a hell no and that was for my permed hair and my natural hair. I would also sleep late and procrastinate when it came to doing anything productive. Now having a greater sense of awareness, I know the reason that I'm more affected by rainy weather is because I'm an empath. I feel everything. I feel the hurt and the sorrow the rain washes away. I feel the procrastination, laziness, and sadness that others have too regarding rainy days. Now that I know this, I use rainy days to heal. I use them to cry. I use them to wash away the so...
Be Bold, Take That Leap
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Be Bold, Take That Leap

What if you had enough faith to move mountains What if you believed that you could do anything and that every obstacle is insurmountable What if you were as confident in your ability to succeed as you are in the possibility to fail What if you believed that you could have heaven on earth the same way that you fear being damned to hell What if your next invention catches on like the newly invented light bulb What if you choose to see yourself with the same eyes as the Creator does What if you just turn your light on What if you knew that you've already won Before you took form in your mother's womb What if you stop seeking worldly validation and go and do what you were called to do Go ahead, you got this I promise And if you start doubting yourself look up a...
Remembering DNA
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Remembering DNA

I am reclaiming my Divinity I am a spiritual being The power is in me The glory is too In doing what God Has called me to do I am walking in my purpose For the remaining days On this surface I am grateful to be chosen -The Book of Corinthian
Magnificent
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Magnificent

I am the light I was created to shine I am love I was made to share it Across the Universe -The Book of Corinthian
The Champion
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The Champion

I am here Ready to thrive In all of my greatness My trials have made me Stronger than ever -The Book of Corinthian
Because
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Because

The joy from my heart radiates As the sadness dissipates New life forms Because I Have weathered the storm -The Book of Corinthian
Welcoming September
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Welcoming September

Dear September, I welcome you along with the gifts that you bring The manifestations planted in the spring I am prepared to reap this bountiful harvest My labor has not been in vain I am ascending to new levels of excellence This I shall proclaim I am creating balance from within mentally, physically, and spiritually For I know that nothing manifests outside of me Without doing the work internally as well as intentionally I am giving birth to something greater than I can fathom My life is now better than I ever imagined I am healed I am whole I was once under fire That has now transformed into gold Love, God's child
My Soul Teacher Lesson #9: Greater Pain, Greater Gains
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My Soul Teacher Lesson #9: Greater Pain, Greater Gains

Legend started teething a few weeks ago. It's been a challenge I must say. He's 4 months old but get this, his first teeth that are coming in are his molars. Yes, the big ones that grow in the back. I know I earned my degree in Child Development 4 years ago and I may need an occasional refresh on a few subjects, but this is far from the norm. Honestly speaking though both of my children continue to defy everything I've ever learned in regards to "what's normal for children" so everyday with my crew is an adventure to say the least. This continues to humble me and remind me that I "know" nothing. I'll forever be a student. Anyway, Legend has been in pain. Mixing being a momma with being an empath I've been feeling all of his pain too and it's been hurting me to my core. I had been praying f...