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No, I’m Not About To Pop

The crazy things people say when you’re expecting People are bound to notice all the physical changes pregnancy brings: growing belly, swollen feet, and myriad weirdness that we all endure while we grow precious new life. Somehow these physical changes trigger some very odd lack of self awareness that leads people to say some pretty […]

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Can You Please Leave Your Breasts With Us?

My wife’s maternity leave is almost over. It’s been mostly a stress-free first few months as we’ve adjusted to being a family of four. My oldest child has been great with the transition to big brother. He’s super sweet with her. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. And I couldn’t have asked for a […]

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The Rocky Road to Motherhood, Part II

Click here to read The Rocky Road to Motherhood, Part I I miscarried during Christmas, a time when we are supposed to feel festive and happy. A time to celebrate family and the important things in life. We didn’t put up a Christmas tree that year, the only year we have ever not decorated for the […]

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The Rocky Road to Motherhood, Part I

The road to motherhood was long and arduous. I always knew I wanted to be a mother, so it seemed to be just a matter of timing. On our second wedding anniversary, my husband announced he was ready to take the plunge. When I didn’t get pregnant after several months, I started to fear the […]

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What I Want My Kids to Know About Life

“There are going to be times when people aren’t always nice to you.” The words flowed out of my mouth matter of factly and without much pre-thought. My four year olds face crumpled up and she looked at me with watery eyes. “What do you mean, Mom? WHO won’t be nice?” Oh, to be four […]

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Those Milestones No One Tells You About

My husband took the above picture of my four-year-old daughter and me on the water slide Memorial Day Weekend. I thought it was a great action shot and loved how happy I looked even though it was barely 70-degrees outside. I mean, the pool is heated, but man was it windy. Waiting, wet and dripping, […]

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The Power of the Puffball

In most important aspects of our lives, we receive formal training. We need to learn to read and write? We go to school. We need to learn to drive? We go to drivers ed. We need a job? We get our degrees and have training. However, when it comes to parenting, there is no training […]

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CLAYMATES…Something Amazing

“Can we read it again?” Ever since our 4 1/2 year old daughter was a baby, she has enjoyed re-reading certain books over and over AND OVER again. As the words become so familiar that they are easily recited from memory, I pull my eyes off of the page to watch her experience the story. […]

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HELP! My Daughter Is No Longer a Child!

Yesterday was a normal day. That is, until it wasn’t. Until I heard the most upsetting, most nerve-wracking, most insane thing. I heard something no mother is ever prepared to hear.  I heard from a reliable source (her doctor) that my daughter, my sweet baby, had started PUBERTY!!!  Oh my gosh, I played it SOOOOO […]

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