In my household, working from home is the norm. My husband has worked from home our entire married life and I, in recent years, have balanced my writing commitments with being a stay at home mom. We’re old pros...
Pregnant! I admit that in the couple of weeks between finding out that I was pregnant and the first case of COVID-19 in my state, I would actually forget that I was pregnant. Not because we weren't over the moon...
When I paused for a moment to consider this month's Twin Cities Mom Collective theme - Mama, you can do hard things - my mental list of “hard things” was long, but there was one word that stood out:...
Life as a working mom is simultaneously rewarding and challenging. It's about supporting your family and, hopefully, doing something you enjoy at the same time. But it’s also another thing to manage amidst the mental load of motherhood. This...
Maybe, like me, you've been scrolling your social media and found yourself frozen. Maybe, like me, you have a sense of dread and can't exactly identify why. Maybe, like me, someone just asked you a simple question with a simple answer,...
It is the middle of winter. 6:30 am. My phone alarm plays a Coldplay song into my foggy dreams.  Snooze.  I toss instead of sleep, as my waking consciousness recalls that I did remember to set the coffee pot to automatic...
Are either of you home? I want to drop some things off for work! Her text dings around 5:30 p.m., a group text to me and my husband. I was in the middle of cracking two eggs into a dish,...
One of my daughters is very much like me, both the good and my (perceived) not so good characteristics.  She’s apprehensive about change, a worrier, a little too serious sometimes, and nervous about trying new things.  She’s a bit...
Short answer: the truth. Long answer: the truth. (Really, that is a long answer!) The reality is that we are parenting in a time when politics are more polarizing than ever. We all saw it play out on both sides of the...
As a young woman in India, my life was going as planned. I graduated from university, I got a job... and I did not worry about what I would do next. Then I got married while I was working,...
While many quick to think parents tackle the feat of sleep training their baby when they're a few months old, we had the awesome idea of waiting until our baby was a full-blown toddler. It went nothing like we...

The Leap Day Baby

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As I approached a week past my due date with my first daughter, the doctor spoke of inducement.  The baby’s due date was February 22nd of 2008, and 2008 happened to be a leap year.  The doctor mentioned the...
Once upon a time, within the span of a month, my life changed. An abridged version of the story fits easily into haiku: Had my first baby. Quit my job. Moved to the Midwest. But the dirt is in the details, rounding out the...

Growth through Pain

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I can't believe it's been almost exactly one full year since I last talked about my brother Noah on Twin Cities Mom Collective, A Child's Perception of Life Behind Walls. What's funny is when I was looking further back at...

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I’ve always worked outside of the home and I’ve never really thought of doing anything else. My husband is self-employed and has always wanted...

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