Weight Gain During Pregnancy, Rain, Taxes (It’s Inevitable)

I'm baaack on Wheaton Patch today making light of the fact that while I'm gaining weight like a sumo wrestler, and in between my six mini-meals a day, I'm planning an ambitious workout program this summer after baby arrives. I'll be on maternity leave, the older two kids will be out of school, so all I'll have to do is nurse my baby and then work out all the time!  Right? I'll be ripped and back in my tight white jeans in no time! (Go ahead and crack yourself up. I"ll wait.) So if you'd Read more...

Mom of a Million Mistakes – New parenting column by A Parent in Silver Spring on Patch

Have you guys been reading the local Patch sites? They're a great way to get hyper-local news, perspectives, events and more. I've signed on to serve as a parenting columnist for Wheaton Patch and my column, Mom of a Million Mistakes, will appear each week. The column is a combination of my first-person parenting muddles, mistakes and musings and a topical round-up of local resources for families. My first piece is up today, "Confession: I'm a Basketball Mom." Look at the end of the piece for Read more...

A Parent in Silver Spring on CNN, how the story changed & how I’m changing it again for Crickett’s Answer

UPDATE: I've extended the commenting donation to Crickett's Answer of $1 per daily comment until Friday January 21st. I received an email last Thursday from a CNN producer, wondering if I would be willing to talk on-camera with my family about how we set digital limits for our children and make efforts to unplug as a family. My husband Chris and I discussed it and thought it was a good idea. We agreed that we might be a good family to interview. The CNN team wanted to come to our home on Friday Read more...

Discovery incident yesterday: One Discovery family’s experience

My husband Chris works at Discovery in downtown Silver Spring. Yesterday afternoon he called my mobile to say that there was "some serious stuff going down at Discovery." I thought he meant that there were staff changes or layoffs or something. Instead, he went on to explain that he was calling from within his locked office because there was a gunman in the building, the gunman had hostages and might also have a bomb. You know, just another day at work for an IT guy. I was out with my Read more...

Working moms: How the heck do you DO IT ALL?

This has been my first summer working a real, honest-to-goodness jobby-job since bringing home a baby in December 2003.  See photo above for a representation of how I've been handling it. Last summer I began freelancing for Nickelodeon's ParentsConnect, and this January I accepted an editor position with this premier, entertaining and REAL parenting site. I get to work for a major media company and write for a website that meshes with my "skills" from home (while still maintaining my blog)...a Read more...

Funny kid quote

"This is my mama. Her name is Jessica. She's wearing that giant hat and sunglasses so she can be saved from being put in a ditch or a box." — How my daughter Eve introduced me today to another mother on the beach, misquoting my earlier joke to her daddy that my over-sized sunglasses and sunhat were a last-ditch effort to stave off Botox. These photos were taken with the incredible Nikon D3000 with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens that I randomly, luckily won at the Read more...

Post-Tornado Stress Syndrome

Yesterday I felt like a damsel in a cheesy summer apocalypse movie. I stood at my sliding glass door and stupidly watched as three 30-foot pine trees from our neighbors' yard came rushing towards me. They barely missed the house, took out a beautiful Japanese maple tree we love, but kindly missed the kids' wooden swing set and the shed. And there those pines will lay until the tree guys in the area finish counting all their cash and finally return our calls. Today I feel like the leader of a band Read more...

Professional Mom Blogging: 50% Privilege, 49% Work, 1% Luck

I interrupt my usual parent resource posts to bring you this personal reflection on the new media industry of professional mom blogging. Yesterday I attended a series of events event hosted by the Silicon Valley Moms Group for the DC Metro Moms. It was a great experience. My fellow mom bloggers in the Washington DC area and I provided a little focus group insight, were treated to a swanky brunch and participated in a roundtable discussion on the industry of mom blogging. We also met with Read more...

Washington Without Plows, Power or Provisions?

Sorry I was not able to do a "What Is Open on Monday" post today, the day you probably most need it with cabin fever insanity reaching record levels and with the kids all out of school.  To those of you that e-mailed or Tweeted me wondering where my 4-1-1 post was, I apologize that I was not able to personally get back to you with tailored activity ideas like I normally try to do. You see, my road has not been plowed, and we are three city blocks of waist-deep snow from any major roads.  We've Read more...