World War Food, Part Two

World War Food, Part Two

I have picky eaters. Not your average picky eaters, either. My kids put most toddlers to shame. It’s my biggest insecurity as a parent, it stresses me out, and it sucks. I’m not taking it lying down any more. This is the beginning of our family’s journey to help my kids have a normal (hell, I’d settle for semi-normal) relationship with food.

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My Friend Orv

My Friend Orv

I would never have guessed that stopping to chat with an old fella one summer day would be the beginning of a wonderful friendship. A tribute to my oldest and most uplifting friend, who taught me the value of perspective, gained after nearly a century on earth.

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Getting lost in your significant other

Getting lost in your significant other

After nearly a decade with my husband, I realized there are several ways I’m different now as a result of his influence. Does that mean I’m losing pieces of who I “really” am in his strong personality? Or is it just evolution for the better?

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Why I Hate Tulsa, Oklahoma

Why I Hate Tulsa, Oklahoma

It all started in 1994, when I took an extremely unpleasant trip to The Sooner State, one that I’ve been trying to forget ever since.

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What I Gave Up When I Had Kids

What I Gave Up When I Had Kids

I’ve given up a lot of things since becoming a mom. Like sleep, and sanity. You know, normal stuff. But I also gave up a long list of things without a second thought. And I wasn’t sorry to see them go.

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She’s at the end of her rope

She’s at the end of her rope

Do you ever feel like you might just lose it? (Face it, moms. We all have those moments.) So why don’t we talk about it? This is me, mid-meltdown. In all its ugliness.

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The life stage I didn’t see coming

The life stage I didn’t see coming

I always thought that “building your family” and “raising your family” would feel pretty much the same. Now that I’m done building mine, I’m realizing it’s very, very different.

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Why I’ll always buy an extra seat

Why I’ll always buy an extra seat

Many parents do it: fly with their baby in their lap on an airplane. Hell, I’ve even done it. But after my eyes were opened to the risk I was taking with my child’s life, I’ve vowed never to do it again — and to spread the word of why “infant in arms” must end once and for all.

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Married With Children

Married With Children

An article is going viral right now claiming that American parenting is killing the American marriage. I say there’s one very big plot hole in their claim.

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Looks like bad parenting? Look again.

Looks like bad parenting? Look again.

Sometimes you see bad parenting and there’s no mistaking it. Other times, what you think you see isn’t anywhere close to reality. Here’s one situation I found myself in last week where “judge not” definitely applies.

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1-2-3-4, I declare a thumb war

1-2-3-4, I declare a thumb war

Peanut is a dedicated thumbsucker. My first attempt at kicking the habit was a horrible failure, and I’m pretty sure I’m the worst mom in the world.

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Hiya! I'm Lydia. I live in Iowa with my husband and two children, both the result of iVF. I started this blog in 2011. Since then, my priorities have shifted away from writing and toward other things. I'm leaving most of the content up here, in case it's helpful for those who stumble across it.

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