Guest Post: Coffee + Crumbs

  Today I’m over at Coffee + Crumbs with an essay called “Mind the Gaps.” Here’s an excerpt: I often find myself parenting the little girl inside of me, trying to fix the gaps and heal the wounds of my own childhood. This is why cool, summer mornings make me feel like I should take […]

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Mulberry Picking

We found a mulberry tree in our backyard last spring. It actually stands in the neighbor’s yard, but some of its leafy branches extend over the fence and onto our side. We Googled, “Can you eat mulberries,” expecting the answer to be a clear “no.” After all, when you have a tree dripping with ripe, […]

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The Unlikely Gift of Mom Brain

I was standing at a baby shower when I first heard the term “baby brain” or “mom brain.” Someone said that she kept forgetting things during her pregnancy and blamed it on her baby brain. I was offended. I was a few months from being pregnant myself but I knew that when I became a mom, […]

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On Hard Weeks

I know it’s happening most when I start losing stuff—literal, tangible, physical stuff. I feel my control slipping and suddenly can’t keep up. I feel on edge, flustered, constantly losing words and forgetting what I was supposed to be doing. This, for me, has been the hardest thing about motherhood: the feeling that my mind […]

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The Board Game Aisle at Target

We’re in the toy section of Target—a stop we always make to encourage our three-year-old to cooperate the rest of the time. He stands on tiptoe and gently lifts down the box of $2.99 wooden trains to dig through. Our one-year-old pulls Star Wars paraphernalia off the shelves, and I rush behind him like the […]

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Cleaning During the Little Years

Let’s be honest: I wasn’t the best housekeeper even before we have kids. I love a clean space, I love purging and organizing, and I even love a good, thorough cleaning time. But it hasn’t always been high on my priority list.  So when I read this essay, I thought, “Yes, that will be us […]

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When You’re Not Sure You Like Your Child

This wasn’t supposed to happen, yet it has been happening for a while. And it scares you—terrifies you—yet you feel powerless in the face of it: you’re not sure you like your child anymore. Of course you love him. Nothing could change that. You will continue to fix his pasta before your own no matter […]

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When You Just Want Your Favorite Cup

The funny thing about toddlers is how you can’t always predict what will matter to them. Just when you’re patting yourself on the back about how your kid will drink out of any old cup, he decides that he will only wear pajamas or must have his syrup in a separate dish when he has waffles. […]

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