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Leaving the house: A comedy of errors

One of my old teachers used to say, “to be on time is late, to be early is on time.” After having children I’d like to add: Being on time with a toddler is impressive, being on time with a newborn is a miracle. Monday baby T hits the 2-weeks new mark, which also means I’m entering my 3rd week of leave.  It’s been relaxing and a test of my ability to slow down. By nature, I’m a busy and efficient person.  I like to …

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I Know Mommy, Motherhood 2.0

It was a big week for us.  Baby number two arrived mid-day on Monday and to say our lives changed is an understatement.  So much was different this time around and when I have the energy and the swelling in my ankles and my headache has subsided I will definitely be writing more about it. One big concern I had as the big arrival approached was how big brother was going to do.  J has been, since he was born, a gentle, sweet and caring …

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No, That’s Not My Hospital Bag

But maybe it should be, considering our little guy will be joining us in just a few days and I haven’t packed a bag yet.  Another story for another day perhaps. I’m talking about what sits neatly (or sometimes haphazardly) on the floor of my passenger side, that has recently become a topic of conversation for people new to riding in the Cube.  A gallon ziplock bag filled with essentials: Bottle of water Granola bar Pair of socks Travel toothbrush/paste Tissue/wet wipes Deodorant Shampoo/Conditioner Tampons …

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Make Time to See Your Girlfriends

It’s the weekend!  It definitely doesn’t mean what it used to.  For us, it was sleeping in, making breakfast and settling in on the porch or in front of the TV with a second cup of morning coffee.  Depending on the season, I’m sure a lot of mama’s have full schedules with sports, parties and other places they (and the kids) need to be. I got a text on Friday from an old college friend that I rarely hear from about a ska music reference …

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Sweaty Brows and Financial Conversations

Let me start by saying, the sweaty brow has nothing to do with the topic of conversation.  One thing C and I do regularly (in addition to eating spicy food) is talk finances. As we were wrapping up a particularly spicy white chicken chili dinner we started talking about the next few months and then fast forwarded to the kiddos heading to college.  Thinking about that now, it really could have been a reason for the brow sweat. Let’s get real for a second.  Being …

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Arugula, Jamaica, ooo I wanna take ya…

Full disclosure, I will never and can never be a food blogger.  I am: Too. Damn. Hungry. To take pictures throughout the cooking process.  I do, however, enjoy cooking. If you’ve read any of my other posts that are food related you know that I’m usually cooking/eating late night after J goes to bed. Right now we have the luxury of eating really grown up food and not having to fight a toddler to try it, while also getting time to visit as adults before …

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First and Forever Love

With all the recent talk of new and first boyfriends among the moms I know, and probably the sheer amount of Gossip Girl I’ve been watching lately (I have a real problem) I started to reminisce about early love and how it shapes the way we see forever love.  For some people (and penguins), the two are the same. For most of us, finding forever love is a journey, with a course charted by different relationships until we hit our destination. For those of us …

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Laughing out Loud

There are days, or even just moments when the world seems to stop and all that surrounds us is the sound of J’s laughter.  Tonight we had one of those moments.  J was running around the family room, music playing on my phone (he did it without even unlocking it, kid knows my phone better than I do) and laughing.  His laugh.  Its squeaky and contagious and it sucked us in.  Before we knew it the three of us were on the floor giggling. I found …

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Finding Your Normal

I vividly remember entering my teen years and wanting so badly to fit in.  To be normal. To wear the same clothes as the ‘popular girls,’ for boys to like me and to belong.  It was really stressful and honestly, my junior high years were full of mean girls and a few bright spots.  You could not pay me to go back. Literally, no amount of money would make me want to. Thankfully, by the time I hit the backside of my high school freshman …

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Pregnancy Brain

Its back.  Short term memory loss, general forgetfulness and swelling.  When I was first pregnant with J I was reading all kinds of books, blogs, articles – anything I could get my hands on related to pregnancy.  One of the more shocking ‘side effects’ to me was the real concept of pregnancy brain.  I remember thinking…’No way, that’s not a thing’.  Well, it is.  Brain cells lost – that may never return, mind suddenly less capable of juggling the 10,000 things it used to and …