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Allison Brown

Allison Brown
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Allison grew up in the Wichita area with her husband. After graduating from K-State, they moved to Kansas City for five years. She left her job as a child development and parenting teacher to stay at home with their son, Eli. Their family moved back home to Derby where Eli is growing up close to family. As an added bonus, they also bask in the freedom that is the deepest bench of free babysitters imaginable. Attempting to find their "new normal" in an old and familiar hometown keeps them busy. She loves bargain hunting, making everything into an event (preferably with a theme), taking "an obscene amount" of photos of her son, and sugar.

Yes, I Ate My Placenta. Here’s Why.

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"You EAT your PLACENTA?!"  Well, I encapsulate so yes AND no. Here's what you should know about using your placenta after birth:  WHY? There's not quality research proving that ingesting your placenta will lead to...

Epic Toddler Meltdowns Explained

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Hormones are powerful. Pregnancy hormones (especially when you're shooting them up in addition to making them) are even more powerful. As much as I would trade them in, I do have to thank hormones...
Newborns Aren't That Great.

Yes, You Had Your Baby the “Real” Way

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Every time I hear the phrase "But you had him the REAL way, I could never do that!" I cringe a little. It's always meant as a compliment, a way of recognizing the hard...

Midwife Prenatal Care :: Busting (and Confirming) the Stereotypes

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If you're imagining a long-haired hippie wearing a tie-dyed skirt who chants while waving incense when an expecting mama mentions her appointment with a midwife: keep reading.   After receiving prenatal care from both OBGYNs...

HalloWEEK :: When One Night Just Isn’t Enough

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Your kid is cute. Your kid in a costume is even cuter. Why stop at one, when you can find an excuse to enjoy SEVEN? That's right, SEVEN days of dress-up fun.  I formally...
Overparenting

Overparenting: Guilty as Charged

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I walked upstairs one Saturday to a surprise from my husband: he had converted our son's crib into a big boy bed. On a whim. Alarm bells rang in my head. I had PLANS! I was...
Newborns Aren't That Great.

Newborns Aren’t That Great. There, I Said It.

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I don't LOVE the newborn stage. I just don't. When I confess this, I usually get the same reaction: shock, dismay, and a twinge of pity. But, every once and a while, I meet...
surrogacy questions

Your Nosiest Surrogacy Questions Answered

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Many of the questions I get about being a gestational carrier start with, “Tell me if this is too nosy, but….” For the record, I don’t think it is too nosy. I LOVE to...

Raising a Child of Faith When You Feel Inadaquate

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For many parents, knowing when (and how) to start talking about faith can feel daunting. Here’s a hint: you’re over-thinking it. There are so many easy ways to start incorporating your beliefs into your...

“It Takes a Village”: Understatement of a Lifetime

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I recently re-entered the work force and bought a foreclosed fixer-upper - all while hopped up on hormones to carry a baby for another family as a gestational surrogate. I couldn't have done it without...

Thrifting 101 :: Getting Started

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If you tell me you love my son's outfit, I am going to tell you where I got it AND how much I paid for it. I can't stop myself. Something inside me NEEDS you to know...

Eat How the Toddler Eats

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This is a follow up to our post "Eat What Your Toddler Eats" where we discuss reclaiming "normal" eating habits after pregnancy and nursing have come to a close. The actual food (and drinks) you put...

12 Signs You’re A Toddler Mom in Need of Adult Time

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Being a mom is great, right? At some point though, motherhood crept in and took over some of the adult portions of your brain when you weren't looking. Here are some signs that this...

Eat What the Toddler Eats

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"Sleep when the baby sleeps, eat what the toddler eats." That's what they should really say. After giving birth, I was able to get my body "back" fairly quickly. It wasn't until weaning my son...