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Meredith Lopez

Entries by Meredith Lopez

Ask Me About My Gall Bladder

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2011 | 8:20 AM

The week before last, like any week around here, I had plans. Not grand plans, nothing major: no one was getting married, I wasn't expecting any babies to pop out of me, President Obama was still ignoring my invitation to come over for gluten-free pasta and Tasti-D-Lite. But...

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'The Hunger Games' and One Mother's Frazzled Nerves

(1) Comments | Posted February 23, 2011 | 1:12 PM

Before I launched into reading Suzanne Collins' ubiquitous "Hunger Games" trilogy, I asked my mom friends, "As a parent, will these books scar me for life? Will I have a nervous breakdown from reading them? Will I become paranoid?"

Their answer, in a nutshell: "No. Just read them and shut...

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An Open Letter to Pediatricians

(6) Comments | Posted January 24, 2011 | 6:26 PM

It's been a while since I've used my space here on HuffPost to regale my captive audience with tales of my son, the Juban Princeling, his toddlery shenannigans, and my hilarious efforts at parenting him.

Since I last addressed you, my adoring public, we've taken the Princeling on his...

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Not Dr. Spock: The Other Childhood Milestones

(5) Comments | Posted August 13, 2010 | 3:48 PM

As we here at Casa López prepare for our son, the Juban Princeling, to turn two years old in less than two months (!), I've been thinking a lot about my little guy's milestones. Not the milestones you read about in Dr. Spock or other parenting guides. I'm talking about...

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The Impossibility of Childproofing

(3) Comments | Posted June 10, 2010 | 11:12 AM

I find it ironic that in the same week that New York Family ran my piece on childproofing your home, my own son, the Juban Princeling, nearly cut off his own toes with our scissors. The NYF piece is all about childproofing basics for first-time parents, but what...

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I Cheat On My Toddler

(2) Comments | Posted June 3, 2010 | 12:41 PM

I have a confession to make.

I cheat on my son, the Juban Princeling.

There, I said it.

The thing is, and this isn't an excuse so much as an explanation, I'm just not feeling like my needs are being met by our mother-son relationship. I believe that infidelity in...

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This Memorial Day, Honoring My AnySoldier

(8) Comments | Posted May 27, 2010 | 1:31 PM

For the first time in my life, this Memorial Day means something personal to me. More than store sales, the husband home for a long weekend and grilling hamburgers, this year I need to take a moment to remember a soldier, a specific soldier, who was killed in Iraq last...

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Toddler at Twenty-Thousand Feet

(9) Comments | Posted May 17, 2010 | 4:31 PM

This week my husband and I are flying our son, the 19-month old Juban Princeling, down to Florida to make up for the vacation that never happened back in February. I don't know if it's suicidal or comical or stupid or optimistic or some combination of all of...

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Adventures of the Tricksy Hobbit

(2) Comments | Posted April 28, 2010 | 3:56 PM

Before I launch into this week's post I have two quick announcements:

First, a very close and long-time friend of mine is looking for his birth parents and would appreciate any leads or information anyone has. He says:

"I was born on October 30, 1975 at 9:36 am in Caddo...

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Good Night, Sleep Tight

(2) Comments | Posted April 14, 2010 | 12:10 PM

My son, the Juban Princeling, is at that age now where he's not only freakishly tall (95th percentile), but he is also learning how to be mischievous. Height plus mischievousness equals bad. Besides grabbing knives off countertops (because we leave knives lying around like all the baby experts...

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Go Green, Stay Sane

(2) Comments | Posted April 7, 2010 | 11:13 AM

Ah, April. Here in New York City the sun has finally returned to the sky after what felt like approximately 3,267 straight days of snow, sleet, freezing rain, and sometimes all three in the same day. My boys are back and my favorite t-shirt has come...

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Thank You

(7) Comments | Posted March 31, 2010 | 3:44 PM

March is (was?) Women's History Month. Now that it's over I would like to get this in just under the wire: a simple tribute to those women who inspired me. Not the ones with biographies written about them or commemorative quarters or HBO specials about them, but the ones who...

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Catching Your Children's Precious Moments

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2010 | 10:29 AM

As a special treat, I'm happy to present my friend Ellen Bari, one of the co-founders of Momasphere. (You might recall I interviewed the other co-founder, Melissa Lopata, back in October.)

Ellen was kind enough to share her experience with preserving those moments of our...

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The Passover Ham

(8) Comments | Posted March 24, 2010 | 12:10 PM

Passover starts next Monday night -- the one holiday I become the most Jewish I'll be all year long. I light the candles of the menorah for Chanukah, and when I remember to do so I light a Yahrzeit at Yom Kippur, but for Passover I actually put...

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What It Feels Like For a Mom

(15) Comments | Posted March 16, 2010 | 11:13 AM

This weekend in the New York Times Style section, Jennifer Mendelsohn wrote, "Honey, Don't Bother Mommy. I'm Too Busy Building My Brand," a piece on mommy-bloggers. And while it was a teensy bit validating to read about how so many SAHMs are earning a little bit of extra...

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The Force Is Strong With This One

(2) Comments | Posted March 10, 2010 | 3:13 PM

Now that my son, the Juban Princeling, is nearly a year and a half old (he turned 17 months on March 8), his father and I have earnestly started talking about one of the most important milestones in a child's life: his first movie.

Movies are important to me. I've...

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We're On TV!

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2010 | 2:53 PM

Ever wonder what my voice sounds like? What my hair really looks like? What my apartment looks like?

Or what my son, the Juban Princeling's real name is?

Check us out! Shot back in December in my home, my new BFF Claire Mysko and I were interviewed about pregnancy and...

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I (Heart) Me

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2010 | 12:40 PM

A few months ago I posted about my frustrations at not being able to lose the last of my baby weight. That lead me, in a circuitous way, to read the book, Does This Pregnancy Make Me Look Fat? which gave me the self-confidence I so...

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The Mother Of All Vacation Plans

(3) Comments | Posted February 17, 2010 | 9:25 AM

There's an episode of that new show, "The Middle," where the husband and wife plan a wedding anniversary trip to a carpet remnant store in French Lick, Indiana (a real place - I looked it up) because that's how romantic and sweet their marriage has become....

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In Miami We Had "Hurricane Days," Not "Snow Days"

(2) Comments | Posted February 3, 2010 | 12:37 PM

Throughout my life I've been made fun of for many, many reasons. My husband likes to make fun of me for having the sinuses and allergies of a hilarious teen movie nerd from central casting, as well as for pretending like my life is a musical. A typical morning in...

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