Samantha Wood

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Samantha is a go-getting, optimistic, glass half-full type of person. She is a mommy of three littles, three angel babies, and a pup. She has been married to her Kohawk sweetheart, Eric, for 5 years, and both are transplants to Cedar Rapids. Although their family experienced infertility, IVF, and balancing the triple threat of graduate school, working full time and rounding up their little brood, the Woods would say the emotions are worth it. Every hand to hold, nose to kiss, and boo boo to wash away makes everything right in the crazy world of parenting. When she’s not in survival mode, Samantha enjoys running, learning the secret language of toddlers, cooking with a full kitchen, and party-of-five cuddles on the couch. Samantha enjoys running, shaking her groove thing to 70's and 80's pop with her son, Oliver, and family cuddle time.

Working Mom of Three: Here’s How I’m Moving Forward

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So, here we are. Three months since my initial post on this work/life journey. Life has been a game of catch up. Thoughts of “did I start this too late?” came up. I also...

Mom of Three Seeking Help: Managing Post Baby Blues & the Workplace

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What can we say about post-baby Blues? Well, you feel off, and you’re not quite sure why. Sometimes, you don’t even notice it until a while later. “I had actually noticed some postpartum anxiety/depression...

Wanted: Work/Life Balance for Busy Working Mom of Three

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I have something I need to share, but it's hard to admit: I need to switch from the fast lane to the slow lane in life. Coming back from maternity leave for the second...

The Cedar Rapids Guide to Youth Soccer Clubs and Programs

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If you are new to the area, have young kids who are interested in sports, or have an older child who’s just becoming interested in soccer, you’ve come to the right place! With spring...

Home Away from Home: Are We Ready to Put Down Roots in Iowa?

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  My husband and I had a 10 year plan. We would find jobs in Iowa (where we attended undergrad), stay for a couple years to gain work experience, and then move back to one...

If You’re Sick, Stay Home! How to Navigate Illness With Relatives

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Cold, flu, pink eye, RSV; no matter what the season, grab hold of your tissue boxes and antibacterial gel because SICKNESS IS HERE. Your doctor has told you, your school has warned you, and...

Reflect and Rethink: Tips for Resolving Arguments with your Partner

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Have you ever found yourself sitting in silence with your partner after a long day, both replaying your last argument?  Was it about how one of you felt like most of the load was...

Spilled Milk: Confessions of a NICU Mom

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“One pump, two pumps, three pumps, four. Only a 10 more minutes until I can see my babies more.” I had a c-section at 9:10 PM and welcomed my 26 week and 5 day...

10 Tips for In Vitro Fertilization

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As a two-time In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) patient, I have learned a lot!  During my rounds of IVF I looked for advice from nurses, doctors, and other IVF patients to help calm my nerves...

Please Don’t Guilt My Child

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Dear Friends and Family, My request is simple. Please don’t guilt my child. Yes, you read that right. I don’t want you putting guilt on my child. When it comes to manners, I am...