My third little guy turned two in December 2020. He lived much of his first year during COVID times. We pulled him out of child care and his days consisted of two work-from-home parents and two sisters virtually learning. During...
I’m not a competitive person. I didn’t do many sports in high school, and I haven’t encouraged my children to be overly involved in sports. It’s a world I know little about and, frankly, sometimes I’m too intimidated by...
When children have problems in their esophagus or moving food through their gastrointestinal tract, receiving an accurate diagnosis can be a challenge. MercyOne recently acquired the EndoFLIP, a state-of-the-art minimally invasive diagnostic tool. This imaging technology allows them to look...
She’s making a list, writing it twice, gonna find out who’s naughty and who actually does things right the first time. Ok so my back-to-school jingles could use a little refining, but honestly so could my kids’ responsibilities. Summer is a time of...
I LOVE looking at old photos. But now that my boys are teenagers, what I really love is watching the old videos. Recently, a memory popped up on my phone. It was an old video I had taken of the...
“He just needs to toughen up.” “Big kids don’t cry.” Before I understood what it meant to be a sensitive child, I assumed my job as mom was to “toughen him up”. I would listen to him go from feeling happy...
August means one thing: all things back to school! From shopping for school supplies, finding out teacher assignments, and squeezing in all those last-minute school physicals, dentist appointments, and vision exams! August also is National Children’s Vision Month. Did...
What to know about necrotizing enterocolitis, a gastrointestinal disease commonly found in preemies and newborns. Fragile newborn babies may require treatment in the neonatal intensive care unit.  Sometimes during their hospitalization, a baby’s health will take a sudden dip....
"If they're old enough to ask for it, they're too old!" This age-old phrase about extended breastfeeding is one I’ve heard several times throughout my nursing journey with my last two kids. After an attempt at breastfeeding with my...
You don't need to fear the water when you are with your kids, but you do need to take precautions so everyone is safe and has a good time. Here are water safety tips for families from The Iowa...

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Bloom: A Virtual Event for New and Expecting Moms Recap

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Bloom :: A Virtual Event for New and Expecting Moms Disclosure :: Our Bloom Event for New and Expecting Moms is sponsored by Blank Children’s...
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