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Monthly Archive: July 2014

Jul 29

A Letter to My Eleven Year Old Daughter

It’s hard being eleven.  I know that.  I know sometimes it doesn’t seem that way, but I do remember what it was like.  The hitch is that, in addition to remembering what it’s like, to be eleven, I also know what it’s like to be the mom of an eleven year old. I wish you …

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Jul 28

Why “healthy” means something special to me

My cousin passed away when I was fourteen.  I’ve got a huge extended family, and I’m the second of twenty-something grandchildren.  My cousins, Becky and Bridgett, were closest in age to me, and we were together a lot.  So many of my childhood memories are wrapped up in time spent with the two of them. …

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Jul 27

Why I’m not a Web Designer

There are many things I cannot do.  I cannot perform surgery, or diagnose a virus versus an actual infection.  I can’t drive an eighteen wheeler or sell someone insurance.   I can’t replace brake pads or build you lighting fixture.  And I absolutely, unequivocally cannot, under any circumstances, design a website. I can write for …

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Jul 26

Co-Sleeping Struggles – AKA Midnight Zombie Attack

This is a repost from last winter – but given that we had another rough night last night (although nowhere near as LOUD), this seemed like a good weekend post Marc’s job entails a lot of late nights.  It’s got a lot of flexibility, in that he’s able to do pick up and drop off …

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Jul 22

Summer Half Way Point

We’re having a relatively quiet week here.  It’s been really hot, and we’ve been swimming almost every day down at the pool.  Public pools still seem foreign to me – but Worcester has a lovely one and it’s just down the hill.  It’s big and clean and the kids love it.   I love it. …

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Jul 19

Three children, three very different nights

One of the perks to having the kids that I do, to having the kid spacing that I do, is that they’re all at very different life stages.   It’s been like that from the beginning, Jessie was three and a half when Sam was born, and Samilicious Boy was three months away from his …

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Jul 17

Things They Don’t Tell You About Being a Mom

This is a repost from a few years ago – but definitely still worth a read. 1.  Number one rule is to get the baby fed.  If that means supplementing with formula, it’s not the end of the world.  But breastfeeding is so much more than just feeding the baby, and you don’t want to …

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Jul 13

Success looks different when you’ve had a child with severe anxiety

Every one of my kids benefits from having older siblings.  Except for Jessie, obviously, and I’m sure it’s only one of the reasons she’ll end up resenting me as an adult.  But yesterday, I did everything differently with Julianna and karate, and count the day as a total success – and if I hadn’t been …

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Jul 11

Eleven is a fun age. Mostly.

Jessie is at a weird age.  Eleven is tricky.  She’s not a little girl anymore.  But she’s far from grown up, and not a teenager either.   When given the choice between an ipod touch or a dollhouse, she’s torn but leaning towards the dollhouse.   I love that about her.   She’s growing up …

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Jul 09

Why do you read my blog?

I’m stuck, a little bit, when it comes to the blog. When I started it, it was more of a baby book than anything else.  I wanted a way to record motherhood, not just for me, but for my kids.  But it turned into more than that.  It’s not just a recording of milestones, big …

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