Life After the Second Child: Chaotic, Joyous: Ashburn Patch Article

A mother with a new baby discovers how the human race has survived. Upon hearing tales of other second-time mothers giving birth in record speed, we had two different groups of friends and family standing by waiting for The Call. We welcomed my son into the world after four days of pre-labor, 18 hours of … Continue reading Life After the Second Child: Chaotic, Joyous: Ashburn Patch Article

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Learning to Accept Help: Ashburn Patch Article

A little assistance from friends and family likely deserves a thank you, not a tantrum. “No, I’ll do it!” my son yells for the umpteenth time. We’re getting dressed for daycare. He has put on his socks, his underwear and his pants. Now, he’s having trouble with his shirt. I want to help him find … Continue reading Learning to Accept Help: Ashburn Patch Article

Pregnancy: A Glimpse into Another World: Ashburn Patch Article

Being extremely pregnant makes one woman question her reactions to those more permanently disfigured. At eight months pregnant, I have gotten freakishly huge. My abdomen has far surpassed that cute six-month round belly that people associate with “pregnancy.” Now, strangers’ eyes widen like saucers at the sight of me coming. They ask, “How much longer?” … Continue reading Pregnancy: A Glimpse into Another World: Ashburn Patch Article

Living Life to Its Fullest: Ashburn Patch Article

Being surrounded by cancer patients can drive home a perspective. My large, unborn son is sapping away all of my iron intake. Twice a week, I find myself sitting in a chair at a hematology/oncology center getting infusions of iron by IV. I'm surrounded by cancer patients getting their regular doses of chemotherapy. Continued on … Continue reading Living Life to Its Fullest: Ashburn Patch Article

Good Job!: Ashburn Patch Article

A mother enjoys random praise from an unlikely source. I was at Wegman’s putting my groceries onto the conveyor belt in the check-out line the other day. My belly was ridiculously huge and it took me a while to maneuver myself around the cart to get everything where it belonged. Meanwhile, my 2-year-old son was … Continue reading Good Job!: Ashburn Patch Article

Stability Helps with Moving Woes: Ashburn Patch Article

Ashburn offers several great options to help overcome children's stress after a move. I've read that one of the reasons 2-year-olds are so ornery is that they are trying to understand how the world works. They insist on having the same plate everyday because it brings a sense of balance into their developing worlds. (And, … Continue reading Stability Helps with Moving Woes: Ashburn Patch Article

Just Keep Swimming, Swimming, Swimming: Ashburn Patch Article

A mother comes up with ways to cope when life’s joys spit on her all at once. I think the universe has piled just a little too much crap on top of me, and I came close to snapping today. I dislike woe-is-me, I’m-so-busy tales, but here’s mine as an explanation. This morning I woke … Continue reading Just Keep Swimming, Swimming, Swimming: Ashburn Patch Article

Parenting Information Overload: Ashburn Patch Article

Should parents abandon their own common sense in the hope their kids will be “normal?" We have a bit of information overload when it comes to parenting. From email updates to online communities to family and friends to support groups, everyone has something to say about how you raise your kids. And, usually, the advice … Continue reading Parenting Information Overload: Ashburn Patch Article

Collapse of the Village: Ashburn Patch Article

What do you do when someone else's kid is misbehaving? My friend, Vickie, will no longer take her son to a certain park in Ashburn. It's not because of broken equipment, shoddy upkeep or those dang teenagers. She is afraid of a 5-year-old who lives in the house nearby. Every time she brings her son … Continue reading Collapse of the Village: Ashburn Patch Article

At the End of the Space Era, Do Kids Need More Adventure?: Ashburn Patch Article

The launch of NASA’s last space shuttle encourages a mom to find more screen-free activities. NASA launched its final space shuttle, Atlantis, into space on Friday. It’s the end of an era. No more American-led space trips, at least for now. Space exploration is a fossilized notion. And, worst of all, I will never be … Continue reading At the End of the Space Era, Do Kids Need More Adventure?: Ashburn Patch Article