When my youngest child was born, many people didn't know I was pregnant until after he arrived. We did our best to keep news of the pregnancy under wraps, even concealing the news from our children until 28 weeks. I...
What if you could help a friend who’s struggling with infertility? Not just with a shoulder to lean on—what if you could actually give that friend a baby? In the not-too-distant past, my husband and I struggled through two years...

Beyond The Baby Blues

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I've always been a worrier. In fact, my worrywart tendencies are something of a joke in our family. My ability to predict what could go wrong in any situation has earned me various nicknames: "Eeyore," "Debbie Downer," and my personal...
For as long as I can remember, I pictured myself as a wife and mother. I never thought my life would be any different than that. Like my own mother, my older sister, and my friends, I just assumed...
When I first found out I would be a contributor for Iowa City Moms Blog, I knew I wanted to write about our struggle with infertility at some point. It’s something that has made a big impact on both...
Do you know how hard it is to wait for something that has a large chance of never happening? And did you know that there is actually something even more excruciating than that? There is no pain deeper then...
When I decided I wanted a baby with my husband at age 25, I had no idea what rabbit hole I was heading down.  Here are a few things I didn’t anticipate: The amount of time I’d spend going to...

Mind The Gap

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First things first: mind the gap.  If you've never been to London, you may not know what I'm talking about. In fact, I myself had never heard the phrase until I stepped off the plane in Heathrow airport.  I...
My son is 10 months old now, and I haven't lost all my baby weight. My inner voice has had plenty to say about this. It's told me I've gone too long, I don't have any more excuses, it's...
This week is National Infertility Awareness week. A few months ago I shared my husband and I’s struggle to get pregnant. I am not sure I would say that I am a planner; I fly by the seat of...

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Where to Watch Fireworks in the Iowa City Area

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Celebrate the Fourth of July with spectacular fireworks in the Iowa City area and surrounding communities. Grab a blanket and some chairs, pack up...