101.5 The River Chatter

In August, 2012 I began appearing every Wednesday morning with Rick and Mary Beth on 101.5 The River's morning show!  The #1 morning show in Toledo, Rick and Mary Beth are devoted to bringing northwest Ohio a great mix of music and talk! It's been an honor to be part of their line up!    Chatting about hot parenting topics or highlighting the numerous businesses and events geared towards local children are always the fodder of my appearances.  I always have a post to go along with our chatter, and this is the destination if you're interested in reading more about what weve talked about on air!  Of course, I can't know it all, so if you have a business or event geared towards local families, please drop me an email!  I'd love to let our listeners know!      

And Then She Said, “Enjoy The Rest of Your Pregnancy!”


I mean it seemed like a dream at the time.  I’d just been given darn near the best news of my life…your baby is chromosomally typical…and before the genetic counselor hung up she said, “Enjoy the rest of your pregnancy!

No one has ever said that to me before.

I guess that’s because I’ve never done any prenatal chromosomal testing before.  Given my advanced maternal age, however it seemed prudent to get as much information as we could.  If you read Inconceivable, you know I had an amnio done when I was 16 weeks pregnant with Logan.  The purpose of the amnio was to get an exact DNA match to the his parents.  We wanted to make sure we were handing over the child I was carrying to the correct people.  Anways, you may recall it was not a pleasant experience.  Therefore, I had no desire to lather, rinse and repeat.  That’s why I was thrilled to learn there is a new test that can diagnose chromosomal abnormalities in a fetus and all it involves is a blood draw.

Enter the Cell Free DNA test.  In simple terms, scientists have learned how to isolate placental DNA in a blood sample from the mother.  By … Read the rest

A Sixth Birthday Party or parties

Mary Kate’s birthday is officially over and I’m exhausted.  You see, after a series of parties dedicated to her 6th our middle child may have the rather demented impression that her seventh birthday should rival the Queen’s Jubilee.  It all started innocently enough.  This was going to be a “party year” for her.  We don’t have big birthday parties every year in our house.  There’s always a family celebration but the shindigs with friends and stamped invitations are reserved for the big years, and in our home “6” is a banner accomplishment.

(I have no idea why.  There is no logic to this so don’t ask.)

Anyways, back in January I asked MK what she wanted for a theme for her party and she announced that she wanted a “Princess Castle Cake” with fireworks shooting out of the top.  I said yes to the cake,  no to the fire works and spent the entire month of February in Hobby Lobby.  (I think I may have single handedly financed Hobby Lobby’s law suit against the federal government…or at least one of the attorneys that argued in front of the supreme court last week.)

I have to confess—I had a blast with this party.  I don’t know if it was because I … Read the rest

Spring Break…Lessons Learned

Did you know that dining with two two-year-olds in a restaurant is just as anxiety producing as pulling the pin on a grenade and waiting for it to explode?  Okay…maybe not AS anxiety producing but almost.  I can attest to this because Sean and I just spent a week of dancing a nightly jig between the time we were seated for dinner and the time our food arrived.  Sometimes things went smoothy.  Other times they didn’t.  When they didn’t conditions went downhill rather quickly and usually ended up with one of us crawling around on the floor searching for a binky, a crayon, a book or one of the twins that had managed to disappear into the abyss that is the “under” of restaurant tables.

Which leads me to this week’s helpful tip.  When you lose something under the table of dimly lit restaurant do your best to refrain from using the flashlight app on your phone to illuminate the floor.  Trust me when I say there are things under restaurant tables that no one should see …especially before eating…which is probably why the establishment is dimly lit in the first place.

Why we didn’t cut ourselves a break and make dinner in our Sanibel condo is inexplicable.  After each … Read the rest

Forgotten Bathing Suit Breast Pads and The Swim Lesson from Hell

It all started out with the best of intentions.  The twins are two, we have a pool in the back yard, and sometime…hopefully soon…swimming season will arrive.  So, in the interest of safety, Sean and I thought it would be prudent to schedule Isabella and Reagan for swimming lessons.

Perfectly normal.  Right?

Except there’s a glitch, which shouldn’t surprise any of my readers.  There’s always a glitch.  In fact, in retrospect, I probably should’ve named this blog (and our book for that matter), “The Glitch”.  It’s cathchy and conveniently rhymes with bitch which is fitting because the “glitch” always results in “the bitch”…at least in our home it does.

Anyways, since this isn’t my first time at the toddler-swim-lesson-rodeo I knew they required a parent participant–which is a glitch—because Sean has always been the CEO of mommy-and-me swim lessons.  It’s not that I don’t like to swim.  It’s that I don’t like to swim in public pools.  I have issues with communal bath tubs.  Trust me when I tell you there’s  not enough chlorine to kill the sceevy back-stroking critters of my imagination. But, seeing as how we have two toddlers, and in the interest of not wanting them to drown, I figured once a week I could swallow some … Read the rest

This Is Why I Duct Tape My Car

If you read here you know I’m often pressed for time.  Actually, if you read here, you know there’s not enough time in the day to get everything done that I need to get done.  Hence…the name, “Mama On The Fly.”  I live “on the fly” because I have a tendency to bite off more than I can chew on a regular basis and as a result, mundane tasks, like fixing my car, often gets flung to the bottom of a very randomly prioritized to-do list.

Why is my to-do list so random?

Because I’m human and lack discipline.  You see, I like to do certain things (like make something pretty) and don’t like to do other things (like fix the bumper on my car).  That’s normal, right?  I mean, isn’t THAT the reason most of our homes look nearly perfect when throwing a party but we hope and pray no one looks under our bed?  We tend to prioritize our to-do lists with prejudice and in our home my car has a serious civil rights issue.

Which is a problem… because I use my car a lot.  So, what’s the issue with my bumper?  Okay, prepare  yourself because I’m about to get all mechanical.  As best as I can … Read the rest