Smells like summer

During the summer when I was a kid, my mom would take an old glass baby food jar, poke holes in the top and give it to me and my brother. We’d run outside around the backyard barefoot, catching as many lightning bugs as possible. You may call them “fireflies,” but my momma always called […]

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Poetry Tea Time

In need of a mid-morning break? Discover poetry tea time. Eager young children looking for attention are an added bonus. Throw on a kettle of water to warm, sort through your varieties of tea, pour out a little honey and serve up a small dish of treats. Grab a book of poetry and light a […]

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Road trip to Steel City

After more than a year of not traveling, we were ready to hit the road this spring after getting vaccinated. Not yet ready for a plane ride, my husband and 5-year-old son took our Chevy SS for a road trip to Pittsburgh the week before Memorial Day. Face masks and social distancing provided an extra […]

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Turning four during COVID-19

Four years ago, we were driving down 94 to the hospital with excitement to meet our son. I remember that night like it was yesterday. We drove steadily down the expressway at 2:30am singing to Justin Bieber. Leigh had been baking for 40 weeks and one day. We were both ready to get this party […]

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New sheets, Same love

We’re at the point in our lives where we’re excited to pick out new sheets on a Saturday night trip to Target with our 3-year-old. And I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Walking the aisles while reassuring our child the Legos will still be there a few minutes, pleading with him to wait while […]

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Bedtime

Some nights when I work late, there’s nothing more I love doing than snuggling our son to sleep. I rush home as my husband stretches our two-year-old’s bedtime past 8, sometimes 9pm.┬áBut his weariness is so worth the relief I feel as his body hits mine, reuniting our souls together as the day comes to […]

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Weaning

Watching your baby grow into a toddler is an awesome part of parenthood. Everyone warned me that they grow up so quick, but they forget to mention how awesome it is to witness. Being a part of a human being’s development is both humbling and stressful. You worry all the time about screwing something up. […]

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Six months old

I posted to this blog when Leigh turned one-month-old. Then I blinked and now he’s six-months-old. Half a year has gone by and he’s grown so much. Physically, Leigh went from 9 lbs 6 oz at birth to 19 lbs 3 oz over six months. It’s amazing to realize that he’s grown from 20 inches […]

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Food for thought

At Leigh’s four-month doctor’s appointment, the pediatrician gave us the go-ahead to start feeding him solids. At first I was excited, but then I started to realize maybe I wasn’t ready for that stage yet. Starting solids is a big step for a baby who has only had mother’s milk his whole existence. I was […]

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On Strike

Just when I think I know what I’m doing with a baby, my five-month-old goes on a nursing strike. He’s been a great nurser since coming home from the hospital. We had a few road blocks, but with some advice from the hospital’s lactation consultant, he nurses like a pro. We’re talking about starting solids […]

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