Strong Women Make Joyful Noises

When I first saw the trailer for the new Dolly Parton/Queen Latifah movie, “Joyful Noise,” I will admit my first thought was not of my mother. At first glance, my mom and I would seem to have little to do with this movie, mostly because neither of us is a vocally-gifted Black woman with an attitude nor a petite, Southern, white woman with large…eyes. But I spent the past weekend with my family, celebrating Christmas a little early, and I got to spend some time with my mom. After being with…

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What My Mom Taught Me

You taught me that thank you notes are to be handwritten and on time. You taught me that high heels are for evening and, even then, proceed cautiously. You taught me that clothes should be ironed and nails should be clean. You taught me that laughing at yourself is more fun than criticizing yourself. You taught me that I can do anything I want to do. No exceptions. You taught me that not everything is fair. You taught me that I should give as much as I am capable of…

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Clingy Beanie

Bean has never really been a clingy baby.  He has always gone to other people pretty well after he has a chance to warm up to them a bit.  He’s never been one to cry when Chris or I leave the room (except at our church nursery, where he cries every week for some reason that I can’t figure out…).  Generally speaking, I’d say he was a pretty independent and well-adjusted dude. Except lately. In the past two weeks or so, I have started to notice a little clinging action…

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What I’ve Learned: How To Have a Play Date

This post is part of my series called “What I’ve Learned.”  In these posts I talk about areas of motherhood that I have learned recently.  Not that I’ve mastered them, but that I’ve learned how to navigate them better.  Victory for me! Since I’ve been staying home with Bean for the past few months, I have decided (especially after all the kind advice I got from you guys) that the best way to make the most of our days is to get out and about.  I tried getting out with…

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Chanting Ovaries

Last week my friend, Catherine, had a little baby girl.  They named her Nora and she was beautiful.  She didn’t come out all squished up like a lot of newborns.  She was pretty and smooth and she looked like she’d been born a thousand times before.  Like she was an old pro. When I saw a picture of her, my ovaries instantly started chanting, “WE WANT A GIRL!  WE WANT A GIRL!”  And then Bean threw my keys in the toilet bowl (true story) and my ovaries paused for just…

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A Spontaneous Adventure

Last Thursday, Bean and I were out running a few errands.  We left the house around 9:00am and my plan was to be back in time for lunch.  As I was getting ready to get back on the interstate after stopping by the first of my errands, I noticed a sign that said Downtown Disney This Way, and it had an arrow that indicated it was about 10 miles away. Bean and I were supposed to leave the next morning to spend the weekend at my parent’s house, so I…

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Making Changes Instead of Making Excuses

This week I made a little change in my life.  Actually, a pretty big change.  I decided that I was tired of not liking the way I felt about myself.  I’ve become lazy – and I’m not a lazy person. I’ve been lazy with activity in my life and I was finding that the smallest exertion (i.e. a play date at the LIBRARY!) was zapping all my energy. I realized I have been lazy with my food intake, too.  I eat what’s fastest, cheapest, easiest.  I blame it on Bean…

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Operation: Keep Bean Active

I have decided that the key to being a successful SAHM is to keep Bean as active and busy as possible.  Because the real key to being a successful SAHM is how often and how long you can convince your child to sleep. Horrible?  Yes.  But so very true, nonetheless. In an effort to wear my child out, yesterday I had a play date with a mother and her six month old daughter from my church.  Dawn suggested we attend story hour at Leu Gardens yesterday.  The Gardens are literally…

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It’s All Fun and Games Til Someone’s Eardrums Start Bleeding

This is my son, Bean. Bean likes a lot of things. He likes his teddy bear.  He likes Big Molly.  He likes green beans and cheese toast.  He likes his Daddy and he loves his Mommy.  He likes to crawl.  He likes electrical sockets.  He does not like his high chair.  He likes his bedroom.  He likes his toy cell phone.  He likes blueberries. He also likes shrieking. He likes shrieking so much that he does it all the time. When we’re home.  When we’re out.  When we’re in the…

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Old Friends, New Friends

This is Chris’ first week back at work after spending the past three months home as a family.  It hasn’t been too bad, really.  I miss him during the day though.  Sometimes Bean will do something funny and I’ll look around to say something to Chris and he’s not there.  That part sucks.  But I’m sure we’ll all get used to the transition. A few weeks ago I went to a play group for infants and mother’s at my church.  This would be the event where Bean got into a…

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