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Dear Baby

To my last baby,  This morning at 5:36 am you turned eight years old. I am not sure how this happened; I tried not to blink. But still I missed it. As a stay at home mom I was here for you. I saw your first steps and heard your first words. Yet I still […]

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This Goes with Yoga Pants, Right?

My two pairs of black yoga pants are almost like members of the family. They are a permanent fixture, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they called and asked for money once they reach college age. In fact, I’m thinking of sending them a Valentine’s Day card this year. My fondness is undeniable. They are […]

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Girls’ Work

I fancy myself a feminist and have since sometime in junior high when I learned what the word means. The work of my household is not divided up by gender roles; we are of the philosophy that if one sees something that needs to be done, one does it. Sometimes I mow the lawn, sometimes […]

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How my husband’s vasectomy caused us a surprise pregnancy.

After our second daughter was born my husband and I thought our little family was complete. We love our kids but aren’t huge fans of the infant stage. I remember gleefully throwing away or giving away baby items as we stopped needing them – the diaper genie (see ya!), the bottle sterilizer (curse cleaning bottles […]

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Feast Of The Seven Fishes

My husband and I grew up in big Italian families. We had Sunday family dinners, homemade hot sausage pulled right from the cold cellar, red wine before we were legal, and grandparents always yelling munja, munja. In Italian, Munja, Munja means eat, eat.  We had many family traditions. Unfortunately, most went by the wayside when […]

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To Breastfeed or Not to Breastfeed?

Jefferson Hospital Offers Breastfeeding Expertise and Support Through Certified, Trained Nurses, Midwives, and Doctors Preparing for your baby’s arrival involves many important choices: Which obstetrician is the best? Will it be cloth or disposable diapers? But deciding whether to breastfeed or use formula is perhaps the most significant decision you’ll need to make before welcoming […]

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Climbing Anxiety

‘It’s time to gear up for Christmas’, I think to myself the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We had gotten home yesterday after a three day and ten hour round trip visit to my in-laws, and the whole family is exhausted. As I switch off the lights and close the door to the boys’ room, my mind […]

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Eating Our Way Across the World

Our family holiday tradition began like all great family traditions; when the local butcher was all out of turducken. I love Christmas. I have an extensive Christmas mug collection, I put festive lights on all flat surfaces, and I make my dog wear reindeer antlers. Christmas to me is all about family and fun, so […]

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Merry MESS-mas Darling!

Greeting cards have all been sent. The Christmas rush is through. But I still have one wish to make… A special one for you. Who am I kidding? This is my first holiday season with a busy toddler. Time and energy can’t be wasted on wishes. She needs to do 365 different activities per day […]

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