Adjusting to a New Normal but Missing my Life…

I miss my life. The life I want to have be my every-day-normal-just-being-me life. I miss wanting to be social – to be out and among vibrant, boisterous people. I’ve always been super social. My husband says, only half-jokingly, that going to the store with me is like attending a family reunion. I know everyone and love to catch up. Or rather…I did. Parks, ball games, even the grocery store overwhelm my brain. Interactions fill my cup, but my cup is broken—cracked and leaking. I don’t know how to fix my…

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Every Family Needs a Dog

My twenty-year-old son asked for a dog every year since he was two. I did not grow up with dogs so I did not understand why having a dog was so important. My son begged me every year for a dog. I wonder now if life would have been different if we had adopted a dog years ago. Three years ago this beautiful girl, Molly (pictured above), joined our family. She was rescued from a shelter in North Carolina and I can’t imagine our lives without her. Why every family…

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#RealMomGiftGuide Back-to-School Mom Hacks

I know that back-to-school time is pure hell for some. I do have a few things up my sleeve ready for when all hell breaks loose and I need a “save me” product to put a smile on your kids’ faces. All of them. Including the dog & hubby. I mean face it…we #RealityMoms DO take care of EVERYONE, don’t we? #RealMomGiftGuide Back-to-School Mom Hacks Super-Me Backpacks Do you have a Super Hero on your hands? Are they headed to school/daycare? Do they need a little motivation? Well, the is…

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Please, Stop Asking “Are You Going Back To Work?”

After what felt like a short maternity leave with my son (or as we American women know it “short-term disability”), I went back to working in my office job. I was fortunate enough to be allowed to telecommute two days a week. Still, I spent lots of time in the car, shuttling my baby to daycare in the morning, then driving over an hour away to work. My son was in care all day until my husband would retrieve him on his way home from work and take him home via…

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Science Says: Early School Starts are Unhealthy

When my alarm goes off in the morning, I fumble around in the pitch dark to turn it off and then lie very still so that I can listen for sounds in the house. A few small noises from down the hall let me know that my daughter is up and going. As my feet hit the floor, I exhale a small sigh of relief that she rousted herself out of bed without help. I walk downstairs, wiping the sleep out of my eyes so that I can clearly admire…

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