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Maternity Leave, Round Two

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“How do you spend your time during maternity leave?” I was casually asked this question twice by two women in my life. After I picked up my jaw off the floor and brushed the surprised look off my face, I paused. I started to erase the ignorant assumptions from my mind and prepared my answer. I said, “I take care of Grace.” I rattled off the mundane details that will always encompass my maternity leave: nursing, diaper changes, nursing, diaper...

Marriage … With Kids

Married with Kids

We always thought the jump from dating to marriage would be the ultimate test of a relationship. Even though many of the day-to-day things stayed the same as we moved from dating to (early) marriage, we knew we were in for a transition. Gone were the days of ignoring issues and sweeping them under the rug. Addressing problems head on and communicating directly forced this thing called “marriage” into a new reality and a new level of intimacy. The transition was welcomed with open...

When There’s Almost Two

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The thought of it brings tears to my eyes, so let’s see how far this pregnant mama can go without getting too sentimental. Ah, who are we kidding … Every morning, Mads and I pack up the car, wave our goodbyes to dad and head out for the day. On our way to school, we chat about the upcoming day, share random stories, tell jokes and sing songs. Do we ever sing songs. And every time she starts to sing,...

The Innocence of Motherhood

Last night, a memory came to mind, and it was vivid as the day it happened. It was the moment I asked my mom if I could start shaving my legs. I don’t know how or why this memory came to mind, but I can remember where we were in the house, the time of day, the season and the look on my mother’s face. She was surprised, not shocked, but perplexed. She was hesitant. She understood and reluctantly gave...

Fighting a Cold When You’re Pregnant

fighting a cold during pregnancy

Feeling under the weather when you’re pregnant makes perfect sense (unfortunately). When you’re pregnant, your immune system doesn’t pack as big of a punch. Thank goodness for that … it’s allowing a foreign body (i.e., that cute baby) occupy your body. However, the downside is the increased probability that you will become sick. And this time of year, colds are very common … and huge bummers....

The Calendar

I feel the need to preface this post with a disclaimer as my proofreader was surprised at the sudden turn in tone … It might seem sudden but it’s real. It’s raw. It’s just me. There’s a sudden change in tone....

Winter Bucket List

winter bucket list 2016

This started as a holiday bucket list, but who are we kidding? It’s already the middle of December. Although some (most) items on the list are holiday inspired, they can definitely be carried throughout the season. I plan to do just that …...

How To Raise a Redhead

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I hear it so often … “It’s because she’s a redhead.” SO. OFTEN. And many time, it’s the response to a negative action, like acting out or talking back to a friend. Since I’m a redhead and my husband is a redhead, I thought I would put out a few words on how we are raising our redhead. We’ve been there. Our parents went through the same thing. And we’ve been there ourselves. So now, we are taking that knowledge...

Podcasts for the Mamas in the Front Row

podcasts for moms

I’ve been on a podcast kick lately. I don’t remember the first podcast I listened to nor do I remember how I really found out about the first one I heard, but something that immediately captured me, and a reason why I really love many of the podcasts I listen to today, are the unique perspective on the subject matter. Granted, the majority of the podcasts I listen to focus around motherhood, parenting and family life, but that is a...

Father’s Day

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I’m late on the post but not on the sentiment. You can bet your bootie we try our best to celebrate this dude every day of our lives because father’s day shouldn’t just be one day a year. These fellas, my dad included, do a million and one little things every single day to make sure we are ready to take on just about anything … and if it’s something we can’t handle, I’m sure dad can lend the helping...