Jessica Walter

Jessica Walter
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I am a working mom who left the education world after 7 years to pursue my business career. I work as a product developer at a local insurance company and love it. My husband and sons are my world. We struggled for 3 years with fertility prior to adopting our first son. Later, we really wanted him to have a sibling so pursued IVF using donor embryos (because we firmly believe love makes a family) and were then blessed with our second son. When I’m not working or playing the wife/mom role, I love to run, read, bake, write, and tinker with photography. We all have a story to share and I hope some of my experiences will help others.

Navigating Friendships In Mom Life

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When you are 16 and planning out your entire life with your bestie, your plans always include them. They will be your maid of honor at your wedding. You will call them first to...

Prioritizing Family Time

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It's 9:30 pm, and you finally have a minute to sit on the couch and reflect on the day's chaos. Everything you did displays like a fast-forward reel of a million events. The morning...

Happy Star Wars Day! The Force is Strong with this Mama

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Like many of you, I married a man who idolizes all things Star Wars. It wasn’t something I knew about him right away. I mean, he couldn’t scare me that soon. There was a...

An Open Letter to the Mama in Waiting

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Dear Mama in Waiting, Yes, I am calling you a Mama, and you know what? You deserve that, you deserve to have that title- that name. There are so many things I want to say...

Pregnancy After Loss: How I’m Keeping Anxiety at Bay

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Three pregnancy losses does something to your psyche that may not reveal itself until a seemingly successful pregnancy occurs after. After the implantation of our little one in March, I was convinced I would...

The Infertility Club: One Mom’s Story of Loss, IVF, and Adoption

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As humans, most of us want so desperately to belong to something bigger than ourselves. Our need to belong is why we root for specific teams, even though we never attended the college. Some...

How to be a Good Friend During a Divorce

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My husband and I got married in our early 30’s but had been dating for 10 years. This means we went to a lot of weddings before ours. I even remember thinking we would...

Ending Toxic Diet Culture and Why it’s Important

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It starts before we realize what it actually is. This notion that being healthy or attractive equates to being thin. We see it in commercials with the slender supermodel slowly drinking her Diet Coke....

How Do You Know if You Are Done Having Kids

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I remember cracking up at my last OB appointment before the birth of my second son. The doctor was asking me if I thought about what kind of birth control I was going to...

Lansing Mom’s Steamy Valentine’s Movie Guide

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You have peanut butter on your pants and haven’t slept eight hours since you got married. Your husband sneaks behind you to gently kiss your ear and instead of reciprocating, you tell him to...