Alicia Strnad Hoalcraft
Alicia Strnad Hoalcraft is a news page designer at The Forum. She lives in Moorhead with her husband and their daughter, Calliope. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Let me first say that I try to be a good mom. I really do. The problem is, of course, that some of the things that happen in the course...
Princess Kate and I are sisters. Not literally, of course, or else I’d be driving a nicer car, but she and I are both members of a sisterhood of women...
It was 4 a.m. when I called my mom. “Can you come get Callie?” “Yes.” Ten minutes later, she was at my house to pick up her granddaughter. My husband...
Parenting is a whirlwind of good and bad all mixed together. You can be playing with your sweet baby one minute, and covered in baby vomit the next. Likewise, an...
Our first foray into infant illness started awesomely enough. We woke up to the sounds of the alarm beeping and realized that, for the first time in her life, our baby had slept through the night.
When my husband and I announced we were expecting a baby, we were inundated with two things: good wishes and advice. A lot of advice. The advice, good and bad, was all well-meaning, and some of it did turn out to be helpful. Some of it even made us better parents. But despite everything we were told, there were still a lot of things no one warned us about. A few things I'd have liked to know earlier: Not everyone falls "in love" with their baby right away. In movies, the first thing anyone says to their new baby is, "Oh, I love you so much." It wasn't like that for me.
My experience as a parent so far can be pretty well summed up in our first family portrait. It was taken less than an hour after my daughter was born. She's screaming while my husband gazes at her adoringly. And I am out of it. After a trying pregnancy and a quick labor, I am exhausted, bewildered and confused, unable to even open my eyes. It wasn't the picture I planned, and it wasn't really the one I wanted, but it's the one I got. The rest of parenting up to this point has been the same way. I'd hoped for one of those easy pregnancies where people tell you you're glowing.
By Alicia Strnad The Forum Most brides-to-be have more than one bridal shower and the same old food and games can get boring. To liven up a shower and make it truly unique, try for a theme that strays from the norm. Here are some ideas: 24-7 shower - Each guest is assigned a time of day when they RSVP. Their gift should be something the newlyweds would use at that time of day, such as a robe to wear in the morning or movies to watch in the evening. Anything in a jar - Bring anything that can fit in a jar, from spices to paperclips.