While working in the Emergency Department at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, I have seen firsthand the devastating effects of unintentional and non-accidental firearm injuries. Seeing patients who have sustained a firearm-related injury is difficult. Patients often...
A child's name is essential to their identity. It is the very beginning of their story. I should know. I hear the story behind my name constantly. The great name debacle of '86. Just kidding! It's nothing quite that serious....
I spent the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020 feeling really overwhelmed. By Thursday of each week I was pretty much running on fumes. I knew something had to change and I needed to start focusing on...
As parents, we know how much our children LOVE playing and snuggling furry (and even scaly) friends. "Can we get a puppy?" or "I want a pet!" are phrases that we hear all too often. Pets are a huge...
"How many kids do you have?" It’s really an innocent question, but one I always struggle to answer. I'm a mom to three little boys; two of them are earth side and very much alive and active and my first...

Born Sleeping

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Shortly before my 38th birthday, we discovered I was pregnant. This would be my fourth pregnancy and the journey up until this point was long and difficult, struggling with years of infertility and loss. My first pregnancy ended in...
Plans are well underway for our 6th annual Bloom: Moms Morning Out, and although everything is looking very different this year, we are (as always) so excited for this event!  This year's Co-Hosts are University of Iowa Stead Family Children's...
6:30 a.m. My alarm goes off. I need to pee but can’t bring myself to unravel from the cocoon of my comforter. I should also shower. I should have showered last night, but I fell asleep on the couch and...
Just recently, I was at Costco for my weekly grocery run. After unloading my groceries into my van, I noticed a woman in the parking lot struggling to get an awkward shaped, heavy box out of her cart into...
You’ve met the American Girls of history — Kit Kittredge, who weathered hard times with grit and gratitude during the Great Depression. Melody Ellison, who lifted her voice for fairness and freedom in 1963. Kaya, the Native America, who...

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Indoor Play Places in the Iowa City Area

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On days when it’s too wet or cold for outdoor play, or your kids are just tired of the rain and snow, there are...