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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.

A Guide to Local Thanksgiving Food Options

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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?

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,...

Choosing an Iowa City Neighborhood: A Mom’s Guide to University Heights

My first time in Iowa was moving day. This scenario isn’t unusual when you’re moving for medical training, but it doesn’t make it any less anxiety-provoking. Without seeing for ourselves all the wonderful neighborhoods...