Running Pregnant: Best-of List That Makes Running Comical

Running while pregnant has been an adventure, to say the least. Or maybe a comedy of errors.Throughout my long non-pregnant life, I had a few iterations of how I imagined pregnancy would be. One of those images was, of course, taking it totally easy during pregnancy. Perhaps not running at all. At the very least, taking any runs super easy. Another iteration involved continuing to run at exactly the same pace and effort, slowing down only as a growing belly made things increasingly more awkward....more
so true! i only ran until 17 weeks with my 3rd--when i got pneumonia (oy). wound up taking a ... more

The Peculiar Heartbreak of A Mormon Wedding

As a Mormon girl, I was raised to believe that the pinnacle of my life would be when I entered the temple to marry a worthy Mormon man.  My very salvation depended upon getting married in the temple --- a temple ceremony seals a husband and wife together for eternity.  The highest level of Mormon heaven is reserved for members that have married in the temple and born children.  In short, a temple marriage is a very serious matter within Mormonism. ...more
beautifully written and incredibly informative. nice job! more

10 Reasons Why I'm Not on Pinterest

Right about the time I feel like I have a working grip on Facebook, along comes the latest time-suck. No, not Twitter; I’m still at the pre-K level of Twittering, by the way. Pinterest. (I do realize that Pinterest has been going on for a year or so.)After being asked by 47 friends if I was on Pinterest, I finally decided to take a peek. Great God in Heaven, was this Martha Stewart’s prison-term brainchild? How on earth do all these people have the time to do all these things and then photograph, edit and upload pictures of their…stuff?...more
 @JennaHatfield no worries! kudos to you for having great nails and hair (i'm envious!). truth ... more

The Kindergarten Cut-Off Dilemma

I’ve been running around the last few weeks buying school supplies for The Big One to start 3rd grade at the end of the summer. I’m a bargain hunter (never pay retail!), so I’ve been buying a little here and a little there, whenever I find a good deal. And every so often, as I’m getting him ready for school, I realize that The Little One could have been starting kindergarten in the fall too. Maybe. See, try as I might to get him born earlier, he was evicted born 13 days after the cut off date. 13 stinking days....more
I get that this is a case-by-case situation but it frustrates me to no end because parents keep ... more

Is Marissa Mayer Sending the Wrong Message about Maternity Leave?

[Editor’s note: I didn’t want to weigh in right away on Marissa Mayer. I thought I’d wait until all the hoopla died down, especially the excitement over Yahoo tapping her to be CEO even though she was quite pregnant. Yes, it was a big deal. But the issue that most interests me is Mayer’s announcement that she wasn’t going to take much time off. ...more
my bad: typo--> those who do make it big. sorry for extra comma. :) more

Is Marissa Mayer Sending the Wrong Message about Maternity Leave?

[Editor’s note: I didn’t want to weigh in right away on Marissa Mayer. I thought I’d wait until all the hoopla died down, especially the excitement over Yahoo tapping her to be CEO even though she was quite pregnant. Yes, it was a big deal. But the issue that most interests me is Mayer’s announcement that she wasn’t going to take much time off. ...more
yes, mayer has the right to make this choice...the choice to keep working. here's the thing, ... more

No Nursing Manners For Us, Thanks

As Dylan becomes a toddler, his nursing is getting more physically chaotic. He’s wigglier. He kicks. He fidgets with his hands. Lately he’ll nurse from one boob for 5 seconds, then switch, then back again. He even does this in his sleep sometimes -- which I think is terribly adorable. Kellymom describes possible toddler nursing antics with this list: “Kneading, patting, twiddling, scratching, pinching, grabbing mom’s nose, biting, pulling at mom’s shirt, playing with or pulling mom’s hair, blowing raspberries on mom’s breast, breastfeeding standing up, breastfeeding upside down, acrobatic breastfeeding…” Yep, Dylan does ‘em all....more
I never thought of it as teaching my sons "nursing manners," but I definitely put an end to the ... more

The Strange Diets that Fuel Olympic Athletes

The elite athlete is a finely-tuned machine. It starts with good genes. There are years of training and conditioning. Coaching and facilities are top-notch. And of course nutrition, which fuels the energy and stamina needed to achieve peak performance, is managed with the same precision as the rest of the training regimen....more
Serious athletes are a unique breed, that's for sure. I coached some elite high school level ... more

Don't Try to Sell an FBI Agent Day-Old Lemonade

Last week, our doorbell rang and I found a large badge pushed up to my face which didn’t belong to your run-of-the-mill police officer. Oh no. The badge came attached to the arm of an agent in the FBI. The Eff Bee Eye, people. I was in the process of loading up my 2 younger boys, so we could fetch the oldest boy from basketball camp. As I had no back-up for carpooling, I had to explain to the very large FBI agent who was sporting a very visible gun that, no, I actually wasn’t available for a discussion at this moment....more
 @Linda Carmical Thanks so much for reading! There was a lot of sweating and squirming going on, ... more

Don't Try to Sell an FBI Agent Day-Old Lemonade

Last week, our doorbell rang and I found a large badge pushed up to my face which didn’t belong to your run-of-the-mill police officer. Oh no. The badge came attached to the arm of an agent in the FBI. The Eff Bee Eye, people. I was in the process of loading up my 2 younger boys, so we could fetch the oldest boy from basketball camp. As I had no back-up for carpooling, I had to explain to the very large FBI agent who was sporting a very visible gun that, no, I actually wasn’t available for a discussion at this moment....more
 @texasebeth Thanks so much! At least we didn't have train tracks running down our stairs (at ... more