A WEEK OF MAMA, DAY 7

"But I want to come with you," you said. "You can't, dear heart. Not tonight." It's not that we don't enjoy your and your sister's company. Quite the contrary, actually.

 

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A WEEK OF MAMA, DAY 6

"But I want to come with you," you said. "You can't, dear heart. Not tonight." It's not that we don't enjoy your and your sister's company. Quite the contrary, actually.

 

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A WEEK OF MAMA, DAY 5

For 38 years, I thought I knew what restrooms were for. Showering, grooming, dental hygiene, and, you know, “resting.” After you girls were born, I was made privy to a beautiful and precious secret that you, too, will learn should you choose to become mothers someday... 

 

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A WEEK OF MAMA, DAY 4

You are a reflection of me. Not a perfect reflection; but like the reflection you might see in rippling water. I hear in your laughter my own laughter, I see in your smile my own smile. I witness in your temperament characteristics that I know exist in myself.

 

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A WEEK OF MAMA, DAY 3

Girls, there's a good amount of work that goes into raising small humans such as yourselves. And I don't just mean feeding you and bathing you and brushing your teeth and wiping your behinds.

 

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A WEEK OF MAMA, DAY 2

We bought this table from Ikea, from the "As-Is" section. That means it was probably used as a display and already had some nicks and dings. Daddy wasn't sure we should buy a table that was damaged. But I was sure that by the time you two reached high school, this table would bear the markings of many years of love, play, and work.

 

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A WEEK OF MAMA, DAY 1

Since becoming a mother just over six years ago, I can't tell you how many hours I've spent sitting or driving in this car. I can't tell you how many tears have been shed, how many snacks have been consumed, or how many times either of you has fallen asleep in this car. I can't tell you how many drive-thrus this car has been through or how many cups of coffee I've consumed sitting right here. In many ways, this car has seen it all.

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BLESS THIS MESS

My girlfriend Colleen has a sign hanging in her home that reads "Excuse the mess. The children were busy making memories."

It’s so easy to see the mess. SO easy. It's everywhere. It's constant. It goes away on occasion but it always comes back.

What I sometimes find hard to remember is that a mess is made up of things I have the pleasure of possessing.

 

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THIS IS HOW MY DAUGHTER ASKS FOR HELP

She doesn't.

Not usually, anyway.

 

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A LITTLE NOTE TO MY GIRLS

Some days, girls, I just can’t do it all.The laundry will sit in the dryer or in a basket, not put away. Breakfast might be the carrot cake you sneaked from the fridge and subsequently hid when I came looking, and I was so tired and so focused on getting to my coffee that I pretended I didn’t see. Lunch might be cheese and crackers. Or just cheese. The TV might be on, or the iPad might get unearthed. Dinner might be spliced together with microwaved versions of whatever I found in the fridge. Bath might be rushed and your story might get read faster than you’d like

 

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FAMILY FIRST

I was born long enough ago that I can remember a time before this "social media" thing came into existence. There were tube TV sets with channels 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 13. There were rotary dial telephones with dial tones when you picked up the receiver. There were refrigerators that didn't dispense water and freezers that didn't make ice. Life had it's own challenges before the digital age, but getting likes and comments on social media wasn't one of them.

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I'M NOT THAT MOM

You know that mom. That mom. She cooks from scratch most nights, and she posts on social media about the latest crafts she found on Pinterest. Her house is always tidy, even the play room, and you never see any dishes in her sink. She always looks like a million bucks, even when she's wearing exercise clothes and sneakers and is still a little sweaty from her workout at the gym, and she's taking her happy children for a smoothie.

 

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I JUST TOOK MY KIDS TO WENDY'S FOR LUNCH

So, full disclosure here. I'm 44 years old. I have two little ones, ages almost 6 and almost 3.

And I totally just took my kids to Wendy's for lunch.

There, I said it.

 

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NO PARENTS ALLOWED

If you have children, then you're all too familiar with the importance of giving children of all ages their own time and space. My children thrive on it, and even though it's sometimes (or more than sometimes!) a challenge to let go of that control, the resulting benefits of peace and happiness are always worth it.

 

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MOMS, TAKE SELFIES

By now, Mamas, I'm sure you've read all about the importance of staying in the picture. I was so inspired by Allison Tate's confession a few years ago that I made a point to start getting into photos more. Regardless of whether my hair was curly or frizzy, my weight was up or down, or my skin was clear or cluttered, I needed to make sure my presence was documented.

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A SALE! A SALE!

I have to admit, life has been very good to me lately. Nothing especially interesting has happened, but I have a home, I have food on the table, and my family is happy and healthy. All of this is wonderful, and right now in life, all of this is enough.

 

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CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF MANHATTAN

Recently we paid a visit to the Children's Museum of Manhattan on the Upper West Side of New York City. We weren't sure how long the museum would keep our small humans entertained, but I'm pleased to report we were there from 11am until they closed at 5pm.

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THE E FAMILY

Three boys.

I have two girls, so having boys, and three of them, live in my home is a phenomenon that I simply can't wrap my mind around.

But this mom, and this dad... They had it all under control.

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THE B FAMILY

When I was little, my parents let me sit on the counter when they were cooking. Sometimes I helped, other times not. I always observed, though. Loved watching them "dance" around the kitchen turning individual ingredients into whole meals that provided my family with both nourishment and love. It was wonderful.

 

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THE BEAUTY OF IN-HOME NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY

I have two children, and I can remember those first few hazy moments with each new baby. The overwhelming love. The soul-filling joy I felt from looking at their tiny little fingers and toes, their soft skin, and their sweet facial features. I remember thinking, "Wow. You're here, in front of me. You're really here."

 

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