Today my son goes to daycare for the first time. It’s the last full week of my maternity leave, and I am easing him into daycare this week. As a second-time mom, I am less worried about leaving him...
The hardest part about being a transplant is experiencing significant life events as a distant spectator. Even if you live where you grew up it's probable that someone you care about is far away. Most of the time the...
I am in my second trimester of pregnancy with my second child and somebody sent me a link to a breast pump that was on sale. I kindly responded to her saying that I am not planning on breastfeeding...
Let me just start by saying that I’m a proponent of fed is best. Breast milk, formula, you do you, momma. I personally prefer to breastfeed exclusively, but it’s typically been a bit of a roller coaster. I long for...
I had every intention of breastfeeding my twins. I bought a manual pump (it was ten years ago!), nursing bras, and some storage bags. My twenty-year-old self thought it would be a walk in the park. It was not,...
“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 old twins: a little lady...
Some women are burning their pump and throwing themselves a party when they're ready to end their breastfeeding journey. Whether it was one day or 3 years, oh how I applaud you! YOU DESERVE TO CELEBRATE! You sacrificed time...
It’s World Breastfeeding Week! What better way to help mothers succeed in nursing than to compile some tried-and-true tips and tricks? I’m no pro, but I have successfully breastfed two babies. I nursed my first until she was 15 months and...
Oh, maternity leave. The "magical" weeks following the birth of a baby when a working mom gets to stay home with her newborn.  No matter how many weeks you’re able to have there’s one thing that remains true… It’s never...
I knew by then not to rock my babies to sleep. The "experts" said time and again that doing so would make them dependent upon me for sleep. My babies would never learn to sleep on their own. So,...
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5 Places to Explore Caves Near Cedar Rapids

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Grab your flashlights and get ready to explore some cool caves within a short drive from Cedar Rapids. In fact, grab your jackets, too,...