I just read this story on Scary Mommy about a child who lost her life at a summer camp, and what her parents wish they had known/thought of beforehand. While the story was tragic, terrifying, and incredibly sad, it highlights some VERY important truths you may not realize about camps (and daycare facilities, really). You…… Continue reading Is Your Child’s Daycare/Day Camp Safe?
Pretty recently, I was lucky enough to be interviewed for two separate articles written for today.com. Both featured women who have been through cesarean deliveries – their stories, outcomes, and their feelings. One article highlighted the stigma sometimes associated with such deliveries and the other focused on recovery stories. April is C-Section Awareness Month. Over…… Continue reading Don’t tell me how to feel about my birth story!
A couple weeks ago, I had my blood drawn for that standard glucose test all pregnant women have to do. Ya know, the one near the end of the second trimester, where you drink the orange sugary stuff, then your blood is drawn after an hour. I failed – which apparently isn’t hard to do…… Continue reading Blood-Sugar Rush: My Gestational Diabetes Diagnosis
Weird food combos or cravings are not at all uncommon during pregnancy. If you’ve yet to experience any for yourself, you’ve at least heard of or know someone who has. Ice cream with a side of pickles, anyone? But, what about craving other things during pregnancy? Yes, I mean other than food. The truth is,…… Continue reading I’m pregnant, and craving more than JUST food!
Fair warning, guys – I’m about to talk about boobs. And, not in a fun and sexy way. I’m into my third trimester of my fourth pregnancy. NOTHING about this time has been like the others. Just a couple months back, I developed this awesome preggo rash called Pruritic Folliculitis. I’ve never had an itch…… Continue reading A Tale of Two Under-boobies
I was 24 when I had baby number one. As a first time mom, I had tons of naive expectations for what everything would be like. The pregnancy. The delivery. All the bonding that would happen during maternity leave. I guess I just assumed every step on that 9-month journey (and every day after) would…… Continue reading Breastfeeding & PPD
Pretty recently, a group of women, whom I consider “my group,” went out for dinner and drinks without me. I awoke one morning to see dozens of photos posted on social media, captioned, “Girl’s Night!” They sat together in a restaurant, around a large, welcoming table, holding up drinks and baring gleeful smiles. I did…… Continue reading What being snubbed by my “Gal Pals” taught me
All around Northeast Ohio, hundreds of families paid for an Easter “egg drop” service that was never received. Local news outlets have dubbed the so-called scam “Eggate,” and multiple city police departments are investigating, after having been flooded with complaints. OK, here’s the Eggate story, as told by Facebook users: Hundreds of parents spent $50+…… Continue reading Northeast Ohio ‘Eggate’ Has My Neighborhood Acting Like a Mob of Karens
The pandemic arrived in Ohio when its first cases were confirmed on March 9, 2020. Four days later, on March 13, is when our schools closed their doors at Governor Mike DeWine’s behest. The onset of the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent closing of schools began a months-long struggle in my family’s day-to-day lives for stability…… Continue reading My Son’s Teacher Gave Me A Small Gift That I NEEDED
I LOVE a good deal. So much so, that I frequent local buy and sell groups on Facebook. ESPECIALLY if I’m looking for baby gear or furniture…I feel like it never hurts to see what others are selling before I hit the store. If you’ve never visited one of these groups, here’s how it works:…… Continue reading The People In My Local Buy/Sell Groups Are A**holes