Posts tagged " Maggie Downs "

Why do the worst moments become the best memories?

February 21st, 2017 Posted by Misc No Comment yet

by Maggie Downs posted in Mom Stories Last summer my family had an incident that could have ruined our brief vacation in Maui. Since we only had a few days on the island, I had every minute planned, determined to suck every moment out of the experience. On our first morning, I set the alarm for… Read more »

My son keeps asking for our dead cat

February 17th, 2017 Posted by Misc No Comment yet

by Maggie Downs posted in Mom Stories My 2-year-old son has spent the past couple days asking for our cat, Kung Pao Kitten. What he doesn’t understand is that Kung Pao isn’t here anymore. Our cat developed a sudden and aggressive form of lymphoma about a month ago, and his health was a quick downward spiral…. Read more »

Sweeten a child’s Valentine’s Day in 30 seconds

February 14th, 2017 Posted by Misc No Comment yet

by Maggie Downs posted in Mom Stories Being in the hospital stinks. Being in the hospital as a kid stinks even more. But being in the hospital as a kid on a holiday is the worst. You can help brighten a child’s day, though. Many pediatric hospitals allow the public to send e-Valentines to patients, so… Read more »

When a free-range mom marries a helicopter dad

October 21st, 2016 Posted by Misc No Comment yet

by Maggie Downs posted in Mom Stories My son was exactly one year old when I discovered we were living in a house divided. I know the precise moment it happened because it was my son’s birthday, when I told my husband that I wanted to take some cute photos in the desert. We pulled off the… Read more »

Here’s what doctors should call pregnant women over 35

October 14th, 2016 Posted by Misc No Comment yet

by Maggie Downs posted in Mom Stories When I was pregnant with my son, I was 37 and healthy. Then, during one of my doctor’s visits, the nurse practitioner casually referred to me as “AMA.” I’m more familiar with Reddit than medical lingo, so my first thought was “ask me anything,” before I quickly realized… Read more »

The women who say they wish they’d never had kids

October 4th, 2016 Posted by Misc No Comment yet

by Maggie Downs posted in Mom Stories Let’s see a show of hands from anyone who regrets having children. Anyone? Anyone? … Bueller? That’s what I thought. It feels shocking even typing the words “regret having children,” let alone own them. It’s almost unspeakable. Yet maternal regret exists, as seen in this fascinating feature from Marie Claire,… Read more »

Here are the tiniest diapers for the smallest preemies

September 30th, 2016 Posted by Misc No Comment yet

by Maggie Downs posted in Mom Stories Babies born prematurely have their own set of challenges. Diapers shouldn’t be among them. This week Pampers introduced the Preemie Swaddlers diaper in size P-3, three sizes smaller than conventional newborn diapers. They’re designed for the the most vulnerable babies – those born premature in the second trimester,… Read more »

The buzz for free coffee on National Coffee Day

September 27th, 2016 Posted by Misc No Comment yet

by Maggie Downs posted in Mom Stories I’ll let you in on a little secret. Coffee is probably the only reason I’ve made it through the first two years of my son’s life. And not just because caffeine is my personal mom fuel and my veins pulse with Americanos instead of blood. No, it’s because… Read more »

This church’s message about kids might surprise you

September 23rd, 2016 Posted by Misc No Comment yet

by Maggie Downs posted in Mom Stories   The other day my friend Jennifer posted this photo on Facebook, showing a card from her church that says “Wiggles are welcome.” The cards are prominently displayed in the pews at her church, Westminster Presbyterian in Nashville, Tenn. When I saw this, I was downright delighted. And I couldn’t help but think… Read more »

Stop saying your dog is a lot like my child

September 2nd, 2016 Posted by Misc No Comment yet

by Maggie Downs posted in Mom Stories I was waiting in line at Costco, having a conversation with my 2-year-old son about potty training, when a man in line piped up. “Sounds like what I tell my dog!” he said. I smiled politely, then the man interjected again. “But I bet my dog is better… Read more »