Top 12 Blog Posts of 2021

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Well, 2021 is in the books! We endured another year marked greatly by the COVID-19 pandemic. We adjusted, we pivoted, and we pressed on when we felt weary from the heaviness of these past years.

But thankfully, there was progress towards normalcy. Many of us reunited with friends, families, schools, and churches and reconnected with our people. We folded up those sweatpants and re-discovered the torture of wearing jeans.

top 12 posts of 2020

We’re proud of our growth, flexibility, and partnerships this year despite another unique and challenging year. And we are thankful for the many people who make up our positive and wonderful ABQ Mom community.

Without further ado, we want to share our most popular blog posts from 2021. We hope you enjoy re-visiting them as much as we do.

1. Human Trafficking: What You Need to Know to Keep Your Family Safe

Human Trafficking: What You Need to Know to Keep your Family Safe

We do know that human trafficking is a real, heartbreaking problem in our country. The sad reality is that it almost never occurs in the circumstances that the viral Instagram post portrayed. Human and child sex trafficking is often much more complicated, much harder to recognize, and even harder to stop.

2. Mornings with Toddlers :: The 5 Things That Help Me Stay Sane

mornings stay sane

Mornings with toddlers can be hectic. It never fails. You think you’ve got plenty of time to get ready and out the door. And next thing you know your hot tea is all over your scarf and you’re 15 minutes late. Over the past several months, I’ve found that there are a few things that make mornings run a bit more smoothly with my toddler. I don’t do all of them every day. And don’t worry! If you’re a mom who loves her sleep, getting up early is NOT on this list.

3. Albuquerque Moms Up Close & Personal :: Elizabeth Kistin Keller

Albuquerque Moms Up Close & Personal :: Elizabeth Kistin Keller

Today we’d like to introduce you to Elizabeth Kistin Keller, Ph.D. You may know her as First Lady of Albuquerque and wife of Mayor Tim Keller. While she does devote time to city duties, she’s also a busy mom with a career of her own. We were able to chat with Mrs. Keller recently and asked her a few questions to get to know her a little better.

4. The Dieting Advice That Changed My Life :: Part 1

The Dieting Advice that Changed My Life

I never had to work on being thin . . . I just was. Even after four pregnancies, I pretty much stayed at a weight I liked. Let me clarify: I stayed underweight for my height. Until I didn’t. Let me take you on a journey that led to the best dieting advice I ever received: “Eat more and change your mind!”

5. “Dating” Albuquerque Helped Me Date My Spouse Again

"Dating" Albuquerque Helped Me Date My Spouse Again

Yes, you are a parenting team. But sometimes that team is so entrenched in parenting that you forget the core relationship of your family: your relationship with each other. That’s where “dating” Albuquerque comes into play. My husband and I both work full-time out of necessity, but we needed to find time for each other. We had to be creative. We started “dating” Albuquerque and each other again.

6. Raising a First-Generation Mexican-American

Dia de La Independencia de Mexico (Mexico's Independence Day 9/15)

As an immigrant, my Mexican roots, culture, and where I come from make up a big portion of who I am. At the age of nine, my dad decided to pursue an opportunity through his job which led us to relocate to the US (Grants, NM to be exact). My mom, a successful business law professional, made the decision to support my dad and left her career to become a stay-at-home mom. They knew this would be an opportunity that would yield so many more opportunities for our family despite the huge sacrifice of leaving our home country and extended family behind.

7. How My Seamstress Helped Me Love My Postpartum Body

How My Seamstress Helped Me Love My Postpartum Body

While I constantly reminded other women that body changes are normal and that “bouncing back” is an awful societal pressure, I had a hard time convincing myself of the same thing. It wasn’t so much the new way I looked. I was able to get used to my new body eventually. The biggest blow to my self-esteem was getting dressed in the morning. I used to love getting dressed.

8. Not Just Morning Sickness: My Journey with Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Not Just Morning Sickness: My Journey with Hyperemesis Gravidarum

The day after I saw those two pink lines on my pregnancy test, I threw up while eating my breakfast. “Well, I guess that’s the morning sickness.” I shrugged it off and figured it was nothing more than another confirmation that I was pregnant. What I didn’t know was that I was about to spend the next 6 weeks of my life bedridden, intensely sick with something called Hyperemesis Gravidarum.

9. It’s Sleep Training Time! (For a 6 Year Old and His Mother)

It’s Sleep Training Time! (For a 6 Year Old and His Mother)

School is about to start, and we’re sleep training in my household. No, not for a cute but wakeful infant. For a 6-year-old first grader and me, his middle-aged momma.

10. The Story of My Son’s Third Eye

The Story of My Son's Third Eye

Yes, you read that right. This is the story of my son’s third eye. Let me rewind. A few days ago, my son came down with a fever. I was like, “Oh no! Is this COVID?” So I took him in to be seen. The Doc ordered a test (not COVID, whew!) and checked him out for other possibilities. She said, “Everything looks ok, except he’s got something in his ear.”

11. Poo, Placentas and Pooch : What I Wish I Knew About Labor and Delivery

Poo, Placentas and Pooch : What I Wish I Knew About Labor and Delivery

Understandably, going #2 is a bit of a taboo subject. Placentas aren’t really discussed asides from the fact that it attaches the baby to the mother. The talk of postpartum pooches was non-existent. How many times have we seen new moms post pictures of their flat bellies while holding their newborns? That’s great and all, but why aren’t we seeing post-pregnancy pooches? Perhaps because poo, placentas, and pooches go against all of the sweet magical joys that are associated with motherhood.

12. 5 Albuquerque Food Trucks – Part 3

5 Albuquerque Food Trucks - Part 3

This year I have tried food from so many food trucks, and I am here to tell you, Albuquerque has an AMAZING food truck scene. Rarely do I get food I won’t eat again, and oftentimes my family asks to return after we try out a new one. I’ve already reviewed some delicious food trucks in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series. Here are five more I think are worth a try!

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