The Baseball Bat, the Butterfly, and the Box of Teeth

“I just want to hit something!” Gabby hisses at me through the space in her mouth where her first two baby teeth had recently fallen out. She is holding the closest object she could grab–conveniently, her brother’s baseball bat–tightly in her chubby fingers, poised for the strike. Her feet are spread, belly and butt thrust […]

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The One Good Reason For My Many Sleepless Nights

I have a motherhood confession. There is a child (or two or three) sleeping in my bed more nights than not. With four total, and all of them still relatively young enough to wake up in the middle of the night sick or scared or wet or thirsty or just alone, it’s a nightly event […]

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Slow Down, Except Not Really

“Slow down.” “Take some time to smell the roses.” “Savor every moment.” “It all goes so fast.” It’s clear that conventional wisdom–especially conventional motherhood wisdom–would have us all slow down, drop everything (including and especially our smart phones,) and soak up every finite moment of bliss-filled mommydom before we blink and our children are grown […]

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I Think I Might Be Done Having Babies

There are two types of people in this world: those who suck on a hard candy, and those who chew it up. I am definitely the latter. Moderation is not a land I spend a lot of time living in. I’d love to, don’t get me wrong, but I’m like the anti-Goldilocks: if it’s not […]

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