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From Co-Sleeping to the Big Boy Bed

I never expected to be a co-sleeping family. Really. I remember seeing some article about it in the pre-kids era, and thinking…. “weird.” I had every expectation of lowering my angel carefully into his comfy–but not too comfy because sleep safety and all–crib, playing some gentle music, hitting the lights, and enjoying my evening of […]

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I Don’t Like Babies

I don’t like babies. There. I said it. Grab your pitchforks and light the torches. Pelt me with adorable, tiny bows and little shoes and run over me with your trendy, overpriced strollers. Ban me from your playgroups and revoke my “Best Mom Ever” coffee mug. I don’t care. Because I don’t like babies. Or […]

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Why Mama Wears Lipstick

Since becoming a mom, there are a lot things that I do for other people. There are a lot of times when I try to make sure others’ needs are met first. There are a lot of times when, frankly, I don’t even remember what I want anymore because my mind is so full of […]

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For This Child I Prayed

Today you drew me a picture, all scribbles and smudges. And I cried. I cried because, as your tiny fingers shoved this unrecognizable creation into my hands with a “dis one for you, mama,” I remembered a time when I wondered if little hands would ever draw humble masterpieces just for me. I remembered a […]

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We Didn’t Go to the Park Today

We didn’t go to the park today. Because it was hot. Or it was cold. Or because every time you were awake and ready, your brother was asleep. Or because I couldn’t figure out how to push you in the swing or drag you away from the playground when it was time to leave while […]

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My Life Is A Mess

My life is a mess. Not some philosophical, metaphorical mess. An actual mess. One where the counters are cluttered with dishes more often than not and I’ve stopped counting how many days it’s been since I bothered to mop up the toddler’s cereal sludge from under his chair. I woke up in a child’s pee […]

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Confessions of a Second Time Mom

We recently welcomed baby #2 to the family, and he’s been a wonderful addition, but it’s definitely been exhausting and challenging in a whole new way. We have a two-year-old who is rocking big brother status, and as I write this (with one hand while nursing a baby) little brother is two months old. Now […]

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A Love Letter to My Difficult Child

My dear difficult child, Though he hasn’t been with us long, it is pretty clear that your brother is the “easy” baby. To be honest, having little experience with babies before you, I didn’t really know you were a difficult child in the midst of your babyhood, but I see it now. I see it […]

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