Kate Awsumb

Kate Awsumb
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When people refer to her as a mom, Kate still blinks a few times before realizing they’re talking about her. In her fifth (?!) year at the tiny-human circus, she’s perfected the art of the basement hot lava ninja obstacle course, the midcentury modern block tower and only forgetting mittens OR snacks in the daycare bag (not both). Her spunky daughter (2014) and sweet son (2018) humor their cloth diapers, metal sippy cups and bento boxes full of organic veggies – but man, do they go nuts for a container of puffs and a toy with all.the.batteries. When Kate isn’t using her communications skills to describe bodily fluids in exquisite detail to the pediatrician, she’s using them in her fulltime job helping Minnesotans live healthier, happier lives. Mom, Dad, Thing 1, Thing 2 and Thing 3 (the dog) love exploring their South Minneapolis neighborhood, maximizing lake-picnic season and putting mega-miles on the jogging stroller, hiking backpack, bike trailer and anything they can rent that floats. Their biggest regret in life is not investing in a sunscreen company before having children.

19 Minutes to Spare: A Speedy Second Birth Story

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Alternate title: My Body is a Machine Alternate-alternate title: A Long Story About A Short Birth Summary (spoiler alert): I only know one way to have a baby — quickly, stubbornly, nearly in the car, standing...

When Maternity Leave Ends

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As silly at it sounds, reaching the end of a favorite TV series makes me feel deflated, empty, an embarrassingly deep sense of loss.   The end of maternity leave? Let's just say I'm struggling today,...

Things I Know in the Night

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When your sister was small, I dreaded the night. It was dark, lonely, unknown. Despite loving her fiercely with every fiber of my being, I’d bounce and jiggle and pace repeating to myself “Morning...

Second Baby Gear Favorites

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Some of it didn’t exist when my first was born three-and-a-half years ago. Some of it I just totally missed. Some of my needs have changed (e.g., chasing a preschooler around while caring for...

Pregnancy Products That Saved My Sanity

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I’m just about through my second time at the human-growing rodeo. There are ups, there are downs and there are a few things – besides ice cream – that have made this go of...

Diary of a First Trimester

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The first trimester can be miserable – and not just because of the physical symptoms. It can feel scary and isolating. And, IMHO, like your brain is going gangbusters and you’re trapped in a...

Why Being Pregnant in the Summer is Surprisingly Awesome

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When I tell people I’m due in late August, I see the shock and pity in their eyes. Seriously, you’d think I’d just told them I was having a baby on Christmas or something...

I Survived the Terrible Twos

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As I think through the logistics of a third birthday cake – which is to be a race track with cars, tiny babies, tiny strollers, Tootsie Rolls and pink, purple and green sprinkles –...

Of Moms and Martyrs

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“Don’t be a martyr.” My husband’s words sent a zing of fury through my veins. It wasn’t the poor guy’s fault. He said the four harmless words, expecting me to hear something like my darling wife,...

Where to Really Find the Time to Work Out

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I was a religious morning worker-outer B.C. (before child). But A.C., the logistics of getting a tiny human and myself out the door, an unfortunately loud shower pipe that shares a wall with said...

Podcasts to Drown Out Your Ticking Mom Brain

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I’m a runner. I used to proudly spend my miles headphones-free, thoroughly enjoying the sound of my feet hitting the pavement and the feeling of my brain emptying with each tap. Then I had a...

That Time I Tried a Tri(athlon)

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Once upon a time, I signed up for an indoor triathlon – a swim in the pool, ride on a stationary bike and run around a track (times a million). Maybe I was sleep...

Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You

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Or so says the magnet on the side of the file cabinet in my office (that’s filled with snacks and shoes, but that’s neither here nor there). At my core, I’m an adventurer, a change-lover,...

New Year’s Resolutions for Moms

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Yeah, yeah, yeah – we want more sleep and more patience and five fewer pounds and to want to want cucumber water instead of Caribou. But here at Twin Cities Moms Blog, we’re about real...
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