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  • A Love Letter to the Neighborhood

    Well, it’s time for me to step into the confessional. Arthur…enjoys screen time. Now that you’ve recovered and I’ve passed off my World’s Best Mom mug, time for confession #2: I. Love. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. For the uninitiated, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is a PBS show based in Mr. Roger’s Land of Make-Believe and centered around a new […]

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  • The monopoly of the “first”

    Time for a confession, friends: my name is Shannon, and I am addicted to first times. I feel safe betting every future cup of coffee I may never get to drink that I am not the only one. I am practically obsessed with firsts – first smile, first word, first steps, first trip to the […]

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  • Letter to myself [#Blogtober14 Day 8]

    I’m actually really looking forward to today’s #Blogtober14 prompt: Write a letter to yourself in 10 years. Call me weird, but I have written letters to myself before and despite losing them before their intended open dates I relish the practice (that compulsory “letter to yourself at the end of high school” exercise notwithstanding). I wrote myself a letter to […]

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  • My Fall Bucket List [#Blogtober14 Day 5]

    It’s #Blogtober14! I’m working on posts about more substantial topics, but for today I’ll stick to the prompt: What is your fall bucket list?Fall is my absolute favorite season. I hate the dead cold of winter outside of the maybe two days of good snow. The summer is gorgeous, but like so many I get tired of the oppressive heat (though I […]

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  • Chasing a Life of Balance

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    I feel so out of balance. It’s not just because I have a cold this week (thanks boys!), though I’m sure the itch in my throat and the pain in my ears are messing with my equilibrium. I just feel like everything is up in the air and that I’m somehow just churning through each day – […]

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  • The family we choose

    I have been blessed with a full and loving family. Sometimes, I even mean my family of origin. (Yes, even you Mark.) See, I’m not a firm believer in the adage that blood is thicker than water. I don’t favor many of my relatives over others, and while I may get along with some of […]

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  • Time flies…

    It’s amazing how fast babies change and grow. So, so much has happened and sometimes it’s incredibly difficult to keep up. Portraits We took Arthur for his three-month portraits a few weeks ago, and last week I dropped by to pick them up. Sweet holy mother of God, they are beautiful. That’s not a stock […]

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  • We all need to stick together.

    Last night, Brian was telling me about his “friend” whose girlfriend had their first baby last week. Throughout the pregnancy and since the birth all I’ve been able to do is shake my head and feel so profoundly sad for the girlfriend – yes, she knows what kind of person she’s with, but when she […]

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  • Our First(ish) Mother’s Day

    When does motherhood begin? I suppose that three people may give me four different answers to that question. Clearly I am at least a “soon-to-be” mom, as evidenced by my ever-lowering bump…an almost-finished nursery…and the feeling I have inside of me (besides the heartburn) that even though I have yet to hold him in a […]