Kimmie Fink

Mommy, MilSpouse, pet owner, pole dancer, Welcoming Schools Consultant and Expert Trainer, Identity Writer at Romper, WA State National Board Certified Teacher
Recent Articles

How To Respond When A Kid Is Being A Jerk To Your Own

We had just joined a new playgroup and were attending a playdate at the home of one of the families, when something caught the eye of my 10-month-old daughter. It was a colorful football, and it was in the hands of a boy a few years older. As she rea…
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Be Honest: Newborns Are So Boring It Hurts

As my 80-year-old grandmother held my newborn daughter, her beloved great-granddaughter, for the first time, she reached out a gnarled finger and booped her on the nose. She found her reaction to be disappointing. "When's this baby going to open her …
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10 Ways My First Labor & Delivery Helped Prepare Me For My Second

If you've never experienced it before, labor and delivery is nothing short of intimidating. In the moment, it's both terrifying and miraculous. By the time you've done it once, though, it's old hat. Well, maybe not exactly, but you definitely have a …
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Can We All Just Agree That Playing With Toddlers Is The Goddamn Worst?

I love my child. Truly, madly, deeply adore her. She's my sun and stars. She's the funniest, most charming, weirdest, best 2-year-old I know. I enjoy spending time with her reading books, sharing a bowl of popcorn, or talking about our day before bed…
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8 Surprisingly Simple Things Even The Most Sleep Deprived Pregnant Woman Will Find Sexy

There's simply nothing sexier than pregnancy. Just kidding. Pretty much everything is sexier than being pregnant. Like, I'm pretty sure a camel wearing sweatpants is hotter than I am in any given month of my pregnancy. It's hard to get in the mood wh…
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11 Moms Reveal The One Annoying Thing Their Partner Does That Drives Them Up The Wall

The nagging wife and the hapless husband are tropes, to be sure, but it's a stereotype for a reason. The fact is, when you live with someone, they're inevitably going to do things that annoy you. It might be a parent or a roommate, but when it's the …
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10 Questions You Should Ask Your Nurse When You're In Labor

When you're in labor in a hospital or birthing center, your OB or midwife will undoubtably be in and out to check on you. But it's your nurse that'll be logging in the most hours by your side. They'll be the ones monitoring you and your baby and coac…
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8 Reasons I Let My Toddler Play Outside Unsupervised

I'm not a helicopter mom, but I'm not exactly a free-range parent either. I like to think of myself as safely ensconced somewhere in the middle. I insist on certain safety measures, like car seats and helmets. I prefer to keep my 2-year-old in my sig…
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10 Pieces Of Postpartum Pooping Advice *Every* New Mom Needs To Know

When you're postpartum, it seems like all anyone cares about is the baby. I get it — newborns are squishy and adorable and whatever. Meanwhile, mom is sitting there recovering from serious trauma to her body and worrying about the one thing none of h…
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10 Conversations You *Must* Have With Your Midwife

One of the first, and arguably most important, decisions you'll make during your pregnancy is who your provider will be. Usually, that means a choice between an OB-GYN and midwife. If you go with the latter, you'll have some specific considerations (…
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7 Things Every Mom Wants Her Kid's Long-Distance Aunt To Know

There are few pleasures on this earth so pure as being an aunt. You get all the baby snuggles, smiles, and coos, and when the kid's stinky or fussy you just hand them back to their parents. As a kid gets older, you're the cool aunt they turn to for f…
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It's Time To Talk About Bleeding Gums When You're Pregnant

If you thought nothing could be more unrelated than your dental health and your pregnancy, you could be in for a most unpleasant surprise. When you found out you were pregnant, you were probably prepared for the usual: morning sickness, frequent urin…
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14 Things Doctors Have *Actually* Found In Toddlers' Poop

Toddlers put things in their mouths. It's an inevitability. It's weird and gross, but it's somewhat unavoidable. After all, it's how orally-fixated little humans explore their world. It's horrifying enough when your 3-year-old comes in from playing i…
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7 "Creative" Ways Sick Toddlers Spread Their Germs

Toddlers are walking petri dishes. It's a wonder all moms don't buy stock in Kleenex with the amount of snot exiting the nostrils of their precious little ones. Between daycare and playdates, small children are exposed to an enormous number of insidi…
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I Had A Hemorrhoidectomy In My Second Trimester, And This Is What That's Like

It was a Thursday. At 18 weeks pregnant, I was enjoying my first few weeks without severe nausea and vomiting. I'd gotten through a busy day, which included my husband's change of command ceremony and reception, followed by feeding and entertaining o…
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My Husband Isn't My Best Friend, & I'm Totally OK With It

I recently saw an advertisement for a special two-diamond ring. It's for the lady in your life, and each diamond represents a different facet of your relationship: true love and best friend. That's nice, and I'm sure it's true for plenty of couples, …
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9 Reasons Why The Last Week Of Pregnancy Is Actually The Hardest

Every stage of pregnancy has its difficult parts. As trimesters go, the first has got to be the worst with its never-ending nausea. Second trimester brings heartburn and headache. By the third trimester, your body is just trying to accommodate that e…
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11 Things I Learned From My First Pregnancy That Helped During My Second

A first pregnancy can be downright terrifying. Let's face it, chances are you have zero clue what's going on down there. You have to rely on books, Google, and girlfriends. When it's your second pregnancy, however, you can count on the expertise of o…
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10 Confessions Of A Babywearing "Failure"

Attachment parenting is all the rage among millennial parents, and among its central tenets are the big three: exclusive breastfeeding, co-sleeping, and babywearing. And while they all have benefits, they're not all things every mom can or wants to d…
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I Can't Be A Good Mom As Long As I Have Hyperemesis Gravidarum

"Mommy! I want mommy!" I can hear my little girl wail from her bedroom, but I'm doped up on Phenergan after an afternoon hooked up to the IV and I can't get up out of bed. I listen over the monitor as my husband opens the door and comforts our sweet …
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