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About: Megan McCoy Dellecese

Megan is a wife, mother to two young children, freelance writer, and educator. She shares her attempts at simplifying, among other things, at her blog, Meg Acts Out. When not busy meeting deadlines and chasing cats and kids, she enjoys acting in community theatre (where she met her husband), watching old movies, and sharpening her history buff skills.

Recent Posts by Megan McCoy Dellecese

Ways to Stay Connected to Your Older Child When Welcoming a Newborn

When a new baby arrives, it’s darn near impossible to maintain a sense of normalcy in your household (and kind of naive if you think you can – been there, done that!). This is an even bigger challenge when you’ve got other children in the mix. So, I thought I’d share a two-part series of posts as we grow (very) close to adding a third to our brood.

This week, I’m chatting about ways for you, as a parent, to stay connected to your older kids (while still giving your little one the attention he or she needs).

Involve your older child if they’re a helper, but don’t push it if they’re not. Who knows your child better than you? Our almost-2-year-old daughter is extremely independent, recently running to grab a couple of diapers from her room before we left the house (I would have totally forgotten them). She puts Read More

How to Celebrate a Second Birthday – Keeping it Simple but Special


There’s something about a first birthday party. All the huge milestones that a baby goes through in their first 12 months are wonders to behold and celebrate. We often do this by going big – a theme, a smash cake just for them (imagine giving a 10-year-old her own cake and ooohing and aahhhing over how she goes about eating – or decimating – it), inviting TONS of people, lots of pictures (some professional ones included, too), and just an overall humongously over-the-top bash.


Speaking of bashes, I’m not “bashing” the first birthday party. Compared to some, ours have been subdued; compared to others, ours were over-the-top. I guess it all depends on who you are and what you feel is too much. I’m down for the celebration. In retrospect, however, we’ve learned from one child to the next what works best for us (and other friends and family). Maybe Read More

How I’m Planning on Experiencing Our Fourth Trimester


Not everyone is lucky enough to be able to stay home to experience a “fourth trimester” or “lying in” after they welcome a newborn. Whether you live in a state that doesn’t require companies to allot for an extended maternity leave, work in a field that doesn’t allow much flexibility in this area, or simply prefer going back to work as soon as possible, I understand the conundrum that many moms face in this area one way or another. Heck, if I could take a year or more off per child, I would; but, as always, these decisions are extremely personal, taking into account the emotional, financial, and physical well-being of all involved (and, in our case, we just can’t do it financially).


So, today I’m sharing what my plans are and how I plan on spending it – and if your plans aren’t the same, that’s MORE than fine. Read More

Why I’m Christmas Shopping Already

 

I’ve recently mentioned trying to get on top of, well, LIFE as we stare down a fast-approaching due date for Baby #3. I don’t think you could really call it nesting; more like simply attempting to gain control over things.

So, what does this have to do with Christmas? Well, the scheduled C-section “due date” is October 24th. I’ve already bought the pieces that will make our kiddos’ pirate costumes for Halloween (both are going as pirates – my son says his sister will be a “baby buccaneer”). My husband and I are scheduling a date to focus on our second-born’s birthday (a week and a half before Thanksgiving, less than a month after the baby comes). And Thanksgiving itself will be an “I’m a guest with a baby strapped to my chest” sort of thing rather than having to put the whole shebang on myself. (Yay!)

That leaves Read More

Diaper Leaks and How to Fix Them

Leaks. Argh! When you pick up your little one and feel something wet on his clothes (especially if it’s started happening on a regular basis), your mind goes into “Why is this happening? How do I fix this??” mode. It’s not a “cloth only” issue when it comes to diapering, but it’s one that we hear about from time to time with cloth.

Our girl, Laura, addressed the topic on a recent #ThirstiesLive and we thought we’d pass along her great info with our readers here.

Before troubleshooting your leaks, it helps to figure out if you have a properly working cloth diaper. This means that it’s a good idea to rule out the following:

– Delaminated TPU. When the laminated material delaminates, you’ll notice that it looks and feels different – kind of bumpy and like it’s been superheated.

– Repelling. If liquid isn’t being absorbed but rather Read More

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