Archive of ‘truth’ category

Hitting

Mid-day on a glorious Sunday. The sun is shining, and my husband and I are in the car with the kids. Everyone is in a great mood. As we are leaving our neighborhood, we see a father with his two children on the sidewalk. The kids are riding in a little motorized car as the […] Read more…

It won’t last forever

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The first trimester of pregnancy was always awful for me. Morning sickness is a total misnomer, as I was throwing up around the clock and unable to each much besides saltines for a good eight weeks. The only way to get through it was to remind myself that the nausea was temporary; it won’t last […] Read more…

I can’t be a parent like my parents were

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I often hear parents from older generations marvel at the “tools” we younger mothers and fathers have: the battery-operated swings, the iPads, the bottle warmers, the terrifying Bumbos. “What will they think of next?” they say. “If only I had things like that when I was a mother.” In truth, I think my parents had […] Read more…

“I don’t like basketball”

My son sat between the three-point line and half court with his arms crossed around his chest. Tears were rolling down his face as he hung his head, murmuring, “I don’t like basketball.” He had spent the last few minutes trying to dribble the ball, only to lose control of it and watch it roll […] Read more…

Grocery shopping is too damn hard.

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I cannot go to the grocery store without having an internal battle in nearly every section. I walk in with my list, approach the items I need, and the mental struggle ensues. Take tomato sauce. Let’s go into the aisle where the tomato sauce is. I stand, staring at the rows and rows of jars […] Read more…

The one thing I always say to new mothers

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Four-ish years ago, my firstborn was 3 weeks old and had just fallen asleep on top of me. I squirmed and adjusted very slowly and quietly until I could position him next to me on the couch, on his back with nothing dangerous around him. Nothing dangerous, that is, except the thoughts swimming through my […] Read more…

I don’t want to be a parent today.

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I don’t want to be a parent today. Just for today. I don’t want to be a parent today because instead, I want to sleep. Or at least sleep a little later than usual. Or at least sit on the couch without two creatures crawling all over me. I don’t want to be a parent […] Read more…

Cherish it. CHERISH IT NOW.

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I know that every time someone tells me to “cherish these years,” there is a good intention there. Older parents often tell me how they wish they could recapture what is, most days, truly beautiful. Undoubtedly, I will one day miss these years with my young children as well. Knowing that still does not prevent […] Read more…

No nursing allowed

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Last week, I was kicked out of a Mommy and Me dance class for nursing my daughter. The instructor told me I would have to go elsewhere due to my “nakedness.”  I realize that only half the population is outfitted with the equipment to breastfeed. A much smaller percentage will ever nurse a baby, and […] Read more…

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