Rachel Engel

Rachel is a stay-at-home-mom to her 4-year-old daughter, Sydney, and her 18-month-old son, Jackson. Her writing can be found all over the web, mostly detailing her own parenting struggles and triumphs, as well as her life as the military spouse of an active-duty airman. She also writes about her life as as a special needs parent on her blog, Tales From the Plastic Crib, and spends an unnecessary amount of time on Twitter.

Rachel is a stay-at-home-mom to her 4-year-old daughter, Sydney, and her 18-month-old son, Jackson. Her writing can be found all over the web, mostly detailing her own parenting struggles and triumphs, as well as her life as the military spouse of an active-duty airman. She also writes about her life as as a special needs parent on her blog, Tales From the Plastic Crib, and spends an unnecessary amount of time on Twitter.

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Remember what going to the movies was like pre-kids? Just two simple steps: pick a movie time and show up. Well, going to the movies with a toddler is the complete opposite of that. Fortunately, I have been able to break the process down into 36 simple steps. You're welcome. Tell yourself, ...

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Before my first pregnancy, I used to imagine what I would look like with a baby bump: tall, lean, with a perfect circle popping out from my waistline—not too big and not too small. I was also glowing, with great skin, a great haircut, and the most adorable maternity clothes you've ever seen. Clearly, I thought I was going to be Kate ...

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Oh, that first pregnancy. It’s such a magical time! Full of weekly belly shots held up next to the corresponding fruit, sharing pictures of each newborn outfit you buy on social media, and reading any and all pregnancy books you can get your hands on. We don’t want to miss a moment, do we?! ...

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Most women don’t expect for pregnancy to be a walk in the park—we’ve all heard the horror stories of the morning sickness that wouldn’t end, and the exhaustion that comes from growing another human being. But, in the end, those are all badges of honor we wear once we are at the end of the journey, and are holding our sweet babe. Yet, ...

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Honestly, for the entire first trimester of this (completely unplanned!) pregnancy, I would go days before suddenly remembering I was pregnant. This usually happened while I was making my daughter breakfast. I soon learned that her occasional request for scrambled eggs was a great way for the tiny nugget in my tummy to say, “Hey! I’m still ...

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Pinterest can be a scary place if you're pregnant or engaged. Just looking at pictures of elegantly and precisely decorated nurseries and receptions with homemade centerpieces galore can make you feel completely inadequate. Like, you bought a crib for the kid. Isn't that enough? ...

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I have a dirty little secret: my kid gets all of her vegetable servings from v8 Fusion juice boxes. I know. I hate myself. When it comes to her fruit servings, she is golden. Seriously, she will eat everything from bananas to oranges to apples to kiwis to mangoes to strawberries; she's a lot like me. I'm a fruitaholic. ...

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Before my son was medically flown to a children's hospital on his twelfth day of life, I had never set foot inside of a neonatal ICU. Ever. We've never had any relatives with premature babies, or friends, or knew anyone with children who had major medical concerns at birth. So, being there for the first time because of something wrong ...

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Maybe you just gave birth to seventeen babies, and they need a few extra weeks in the hospital. Or maybe you have just one, sweet, beautiful baby, who was immediately whisked from your arms because they have intense medical needs. Either way, there's something you're going to need: a Neonatal ICU Survival Guide. ...

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I wrote my birth plan months in advance of my due date. It was important that my doctors and nurses understood what I wanted. After all, it's such an important experience—one that we will remember for the rest of our lives. It only makes sense to plan for it to be as close to our ...

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