About the Epidural Procedure Epidurals are a very common pain reliever during vaginal delivery. Approximately 60% of women get an epidural in the US. I had a great epidural experience! The process of receiving an epidural is simple: When you are...
With longer days, warmer weather, and the school year coming to an end, one thing is on a lot of mom’s minds….packing for camp. The thought of packing for four, six or even seven weeks can be daunting, but...
When you think of foster care, what is your gut response? Maybe you’ve heard inspirational stories of kids beating “the system,” families who’ve fostered 10-30 kids, or children finding their forever homes and living happily ever after. Maybe you have...
At around 2 pm each day, I start to pry my 2.5-year-old from whatever activity she’s doing and head to the car. It’s still an hour before school pick-up for her older sister. But this is the only window...
Looking for ways to plan and manage your fertility and family size naturally? For our part, we have chosen natural family planning (NFP). We don’t use hormonal or barrier methods; instead, we track my cycles and plan our sex life accordingly. Every...
I started my motherhood journey with two beautiful, tiny babies — and I had to ask permission from someone else at the hospital to hold them.  When I was discharged from Sibley Memorial Hospital, and my newborn twins were...
You're a new dad. You’ve been scouring the internet. You've been asking your colleagues. Now that you’re a parent, what do you get your wife for Mother’s Day? Here’s the answer: your share of the mental workload. Your kids’ mom...
"We have met the enemy, and he is us" - Walt Kelly   Parenting Advice Regarding Children's Behavior from my Community Recently I reached out to a few friends (each a parent of a 5-year-old) for parenting advice regarding our son's behavior....
Pack your snack bags, kids. We’re going to Europe! This Saturday, May 12, is one of my favorite spring traditions in D.C.: the annual European Union Open House. For one magical day, the E.U. embassies open their gates and...
Transitioning from being a stay-at-home mom back to my career was not an easy task. As a matter of fact, I still struggle daily with juggling my career, marriage, and motherhood.  At work, I try and compensate for being...

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It was 4:02 on Monday morning. I was deep in a dream when I heard the phone ring loudly.  Surprisingly, it was my usually hard- to-rouse husband who jumped up, found the phone, announced “It’s her”, and handed it...
Teacher Appreciate Week is such a wonderful way to celebrate your child's teacher.  They are with our children all.day.long staying patient, keeping order, and teaching students important stuff!  Here are some useful ideas to show teachers how much we...
The best photos of kids are taken not with the big camera in your closet but with the camera you have in your hand: your cell phone camera. Below are four steps to use your cell phone to easily take great...
I knew from a young age that I wanted to be a stay home mom. And though I love staying home with my kids, the initial transition to motherhood rocked my world. And even now I sometimes question this...

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Conrad Washington, DC: Our Much Needed Staycation Destination

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Recently my husband and I snuck away for a luxurious Conrad staycation in Washington, DC. We were instantly reminded of how magical and beautiful downtown DC...