Mommy Brain Manifesto

The moment you had that child in your arms, they moved into your heart, your brain, and your body, literally changing your brain chemistry.  A piece of your brain was switched on, while other bits were switched off. Congratulations! You are now the proud owner of a mommy brain.

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Fight for Light

This is a practiced story, but one I could tell over and over again. Babesie was my sunshine girl from the very beginning. Her labor was exactly as I wanted. Surrounded and supported by loved members of family, held by her father, my Boyo, I caught her in my own two hands as she came […]

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Mom-fessions of a Flexible Riser

If you ask my husband, he’ll say I’m a morning person. I must admit, morning is my cup of tea.  With the fresh air and the birds twittering and the day shaking off the dew of the night: every single thing is rife with possibilities.  Everything has a new chance in that morning slant of sun, or […]

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Mom-fessions of an Early Bird

Lacing up my sneakers and sneaking out the front door, the sun, glinting through the space between the leaves of the old oak tree, greets my sleepy eyes with a warm good morning. Sunrise, my old friend. It has been hot here recently. We have had more than the average handful of oppressive, over 100+ […]

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Mom-fessions of a Night Owl

I have a confession to make. But first, let me give you a little run through of my morning. I wake up 30 minutes after my five-year-old, which gives her ample time to watch one of her favorite shows and get good and hungry. Get the baby from his crib, change his diaper and get […]

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Adjust and Readjust

“Why are you so tired?” I hear my brain accusing. “You didn’t even DO what you planned to today.”  Trying to think back to what I did do, I was filled with exhaustion.  Never before in my life have I needed to be so flexible, about positively everything, than in these little years. The hard work of Mommyhood: […]

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She Has To Cry

People congratulate babies on the weirdest things. Good hair, big eyes, no drool, quiet cries. “How nice,” they say. “That cry is so quiet.” As if in the middle of the night a quieter cry is somehow easier to answer. When all you want to do is sleep but your little one is calling, the […]

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History: Slouching and Shooting Spitballs

Our history is just incredible. Girls, I want to interrupt our regularly scheduled posts to make an important announcement that doesn’t have to do with Mommyhood: Independence Day is my favorite.  Our history is just incredible. I want to take a moment to say:  our forefathers of our nation were a bunch of unlikely punks. […]

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Beauty Treatment

At swim lessons, I saw her, and part of me wondered what styling team she employed.  Rubbing sunblock on her three children, she flicked her long, curled, highlighted hair.  Her nose was thin, and her jawline slender.  I could have measured her eyelashes with a yard stick.  She crossed her legs from under her size […]

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Tree of Life

When I was young, and I feel sure many of you can relate to this, time stretched before me in long lazy swathes. Sure, I had chores and homework, but for the most part, my time was mine. I sat, I dreamed. Most of all, I wrote. Everyone has their thing. Writing has always been […]

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When the Next Wave Comes

I. I grew up in a small town on the ocean.  I remember spending whole afternoons in the waves with my sisters, boogie boarding.  Admittedly, lying belly down on a stubby foam board was not as cool as surfing, but we did what we could.  We lived for the afternoons where the swells were just […]

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