Author Archive | Lauren

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From the Outside Looking In

“It looks just like a museum!” I exclaimed to Jeff, his face shining back at me with the same expression of amused delight. Every light in the house was on, glowing with the vibrant pulse of everyday life. My flip flops lay just near the rug, where I’d kicked off them off to collapse on […]

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You don’t have to enjoy every moment—just the RIGHT ones.

I often describe parenting a spirited toddler as “eighty percent stress and twenty percent more joy, love, and happiness than I ever thought possible.” It’s overwhelming, trying to remain patient and calm amid constant breakdowns about broken graham crackers and undesirable shoes and guacamole that is really spicy and burns one’s tongue, but is also […]

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Why You Should Schedule a Quarterly Parents Day of Fun

Have you ever vacationed with a small child? If yes, then you probably already know that the word “vacation” should never be used to describe that particular experience. The combination of unfamiliar sleeping quarters, a significantly smaller arsenal of distraction tools, and lots of time in the car or on an airplane can send most parents […]

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The Scariest 10 Seconds of My Life

It all happened in a matter of 10 seconds. Like so many unforgettable moments, it was over before I could even process what had just happened, but the experience left me forever changed. It was a Sunday afternoon, and we were packing up to leave for dinner at my brother’s house. I had just returned […]

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Dear New Parents: Sometimes, It Gets Harder. (The Craziness of Parenting a Toddler.)

My daughter, Lyra, was an “easy” newborn. We got the hang of breastfeeding within a couple weeks; she gained weight well; and she started sleeping for six hour stretches by the time she was a month old. I felt extremely relieved and thankful, knowing that I don’t handle sleep deprivation very well and am more likely […]

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The Truth About My “Perfect” Marriage

My husband and I met in college and have been together for almost 12 years. We started dating in 2004 as irresponsible and immature college students, and in the last 12 years, we’ve somehow grown into two fully functioning adults with great jobs, a nice home, and a beautiful daughter. Our life is pretty wonderful, […]

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Taking the “Ick” Out of Cloth Diapering with Sunflower Diaper Service

Before I even got pregnant, I knew I wanted to give cloth diapering a try. Not only is it economical and an environmentally-friendly choice, cloth diapers are adorable! My husband was game, and we started cloth diapering our daughter at around two months old. A little cloth diaper 101: This is NOT your grandmother’s diapering […]

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