Friday, November 30, 2012
The Hinsdale and Joliet resident was arrested in Fulton County, Ga., and used a fake name but was identified through fingerprints, police said. Detectives believe her missing son is safe, too.
Missing mom Linda Fellenbaum has turned up in a Georgia jail cell and detectives believe her toddler is safe as well. Fellenbaum, 33, who recently lived in Hinsdale and Joliet, was last seen the night of Oct. 21 when she ran barefoot from her boyfriend's Joliet home. Besides her shoes, Fellenbaum left behind her cell phone and Toyota Camry. The whereabouts of Fellenbaum's 2-year-old son, Jonathan, also were not known. Joliet police Cmdr. Brian Benton said it appears the boy had been legally adopted and that detectives are currently confirming this. Benton said he is not aware whether the couple knew police were searching for the boy. “We’ve had no contact with the adoptive parents and we don’t plan to,” Benton said. Benton also did not …
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Jetsetting toddler? Check!
If you were to ask a parent how they feel about traveling with a child under the age of, say, 4, they probably first get a little panicky, then tense up in the shoulders and immediately head straight for the medicine cabinet in search of a Xanax. Just the sight of a toddler on an airplane can even give the most savvy travelers shrills. You know exactly what I mean. You get on the plane. You spot the toddler, check your ticket only to realize you're the lucky winner of the seat next to that child and immediately start panicking that you're going to have to listen to that kid kick, scream and whine the whole three-hour flight—all while you're supposed to smile kindly at him as he is mercilessly driving you to a slow and painful death. Last…
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Sure she loves being in the water, but how early can a child actually learn techniques to help them stay afloat?
Kristi's question: How early can a child start taking swimming lessons? I would never want to neglect the safety of my child—especially around water. How soon is too soon for her to learn life-saving water safety skills? I am a terrible swimmer myself and would certainly want her to have better acquatic skills than I have. What are your thoughts? Also, are there facilities that are recommended for small children/ infants/ toddlers?
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Finding ways to get the behavior I want from my daughter.
Have you ever explored the accessory section of a store with your child? If so, then I don't have to waste my time telling you how much fun one can have. Hats, sunglasses and scarves—OH MY! I discovered how much fun it was on a recent shopping trip. Ava was not cooperating with me whatsoever. Every time I tried to get her in the cart, she pulled the "stiff-with-rigormortis-backbend" which made it impossible to get her into the seat. And I was NOT about to push a cart AND hold her while I shopped. I looked around and saw a bunch of hats, so I thought I'd saunter over and see what I could find to distract her. This allowed me to slip her into the seat without her noticing it was happening. Within seconds of hat modeling, she was in the …
Monday, February 21, 2011
Secondhand doesn't have to be so bad
When I was younger, the word "hand-me-down" had such a sour connotation. What do you mean I have to wear my sister's OLD, USED stuff??? I want my own, NEW stuff! I was fortunate enough that only a few of my sister's items survived long enough for me to wear them—which meant, I mostly sported the new stuff. I was so happy that I didn't have to wear those "old-hand-me-downs". Now that I am a Mom, I see the HUGE benefit in hand-me-downs. Given the rate I shop, we are saving a fortune in the Ava-clothing-category—all thanks to the generosity of my sister, Stephanie. She has literally handed down EVERYTHING that she used with her own daughter, Dulaney. The clothing alone has saved us a tremendous amount of money. And even better, Steph has …