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Weary, that’s how I’ve been feeling lately. Autumn is creeping in, it still looks like summer but the light casts a distinct autumn glow, slanty and golden and less determined than summer light. The mornings have been cold; we creep out of bed more slowly, comforters tucked up under our chins and reach instantly for […]

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Breastfeeding Isn’t Always Easy

Before having a baby, I spent a number of years working in baby gear / natural birth / breastfeeding / cloth diapering communities. I had watched The Business of Being Born and knew all about cracked nipples and perineum tears before I even met my (now) husband. To say that I’m passionate about breastfeeding is […]

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This is my motherhood

I cut up chicken nuggets and squeeze ketchup onto plates and fill sippy cups with juice and politely pry my 3 year old’s hands from my arms and tell him calmly that we don’t pinch people. I pray with my kids, sing to my kids, listen to my kids. I advocate for my kids. I […]

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2 boys, outside, outdoors, playing

Worlds Apart

I’m standing at the open car door next to my 3 year old waiting for him to buckle his car seat, the day’s sunlight radiating off of the car and onto my legs, when a familiar Billy Idol riff starts up on the radio. I’m not sure what it is – the humid air, my […]

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Breathe in / Breathe Out

So I’ve started doing this crazy thing. When life gets overwhelming and I feel like I want to cry, or run away, or turn around while driving and smack whatever comes closest to my hand in the backseat of the car… I just stop and breathe. BREATHE! Haven’t you read about this crazy phenomenon of […]

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But what do April snow showers bring?

Winter broke like a fever and suddenly it’s spring, birds chirp merrily in the trees, darting down to the spongy moss covered earth that’s bare and raw, snow drawn back like a curtain, exposing little shriveled fermented apples and wiggling earthworms. The air is warm and damp and full of excitement because spring is literally […]

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50 Shades of Sleep: Trusting your Intuition

BurlingtonVT Moms Blog is partnering with Phoenix Physical Therapy to bring you our latest series titled “50 Shades of Sleep”, about…you guessed it….sleep.  Like an elusive treasure, we find ourselves obsessing about sleep not only for ourselves but for our children as well.  Although we may not consciously recognize it we are constantly making decisions […]

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Making Space

You came into this world, red wrinkly skin and dark wet eyes, bright world, bustling room, right to my warm chest and suddenly the pain subsided, my brain slipped into an ecstatic, swirling euphoria as I surveyed your body the way a mother does; 10 wrinkled fingers and 10 little toes, bumpy birthmark on the […]

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Waking up to life itself

The first moment that I locked eyes with my firstborn baby, I knew that life was forever changed. I didn’t know how, and I couldn’t put it into words, this great knowledge that I was bestowed in an instant. But I knew it was a pretty substantial shift. Before kids, I walked through a lot […]

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Here’s to you, little boy

My eldest boy is about to turn 3. By the time you’re reading this post, he probably already has. In some ways I feel like he’s been with me since the beginning of time, his little soul traveling intertwined with mine, tucked into my breast pocket. But at the same time it feels like I […]

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