April 2012


April 28, 2012

As the weeks progressed, and 20-weeks became 22, then 25, then 28, then 30-weeks-along the last time I was pregnant, I felt stronger. Bigger, yes, and slower, but purposeful. Definitely more motivated than I’ve ever been before–probably ever in my life. Right now, this third time, I do not feel that way. I feel weak. […]

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April 27, 2012

We are entering a new time in life which I assume will continue for a while, the Time of the Potty Language. Don’t worry, it’s just the age: people always tell me now “just wait ’till you have that boy! They’re so much different!” But really, its the age. Girls are just the same as […]

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summer will come

April 23, 2012

Today it’s -gulp- snowing. And I must say, I’m not too happy about it. It was 80 degrees on Friday. Eighty. And if you’ve read this blog for even a little while, you know that I love the warm weather. I became a gardener when we bought the house we’re in now, and it’s one […]

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2 no longer

April 21, 2012

As of tomorrow, my baby won’t be two anymore. I told this to my 5-year-old: “Tomorrow, there won’t be any more two-year-old girls living in this house again! Can you believe that?” “I’m sad about that,” she said. “You are? Me too. Why?” I replied. “Because I love two-year-olds. They are the best.” Perfectly said. […]

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self esteem (one step at a time)

April 18, 2012

One of the many challenges of having children is that, besides an iron will, a gentle hand, a strong sense of discipline, some sort of schedule, a dietary plan, and (preferably) an on-call nanny, you also need to possess some serious self esteem. Well, that’s not true, it’s not necessary to have the self esteem. […]

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…they say it’s your birthday…

April 15, 2012

Tomorrow is my birthday. Carpenter gets home late, so we won’t do too much, but my dad was in town this weekend and I am sure my sister and mother will drop by tomorrow. The kids might want to make me cards in the morning, I’ll ask them. I’vie been sitting here tonight, though, thinking […]

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totally gross

April 12, 2012

There are many things I’ve come to savor as a mother that I would not have appreciated otherwise. Many of them are actually not things that happen, but when certain things don’t happen for a certain amount of time. Take, for example, catching someone’s throwup in your hand. Now, I worked with children my entire […]

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tight underpants

April 9, 2012

Being a mom is filled with decision-making moments. Like, when to buy new underpants? Anyone can tell when the old size is getting too tight, but when exactly is the right time to make the switch to the next size? Because too soon, and you just know those new undies will be baggily hanging off that […]

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I don’t want to say “I told you so,” but….

April 9, 2012

Okay, read this and let’s all say it together: “Girls, let’s really play!” Girls who play in dirt grow up healthier

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balancing act

April 4, 2012

Like most people, I’m a mom who struggles with balance. The balance between “Mom” and “Wife.” The balance between “family member” and “individual.” The balance between cleaning this house and just packing up and moving. Every week. If you’re like me, you spent many childhood games playing “lost” or “house” or other “fake family” games. […]

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