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So.Much.Love.

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Birth is a beautiful privilege. How lucky am I that I get to help bring life into this world? With our second child, just like with our first, we knew that a natural, unmedicated birth was how we wanted to welcome our teeny, wobbly miracle. And this time around, we were going to do it […] Read more…

The Easter Story

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I won’t go as far as saying that what happened this weekend was the worst thing to ever take place on Easter. After all, we’re talking about a holiday in which part of the story involves a dude who was arrested, tortured and killed in one of the worst ways imaginable. However, our Easter did […] Read more…

Practicality

I awake around 1 a.m. and shuffle to the bathroom. My toes hug the new carpet – it is so soft and comforting under my feet, which, now, are beat up on a daily basis. It’s dark and blissfully quiet. The dog snoozes happily under the bed. My husband doesn’t make a sound as he […] Read more…

One dirty momma.

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You would think that being a parent means setting a good example in good hygiene. Before the kid came along, I did pretty well. I got my hair cut regularly. I showered every day. Then Monster came along, and I have never been more disgusting. My hair/face/eyebrows/general appearance has never been so neglected. What the […] Read more…

Tricks reeeeally are for kids.

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Dear 18-year-old Monster, Well, it’s 2029. So many amazing things already have happened during your lifetime. Hillary put in a solid eight years as the first female president and finally convinced dudes in Washington that women have brains, not just bodies. That really paved the way for the Fey-Poehler ticket, and that’s why your world […] Read more…

Decision 2012

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When I was in the eighth grade, my civics teacher did a terribly misguided exercise in which he asked the class to self-identify and divide ourselves into two groups: conservatives and liberals. As an eighth-grader, I had no idea what either term meant. I asked him where I should go, and he said, “You are undoubtedly […] Read more…

“Oh, you’re here?”

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Monster is like a miniature version of the town drunk. That sounds harsh, but let’s explore this. There’s the obvious: slurred speech, drooling, poor motor skills, somehow always having a bump on his head, wetting himself, thinking the toilet is hilaaaaaaarious. What cemented this theory is something I witnessed recently at the bite-size table where […] Read more…

The Geese

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…

It’s a sign

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As a general rule, all parents know their kid is by far the smartest, cutest, funniest kid in the world. If you’re a parent, you celebrate every new milestone by bragging about it to your sister, in-laws, mailperson, dog. I think that’s the definition of parenting: Being over-proud of a child’s definitely underwhelming moments (I […] Read more…

Teamwork

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My relationship philosophy has always been that you should marry someone with whom you could win “The Amazing Race.” I feel like the way a couple manages a situation requiring teamwork is a definite indication of their compatibility. Those who sweat together, stay together. I knew that the man I married would be a complement […] Read more…

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