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When We Mother

Motherhood happens at 2 a.m. It’s not necessarily known for its convenience. {Let me just say that, yeah, it happens at 2 p.m. too, during moments that were planned for, but right now we’re going to talk about the 2 a.m. motherhood because that’s the motherhood where the rubber meets the road.} It’ll happen when […]

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An Open Letter To My Almost-Four-Year-Old on the Day She Almost Made Me Lose It 

Dear C,  I won’t mince words. You made me angry today.  I hadn’t been home for five minutes after a frustrating day at work when you started whining. You wanted candy and Daddy had already told you repeatedly that you couldn’t have it because you had already had an overly-sweetened weekend. The instant I walked […]

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The Aftermath

Tantrums are not forever. Tantrums are not forever. Tantrums are not forever. This is what I repeat to myself when I’m smack dab in the eye of the storm. I’ve gotten better at resorting to this mantra over the past year, which may or may not have anything to do with the fact that she […]

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5 Classic Disney Movies That Should Never Be Remade

So, there are many things I like about my life as a mom. These include having conversations with C about the glories of cheese; feeling a sense of personal accomplishment when she reaches milestones like potty training; and the fact that if I ever want to get out of anything, I can just say that […]

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It’s All In the Timing

I learn new things every day.  For instance, today I learned that we have not yet reached that point where we can laugh about that penny she accidentally swallowed last August.   Nope. Definitely not a thing to bring up jocularly while playing the Sheriff Callie matching game.  Duly noted.   

My precious girl has transformed my life.

50 Happy Things for 2015: Bloggers Unite in Flood of Gratitude

When my friend Dawn from Tales from the Motherland emailed me earlier this week with the idea to flood the blogosphere with notes of gratitude, I honestly got a little nervous. Me? Find time the week of Christmas to blog? This week, I barely have time to breathe. But then I remembered that, y’know, taking […]

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The Red Bandana

Things are not always hard. But sometimes they are. Sometimes, your child will dangle her newly-acquired red bandana out the open window of your moving car. At three and a half, she has just acquired the ability to reach the button that opens and closes the window. And yeah, you could lock it, but this […]

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The One Simple Thing That Makes Three-Year-Olds Unhuman

I have had a long weekend. I mean, yeah, it’s Labor Day and all, so obviously I’ve had a long weekend. What I mean is that I would give my left arm for a nap right now. Since Friday, my work has been holding its biggest fundraiser of the year, a three-day music festival all over […]

I do a better job of caring for my actual child than the preschool craft version of her.

Who I Was Today

I want to remember who we were today. Today was a Wednesday at the beginning of June, 2015. C had a week off from PDO last week, and today she returned to school. It was her first day of the summer session and she transitioned from the two-year-old classroom to the three-year-old preschool classroom, aptly titled “Monkey […]

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12 Ways to Say “Thanks” to Mom This Mother’s Day

So, the other day I was trying to explain to C the significance of Mother’s Day since this is the first year she’s actually kind of aware of this, the High Holy Day of maternal sacrifice. I told her that it’s a day when we think about how much we love our moms and thank […]