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Does having kids destroy your marriage?

by Karen on April 4, 2015

Yesterday, this terribly sad editorial about a writer who blames having children for the destruction of her marriage popped up in my Facebook newsfeed. I made the mistake of reading the comments, which were split between people calling this couple terrible and selfish, and child-free people using it to justify their life choices.  After reading […]

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On Mother’s Day

by Karen on May 11, 2014

Today I am thankful for my boys. Being a mom is the hardest and easiest thing I have ever done. Loving these boys feels as natural as breathing, but the sleepless nights, the worry, the days when my patience is low and they’re being particularly challenging — those parts of motherhood don’t always come so […]

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On encouraging each other

by Karen on January 28, 2014

I don’t have to tell you that parenting is hard work. Especially parenting small children. When you’re toting two small kids around on a sub-zero, snowy day, tasks that would maybe be a minor inconvenience on your own become monumental, exhausting hard work. Case in point: a trip to a doctor’s office. Before I had […]

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Three

by Karen on December 5, 2013

I’m not going to do the cliche thing where I marvel at how my tiny baby has so quickly turned into this giant preschooler, and how is he THREE, how is that possible, wasn’t it just yesterday that he was born?! I’m not going to do that, I promise. But holy cow, you guys, Judah […]

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Introducing Noah James …

by Karen on October 17, 2013

I’ve been meaning to write this post for several weeks now, and the only excuses I have for not writing it yet, well, they’re actually pretty good ones. I spent a lot of time writing out a detailed birth story. I’m glad I did it, because these memories get so fuzzy so quickly. But when […]

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This is the last post I will write about my child’s toilet habits. I promise. (Well, my first child anyway.) Since I was only a few days into the potty training adventure when I wrote my step-by-step breakdown of our potty training boot camp adaptation, I wanted to share a quick update. I fully expected […]

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Judah has been showing interest in the potty for a couple months now, but mostly never did anything when we took him in there. Just a couple weeks ago he finally started acknowledging when he needed a new diaper, so I set a goal to start the process this month after my extended maternity leave […]

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Who is this kid?

by Karen on May 3, 2013

Seriously, where did my tiny baby go? Am I being punked?

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Potty training without Pull-Ups?

by Karen on April 29, 2013

I would love to have Judah potty trained before Baby 2 arrives in September. At almost 2 and a half, he is definitely showing interest. But every time we’ve tried, as much as he wants to get it, it seems like his brain and his bladder just aren’t on the same page. He frequently asks […]

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