Becoming June Cleaver

My boys have recently enjoyed watching “Leave It To Beaver” reruns on Netflix and I could NOT be more pleased. While I am not entirely attached to the expectations of family life portrayed by the Cleaver family, I do love the wholesome tone and the quick wit portrayed throughout the show. I once watched an […]

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My Go-To Crock-Pot Recipes

As a busy mom, I like to find any way I can to spend more time with my kids and husband – which means less time prepping our meals in the kitchen. To do this, I call on my Crock-Pot to do the cooking at least once or twice a week (especially during the cold […]

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Great Expectations

My husband is disappointed in my pregnancy. Okay, not really … he is actually very supportive, but he did have some expectations about my pregnancy that didn’t quite pan out. 1. Ice cream cravings. He was CERTAIN that after I got pregnant, I would demand ice cream. I certainly don’t hate it – but let’s just say that […]

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Awkward.

I’m two-thirds cooked these days.   Two-thirds round and waddling, two-thirds wheezing and pausing, two-thirds rotund and awkward. It really is a monumental occasion reaching this third trimester mark, one I have certainly not passed up celebrating. I may have treated myself to a plate of seconds at dinner (a few times), may have even […]

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a love letter

Dear Husband, I know that our daily conversations are no longer spent discussing politics or dreaming about the future but instead seem to primarily consist of to-do lists, meal planning, errand running and the occasional nagging.   I know there are days when I am being mangled by one boy “cuddling” my face all day […]

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What is love (for a pregnant woman)?

In honor of the much-loved – or greatly despised – Valentine’s Day, I thought I would share with my fellow moms the joys of how marital love has played out for this pregnant woman. When you’re pregnant, often times you’re hungry, moody, and emotional – all while getting bigger every day. That’s a rough combination! […]

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7 Secrets to Date Night Success

Some of the wisest counsel that I’ve ever been given came from our pediatrician at our very first six-week check up; she told me to make date night a priority. She mentioned that too many couples are splitting up after the kids leave home because they’ve come to the realization that they don’t really know […]

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What My Mom Taught Me About Valentine’s Day

Holidays are  special to me. I love the way they break up the day-to-day norm and allow us to focus on something specific, different, and fun. My husband and I couldn’t be more different in this area; I like to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday but have a hard time getting him excited about his own […]

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Girl Toys vs. Boy Toys

My daughter had her fifteen-month shots last week, and on our way home, I decided to take her through the drive-up at McDonald’s to get a special lunch. After ordering a Happy Meal, the drive-up attendant asked, “boy or girl?” I assumed she meant, “do you want a toy for a girl or a toy […]

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The Things People Say …

When people find out you are pregnant, they offer you all sorts of advice – well-meaning, to be sure, but advice nonetheless. When people find out you are pregnant with twins … Katy-bar-the-door, the floodgates of advice are WIDE open! I was often shocked to find out that the people who had the MOST advice […]

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Preparing for a Sleep Study

Having children changed me in many of the same ways that motherhood has changed you; things which used to be a high priority (like a daily shower) seemed to find a lower priority level when parenting tasks took precedent. Contrary to the myth that parenting a child with special needs takes a special parent, I […]

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