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Beauty: My 5-Minute Face Thumbnail

When you're a new mom, one of the first things to go is your beauty routine. Who has time for makeup when you haven't showered in days?  But as we slowly get the hang of things, certain little niceties of womanhood are allowed to creep back into our days. For me, the first one is always [...]

When People Feel Comfortable Criticizing your Children…To Your Face Thumbnail

When our babies our born, they are perfect. Their needs are simple, and when we fulfill them, they are happy. These babies fill our lives with complete joy and utter exhaustion, but they are not really complicated until after their first birthday. And then, they begin to change. They begin to take on very distinctive [...]

Who’s the Boss? Or, Can SAHMs Get a Little Respect? Thumbnail

Every once in a while, something tests my sense of self and forces me to confront my identity as other people must see it. This week, it was a contractor---someone we’ve been working with for weeks. He’s always been reasonably polite to my face, but sometimes I get the feeling that he doesn’t really take [...]

Pursuing a Doctorate Degree and Raising Young Children…Am I Crazy? Thumbnail

Do you ever feel like your life is just running away without you and you're just trying to keep up? That has been my life in the last couple of weeks. I literally fall into bed at night and bury myself in my blankets, turn on my iPad and watch Netflix. I literally can't turn [...]

Guest Post: “Just Wait Until…” Thumbnail

I remember one day, before I had my son, I made the fatal mistake of telling my best friend, a mother of twin boys, that I was tired. I'd hardly slept the night before and only got about five hours of sleep. My friend looked at me, with coffee in her hand and bags under [...]

On Moving And What We Leave Behind Thumbnail

We moved this past week, and it might be the last time I ever move. First, this new place is spectacular and barring catastrophe, I can't imagine wanting for more. Second, I don't think my back and my nerves can handle another shift in residence. I suppose it doesn't help to try to pull this [...]

Selective Memory Thumbnail
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Selective Memory

It’s telling that motherhood begins with a human experience so traumatic that we’re forced to tuck it away into the recesses of our memory. Otherwise, the human race would literally die off. I remember feeling terrified about labor and delivery during my first pregnancy. Every time it would cross my mind, I’d feel myself tense [...]

Making Those First Few Weeks of School Special for your Preschooler Thumbnail

Well, we've been back to school a few weeks now. We're slowly settling into our routine of getting to school, and finding relaxing activities to do in the afternoon. For the first time, my son is going to school every day. This year, I really feel like school is a huge part of our life, [...]

Guest Post: 4 Tips for Keeping a Vibrant Relationship Between Baby and Long-Distance Grandparents Thumbnail

My parents regularly tell me that the best thing I’ve ever done for them was give them a grandson, and the worst thing I’ve ever done was to move him one thousand miles away from them. It’s been just over a year since we committed the terrible offense of moving to my husband’s hometown in [...]

Making Mom Friends is So Freaking Hard Thumbnail

How many friends does one person need? In the past, I would’ve argued, you can’t really have too many acquaintances. Heck, if you’re going out for a few beers on a Wednesday night, the more the merrier, right? I’ve never been a shy person, so making friends has always been pretty easy for me. My [...]