You see this picture?  Aren’t I just glowing?  Oh thanks, you’re too kind.  I came across it when going through pics on my computer, gathering a batch to develop.  Because I’m old-school like that.  Hard copy photo albums are my jam.  I want to be able to pull an old dusty album from the …

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Presenting, our baby boy! Because he came a few days shy of right on time. Because I was completely ready for the intensity of birth, and completely blind-sided by the intensity of the infant days. Because everything is perfectly fine: he is perfect, I had no complications, his big sisters love him ardently. Because it …

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Transformation can happen quite quickly: a baby bump finally pops out, suddenly leaving those previous pants impossible to wear.  Birth, though intense, realistically takes only a matter of hours, not weeks.  In an instant I meet my baby for the first time, and something inside of my heart cracks open.  I am transformed. Transformation also …

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Advice from the trenches, for the new mommies who, at times, lose their minds. Feel the blood pressure rising in your temples?  Do you hear the baby wailing unreasonably after everything, EVERYTHING good and pleasing has been done for her?  Feel the rumble in your own empty belly?  Check your breathing: is it shallow, quick, …

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Smoke rises and swirls out of the space left ajar from the lid of our trusty Weber BBQ.  I raise the lid, wearing my husband’s welding glove against the heat.  I inspect the coals, which have turned dusty white, save for an orange glow deep within the pile.  The wind shifts a puff of smoke …

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