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Ditching the Crib at 6 Months

“Thud! Thud! Thud!” It came from the baby monitor: rhythmic, loud, and terrifying for a first time mom. I ran into my twin sons’ nursery and watched in horror as one of them repeatedly slammed his head into the end of the crib. He seemed bored and trying a new sensation …

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Get Real Recipes: Teething Cookies

I am not a mom who has her shit together on homemaking baby-skills like many moms seem to. It’s not that I’m bad at creating things. I used to be pretty awesome. You wanted something yummy and homemade, I was your girl. You wanted a creatively retiled kitchen–I’m right there. …

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Tidbit Tuesdays: the 2014 Olympics

The Olympics start this Friday in Sochi, and I’m going to guess that many of us will watch at least some of the coverage with our families and it will be all over the news. So today I’d like to look at some resources that might be helpful or interesting …

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Unnecessary Medicine – Trying not to Demand Magic

I have never been one for taking medicine unnecessarily—the overuse of antibiotics resulting in the development of resistant strains of bacteria, patient drug dependence, and false hopes, the list of reasons goes on and on. I would nod in agreement each time I read an article condemning people for demanding medicine …

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Abortion Rhetoric from the Perspective of a “Miracle Baby” Mom

Trigger: infant death For the anniversary of Roe Vs. Wade, I planned to write about pro-life rhetoric about “4th trimester abortion.” For research, I waded my way through the thicket of articles that distort academic theoretical essays. A video of a Planned Parenthood representative being grilled about how an abortion …

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Babyproofing. . .Sort Of

My twins are officially crawling, and one is pulling to stand using whatever’s handy (furniture, our legs, the cat).  Having roving children made me research baby-proofing, which in turn made me realize that we have definitely failed as parents. Though the decorative scrolling on what I now realize is the …

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Reflux: This Ain’t your Average Spit Up

I get thrown up on a lot. Last night, my one-year-old son, M, smiled at me over his high chair tray and vomited his dinner.  Mashed potato and peas spewed down his shirt, and tumbled in a growing river down his chest before pooling in the footrest of his high …

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Four Foolproof steps to a Post Baby Bikini Body

It’s that time of year.  Articles are everywhere on how to lose weight in the new year.  Add to that the issue of baby weight, and it’s almost impossible to escape the pressure to lose weight instantly and appear healthy and perfect after pregnancy It’s not enough to have built …

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Keeping Christ in Christmas. . . no, really

Today I received a Facebook share instructing me to “Keep the CHRIST in Christmas.”  I instinctively deleted it, as I do all slacktivist share requests (keep your recipes on Pinterest people, your political slogans on bumper stickers, and for god’s sake, keep your religious rhetoric on your own damn wall).   …

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I Get it Now. . .Becoming the Parent I Once Judged

I never considered myself judgmental, but becoming a parent has made me realize that I was the queen of judgment. I sugar coated it like a baker on meth by telling myself I was qualified to judge the weird things parents did. I taught middle school and came from a …