Speeding Up and Slowing Down

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Quinn started taking her first steps over the Thanksgiving weekend. At first, it was only a few steps — taken very tentatively — between two pieces of furniture placed closely together. A little over a...

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Tones of Home

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Last week, Chris and I drove to New Jersey for Thanksgiving. Chris’ family is from New Jersey, and many of his aunts and uncles and cousins still live there. He hasn’t seen many of them...

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Not Martha

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I am a crafty mutha. I can sew, I can bake, I can decoupage with the best of them, and I know my way around a Dremel. You show me something cute, and my first...

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on in Breastfeeding

I never expected to be a lactivist. Or a breastfeeding enthusiast. Or even a big fan of breastfeeding. I saw woman breastfeeding in public, and I rolled my eyes and shook my head. “At least cover up!” I would think. Pump and bring your baby a bottle. Nurse before you go out with your baby....

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Right as Quinn was coming up on 9 months this week, I celebrated 34. I can’t say that welcoming 34 was anything special. We had some friends over and enjoyed some delicious food and some good times. But 34 feels about the same as 33. Quinn’s monthly birthday, on the other hand, has ushered in...

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Even though I have only been a parent a short time, I often find myself reflecting on what it means to serve in that role: What my actions mean for my daughter’s current and future happiness, how the decisions I make will shape who she becomes, and the type of relationship we will have when...

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For the first several months of my daughter’s life, I was nothing but enamored with her. Aside from the occasional meltdown during the first few psychotic postpartum weeks, I’ve surprised myself by really enjoying motherhood and adopting this Madonna-like level of beatific motherly calm. Maybe that just sounds like typical new-mother cliche speak, so I...

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Unpacking continues slowly, yet it does not begin to look like we really live here yet. But that hasn’t stopped us from having guests over! Sure the leaning towers of boxes that walled in the guests made the scene more closely resemble the desperate attempts at “normal” meals you see depicted in post-apocalyptic movies than...

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