Safe to Sleep

Child Care Aware of Eastern Kansas

The *Eunice Kennedy Shriver* National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has launched the Safe to Sleep campaign to reduce Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death. Check out the new [campaign][1] to gain the most up-to-date information on creating a safe sleep environment ...

The Second Time Around

Megan Green Stuke

Pregnancy the second time around, at least so far, could not be more different than the first time. I mean, physically, it's about the same. I have never been afflicted with morning sickness, but the usual fatigue and aches and pains have plagued the last 9-odd weeks of my life. ...

The Second Time Around

Megan Green Stuke

Pregnancy the second time around, at least so far, could not be more different than the first time. I mean, physically, it's about the same. I have never been afflicted with morning sickness, but the usual fatigue and aches and pains have plagued the last 9-odd weeks of my life. ...

#crazytalk with Megan Stuke

Megan Green Stuke

I'm now painfully aware that my days as a mom of just one child are numbered. I mean, I can count them. It's a weird feeling, because for so long we thought we'd only have the one. I spent a lot of time focusing on the fact that I'd only ...

The Maternal Balance Beam

Megan Green Stuke

http://wellcommons.com/users/meganstuke/photos/2011/sep/22/221281/ So I applied for Leadership Lawrence this year, and (wah wah wahhh) I didn't get in. Which is totally okay. I'm fine about it. Really. No biggie. I don't mind. It's FINE. Seriously, I'm totally down with not getting into a group of leaders for a community I worship ...

What's up with the doc?

Megan Green Stuke

I remember being in my early 20's, sitting at a bar chatting with a friend of mine who was a few years older than myself. I distinctly remember him saying, "When we're older and we all have kids, let's promise now not to talk about them all the time when ...

Party Time

Megan Green Stuke

I've often said there is a long list of things I swore I'd never do as a parent, and I've made short work of destroying said list, one item at a time. Last week, for example, I decided to break down and take a DVD player with us on a ...

Two year olds are people too, it turns out.

Megan Green Stuke

This morning, as she does almost every Friday, my mother-in-law arrived early in the wee hours to babysit our son. Today, he was not quite awake yet when she came, but he woke up shortly after, so she got to see his "wake up" routine. Usually, he's clam-happy in the ...

A few thoughts on turning 38

Megan Green Stuke

My 38th birthday is coming up. That's right, I'm (almost) 38. I'm not even kidding. I'm telling God and Everyone on this very website how old I am. Until this year, I've always been pretty "Yeah, whatever" about birthdays. I didn't ever feel old, I didn't feel like it mattered ...

Pop Tart Poppycock

Megan Green Stuke

Johnny turned 21 months old, and went on a hunger strike. Just like that, he stopped eating. This is not to say he was a tremendous eater before, but he did okay on his diet of usual stuff. My friends all think this is hilarious, because I was the mom ...

Good Neighbors Make Good Childhoods

Megan Green Stuke

Our little North Lawrence house, the one we're leaving for a bigger version on the south end of town, has some awesome neighbors. When we moved in, there was a policeman and his wife living behind us. They moved out and were replaced with a retired fire captain who is ...

Unintended Consequences

Megan Green Stuke

The Stuke family is moving. Never before, in all of my moves, has moving been this. much. work. I moved in college what seemed like every semester. Throw it in the back of a friend's truck, half-unpacked. Find out who to write the rent check to. Done. I moved into ...

B-Minus Parenting

Megan Green Stuke

Taking Johnny places, these days, is a crap-shoot. I pine for the days when he would accompany us to Free State, happy to loll in his infant seat and linger while we had a long lunch. http://wellcommons.com/users/meganstuke/photos/2011/may/20/214291/ Now, having a meal at a restaurant is often akin to putting a ...

Friend Therapy, on the cheap.

Megan Green Stuke

At the first sign of warm weather, my girlfriends and I announced to our families that we'd be having a day off. We sent out an email to our extended group of women friends, inviting them to sit on one of our patios and have margaritas for an afternoon. Kids ...

Living vicariously. It's what we do.

Megan Green Stuke

Let's just admit it. Half the stuff we do "for our kids" is really for us. Case in point: I was determined to dye Easter eggs with Johnny. Johnny, mind you, is 20 months old. But last year, I flunked Easter. I had an adorable outfit for him, which he ...

Transitional time

Megan Green Stuke

I blame myself. I got cocky. I got smug. I allowed myself to let my guard down. You see, our baby has, 97 percent of the time, been an exceedingly good, "easy" baby. He has, for the most part, been a good sleeper, save a few teething or tummy or ...

Park it!

Megan Green Stuke

Yesterday, it was ninety degrees in Lawrence, KS. And that, my friends, combined with a lunch at Johnny's and a trip to the park, is about as close to nirvana as I get. http://wellcommons.com/users/meganstuke/photos/2011/apr/4/211522/ We've longed for months to take our toddler outside and let him run free, explore the ...

What's in a (Nick)name?

Megan Green Stuke

It almost feels like a competition (or is it just me? does everything feel like a competition to me whereas everyone else is just going about their business without a thought to what the Joneses are up to? I don't know - it's one for the therapist's couch), this insistence ...

Milestones

Megan Green Stuke

Since the day I brought Johnny home from the hospital, I lamented that it was going too fast. I realize that *everyone* says that, and it's too cliche to dribble on and on about "it just goes too fast!" but dang if it isn't true. When Johnny was born I ...

Reassessing my values: school matters

Megan Green Stuke

So I was sitting at lunch with two of my girlfriends and their offspring the other day. We are all close in age, and all have only one child. We all three possess graduate degrees, all waited until later in life to have children, and have all worked or do ...

Real Food for Families

Rachel Richmond

Check out this new class offered by holistic nutrition educator Karen Manley Duggan at The Merc, 901 Iowa Street: **Real Food for Families** Tuesday · March 29 · 7-9pm taught by Karen Manley Duggan . We'll start the class with a simple and delicious green salad and a hearty warming ...

Brave new world for babies

Megan Green Stuke

It's a brave new world for babies. Technology that still knocks our socks off will be ho-hum for my baby, who will never know the difference. My baby will never talk on a phone with a cord. The house I grew up in had two phones: one in the kitchen ...

Healthy Mom = Happy Baby

Megan Green Stuke

As parents, we obsess over our childrens' health. Is that a cough? Did I hear a wheeze? Does he eat enough green things? Get enough sleep? We bundle our kids for cold weather, strap them in carseats that double as straightjackets, buy expensive helmets for riding bikes around the block. ...

RIP, RSV. Good riddance.

Megan Green Stuke

Mark another childhood illness off the list! Johnny had RSV last week. Those three letters strike fear into the heart of a new parent faster than even the letters NIT strike fear in the heart of a basketball tournament hopeful. And the thing about RSV is that it sneaks up ...

Gender neutral - is it possible?

Megan Green Stuke

Before I got married or had a baby, I worked on my master's degree in American Studies, just for fun. I had time for stuff like that back then. And in that program, I studied a lot about gender, performance, and culture, and I focused my own research on how ...

Dads Group organizes Daddy & Me Swimming at Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center

Charlie Bryan

Take a break from the cold weather and enjoy basking in the heated indoor swimming pool at Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center while enjoying time with your infant or toddler. Please share this announcement with others who might be interested in joining us. The Dads Group is open to all. We're ...

Looking in the mirror again

Megan Green Stuke

If you know me, you know I almost never allow my photograph to be taken, and when I do, for posterity or because someone badgered me to the point of crying, I invariably hate it. I don't think I ever did take good pictures, but in the last few years ...

The marriage accountant

Megan Green Stuke

I know it will come as a huge surprise to those of you that know us, but sometimes, Mr. Meat and Potatoes and I? We fight. A little. A teeny tiny bit. And, like most couples, I think we have our tried and true favorite modes of accomplishing a good ...

Doctor Mom, at your service

Megan Green Stuke

Healthcare professionals have to hate me. I am one of those grossly irritating people who loves to do Google Diagnostics. Also, I watch too much TV. And, I work in a hospital, although what I do has nothing to do with clinical work, and in fact has about as much ...

Baby: 423. Mama: 0.

Megan Green Stuke

Last week, Johnny’s daycare called me at work. I’m getting used to it. They’ve called at least five times in the last two weeks. “Johnny has a fever.” “Johnny has a fever again.” “Johnny seems sick and has a fever, AGAIN.” Johnny has had multiple double ear infections. Also, he’s ...

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