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I Don’t Speak My Kid’s Love Language

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably at least heard of the “love languages.” I’ll admit, I didn’t know what they were until my mom group had a speaker come in to talk about them. For the uninitiated, I’ll explain: Gary Chapman, in his book The Five Love Languages spells out five different […]

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I see you, and it gets better.

  I have a special set of skills. Skills that can make it seem like I have my crap together when I really don’t. What are these skills you ask? Makeup, hair styling expertise, a bright unwavering smile, all around bluffing in everyday conversation. Now you may be asking, why a person would need such […]

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I Am Loved

  Some days it’s hard. It’s hard to feel appreciated. It’s hard to feel seen. It’s hard to feel included. Those are the days I have to stop and remember: I am loved.  I am loved by my nuclear family. My son might say no to everything I say all day and resist my attempts […]

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I am a Hyphenated Mama

I was at the doctor recently and was being asked the typical “prove your identity” questions. The nurse asked me to spell my last name. “DWYER-OLSON” I dutifully replied. To which she snidely said, “how do you spell hyphen?” Since the day I got married, I have been dealing with a certain amount of social […]

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Moving On from Our First Home

We are moving. I’ve spent the last few weeks slowly packing up my family’s life. Now our walls are bare, the cupboards are nearly empty, and I’m starting to feel like a ghost in my own home. I will cry when I close the door for the last time. I love my home. I didn’t […]

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When Nursing Bites

Biting. I was in denial about it. My son would never bite me. His disposition is too sweet. Then, it happened. The excruciating bite followed by a sly little smile. I yelled and he cried. It was brutal. Now my breath catches when he pauses during nursing. Will he just swallow or are his teeth […]

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