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Vivid Dreams, Missing Teeth, and Links

During both pregnancies, I have had really vivid dreams. When I was teaching, I would dream the next day’s lesson plans in full detail and wake up exhausted because I would have to actually live each day again (or so it felt). Now I just have vivid dreams of everyday situations that leave me a tiny bit…

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On Avoiding People in the Grocery Store

I was generally on the fringe growing up, and that gave me a lot of time to observe. I was also a reader and loved to write, so I enjoyed watching. This meant that I knew people’s names, though they often did not know mine. I still tend to remember people’s names and conversations with…

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All the Things You Should Be Doing

We were standing in the card aisle of a drugstore when the conversation happened. I knew my friend’s mom fairly well. We were talking about health concerns, and she said something along the lines of, “The hard thing about getting older is realizing you won’t have time for all you planned to do.” My optimistic…

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I mean, good grief! I just have one kid!

That was the line I wrote in my journal today as I thought through my life. How can life be so hard with one kid?! For many months, we had a demanding, colicky baby. It felt like survival–though not unmanageable–for the first 12-13 months, but since then, we’ve found our groove. He has grown into a…

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So When Is the Second Baby Due?

We wake up from another night of broken sleep as the morning sun illuminates the blinds. Liam was up again throughout the night. I’m okay with it; he’s been a bad sleeper since birth, and we get by with naps and coffee. Suddenly, as it does throughout each day, the thought of a second baby…

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25 Lessons from My Mom–A True Eshet Chayil

Today is my mom’s birthday, and I have been part of her life for exactly half of it. My mom and I have always been close even during the times when I was rude and moody and difficult. She’s been a constant presence in my life even into adulthood and has made motherhood a lovely,…

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Will You Lose Yourself in Motherhood?

To my younger self: You see it on many blogs, websites, and in parenting magazines. And though you’ve never really wondered until now, you are warned that you will lose yourself when this baby comes in a few months. If you love motherhood, you’re in danger of losing your self. If you struggle, you’re also in…