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Postpartum Progress stresses the importance of self-care. In fact, the first thing they asked Climb leaders to do once their Climb was over was take a break. So after the Climb had taken place here in Fredericksburg… and after I entered last minute donations…and after I sent thank you and volunteer emails to my team… and after I emailed press releases to multiple media outlets, I took one.

It ended up being much longer than I had intended.

I spent a lot of time vegging out in front of the TV during nap time. I colored in my Mandala coloring book. In between doctor and therapy appointments, I took my kids to the Children’s Museum in Richmond so they could use the splash pad (I highly recommend it!). We went for walks and visited Braehead Farm a few times. I also wrote at my personal blog, because it was neglected during the months leading up to Climb Out of the Darkness.

I didn’t write much here, and I’m thankful that a change in guidelines meant I could take a break from this blog for a little bit.


Climb Out of the Darkness can be very emotional for its participants, and even more so for those of us who have spent months trying to organize the event in our cities. Climb Leaders pour their hearts and souls into their Climbs, even if their walks are nothing more than a small group of women gathering for a walk around the block. For many of us (like me), these events make us step outside our comfort zones.

My emotions were all over the place this year. From frustration when I got turned down for sponsorships, to excitement when people I didn’t know registered, to anxiety the day of the Climb. I was emotionally exhausted when the Climb ended this year. It was nice to be able to take a step back into my comfort zone once it was all over.

I am very pround of how well we did this year. Team Fredericksburg grew (34 registered participants versus about 20 last year) and we raised $2,268 (versus $1,741 last year).

This year, as much as I tried not to, I kept comparing my Climb to what other leaders were doing. But in the end, I was reminded that it’s not how fancy the Climb is or the swag, but the women and families we are reaching out to and helping. I wrote about it in a post on my personal blog if you’d like to give it a read.

Inside NOVA and Fredericksburg Today also wrote articles about our Climb. If you haven’t read them, I hope you do!

The Climb may be over, but we’re still raising money for Postpartum Progress. To do so, visit our fundraising page.

I’d like to thank the organizations that helped make this year’s Climb a success: Fredericksburg Parks and Rec, Wegmans, and BJs.

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About Emma

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Emma is married to her high school sweetheart and is a stay at home mom of two boys: G and L. A wanna-be professional writer and photographer, she can often be found following her boys around with a camera. When she isn’t chasing after her kids, Emma writes about her motherhood journey on her personal blog, Muddy Boots and Diamonds.

Pouches' Community Corner

Trains, Planes and Automobiles Kids' Race Series


From a small beginning, Cathy Weise of the Ron Rosner YMCA has developed an ambitious three-race series for kids for this summer, with the help of The Great Train Race, Shannon Airport, Dominion Raceway & Entertainment, the Fredericksburg Area Service League and Race Timing Unlimited.

Great Train Race Director Jennifer Taylor was one of the first on board.