Melanie McGehee

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Melanie McGehee never knew she wanted to be a mom. Even marriage caught her somewhat by surprise, in spite of the fact that she met husband Andy through a matchmaking service. She thanked eharmony by writing about that experience for an anthology, A Cup of Comfort for Women in Love. Almost two years to the day after marrying him, she stared at two pink lines and wondered aloud, “Is this okay?” His response, “Kind of late to be asking that now.” It was a bit late – in life. But at the advanced maternal age of 35, she delivered by surprise at 35 weeks and an emergency C-section, a healthy baby boy. Ian, like Melanie, is an only child. She’s written much about him during her years with the blog, but he’s now a teenager. Please, don’t do the math. It’s true. Momming in middle age is the best!

5 Lessons Being in Pageants Taught One Mother/Daughter Duo

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Amanda Mustin is so proud of her daughter Adaline! Adaline is three years old and was crowned Wee Miss Tiny Tot South Carolina 2022. When Amanda reached out to Columbia Mom to share the...

How I’m Healing From My Childhood Trauma

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No one can say they've gone through life without some sort of traumatic experience. We have each encountered losses and hurts, done intentionally or unintentionally, the result of living among imperfect people in an...

Moms to See in the 803 :: Sally Peek

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Sally Peek, of Nana by Sally, has been in business for fifteen years. Sally makes beautiful bags from leather remnants and fabrics, that are often vintage inspired. Recently, Sally sat down with Columbia Mom to...

State Fair Competitions :: One Local Mom Shares Her Experience

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The SC State Fair is now open for entries in a multitude of categories, and we at Columbia Mom think you might be inspired. Each year South Carolina’s finest agriculture, art, crafts, flowers, and...

The Best Summer Toy for Moms and Middle School Boys

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Remember playing Chutes and Ladders together? Candyland? Connect Four? Uno? I loved those games. OK, not Candyland. I have a few good fuzzy memories of playing Candyland as a child. They include me always drawing a card...

Celebrating Pride Month :: Meet Sara Cunningham, Founder of Free Mom Hugs

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You've likely seen the stories and photographs about Free Mom Hugs. Moms and grandmas of all ages attend Pride events, such as Pride Parades, sport identifying t-shirts, and stand ready to embrace anyone needing...

Finding Educational YouTube Channels for Your Teen

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I know the internet can be a dangerous place for teens. You should definitely read all the warnings and tips, and then decide which ones you ought to implement. After that, you should cautiously...

6 Ways I’m Helping My Child Grieve

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My son was close with both of his grandfathers. When he was in first grade, they both passed away unexpectedly. They died seven weeks apart from each other. We hadn't yet finished grieving for...

Memes, Teens, and Strange Things for Christmas

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We don't do Santa. I'm going to just get that out of the way. Close your mouth and keep reading. My son is a teenager now so it's too late to change our mind...

HELP! Where Do You Go For Parenting Advice?!?

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Where do young moms go to get parenting advice these days? Someone posed this question in a Facebook group last week, and I clicked "subscribe to notifications" quicker than a crawling toddler finds an open...

Domestic Violence :: A Local Mom’s Story and How to Help Those in a...

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Revelations of domestic violence appeared in my Facebook feed one weekend. Two days in a row. Two different women. I was shocked. I was sad. I was speechless. I was also proud. Proud of...

Moms to See in the 803 :: Reshma Lustman and Jessica Henry

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I'm not sure about you, but I enjoy a good jar of jam, when I can get it. I love to have it on toast, bagels, pancakes, and more! And, I'm not talking about...

Moms to See in the 803 :: Karolynn Cionek

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"By giving to others, I share the gratitude I have for who I am and where I am in my book of life."  Five years ago, we told you about a mom who was instituting...

3 Reasons a Meal Delivery Subscription Is Worth the Money

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My mouth watered each time I'd see an ad for a meal delivery service. Friends began sending me coupons and free meal promises. With each one, I'd delve into the website, read all the...