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Furry Firstborns: When Dog Meets Baby

When my husband, Jeff, and I picked up our brand new Miniature Schnauzer puppy on a snowy day in 2006, we learned her breeders had given her a rather unique nickname. “Persnickety is an interesting little lady. You guys are in for a wild ride!” they proclaimed. “But she’s a sweet and loyal one, that’s for […]

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Why I Love Being a Working Mom

I’ll admit it: Before having my daughter this spring, I sporadically fantasized about staying home. During a stressful work week, I’d imagine an idealistic lifestyle of leisurely stroller walks, engaging trips to the Children’s Museum, and chunks of time for myself when the baby napped. But our household requires my income, so I began my […]

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11 Paradoxes of Motherhood

Ah, motherhood. It’s an immensely joyful, heart-warming experience that we mamas wouldn’t trade for anything in the world. But it can also sometimes be unimaginably crazymaking, turning even the most put-together, self-confident woman into a neurotic mess flying through her day on a wing and a prayer. And perhaps the most crazymaking quality of motherhood is the endless […]

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You won’t always be a baby.

It hit me a few weeks ago, snuggling with my 4.5-month-old daughter, Lyra, during one of the increasingly-rare times she lets her head rest on my shoulder: She won’t always be a baby. She won’t always be a baby. This baby, the one right here in my arms every single day, won’t be around anymore. […]

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Jen and Ben

Can Love Really Last Forever?

“Maybe nothing lasts forever, even when you stay together.”  —Sheryl Crow, “My Favorite Mistake” Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are divorcing. I don’t know them, of course; but, still, this news saddens me more than the average celebrity split. It’s difficult not to make judgmental speculations at first glance: They’re rich; they’re gorgeous; they have three […]

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On Raising Kids in Broad Ripple

In recent years, I’ve often heard young couples who live in the Broad Ripple area make a similar statement: “We absolutely love living here, but once we have kids, we’re moving to Fishers/Carmel/Noblesville/Avon/Greenwood.” I can certainly understand how Broad Ripple acquired its less-than-family-friendly reputation, and a drive down Broad Ripple Avenue at 2 a.m. on […]

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