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So far Stephanie Ansley has created 16 blog entries.

Why Checking Out Once A Week Has Made Me A Better Mom

We have a deal. Tuesday afternoons, when my husband walks in the door at around 4:30, I have the option of walking out the door and not coming back until whenever the heck I feel like. It is my "night off." I don't always choose to take it, but I [...]

By | March 2nd, 2016|7 Comments

Kid’s Birthday? For Once, I’m Not Gonna Jump on the Crazy Train

The countdown has begun: In just 33 days, my baby turns 1 year old. Whaaat?! I'm pretty sure I just found out last week that I was pregnant, so there's no way I'm about to have a one year-old. Alas, it's true, and the party-planning has begun. Once upon a [...]

By | February 26th, 2016|1 Comment

Hey Doc: What the Heck Ever Happened to Bedside Manner?

We've all had that one doctor, whether its our regular MD or someone we saw for a rush appointment while our own doc was in the Bahamas. Y'know, that doctor that seems to know everything about everything, except they seem to have forgotten all knowledge of beside manner and dismissed any [...]

By | February 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Child Spacing: When is the Best Time to Add to Your Brood?

After every relationship milestone, there always seems to be a well-meaning albeit nosy question. If you've been dating more than a year: "When's the Wedding?" After the wedding (in my case, during my reception), the fervor increases: "So when are you having a baby?!" Almost immediately after baby #1 pops out, [...]

By | February 12th, 2016|1 Comment

The Preschool Institution: Hate It or Love It, Why Such Extremes?

"Raise your hand if your parents took out a second mortgage to pay for this!" Preschool. The word alone makes many folks shudder. Remember when preschool was just a fun, easy-going prep thing kids were sent to the year before kindergarten, as a sort of bridge to help [...]

By | February 5th, 2016|2 Comments

The Yo-Yo Life: Struggles with Self Image After Baby

Even after having a baby, I struggle with my body as it is now perhaps more than I ever have, even when I was 100 pounds heavier than I currently am.

By | January 29th, 2016|3 Comments

Dining Out With Kids: One Mom’s Thoughts

The littlest Ansley *loves* dining out. I have always loved dining out and finding the new, undiscovered food gems in our area. When I got pregnant, I never really seriously considered that having a baby would get in the way of my food adventures. Of course I expected [...]

By | January 26th, 2016|16 Comments

How to Give Your Baby a Dropper of Medicine in 28 Easy Steps

It's a breeze and fun for everyone! Does your baby have a fever? How about obvious teething pain, or a nasty cough? What if I told you it could all be easily relieved with just a couple of milliliters of candy-flavored liquid? Sounds too good to be true, [...]

By | January 18th, 2016|1 Comment

The Breast Opinion: Public Breastfeeding

"Mammal (n): any vertebrate of the class Mammalia, having the body more or less covered with hair, nourishing the young with milk from the mammary glands, and, with the exception of the egg-laying monotremes, giving birth to live young." For some reason, something that is as natural and essential as can [...]

By | January 15th, 2016|24 Comments

The Darkness of New Motherhood

We got off to a rough start. I don't know why I expected it to be easy after everything we'd already been through. I had waited for him for 7 1/2 years; after multiple failed rounds of infertility treatments, a drastic lifestyle and health change to bring me to my [...]

By | January 11th, 2016|3 Comments