I lost my kids in a crowd. Twice.

I lost my kids in a crowd. Twice.

One of many fears parents have is losing track of a child in a crowd. Last week, at the Iowa State Fair, both Peanut and Squeak got away from me. In one situation, I was losing my mind. In the other, I remained calm, even though my child was missing for a lot longer. Here’s why.

Why Facebook gives me anxiety

Why Facebook gives me anxiety

Why does Facebook feel the need to bombard me with reminders of all the horrible things that could befall my children? I did not ask for this information, so STOP TELLING ME, because I’m going insane.

Point it down, son

Point it down, son

Squeak will be three years old next month, and he’s nowhere near potty trained. Yes, I know, I know… boys take longer, every kid trains on their own schedule, blahblahblah. I’m just really super sick of changing poopy diapers, and in general, sick of...
To the mom in the trenches: it gets easier

To the mom in the trenches: it gets easier

On Memorial Day weekend, our little family of four visited a zoo about an hour away from our house. It’s a cute zoo, complete with your usual array of reptiles and big cats, with a couple of giraffes thrown in for good measure (no elephants, though). As we left...
My new gym routine: an update [with pictures!]

My new gym routine: an update [with pictures!]

It’s been four and a half months since I started a new workout regimen, and a lot has changed. My moods, my sleep, my mental state, my weight, and most definitely my confidence. At the risk of being “that girl who won’t shut up about working out,” here’s what’s happened since I kicked off a re-dedication to my own health.

My embryo donation happy ending

My embryo donation happy ending

One miscarriage and two chemical pregnancies resulted from our three donated embryos. Our recipients were heartbroken and beaten down. But a few months later, the universe served up a couple of big surprises.

A sheltered [food] life

A sheltered [food] life

I made it 37 years before trying a brussel sprout. It was easy to avoid them. The first 19 years of my life, a brussel sprout never once entered the doors of my childhood home. My sheltered childhood diet is at the root of many of my food aversions (and I have lots). But I’m determined to break the cycle, right here and now.

Air travel with babies & toddlers: car seats and the CARES harness

Air travel with babies & toddlers: car seats and the CARES harness

When it comes to airplane travel with kids, there are two options: Take the easy way out with lap-baby or no car seat (and take your chances with your child’s life and safety), OR do it the hard way, even though it’s a bit more inconvenient, and take along a car seat or harness. For the parents who choose the no-brainer “keep my kid alive” option, here are some tips to survive a flight when your kiddo needs a few more buckles.

World War Food: An Update

World War Food: An Update

We’re one year into Operation Picky-Eatin’ Toddlers. Using strategies from the feeding specialist, we’ve made huge strides over the last year. But not without some major roadblocks along the way.