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Good intentions, average follow-through.

Posted by on Oct 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

“Where were you today? Why didn’t you come to my classroom?” Ryan and I had just arrived home from school. I could tell he was in a bit of a sour mood, which isn’t unusual for a kid who was adjusting to full-day school for the first time. But this time, there was a little more sadness than usual behind his eyes. “My teacher asked whose mommies were coming...

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Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Dear Ryan, Today, you turned six years old. You woke up to our birthday tradition of streamers hanging from your bedroom doorway and dinosaur presents on the kitchen table. Because, yes, you are still obsessed with dinosaurs. We just had yet another dinosaur-themed birthday party for you last weekend, which makes it the fourth one in a row. Although, to be...

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On kindergarten and new paths.

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | 8 comments

“You can go now. I’ll be fine.” I drew in a sharp breath and internally cursed at myself for forgetting the most important thing on this hot August morning: sunglasses. Sure, it would have been great to block the blinding sun from my eyes, but more importantly, I needed them to mask the tears that had been lodged in my throat for a full 24 hours. Ryan was...

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I’m So Glad They Told Me.

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in Uncategorized | 8 comments

I was a perfect mother. For eight days. For eight painful, exhausting days, I thought of nothing but my newborn son’s happiness and wellbeing. Each day, I allowed him to feed from my breast at ninety-minute intervals, despite the terrible latch, the cracking, and the bleeding. “It’s okay,” the lactation consultant reassured me over...

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Adding to our family.

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

It started innocently enough. A summer bucket list. A commitment to grasp our summer with both hands and squeeze every bit of life and laughter and fun out of it. My last summer with my son before he starts kindergarten. “Swimming in the lake,” I said to Ryan back in May. “Chuck E. Cheese’s,” he countered. “The splash pad,” I said. “Yes,” he said. “And the...

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