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Surviving the Toddler Bed Transition

Sleep.  Since we first bought him home from the hospital, sleep has been our greatest challenge as parents. Three years in, and in the midst of transitioning to a toddler bed, and little has changed. If the NSA is snooping on our Google searches right now, the most popular search they will find is “Toddler […]

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the beauty in surviving

The Beauty in Surviving

Do you know what continues to surprise me—shock me at times, even—about motherhood? How much of my time is spent just making it. Simply navigating life from one end of the day to another. I have a baby and a two year-old, so I guess some degree of survival is expected. But I also remember […]

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thermostat battles

Thermostat Battles

I think my husband is a grizzly bear. And I’m not just talking about his snoring or the way he hibernates in his man cave for what seems like days on end. I’m talking about heat retention. You can see the difference in our temperature preferences in many ways: I want to go on a […]

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An Ode to Coffee

An Ode to Coffee

Coffee. The delicious, energy-giving elixir of the heavens. The life force behind cheery, smiling moms ready to face the day. The gasoline which fuels parents everywhere. Deep, dark, almost black or pale, creamy and lovely brown. The beautiful, playful steam drifts upwards from the cup. Coffee. The rules for moms with coffee are simple. No […]

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Mothering in the Nighttime

Mothering in the Nighttime

Except for the repeated psst-whirr-mmm of the window air conditioner, all is still. My husband is sleeping soundly in the other room, unaware of my lumbering exit from bed. It’s 3 a.m., which means time for second dinner — or first breakfast. I’m sitting in the middle of the couch, shoveling cold Pad Thai leftovers into […]

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The 30-Minute Nap

The 30-Minute Nap

One of the most common sleep complaints I hear from parents pertains to their baby’s catnaps. “He wakes up at 30 minutes on the dot, I could set my watch by it.” “How can I get anything done in 30 minutes? Its barely enough time to take a shower and inhale a bowl of cereal!” […]

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