I just had a baby at Prisma Health Baptist Parkridge Hospital, and it was a wonderful experience! The staff was great, and I felt well taken care of during the entire labor and delivery experience. There are many helpful lists...
When I found myself pregnant with my second child, my firstborn was 2.5 years old. One great thing about toddlerhood is not having to lug a diaper bag around with you everywhere you go. I had long ditched the bulky...
“I’m not ready!” I cried as I sat realizing our little bundle of joy was for sure on his way. Today was my due date and my husband and I just finished a 2-mile walk. “First babies never come on...
The experience I had as a first-time mother was filled with all the heightened emotions. From the extremes of pure joy, love, and awe to the depths of desperation and panic. Even each stage of pregnancy was as exciting...
If you are reading this, you are likely expecting your first baby (congratulations!), or maybe you are in the midst of the newborn haze. As I write this, I am at the end of that first postpartum month, as...
As summer travel, family gatherings and temperatures ramp up in South Carolina, so does an increased risk for food borne illnesses. While anyone can get food poisoning, pregnant individuals are more likely to get sick and have a more...
Many women choose to use a doula for fertility, birth, or postpartum. But searching for one can be overwhelming. There are dozens of doulas in the Columbia area, many of which are excellent at what they do. As you...
With my first pregnancy, as soon as I found out I was pregnant, I felt the pressure to keep that information secret. I went out to dinner with friends and discreetly ordered a sparkling water with lemon hoping it...
Each new year seems to bring a slew of marketing campaigns targeted at moms, or just parents in general, promising to help them address the sorts of problems that they are too busy, or tired to deal with at...
Dear Number One, As I sit here in the first trimester with Number Two, I can’t help but think about how our lives will change. You have been the focus of my whole world, Number One. I worry what will...
“When are you having another baby?” “Is she your only?” “You should have more kids.” These are the comments I heard almost daily. At the playground, the library, my daughter’s dance class, and the children’s museum. Anywhere I went with my daughter,...
Bloom: An Event for New & Expecting moms in Columbia is coming up this Saturday, November 12! Why do you want to join us at Bloom? We have been so busy behind the scenes making sure this event is...
"So, when are you going to give your little guy a brother or sister?" "He'd make such a good big brother!" "You need to have a little girl. She'd be so beautiful!" These are all such well-meaning questions and comments, and I...
I sat in the lobby, waiting on my daughter to finish her summer dance camp session. Two women sat next to me. They obviously knew each other outside of the dance studio and were chatting about their personal lives. "Do...
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Columbia Parks & Playgrounds :: Virginia Hylton Park

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Virginia Hylton Park, located in downtown Lexington, is my favorite outdoor place to play in Lexington. We enjoy playing there so much that I...