Archive of ‘lessons’ category

Pregnant, not broken.

So for whatever reason however long ago, society started painting women as the weaker sex. And what’s weaker than a woman? A pregnant one. I’m not sure how it happened, but somewhere on the path to, “Give a pregnant woman your seat to be courteous,” we evolved to “Pregnant women are broken.” For some reason, […] Read more…

Gonna make you sweat

I am THAT person who reads magazines on the elliptical. And it’s not just because I’m pregnant. I have always done it. Sure, that probably means my workout isn’t as effective as it could be. However, it does make the time fly and I walk away a better person. For example, I read “Runners World,” and […] Read more…

Good grief?

Around 8:30 p.m. last night, I walked downstairs a snotty, snorting mess. I asked David if I could bring Monster into our bed. I just needed to lie with him. David, of course, agreed. I crept into the baby’s room and picked him up. He buried his sweaty little face in my neck and wrapped […] Read more…

Baby Einstein.

When it comes to mothering, seemingly unending phases are, in hindsight, nearly forgettable. The pain of childbirth is something I can barely remember now, though I know at the time I thought I would be contracting until 2015. When Monster was about three weeks old, he spent 4 to 6 p.m. screaming and crying. Those […] Read more…

Forcing fun

“He’s just tired, Kate, think of all the traveling he’s done,” my mother said to me as I struggled to hold a very fussy Monster who was avoiding the Slip-n-Slide like it was bedtime. We were at my family’s annual Fourth of July party, a major blow-out at which your value as a human is […] Read more…

Are all kids this … not smart?

I think I’ve got this parenting thing figured out: We spend 95 percent of our brainpower worrying about our children, and the other five percent of brainpower is committed to everything else: work, remembering things, having conversations with other adults and learning how to download books to our Kindles. Everything is a worry, right? Is […] Read more…

My social awkwardness

My social life now consists of one-sided conversations with Buzz, Woody, Woof Woof and Grrrr, aka Monster’s favorite toys. To their credit, they are really fun and shockingly supportive. But it just so happened that Saturday night, I had the opportunity to leave a backyard party with the stuffed toys (quite the rager, though – Woody […] Read more…

Losing the battle, winning the war

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If I was going to change the hell we were in, I needed a plan of attack. At 3 a.m. Saturday in the emergency room, the doctor said, “Yeah, there’s a big old ulcer in his throat,” and wrote five prescriptions for various potent remedies. The little one wouldn’t stomach those pills because he was […] Read more…

friends.

My dad once held up his hand and said to me, “When you get to be my age, you’ll consider yourself lucky if you have even five close friends.” I was in high school then, and I had lots of friends. There were my soccer friends, my “going out” friends, my “friends from grade school” […] Read more…

The geese.

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We have a pond in our neighborhood. The kind of pond with the occasional plastic bottle floating along the banks. The kind of pond that unsurprisingly falls victim to teenage hijinx of “throw the picnic table into the water.” The kind of pond that attracts the geese. I have always had mixed feelings about those […] Read more…

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