Archive for January 2012

A Birth Story, Part One: 1 Lazy Cervix, 4 Epidurals and a Spinal Headache

A Birth Story, Part One: 1 Lazy Cervix, 4 Epidurals and a Spinal Headache
I hate caffeine. I hate soda. And most of all, I hate coffee. This may come as a shock to many of you as I often tweet about and speak of coffee as the liquid of life that surrounds my mornings and fuels most of my afternoons. I was planning on giving up coffee in... Read more »

Is Pink Bubble-Gum Flavored Amoxicillin The New Gateway Drug? Does It Taste Too Good?

Is Pink Bubble-Gum Flavored Amoxicillin The New Gateway Drug?  Does It Taste Too Good?
Winter has officially arrived!  Sure some might argue that winter arrived in late December with the winter solstice, but I respectfully disagree. In our household, winter arrives in the drive-thru lane of our local CVS Pharmacy as soon as the pharmacist hands me the bright pink bottle of Amoxicillin and the plastic spoon dispenser.  The... Read more »

Mom Frightens Fellow Jewel Shoppers with Necklace of Human Hair and Children's Teeth

Mom Frightens Fellow Jewel Shoppers with Necklace of Human Hair and Children's Teeth
This is the headline that I imagine while contemplating the various uses for my children’s baby teeth and saved first hair-cut remnants: Mom Frightens Fellow Jewel Shoppers with Necklace of Human Hair and Children’s Teeth. I guess the reasonable solution for each lock of baby hair is to tape it into a baby book like my mother did for me;... Read more »
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How Much Independence Should Kids Have?

How Much Independence Should Kids Have?
The other day there was an attempted abduction reported in Glen Ellyn. A young girl was approached by a man in a van who tried to lure her into his vehicle. Luckily, the girl refused and the man drove away. This is actually the second incident that I know of in Glen Ellyn in the... Read more »

Weird Belly Shapes and Labor Pains: What Do You Miss About Pregnancy?

Weird Belly Shapes and Labor Pains: What Do You Miss About Pregnancy?
The inevitable is here. Days, maybe minutes away. Labor is looming and I can’t say I feel 100% joyful about the pain part. I am anticipating the sweet moment when our baby propels his/herself into the world and the doctor announces, “It’s a boy/girl!”, but have to be honest, I just want this whole pregnancy... Read more »

Traveling with Kids: Should we Fly or Drive?

Traveling with Kids: Should we Fly or Drive?
Now that the holidays are over, my thoughts naturally turn to getting the heck out of another cold and miserable Chicago winter. The holidays provide a nice buffer between fall and winter–cookie baking, tree trimming, and fireplace snuggling provide a pleasant distraction from what is to come. We have many dark, snowy days ahead, before... Read more »
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