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Bye Bye Binky: Saying Adios to the Pacifier

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Binky.Pacifier.Nu-Nu.Wubba. No matter what your family calls them, those little soothers can be a total lifesaver for a grumpy baby. Thankfully, both of my babies took a pacifier fairly early on and easy, which...

The Club No One Wants to Belong To

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This is not a club you want to belong to. This is not a club you want a membership for. But this club brings women together in their loss, healing, grief, and sorrow. It’s...

Bending the Gender Norms

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When we found out we were having a boy, there were so many different things that ran through my mind. Would he play football like his daddy? Would he be a mama’s boy? Could...

We Were Supposed to Start School Today

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Today was supposed to be our first day of school.   If you had asked me back in March when schools closed if we'd still be dealing with this virus, I would have laughed. I thought...

You’re Not Doing It Wrong, Mama–It’s Just THAT Hard!

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As a mom of two toddlers at the moment, my life is a total circus most of the time.  Someone always needs something every second of the day, and some days, I honestly have...

Aging Gracefully: Thoughts On Turning 40

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Currently, I am less than four months away from my "big" birthday...yes, turning the big 4-0. I have always loved my birthday and never really felt the traditional black cloud that often hangs over those...

Meet Our Indianapolis Moms: Janelle McDonald

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Hey there, mamas!  I’m Janelle McDonald, and I wear a wide variety of hats in this crazy life that I’m living these days. I am a 6th-grade teacher by day (I love middle schoolers!), a...

Surviving Motherhood: Life With Two Toddlers (An Update)

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Some of you may remember my previous post as I prepared for life with babies born 10 months apart. At the time of my initial post, I was 7 months pregnant with my daughter and...

My Struggle With Social Media

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I will be the first to admit that I have a serious love-hate relationship with all things social media. When I moved across the country from Seattle 15 years ago without any family members...

Being A Mom Made Me a Homebody

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Before I had kids, I was always on the go. I was very much a busybody; I always had to be doing something, planning something, or waiting for the next event to happen. I...

Caught Between “Enjoy Every Moment” and “I Can’t Wait Until You’re Older”

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Life is such a funny thing. With two babies under two and a half, I cannot tell you how many times I have heard “enjoy these moments; they fly by so fast”, which I...

My Tank Is Empty: When Mom Is Worn Out

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It’s 7:45 pm on a Friday evening. I have just put my kids to bed, but not without my toddler throwing not one, but three monstrous tantrums over who knows what.  My dogs have...

I’m A C-Section Mama…And Proud Of It!

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My pregnancies were far from easy. Yes, I did decide to have my children slightly later than the average woman, but other than that, I was in pretty good health and mentally prepared to...

Having Kids Has (Temporarily) Made Me a Bad Friend

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I’ve been compelled to write something like this for a while. I feel like it is something that is often unspoken but needs to be said out loud. So as summer comes to an end,...
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