Monthly Archives: August 2014

Every day I’m a mother, a little piece of me dies.

Author: Mary Katherine

Every day I’m a mother, a little piece of me dies.

When Ben is in his highchair and I’m cleaning the floors and dishes. And his arm magically transforms into a windshield wiper against the high chair tray. Waffle and oranges fly across the room. Rising up inside of me is a piece of my heart that is angry and impatient. And then I catch my son’s eyes–bright and bubbling with laughter–and that angry little piece of me dies.

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Please baby stay: A pregnant mother’s prayer

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Please baby stay. 

I clutched my hands to my belly and I cried.

Please baby stay. 

It was a 30 minute drive to the hospital. We made it in 16.

Please baby stay. 

I prayed to heaven and I pleaded like hell. And I hoped my words reached my baby girl.

Please baby stay. 

Because I wanted to meet her but it was too soon. And I wasn’t ready to lose her again. Because I had already lost her once.

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Thank You, Mom

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Author: Mary Katherine

Thank you, Mom.

For playing with my toys, one by one, to teach me which colors they are.
I know that you must have been tired, and your favorite show may have been on.

For singing silly songs in the morning. About weather and food and God.
I know that you needed coffee, and didn’t always wake with a song on your heart.

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I Dreamed of Becoming Something Great. I’m a Mom.

Author: Mary Katherine
2002. Year of spaghetti strap tank tops, flavored lip gloss and $1 gasoline. Diet Coke added lime to their cans. Michael Jackson dangled a baby over a balcony and Nickleback ruled the Billboard.

So, yah–a few regrettables, but altogether it was a good year. I was a senior in high school and graduation was around the corner. Our school newspaper published the Senior Edition, a tongue-in-cheek prequel to the yearbook. The graduating class voted Who’s Who in silly categories and anonymously submitted thoughts and jokes for a segment entitled In Ten Years I See.

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Lunch Boxes on a Budget

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Author: Mary Katherine
This one is for moms with lunch-packers: an on-a-budget lunchbox grocery plan! This grocery list costs less than $30 and makes 2-3 wholesome lunch boxes per day. This isn’t for extremely picky eaters, but it can easily be modified. This list is also fantastic for the beach! Happy lunching!

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I loved my baby but hated my body

Author: Heather Anne

I was depressed. I was in a dark place. I was holding this beautiful baby in my arms and I felt like the farthest thing from beautiful. I undressed at night and stared in the mirror at a reflection of a body that I didn’t know. I touched my skin and traced lines that had appeared overnight and led to places that hadn’t been there before. And I felt lost, and confused, and a little angry, because this body wasn’t mine. This wasn’t me. But here’s the thing. It was. And I needed to accept it. I needed to stop hating my body because it was making me hate myself. And that needed to stop.
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What Do You Do All Day: MK the SAHM

Author: Mary Katherine
I remember deciding to leave my wonderful full time job and stay with Ben at home. It was a hard decision, but once it was made we started sharing the news with friends and family. Then I noticed a common theme: what would I do all day? So I bought several novels, a gym membership, a used Wii and some games. Clearly, I was going to have loads of free time…

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