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Deep Cleaning and Healthy Tips for the Pandemic

I’m pretty terrible at doing routine deep cleans, but my mom is a professional. Here are some tips beyond the typical “wipe down” that we all usually do. Disinfect light switches, door knobs, and refrigerator doors Empty the fridge and disinfect all shelves; clean the top of your fridge Replace your air filter Dust mini […]

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10 Tips for the Pumping Mama

I breastfed my son for a year with minimal problems, and only pumped while at work, so when my little girl came along and had feeding problems I was pretty much beside myself. I wanted her to get breastmilk, so I started pumping right away. Three months later I’m still at it, and I’m hoping […]

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The Medical Merry-Go-Round

When I had my second child in July, I was excited to get home and start our life as a family of four. Instead we began a costly, stressful medical journey. For the first week she was kept under a blue light, and later a light blanket due to jaundice, so when she didn’t breastfeed […]

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The Gift of Giving

Every year I pull out a stack of children’s Christmas books to read. This week, The Bernstein Bears Joy of Giving left me in tears. It’s a simple book about a brother and sister getting excited to give each other gifts, and then deciding to give outside their family. Throughout my childhood I witnessed my […]

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Motherhood as Limitation

I’ve been lucky enough to take lots of writing workshop classes (and to teach some, too). Writing can be overwhelming. Like…what do you write about? It’s easy to feel stuck. Guided writing activities are designed to get the writer writing, and to open up ideas that might grow into something bigger down the road. How […]

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The Angry Mama

I’m officially 33 weeks pregnant, working the last week of my summer teaching job, and raising a toddler! Wow, do I feel stretched thin. Not even thin. Just…transparent. I’m looking at myself writing down the calendar and keeping up with appointments and buying things off the baby list and doing laundry and keeping enough sippy […]

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The Potty Fairy

I tried to potty train my son at various stages, and it never worked. I finally adopted the attitude that he would eventually “train” himself, or let me know when he was ready. Days passed. Weeks. Months. He was almost three. I got pregnant with my second.  The notion of two in diapers began to […]

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Young Mom

I was in line at a local, upscale grocery store buying prenatal vitamins when the cashier complimented my neon pink nails. She said not everyone could pull them off. I explained that I had them done as a way to celebrate that I’m expecting a daughter.  Is this lame and gender-stereotypical? I guess, but I […]

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