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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 …

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Surviving a Toddler Road Trip

Let me be the first to say, I’m not what you’d call tech savvy. It’s a little embarrassing considering our office is prime with innovators, forward thinkers and straight up geniuses when it comes to getting things done better, faster and cooler.  My response when someone says, ‘have you tried this app yet?’ is often, ‘nope.’ It’s not that I don’t love technology or use it to my full advantage in the workplace, it’s more that when I’m home, I’m unplugging and just living a …

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Hey Dads, Don’t Forget To Write

As I write this blog post there are 3,348 pictures on my phone – all taken in 2018. The vast majority of the pics are of my kids, my wife, my pets, and if I must be honest, the occasional selfie. Heck, in just the ten days since our fourth child was born, I alone have taken over 200 pictures of him in various states of adorableness. Add in the pics my wife and our extended families have taken of him and the total has …

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New to Country

When J was born I started listening to country music.  It was something I’d listened to before, but never regularly.  I had the stations in my car tuned to Top 40, Oldies and a Local Station that played just about everything.  As I crossed the threshold into motherhood, there was just something instinctive about making the change to country.  Even if the lyrics were about partying or a woman’s revenge, the melody was calm and the chorus always seemed sunny. One thing I noticed though, …

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Banana Baking Round Up

It’s been a long time since I’ve baked.  Cooked? Sure, almost on the daily. But baking, probably not since Christmas (scones and brownies don’t count).  There’s not a ton of time in my hustle to bake especially now that it’s summer and it feels like we’ve had something every Saturday or Sunday for the last month. Today all of that changes!  We get bananas delivered to the office every week and this week with it being short because of the holiday we had a surplus …

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Kitchen Confessions, Part I

This is likely the first of many parts.  It’s not easy, but I will confess – I didn’t used to wash my fruits and vegetables before eating them.  Saying it sounds dirty. Because it was. We’re beyond it now, but with that comes lessons learned. Before J was born our idea of a nice Saturday morning was waking up, whenever the mood struck us (can anyone remember how glorious that was?!) making coffee and breakfast together and then shuffling to our family room to watch …

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Becoming My Mother

It’s fun to joke that with time we all become our mothers, but as time passes for me I am looking forward to the transition.  I have a little over a year’s worth of my own momming under my belt and in that time my admiration for everything my mother has done has swelled to new heights. Sure there are the obvious ways I’m already her – trying to overfeed everyone at parties and in general, panicking last minute and adding another side to the …