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Meg is a transplant to the Midwest. Originally a Louisiana native, she moved to Iowa with her family in the summer of 2016 for her husband’s residency program. She and Addison have four daughters: Kate, born November 2013; Adrienne, born December 2016; and, Elizabeth and Caroline, born November 2018. Meg is a University of Richmond grad with a PR, government affairs and community outreach background.

Frozen 2 Takeaways: 3 Versatile Lessons for Everyone

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Like many families with small children, we made it to the movie theater (on time!) to catch Frozen 2 opening weekend. I am convinced Frozen will never leave us. There will never be a Halloween...

A Guide to Local Thanksgiving Food Options

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The first year after college, I couldn't afford to take days off work or to fly home. With my Real Simple magazine full of recipes in hand, I tried to mask being homesick by...

Five Lessons from the NICU (That Any Parent Can Learn From)

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When my oldest was discharged from the hospital at the same time as me, I took it as a given. I was mainly worried that because I’d gone into labor the slightest bit early,...

Breastfeeding Round-up: Stories & Support for the Nursing Mama

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It’s World Breastfeeding Week, and boy do we all have something to say on the topic. How we feed our babies feels a little like how they come into the world—there are many similarities...

In Defense of Diaper Changes

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Before kids, diaper changes scared me the most about parenthood. (We can all pause and laugh at a younger me!) I had a weak stomach and dry-heaved when changing litter…how was I going to...

Rituals, Routines, and A Mother’s Day Tribute

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The microwave beeps: her neck warmer is ready. A spoon clanks against an open mug, as the dark roast coffee swirls with French vanilla creamer and sugar. Still in a robe, she gathers these...

If I Ever Think About Pregnancy Again, I’m Going to Read This

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Soon, I will have four kids ages almost five and under. Considering we are ending with a surprise 4th (from twins!) and the fact that I have progressively more complicated pregnancies, this seems like...

Getting Through a Touch-and-Go Pregnancy

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You know those perfect moments that are special at the time but they become even more precious because of what happens next? I experienced this earlier this pregnancy. At around 15 weeks, my husband’s hand lay...

How to Eat a High-Protein Vegetarian Diet

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“How do you get protein?” If you’re a vegetarian (or vegan), you have heard this question more than a time or two. I always respond with some combination of the following: “It’s actually not hard,”...

Where are the Parents’ Day Out Programs in Iowa City?

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I was used to being away from my 2.5 year old daughter 40+ hours a week. She was accustomed to socializing with kids her own age. Throw us together 24/7 in a new state,...