Alison Gehred

Alison Gehred
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Alison is an Air Force brat, who was born in Wisconsin (and she still visits there often to see extended family) and lived all over the West before her family settled in the Dayton area. Alison received her BA from Bowling Green State University where she met her husband, best friends who are like family, and worked at her college radio station. If there was a cool band in the mid aughts, chances are Alison played them on her show "My Aim is True." Alison received her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin and moved back to southwest Ohio. She reconnected with her now husband Mark and moved to Columbus a year later. Several years later, she is still working at Nationwide Children's Hospital as a medical librarian and they have a little boy named Rhys and two feisty cats. They are enjoying re-discovering Columbus as parents and enjoy what the city has to offer in the food, music, and art scene. Alison enjoys fashion, cult movies and tv shows, discovering new music and meticulously keeping track of it in various journals, BBC crime dramas, SCIENCE, reading all kinds of books, and cooking. Alison has her own personal blog about her life and things she finds interesting at www.radiancereflected.com. She loves to write and hope you enjoy her vignettes about motherhood and this fair city.
covid-19 birth

Giving Birth During a Pandemic: An Experience You Can’t Plan For

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The Pandemic Snowball Effect I gave birth to my daughter Harriet in March via C-Section during a pandemic. We knew she was going to be a C-section birth in early February because she was a...
Baking with Kids

The Joy of Baking with My Toddler

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I Come From a Family of Bakers I have fond memories of baking with my mother and grandmother. My mother has fond memories of baking with her grandmother. My grandmother has memories baking with her...

What No One Tells You About Your Second Pregnancy

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First Pregnancy vs. Second Pregnancy When I was pregnant with my son, I didn’t know for a while. Sure I was fatigued and nauseous, so I assumed I had a cold and waited it...
Find Time to Workout

I Consistently Work Out and How I Became 100% THAT Mom

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I Am Not Enthusiastic About Exercise I have friends who love exercise and I have friends who love to try new workouts and fitness studios. I have friends who are yoga teachers and run all...

Fiercely Private: Digital Etiquette with your Kiddo

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When I was pregnant with my son, we had a baby announcement on Facebook. Then I would mention being pregnant briefly, but I didn't post my ultrasounds, pregnancy tests, the name, the gender, pictures...

Sunny Street Cafe’s Dino-Mite Kids Week!

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To start, I’d like to tell a quick anecdote about the Sunny Street Café. After my wedding, my huge extended family wanted to get brunch together on Sunday morning in the Arena District. They hadn’t...

It’s About Balance: Being A Mom With A Small Child And Chronic Pain

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I had chronic lower back pain before I had my son. In fact, it was a real worry when I got pregnant. I had to go to the ER due to excruciating back pain where...
gifts for Mother's Day

Gift Giving Ideas When Birthdays and Mother’s Day Fall in the Same Week

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Three Holidays in One Week  We have three holidays in May. Yes, three holidays in one week. As we were planning my son’s first birthday last year, it hit us that we had three holidays...

A Love Letter to Franklin Park Conservatory

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Let’s face it; this winter has been rough weather-wise. From the polar vortex to the never-ending snow, my family has been stuck indoors, and it has been frustrating. The first weekend we were snowed...
cold and flu season

I Can Feeling It Coming in the Air Tonight: Cold and Flu Season with...

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It was the best of times and the worst of times. Last year was the first time I experienced cold and flu season as a mom. Even with a flu shot, it was intense and...