More Love to Susan

Please keep sending your love and prayers to Susan Niebur of Toddler Planet through the WhyMommy Love Fest Facebook page.Susan, and her family, are watching these videos and express their thanks to you al.The amazing Amy Mascott of TeachMama put a third one together for Susan. Thank you Amy!Music was provided thanks to Marty Long and Bill Leslie.If you would like to be a part of future video cards of love for Susan, here are details how.Again, you can also send hard copy Read more...

Love to Susan – Updated

I know that our fellow parent in Silver Spring, Susan Niebur, is in so many of our hearts right now.She is all I can think about, making fluffy fun posts suggesting children's activities almost impossible at the moment. The suggestions I have for you are toRead Susan's wordsSend her your love(Send her best friend some love too)Take your kids to a planetarium or other space/sky-themed field trip in honor of Susan's life work as a planetary scientist. (That post I am linking to Read more...

The Still Point: My First Acupuncture Session Changed My Life

The Still Point in Takoma Park is My New Favorite PlaceAt The Still Point I experienced acupuncture, massage, an eco-makeup application and a facial that was equal parts natural and high tech.I have never felt so awesome after spa or holistic treatments.And believe you me, I am not the kind of gal who forgets to treat herself. Oh no. This princess believes paying others to perform services on her person is the all-time best way to spend a few hours. The Still Point is a women-owned small Read more...

Focusing on These Three…and A Parent in Silver Spring

Before baby Alice arrived, I was able to work part-time writing places other than this blog without hiring outside childcare. I busted out my assignments while the kids were off receiving their education. And then I worked some more after they went to bed.Somehow I thought that this could continue with a baby. I would just write during naps and at night. Easy peasy. That would allow me about, oh, 20 hours a week for following my ambitions and bringing home some bacon, right?Um, yeah. Read more...

One-Thousandth Post: Three and a Half Years of A Parent in Silver Spring

This is my blog's one-thousandth post. Even after three and a half years of blogging here at A Parent in Silver Spring, it is hard to believe I have hit the "Publish" button 1,000 times.Thank you so much for reading. Thank you for staying with me as I have struggled with the juggle of family life and blogging, the balance of paid work versus offering a free public service, and the website's transition from homespun exhibitionist pastime to bona fide professional blog. Thank you for bearing with Read more...

I’m a New Mom All Over Again

Alice - 20 weeksA real conversation Friend: You smell good. New perfume?Me: Sort of. It's the smelly flowers from the Pat the Bunny book.Friend: As in 'Judy smells the pretty flowers....'Me: '...now YOU smell the stinky flowers.' Exactly. Except it's Paul who's the future florist. Or possibly a jeweler since he can't get enough of Mummy's ring.Friend: Wow, Jess. Wow.Me: Don't you dare ask me what I do all day or I'll make you touch my scratchy calves.   Read more...

#EmailLove and Sharing Email With My Son – Yahoo! Mail Sponsored Post

Thank you to Yahoo! Mail for sponsoring this post about staying connected. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.Today will be a big day for my oldest, seven-year-old Charlie:He's getting his very own e-mail address!We're setting him up with his own e-mail (that will be HIGHLY regulated by us, as in we will be checking his in-box for him and logging on with him side-by-side) and so he can write to his grandparents Read more...

Please Induce Me

Please Induce Me – a desperate plea to both my baby and Holy Cross Hospital, which has a new hospital policy of very conservative induction standards…even if a mother is dilating, effaced, completely uncomfortable, has a full-term infant confirmed as large by 4D ultrasounds and a history of large babies, mother is inconvenienced by child care needs for two older children, cares more about her own comfort than what is best for her baby and is a raging bitch on wheels.(Sung to the tune of the Read more...

A Parent in Silver Spring on TLC’s Parentables – Updated

TLC has started a website for parents called Parentables, which features interesting and entertaining articles and blog posts for parents, and I'm a contributor. My first post is a humor piece about the random, weird, crazy stuff that happens late in the game to pregnant women...please check it out! I'd love your support as I blog at this new place almost as much as I'd love to go into labor TODAY!My second piece is a sarcastic satire, How NOT to Make New Mom Friends. I for one need to brush Read more...