True Love: I Never Saw It Coming, Baby

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I loved you child

From the moment I knew of you

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I was there for your first

Breath

Word

Step

First mashed bananas

Smeared on your soft, plump cheeks

The whole body shudder

At your first taste of peas

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What Motherhood Has Taught Me

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My loves, my sillies, a long time ago. Or was it yesterday?

As another Mother’s Day nears and my kids grow another year closer to adulthood, I am thinking back on it all. The tattered hard copy of Goodnight Moon recited by heart. Bath/book/bed routines. Play groups. Walking through the grocery store when they were littles and feeling SO proud of myself for getting a shower in and dressing up in something other than sweat pants, the kids well behaved in the cart and I thought – yeah, I’m on it! I got it all together today! Go me!

And then in the checkout lane, the woman behind me whispered, “Excuse me, but did you know that you have a lollipop stuck on the back of your skirt?”

Motherhoood is a sticky business.
When I first announced to the world that I was pregnant, there is one phrase I heard most often: “Your life is going to change!” This was usually followed by knowing smiles or laughter. I remember saying, “Yeah, I know.”

I didn’t know shit.

Seventeen years and two kids later, I get it. I’m going to try to capture just how life-changing motherhood has been for me and a few of the lessons I’ve been humbled to learn in no particular order. For mother’s day. For moms everywhere who show up every day fighting the good fight.   Continue reading “What Motherhood Has Taught Me”

For Moms

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I asked my kids for handwritten letters, the only gift I wanted for Mother’s Day. Best. Gifts. Ever.

This post goes out to anyone who has ever had a mom, is a mom, wants to be a mom, needed a mom, or has wanted to be a mom but never had the chance. I think moms are a misaligned, misunderstood bunch. We hear about tiger moms, helicopter moms, bad moms, absent moms, overprotective moms, soccer moms…there are even jeans named after us! Moms make headlines, too – like this now infamous mom berating her son during the Baltimore riot. I’ve read and heard a lot of commentary about this one, both positive and negative.

Enough. Enough I say.

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