Category Archives: Coping

Parenting Law #25: Mommy brain never goes away.


I wish I had better news for new moms.  But the truth is that the mommy brain fog, while it lifts after the newborn weeks, does not ever fully clear.  I have never been more certain of it.  When I … Continue reading

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Parenting Law #6: Birthing is not the height of parenting pain, it is the beginning of it


Pre-bedtime dance parties can be super fun.  They can also be dangerous.  Tonight, after finally hooking up a radio in the boys’ room, Ethan was so excited to hear the Biebs that he jumped right into my mouth.  Like his … Continue reading

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Parenting lesson #20: Some lessons must be learned over and over. And over.


I’ve never before re-posted a blog.  But I’m amazed at how easy it is for me to lose perspective.  Sometimes I revisit my old posts because I need to re-read the lessons I thought I had learned. Originally, I called … Continue reading

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Dealing with the first “F bomb”


The major milestones of growing up keep coming whether you’re ready for them or not.  But I wasn’t really expecting my six- and barely five-year-olds to speak the F bomb yet.  Mind you, I wouldn’t label myself as naive per se; … Continue reading

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Parenting lesson #11: There will always be poop to clean up.


When you have little children, it’s easy to daydream about being done with diapers and blow-outs and leaks and toilet training.  But the truth is that even when you’re out of this phase, there will still be poop to clean … Continue reading

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Parenting lesson #17: Forgive yourself and get over it


There’s nothing in life so far that has forced me to face my own flaws like parenthood has.  Daily there are flashes of brilliance or tender moments that take place within minutes of epic failure.  Work wasn’t really like this; at … Continue reading

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The joys of pregnancy: The takeover of your body


Today became the day when I can no longer bend forward comfortably to put on socks.  I’m at the pregnancy point when I must fold one leg over the other knee to get dressed.  And I know from previous experience … Continue reading

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What I would say to my favorite friends about having a baby


One of my best friends is getting ready to have a baby.  I sent her a card recently, and she said I could share it on this blog.  What I wrote to her in the few minutes I spent writing … Continue reading

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Parenthood law #34: Getting away gets easier


When you’re a parent, a family vacation does not count as vacation from working.  So I have found that for me, getting away without the kids is super important if I’m going to feel refreshed.  Greg and I just came … Continue reading

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I submit there are 3 certainties in life: death, taxes, and poopage


When you spend all day with toddlers, chances are something either really gross or scary (or both) is going to happen at some point in the course of 12 hours.  It’s almost a given.  This morning, I took the kids … Continue reading

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