Look Mom, We’re On TV!

by Meredith on July 15, 2011

Okay, so tonight is the night.  We are going to be on 20/20 at 10pm.  I think it’s 10pm New York time.  You know I don’t get the whole time zone thing, so just check their website to figure out when it airs for you.

We will be in Chicago.  We’re wrapping up our vacation.  I am purposely not going home tonight out of fear that the show will make me look like a bad person and our local news people will want to talk to me about it (because they do… but OOPS!  I’m out of town).  Also, our central air is still broken because I forgot to leave the repairman a house key.  So, I’m going to enjoy the show from the comfort of a Chicago hotel room, in my pajamas, with a half consumed bottle of wine, and air conditioning.  Chicago feels less stressful than Toledo for the evening.

This vacation has been awesome.  The kids have had the time of their lives.  Logan cried when we left the condo this morning.  He thought we were going to live there forever.  So besides a few hiccups (lack of internet or phone access in the mountains, I started my period a week early, and the kids aren’t fun in the van for 8 hours), I would totally go to Wisconsin Dells again for family vacation.

We’ve figured out that our kids sleep better after we cook them in hot tubs.  I am now officially looking for a hot tub for our home.  Not only will it help our baby vampires (who never sleep at night and manage to suck the energy out of you), but I think it will also make Sex Saturday Night sexier.  We could put the kids to bed, go back to the hot tub, and Shaun and I could hump each other.  I guess I should also start looking for a privacy fence to go with our soon-to-be hot tub.

We took the kids to waterparks and no one drowned or got their intestines sucked out of their butts from sitting on a wave pool drain.  I consider this a win.

And I was FINALLY able to get a tampon inside of me, thanks to my totally awesome husband.  Shaun was kind enough to insert the damn thing for me.  I kept it in for exactly 5 minutes before puking in the toilet, which ultimately resulted in a lot of coughing and dislodging of the tampon.  I yanked that puppy the rest of the way out.  It felt like sandpaper was ripping out my insides.  And then I cried because I am obviously weird, and I have strange phobias about Toxic Shock Syndrome.  Shaun felt so bad for me that he loaned me a pair of his boxers to wear to the waterpark.  He’s such a great guy.

Last night we went to a casino in Wisconsin Dells called The Ho-Chunk.  I lost $178 AT THE PENNY SLOTS!  How is that even possible?  The Ho-Chunk is bunk.  But we did pass a strip club called Cruisin’ Chubby’s to get to the casino.  I’m not sure if it’s a strip club for chubby chasers or if it is referring to a penis.  Either way, whoever named that place deserves a prize.

Help us out with the rest of our vacation, what is cool to do in Chicago with an 8 year-old, a 3 year-old, and a 23 month-old?  It seems like going out to the bars would be out of the question since drunks are so judgy about being around a bunch of babies (and I have only ever done adult things in Chicago).

 

{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

Kellie

Bring the kids to the Lincoln Park Zoo – I think it may even be free. It’s a rad place. Navy Pier is boring, don’t bother.

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Meredith

Good to know! I was thinking of going to Navy Pier.

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Adria

I didn’t think Navy Pier was boring at all. I didn’t have kids with me though, but it seemed like a family sort of place.

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Suzanne

LegoLand

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Jayme (Random Blogette)

I am so proud that you were able to get a tampon in, even though it only lasted for a short time. I can’t imagine my husband doing that for me, or maybe he would, I guess I never had to ask. That was so sweet he gave up a pair of boxers for you to wear to the waterpark. Still sucks that Aunt Flo had to hinder some of your fun.

We were just in Chicago at the beginning of May, without kids, but you could always go to Navy Pier, Millennium Park or one of the many museums that they have.

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Jayme (Random Blogette)

I didn’t think Navy Pier was boring either. They have a Ferris Wheel and Putt-Putt and some other fun kid games.

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Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing]

Sweet JEESUS, I did not need that mental image of you puking and launching a tampon out of your bagina.

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Kari j

Soleau go to the aquarium it’s my favorite! Also Navy Pier is cool and you need to check out the Bean! I love Chicago I’m jealous! miss you see you in august hopefully!

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Shawn

I can hardly wait to see you make your debut! I bet you’ll come out looking like a Rock star!

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Melissa

Try Millenium Park – Has a fountain that is basically just like a water park!

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Shannon

Meredith,
Just saw 20/20 and kept rewinding to get your blog name. What a great piece (personal info and all, lol)! Your nanny seems so loving and caring, you’re a lucky momma to have such awesome care for your babies! I’m glad I have a new blog to read!

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Meredith

I am lucky! Thank you so much for finding me and supporting the show!

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Brittany

whispers…. I’m stealing Beckyyyyyyyyyyy.

When you read that, read it more adorable than, like, creepy.

But seriously. You’ve been warned.

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Meredith

I will cut a bitch. As in you. I will cut you.

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Alondra

Great story!!! Congrats and what an inspirational story.

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Meredith

Thanks! It was so fun to do. 20/20 spent weeks with us. I was starting to poop with the door open because I was becoming so comfortable. It’s funny what they put out there after so much was caught on film (read: my dad has already called me about sex toys).

I’m glad it turned out so well and was so funny.

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Jessica

I am from Chicago. I suggest LegoLand, Lincoln Park Zoo, Kiddie Land, and Navy Pier. Navy Pier is not boring in the least bit. What tampons did you end up using? It felt like sandpaper because it wasn’t absorbed at all…oh and tampons can be left in for around 4-6 hours before they need to be changed and that will not cause TSS. TSS is caused when you keep them in for like 12 hours or longer without changing it.

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Jessica

Oh yes Millenium park is way cool too…have fun. Chicago is awesome! I may be bias though since I am a native, but most people I have met love it there so I can’t be too far off.

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Jennifer Ankney

Field Museum was my all time favorite place when I was kid…then again, I was a nerd, so…..but we used to BEG my parents to take us there…and it’s very close to the aquarium in case you wanted to do a two-fer!

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Lori Musacchio

I couldn’t watch it last night but I caught it this morning online and it was a great story! I teared up a little bit! You have a really great lady that takes care of your kids! Oh and your son sucking up the fruit and the nanny licking your other son’s face…..priceless!!!

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Sidney

Mazel! Enjoyed your segment, and subscribing to your blog now. And I’m not even a mommy. Although my cat would beg to differ.

Can’t wait to catch up with your story.

Humor is the only way for me.

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e

wow…and i don’t mean that in a good way. i’m finding it hard to swallow that you say you keep a “parenting blog”, yet your nanny is parenting your children 10+ hours a day. hmmmmm. i guess the good news is that she seems to be great w/ your kids and they seem to adore her.

i anticipate much hate mail as a result of this post, but hey, that could be fun!

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Meredith

I never told 20/20 I run a parenting blog. I told them I run a humor blog. As a matter of fact, I told them that I only mention my children if they are crossing paths into the story I am telling. I never claimed to be a parenting expert. I have no control over how they edit or what was shown after they spent weeks with us. If they had shown you the hours upon hours that they had taped – you would see that I am coming home for lunch when I can and that I don’t even go to work until about 8:50am each day. I also write this blog while they sleep.

Also, she is not here 10+ hours per day. She is here about 45 hours per week. And plenty of families are dual income. In addition to that – I support her family and my family by working outside of my home. Jobs are hard to come by these days… most people see that.

I have actually had a lot of positive feedback. Like a lot. It’s a real shame that trolls like you exist. I guess you can’t please everyone!

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Meredith

And one more thing… What exact part of this post makes me seem like a bad parent? The part where I took my kids on a family vacation that they loved? The part where I am spending my time with them? Or is it the part where I am talking about what a great husband I have?

Could you please clear that up for me?

You started it. Now you can finish it. I don’t allow people to come to my space in the world and trash me. Welcome to my blog. Why don’t you say your name the next time? If you want to play with the big girls and cyberbully… do it the right way.

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heather...

Oh e, you are right! If anyone else is around our children during the day, we can’t possibly be parents! Once our kids go off to school, or camp, or anything else, their teachers and counselors are the only ones who have the right to say they parent our children. I should go change my daughter’s emergency contact card to reflect this.

What would we do without your stellar observation skills?

Also, you’re ridiculous. Meredith is a wonderful mother, and I know this because I know her. Like IN PERSON know her, not “saw her on TV for three minutes” know her.

Have a SUPER day.

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Meredith

Thank you, Heather.

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Brittany

Agreed.

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Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing]

You can’t get “hate mail” because you’re too chicken shit to leave your real name and link to your blog or website. Idiot.

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Lori

How very brave of you “e”. I would love to send you hate mail and sign you up for all kinds of erectile disfunction newsletters but you are too much of a chicken shit to even come up with a screen name.

I saw the show and was so very proud of you Meredith! You are awesome. Period.

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LYNDSEY

Okay, well I don’t personally know Meredith…but I do know her through this blog and Facebook (because I like to stalk people and add them…) but I still think that I know her more than you do because I have visited this blog hundreds of times and visit it daily to see if Meredith has posted new stuff! 1.) She isn’t running a parenting blog, but she could be! Anyone who can raise a child who has lost their father is a strong, VERY strong woman! Maybe you’d know that about her if you read more of her blog! So sorry that you haven’t! 2.) Meredith is hilarious…she makes me day better when I read her latest blog posts! Sorry that you don’t feel the same! 3.) If you can’t say anything nice…don’t say anything at all…okay “e”? 4.) If you’re gonna bash someone…don’t try and hide who you are? 5.) If you’re such a wonderful mother…why don’t you share some of YOUR parenting skills? 6.) I THINK MEREDITH SHOULD OPEN A PARENTING BLOG BECAUSE SHE DID A FINE JOB GIVING HER BROTHER SOME TIPS ON HAVING A NEW BABY! The end! Meredith is awesome :) http://www.lifescrazyjoke.com is fabulous! Unfortunately, I missed 20/20 but If I hadn’t…I’d probably love Meredith even more! Have a wonderful day, e!

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Betsy

Lyndsey- I’ve heard you can go to Hulu and watch 20/20! Meredith isn’t shown until the last 30 minutes so skip to there! Cute shots of her kids!

And “e” clearly has no kids and doesn’t understand what it’s like to be a mother. But that’s probably a good thing because I don’t really think “e” ever needs to procreate.

Just saying.

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Jill

So happy I have my DVR set to record 20/20 every single week or I would have missed it!!! Your segment was awesome!!!

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Gwen Scott

Dear Phonathon Volunteer ! Hey Meridith – It took a minute but after a couple of rewinds, I realized I was watching one of my SU Phonathon leaders on 20/20! It is you isn’t it? I’m still in the patch , but after my SU fundraising burnout went back to school to learn photo restoration and have a home-based business here called HeritagePhoto. Nice to see you. You looked great on TV!

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Meredith

Ugh. I want it to be me so bad! But it’s not. Thanks for telling me I looked great on TV! Come back and read again!

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Gwen Scott

Oh geez – my bad. Well, it has been ‘several years’ but I swear you have a double. Guess I should have tried rewinding more. Thanks for writing.

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Melissa

Caught you guys on 20/20 (finally, last night, after forgetting I DVR’d and my mom having to remind me that the story was on about The Help) and immediately came to your blog to check it out… I spent hours reading your posts. HEE-larious, girl. I think we could be soul sisters.

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Cassie

I love your blog and your 20/20 clip. You make me laugh with each new post!

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Meredith

Thank you! I am happy to provide a laugh!

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Jayme (Random Blogette)

I applaud you for having your “super nanny”. I wish every day that I could afford to have someone like her. Instead I have to rely on my mother to watch my kids and I know one day she won’t be there and I will be screwed. I think that it is sad that someone would judge you for trying to make your family’s life better. I also love my job and enjoy working outside of the home but that doesn’t make me any less of a parent either. I love how trolls hide behind the cloak of the internet to spew their hate.

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The Constant Complainer

I enjoyed the 20/20 story. And that’s pretty sweet that you pimped your blog out! I hope you picked up a bunch of new readers.

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