Archive for February 2012

Stress... with soreness and swelling?

Stress... with soreness and swelling?
During my 30 some years of life, I feel like I’ve been through a lot – crazy jobs, lay-offs, break ups, moving, recession, losing loved ones and giving birth early. Unfortunately, they all cause stress. Since becoming parents and Mr. C. has been home, my husband and I have adapted and fallen into a good... Read more »

S#%t Chicagoans Say: Accurate or One Sided?

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I love “Shit Girls Say”. I especially love the chip crunching. Here it is in case you haven’t seen it. This video has inspired hundreds of imitators. Recently, I came across “Shit Chicagoans Say”, posted on the Inside Chicago Improv blog here at Chicago Now. I thought it was pretty funny. If you watch it... Read more »

Stolen Kisses and Empty Arms

Stolen Kisses and Empty Arms
The house is quiet now. Minutes ago, the excitement was palpable. Energy reverberated from wall to wall, winding about the house. I was dizzy in the chaos and overwhelmed by the noise. And now, I’m alone.  The children joined the morning walking parade to school, and the silence rushed in as they exited the house. ... Read more »
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Women Fear Sharing Pregnancy With Employers: Do You Know Your Family and Medical Leave Act Rights?

Women Fear Sharing Pregnancy With Employers: Do You Know Your Family and Medical Leave Act Rights?
Parenting Without A Parachute is pleased to introduce Shari, our new contributing columnist! Shari is a thirty-something new mom, enjoying the challenges of raising a preemie baby. As graphic designer for a luxury travel company, she is lucky to work from home. She proudly wears the badge of a hockey wife and one day will... Read more »

Reinventing Your World With Pinterest

Reinventing Your World With Pinterest
Last week, I purged my closet of everything that reminded me of my 20’s. Disintegrating sweatpants, almost cropped tops and barely there bikinis departed from my now empty closet. I paused momentarily to think back on all the good times these clothes had experienced, when I was single and my toosh was naturally perky. The... Read more »

Pediatrician's Pet Patient Falls From Pedestal

Pediatrician's Pet Patient Falls From Pedestal
For years, I reveled in my status as our pediatrician’s pet patient, her favorite. I looked forward to every well-baby check-up and shopped the Marshall Field’s clearance racks for my family’s perfectly coordinated outfits. Before each appointment, the diaper bag was laundered, stocked with every possible emergency item and organized to perfection. Infant car seats... Read more »
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Who Needs Hair? Shaving Your Head for Childhood Cancer Research

Who Needs Hair? Shaving Your Head for Childhood Cancer Research
I don’t remember who said this, but there really are places in the heart you don’t even know exist until you love a child. -Anne Lamott Imagine the love of your life – your child. Her face, her laugh, her giant hugs and sloppy kisses… Now imagine your baby is sick and there is nothing... Read more »

Creative Parenting: How 1 Mom Uses Star Wars to Answer Questions About Life

Creative Parenting: How 1 Mom Uses Star Wars to Answer Questions About Life
My 2 children are at an age when they are starting to question the world. No longer armed with an easy response, I find myself searching for creative ways to answer everyday questions sprinkled with just enough confusion to raise a 5-year-old eyebrow in innocent wonderment. Every hour of the day is filled with the... Read more »

What to say and what not to say to parents of a preemie/NICU baby

What to say and what not to say to parents of a preemie/NICU baby
              Today, we have a guest post from Shari R. Shari and her husband welcomed their son a little earlier than expected. Being the parents of a preemie comes with special challenges that not every parent faces. Here is some insight into her journey! Mr. C came into our... Read more »
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A Birth Story, Part Two: Pain Meds and Pride

A Birth Story, Part Two: Pain Meds and Pride
I am starting to realize I expect too much of myself. And after the debacle of my first week postpartum, I believed  despite my spinal headache, a week off for maternity leave was a reasonable amount of time to recover. Week two of my postpartum recovery seemed less head pain and more lower back pain.... Read more »