Taking Care of Myself

Silence.Not something I hear a lot of these days.But this morning I rise at 5:18 (after hitting the snooze once) and head downstairs to my new toy.Treadmill.Thank you Mom and Dad for my birthday/anniversary present. My parents are The Bomb....more

Domestic Goddess? Not So Much...

I am a crappy house keeper.It's true.There's no other way to say it.When I first quit my job to become a stay-at-home-mom I had all these fantasies of finally having the time to really clean my house every week. My home would look like those homes you see in magazines. Clean. Organized. Beautiful....more

Can I Really Call Myself a Writer?

"What do you do?"It's what grownups ask each other by way of a greeting because we so often identify ourselves by what we do professionally."I'm a stay-at-home-mom," I reply.And if I'm meeting someone who is not another SAHM, but instead a member of the "working world" that statement is often met with a blank look or a tepid, "Oh, well, that's nice."So, then I add, "Oh, and I'm also a writer."At this point the non-SAHM perks up with a, "Oh! Really? What do you write?"...more
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"It's a LOT of togetherness," I often hear myself saying in conversation when I'm talking about my life as a stay-at-home-mom."A LOT of togetherness."I wouldn't have it any other way.But, man, is it ever a lot of togetherness. Oy.Here's the thing that you aren't supposed to say about being a stay-at-home-mom:Being a stay-at-home-mom is kind of driving me crazy....more

No Comfort

"I DON'T WANT YOU!" my three and a half year-old daughter roars, fists clenched at her sides, body rigid, tears and snot coating her face."I DON'T WANT YOU!" she roars again mid-meltdown then jumps up and down screaming at the top of her lungs.I hardly recognize this enraged little person. 95% of the time my kid is joyful, happy, hilarious, and extremely kind.But that other 5% of the time.Meltdowns.Spectacular, epic, blow-the-roof-off meltdowns.Filled with rage....more
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Margaret's Birthday

"There is a cat," says my 3.5 year-old daughter.We are sitting at a table in our local library and she is "reading" to me from a Rainbow Fairy chapter book. Whenever we come to the children's section of the library she immediately secures the lone red plastic wagon with the blue handle (there are also two blue wagons with yellow handles, but apparently these are less desirable than the red) and rushes to the chapter book spinners to peruse and select her books. Recently she announces that she will only select the Rainbow Fairy books with the PINK covers....more

You Never...Until You Do

Do y'all have a list of "nevers" in your head?You know the list...that slightly self-righteous all-knowing "Well, I'll never do this" or "I'll never do that" list."I'll never date a bad boy.""I'll never lie to my parents.""I'll never take the easy route.""I'll never get married.""I'll never have kids.""I'll never get fat." "I'll never stay in a bad marriage.""I'll never get divorced."...more

Transracial Adoption: One of these things is not like the other...

An interesting incident from January 2012 when I was still a new mom...We are in line at the grocery store, my five month-old daughter sound asleep in her baby carrier on the cart and me watching the woman in front of us unloading her cart's contents onto the belt.  The woman is blonde, blue-eyed, petite, and pretty. The little boy standing next to her - probably five years-old or so - has to be her son because he looks exactly like her. He is adorable. I can't help staring at him....more
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I'm Back (and Conversations with Esme...)

It's hard for me to believe that my amazing girl is almost three years old.And that I haven't written on this blog for more than two years. What the heck happened???Motherhood.That's what happened....more

She comes home...part 8

Thanks for sharing your journey! My husband and I are just starting the adoption process and ...more