Archive for journeys in motherhood

Aug
28

The Name Game

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We call my daughter Charlie. Her full name is Charlotte Grace. I’ve heard, “Hey, that’s the same name as Sarah Michelle Gellar’s daughter.” To which I responded with a half smile and half snarl, “Yes, I know.” (and showed some restraint in not following that with, “I named mine first!” so as not to seem […]

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Aug
21

My New View

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I got my first note home from school that was not all good. I need to work with Charlie on recognizing her numbers and letters. Here’s the part where I need to confess to a parenting failure as apparently, I really should have been doing that already, but didn’t know I should.  Too wrapped in my […]

Aug
18

Dinner Conversation

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Dinnertime has always been an important part of my life. Even though she worked full time, my mother always still came home and cooked dinner for us. We rarely ate fast food. As much as schedules would allow, the five of us—my two sisters, my parents and I—ate together as a family. I wish I […]

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Aug
17

My Little Miracle

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My Daughter. She’s a miracle of modern science, she is. Here’s the very first photo that was taken of her: Don’t ask me which one is her, but one is. One of those five clusters of cells grew into a healthy baby girl. It blows my mind. I know in vitro is pretty old hat […]

Aug
16

The Window

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We had been looking at townhouses and houses to rent for about a month and half and were growing a bit discouraged. We had our list of “must haves” and our list of “really wants” and, of course, we wanted them all reasonably priced. We needed a two bedroom and were hoping for maybe an […]

Aug
15

NOT Waving the White Flag

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I have been offered a job. Funny, I’ve been out of work for so long now, that when I imagined writing that last sentence, the sentence came with all sorts of happy emoticons and exclamation points. I mean, at the very least, it was written in all caps. But no. It’s just this: I’ve been […]

Aug
14

Bampires and Gores

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Muffin’s got a new obsession: monster movies. It’s so interesting to see what she’s drawn to. Our daughter? She has truly eclectic taste. She loves her Disney, of course, and will ask to watch Tangled (which she refers to as “Punzel”) or Peter Pan three times a day. But lately, monsters and princesses are running […]

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Aug
11

No Children Allowed?

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I love my daughter. I love being a mom. There is nothing, NOTHING that has brought me greater joy. But I also love being a friend. And a wife. And a daughter. And a sister. And sometimes it’s nice to focus on those things too and not be forced to multi-task or be interrupted by […]

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Aug
10

A Room of Her Own

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It’s 10:00 pm as I am typing this in my bed. My daughter is asleep in her bed in her room next to ours. Did ya catch that? Her bed. Her room. Yeah, I’m squealing a little on the inside. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, or you know me, you know that […]

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Aug
09

Torn

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I had a job interview today. It was for a temp job that could be an interesting opportunity. The job could be a fit for me, or I could hate it. It’s something I think I wouldn’t know until I got in there. And it may not even get that far. But if it did? […]