When Milestones Happen: Saying Goodbye to Baby

When Milestones Happen: Saying Goodbye to Baby

Parenting has a time warp effect. In the beginning, it seems that the sleepless nights will never end, that potty training will never come, that tantrums are a forever part of your daily reality. And then one day you realize everything has changed and you wonder when they ever got old enough to go to
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7 Truths of Infant Sleep

Seven Truths of Infant Sleep

When I posted on Facebook a link to an article on research surrounding the effects of the cry-it-out (CIO) method of sleep training, quite a few people responded. But, it wasn’t to debate, point fingers or insist that the findings were incorrect. Instead, most of the comments that came in were from exhausted mothers who,
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Reclaiming Quiet in the Busyness of Motherhood

Reclaiming Quiet in the Busyness of Motherhood

I’ve come to realize lately that I have forgotten how to be quiet. And that’s really disturbing. I am an introvert who has always craved alone time, quiet time, time to reflect and clear my mind. Anymore, when those rare moments do happen, I’m typically reflecting on the to-do list that hasn’t been done. Or,
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Birth Story: When They Call the NICU

Birth Story: When They Call the NICU

I felt huge during my third trimester, but figured most people do. I started retaining water and became very swollen. This being my first pregnancy, I was unaware of how it truly feels during the third trimester. I am a teacher and therefore on my feet all day. I thought that was likely the reason
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Dear Mom, You are a Leader

Dear Mom, You are a Leader

Dear Mom, you are a leader. Did you know that? Do you believe it? Well, you should. Recently, I attended the Global Leadership Summit, an annual event that brings together some of the greatest leaders in the world. As I listened and tried to absorb as much as possible, I couldn’t help but realize how
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When Ants Get in the Mac-and-Cheese

When Ants Get in the Mac-and-Cheese

Last Friday night we decided to take an impromptu trip to the beach. We had survived the first three days of school, we had a wide-open, unscheduled weekend ahead of us, and we wanted to do something fun to kick it off. As Matt drove home from work at 5:00 p.m., we hatched a plan
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Babies Don't Spoil: why holding your baby matters

Babies Don’t Spoil

I did it. I tried to resist the urge, but I just couldn’t. Perhaps my willpower isn’t strong enough. I began typing and deleted, but then I resumed and hit return before I could turn back. You see, I used to be a constant commenter. I assumed that if anyone put something out there on
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Zumba Like No One's Watching

Zumba Like No One’s Watching

A few days ago, I headed to the gym for a morning spinning class and then took the kids for a swim. After being at the pool for over an hour, it was time to go, and as much as I was ready to leave, I wasn’t ready for the struggle of getting three wet
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Reflections as Summer Ends: Where Did the Time Go?

Reflections as Summer Ends: Where Did the Time Go?

Where did the time go? Wasn’t it just yesterday when we sent the kids off to their last day of school? Yet, here we are gathering school supplies and sending them back. It seems like the last of the snow melted about a week ago, but summer is nearly over. How is this possible? Where
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tiny-bue-lines

Book Review & Giveaway: Tiny Blue Lines

When I got married at the age of 20 the summer before my junior year of college, many people assumed I “had” to get married. A guy I worked with even asked if I was going to continue working after, well, you know…. At first, I didn’t know what he was talking about. After I
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