My Boy, Grady

Full disclosure—I had always hoped I would start my mothering journey with a son. A daughter scared me. Too much pressure to be a friend and be cool and navigate the mean-girl years. Sure, Annie Bea has proven it’s quite…

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9 years and 4 days ago

It was June 10th, 2013. I was sitting in a hospital bed, cradling my little Annie Bea wondering who I had to screw for a witch-hazel pad and a one of those squirty vaginal-cleansing bottles. Annie Bea was soft and…

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Tommmmy, Baby!

I’ve had a lot of less-than-great days. Sad days. Bad days. Awkward days. And bullshit days. But it’s been almost 7 months since the hardest day of my life, so far. On November 24th, 2021, Jason and I had just…

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Sweater Weather!

It’s been 7 years since I’ve had any reason to wear a sweater in September. I am overjoyed to see the leaves changing, the pumpkin spice syrups flowing and the mums in full bloom. Although Grady was born in Colorado…

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Back-to-School Night

Tonight I got to meet Annie Bea’s new teacher face-to-face (from the nose up). 😷 22 masked parents gathered on tiny chairs to listen to snack protocols, classroom rules and birthday celebration guidelines. Same stuff. Different year. The teacher was…

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A Bag of Rocks

We woke up this morning to a large tear in our pool liner. About 8 inches of the water had drained out and it was time to act before we had a total disaster. The pool guy came by and…

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Goodbye, Miami

Over the last 6 months, we’ve made our way north from Miami to Mahwah. What a trip. As I look back, I’m sort of amazed that I survived. I’m even shocked that I’m married. And I am flabbergasted that we…

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Garage Band

We’ve settled into our new home in Mahwah, New Jersey. Part of getting to know our surroundings includes touring the kids’ schools. At Grady’s school, we met the music teacher. Grady made an incredible impression. Grady: I love music. In…

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Shmelf on the Shelf

Now that Christmas is over and the decorations are put away and the pressure is off, I think I am ready to talk about our Elf experience. I think. On November 30, 2020, I was shopping at Michael’s Arts &…

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