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This afternoon, we took my son to get a haircut. And as my son sat down in the chair, an elderly man wearing a "retired navy" ball cap started talking to us. He and my husband briefly traded military stories. After my son was finished, my husband sat down for his turn, so I took [...]

Back in May, when Baby J was just six weeks old, I wrote an honest post about my marriage titled “What No One Wants to Admit About Their Marriage After a Baby”: separate bedrooms, no time for each other, and that feeling of being roommates more than man and wife. Every so often, a new [...]

A few weeks ago, I went to a friend's home for a themed girls night. The theme? Making advent calendars for our husbands. We gathered around her craft table and cut out Christmas paper, adorning each one with numbers, and then discussing the ideas that would mark each day. As I was creating my cards, [...]

As I write this, it's 5:00 a.m. I'm functioning on 3.5 hours of sleep and have been up for two hours. I want nothing more than to curl up in my bed and drift back to sleep---sleep that would come all too easily, except for the crying baby in the background. Let the sleep training [...]

The day my husband and I got back from our honeymoon, my husband's best friend was waiting for us at our front door. He'd been living at our house since a few weeks before our wedding. He was having some trouble with his current living situation and needed a place to stay for a few [...]

The movie was on tonight. Our movie. We both stopped what we were doing, and we watched it. We had the same conversations we always do..."I don't like this story line!" my husband said as he covered his eyes. And then, a few minutes later, "I love this one!" we both said together. We have [...]

Do you watch Army Wives? Did you see last week's episode? I just watched it the other day, and I was struck at how accurate and pure it was, how incredibly real the characters' reactions were, and I was so impressed with the show for dealing with such a common, but still never discussed issue. [...]

Lately, I’ve been having these dreams…romantic dreams. Not sexual, just romantic, but painfully romantic. You know, the way romance felt when you were a super-hormonal teenager, and just a fleeting glance from your crush could send you into a tizzy? Those kinds of dreams. I’m sure it’s my subconscious’s way of telling me that romance [...]

“So, what are we doing for Valentine’s Day?” My husband has been nervously asking me this question every couple of days for the last week. “I don’t know. We don’t have a babysitter, so I guess we’re staying in this year,” I respond, casually. I know J is feeling anxious because this is one of [...]

My husband and I have been complaining for weeks (okay, maybe more like months or years) that we have no time for ourselves. I don’t mean time for us individually, which is a whole separate problem that I’ve documented fairly extensively; I mean time together, as a couple. Part of the reason we’ve been thinking [...]