Things I Have Been Asked in the Shower

My husband loves to take showers. No matter what the problem is, he is convinced that a hot shower will fix it. For years, I wrote it off as a weird personality quirk, and for years he tried to convince me of the healing power of a hot shower. It wasn’t until recently, though, that [Read More…]

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3rd Trimester: A Record of Insanity

Melinda Selmys wrote a hilarious pregnancy guide this morning that made me laugh, which made me cough, which made me pee a little. After I sighed loudly and changed my underwear, I decided that there’s no time like the present to blog about pregnancy, too. Because I’m a follower. But seriously, I feel extremely sorry [Read More…]

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An Embarrassment of Riches

The night before last, our AC went out. Normally in November this wouldn’t be a huge deal, even here in southwest Florida — but this has been a horrifically hot November, with highs in the upper 80’s for weeks. So the temperature in our house quickly climbed to 80, then 85 yesterday afternoon. Then Liam [Read More…]

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How the Light Gets In

I just wanted to put up a quick post, thanking everyone for your generous responses to my last post. Your messages, emails, and comments have been both encouraging and comforting, and I’ve been humbled by and grateful to all of you who made use of my silly hidden paypal button. Please continue to keep me [Read More…]

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Suffering Shame

I’m not very good at suffering, not even when it’s for a good cause or on behalf of others. I just don’t like carrying crosses because it’s hard and it makes me feel sad and I’d rather be watching Doctor Who or something. Nevertheless, there are some crosses I carry — like NFP — that [Read More…]

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The Walking Dead: First Time Again

Oh yeah, sorry for never following up after my “guess what we’re going to Chicago with no plan!” post. I hope y’all didn’t think we were still stuck in the Midway airport or anything. We got home safely, after making a quick detour to Dallas, and I haven’t written since then because I’ve been super [Read More…]

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Two Wings and a Prayer

So here is what I am doing today: today I am planning a trip to Chicago with my 6 year old, a trip we cannot afford, a trip that has great potential to leave us totally at the mercy of the hospitality of friends and strangers, a trip that totally hinges on the generosity and [Read More…]

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Matters of Life and Death

When Sienna was a week old, I had to take her to the pediatrician to get her PKU screen. It was my first solo trip with the baby, and the logistics were overwhelming. It took two hours to get ready for the 5 minute drive, because after getting myself ready, there was the baby to [Read More…]

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A Little Penis and a Little Papist

Well, today was the big gender-reveal. It took the ultrasound tech an hour and a half to get a clear shot of Stormageddon’s head, but only half a second to get a clear shot of how very boy this baby is. I’ll admit it, I cried a little on the inside. I had a little [Read More…]

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Parental Regression

When I first started blogging,I had a sense that my posts would one day serve as a map of sorts — a map of how I’ve grown and changed as a mother, of all the things I’ve learned since my children were small. What I didn’t expect was that one day, I’d re-read an old [Read More…]

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