Darin Wisner

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My name is Darin Wisner. No, my parents did not think they were having a boy, they just love unique gender-neutral names. I have been happily married to my Husband Greg for two years now, and we have a smiley, cuddly, and loving seven-month old girl. We also have two doggie daughters, Caroline and Shasta. My sisters and I are also the primary caretaker for our Dad. I am a born and raised Kansas City Metro girl, moved to Lawrence, KS for my first-ever teaching job, and moved back to the Lee’s Summit area once I got married. I am a proud high school teacher coming from a family of educators, as well as a high school softball coach. I love everything Kansas City has to offer, and I hope to be a source for other first time Mom’s in the KC area to find fun, exciting things to do while navigating the new life of motherhood.

Birth Story: Facing a Long Labor

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This birth story series is sponsored by HCA Midwest Health.  It was Wednesday, July 17, 2019. I was 36 and a half weeks pregnant with my first child, a baby girl. My husband was heading...
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Baby Number Two — Am I Ready?

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“So, when are you going to give your daughter a sibling?” If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me this question after giving birth to my first child 20 months ago,...
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Celebrating Pi Day in KC — Kansas City Pie Guide

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March 14th is every math nerd’s favorite day of the year. Why, you may be wondering, would this day be so important to these number-loving, equation aficionados? The number sequence for March 14th is...
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Freezer Meal Guide – Meals for a Month with Little Effort

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Before becoming a mom, I never really thought twice about dinner. My husband and I would run to the store whenever we needed to, make whatever we felt like, never worrying if we had...
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How a Women’s-Only Gym Helped Me Set 2021 Intentions

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I hate the gym. I hate walking in a looking at endless weight racks and equipment. I hate feeling like everyone there knows way more than I do about fitness all because they are...
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Giving Tuesday: 50 Places to Donate in Kansas City

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There are many non-profit organizations that have either started in Kansas City or have a local Kansas City chapter from a national organization that are accepting donations for their causes this holiday season. These...
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New Mom Expectations vs. Reality

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Before our daughter was born, as a first-time parents, my husband and I were constantly being asked about how we were going to parent our child. Questions like, “So do you plan on breastfeeding?”...
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Why I Hired a Children’s Sleep Consultant

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My biggest fear when becoming a mom was the sleepless nights that many had warned me about. Going all night with no sleep and only a few naps during the day did not seem very appealing...
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High School Athletics and Activities During a Pandemic

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Athletics and activities are a big part of many students' high school experiences. With the threat of those being taken away this fall due to the pandemic, and in some cases already disappearing from...
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Families Separated: Senior-Living Safety During a Pandemic

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You wake up. Breakfast is being delivered to your studio apartment for the 100th day in a row. You used to be able to eat in the dining hall, but now, you are restricted...
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10 Things to Do with Baby During Quarantine

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Quarantine life has been hard with a baby under the age of one (10-months old to be exact). At first, I felt like I was constantly reaching to come up with ideas to entertain...
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An Open Letter to My Mom from a First-Time Mom

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Dear Mom, Happy Mother’s Day! For you, this is your 36th Mother’s Day (I think, math is hard). For me, this is my first, and I have a lot I want to share with you...
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Handling Grief During Pregnancy

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January 3rd. January 3rd, 2019 to be exact. This is the day my life would change forever, both in the best and worst ways. This was the day that I received two phone calls....
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My View: Finding Time to Reflect Through Turmoil

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Wow, what week this has been ... sadness, anxiety, heartbreak, and fear in our world has been encompassing everyone's thoughts and emotions. People not knowing when their next day at work will be and...