F is for . . . Fall Activities (That I Secretly Like More Than My Kids Do)

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IMG_2115Ah, fall. Pumpkin Pie. Rust-colored leaves dancing gently in the breeze. Tiny witches and goblins (or, more likely, Elsas and Ninja Turtles) knocking at your door. There’s so much to love about the post-beach, pre-Christmas season. For weeks now, I’ve been dragging my kids from one fall activity to the next, presumably for their entertainment. However, I have to confess that — as much as my 5-year-old looks forward to trick-or-treating — many of these events are more for Mommy’s enjoyment than theirs. Here are three fall activities that make Mommy happy, and which, in all honesty, my kids could probably live without.

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Join the Manic Mondays Blog Hop #24

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The Mommy A to Z Manic Mondays Blog Hop Is Live!

Link up your favorite parenting post, recipe, craft – anything you like! Last week’s hop was full of creative and entertaining posts on everything from fall recipes to raising teenage girls. Thank you to everyone who participated. Four amazing posts were featured — to see which ones they were, visit this week’s blog hop.

As always, one post (or more!) will be featured on Mommy A to Z and on Twitter. So come link up your favorite post, meet some other great bloggers, and have a great time!

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P is for. . . Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day (And Why Pregnancy After a Loss Is Different)

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I’ll never forget that moment. I sat in my doctor’s exam room, eagerly awaiting a first glimpse of my baby’s heartbeat. I imagined watching it, a tiny flicker on the screen, feeling instantly connected to the life inside me. I never imagined the doctor looking at me and saying, in his most clinical voice, “I’m sorry. There’s no heartbeat.”

That moment has stayed with me, seven years and two kids later. A miscarriage is a scar that never fully fades; no matter how much time goes by, a shadow of that loss always lingers. This time of year I revisit that loss, because every October 15 is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. It’s a time to come out of the shadows, to let others know they’re not alone. And it’s a time to reflect — on dreams abruptly ended, on the pain of letting go.

For me, losing a pregnancy was difficult. But what was surprisingly harder, in some ways, was being pregnant again after this loss. All around me, friends were happily announcing their pregnancies, throwing showers, dreaming of their children’s future. I wanted to feel joyful about my pregnancy. But deep down, I was terrified. Between the constant fear of things I couldn’t control — and obsessing over those factors I thought I could — I was a wreck for nine months. There are many reasons why being pregnant after a miscarriage is different. Here are just a few.

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Join the Manic Mondays Blog Hop #23

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Link up your favorite parenting post, recipe, craft – anything you like! Last week’s hop was full of fun and creative posts on everything from Halloween-inspired recipes to (finally) getting your kid to clean her room. Thank you to everyone who participated. Five amazing posts were featured — to see which ones they were, visit this week’s blog hop.

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R is for . . . Romance (Or, 10 Reasons You’re Not Having Sex Today)

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You’ve done the impossible. You’ve spent the morning bouncing your baby, scaling the jungle gym with your toddler, and chasing your preschooler around the yard – you’ve finally exhausted those little bundles of energy. And now, the big payoff: your kids are all napping – at the exact same time. You and your spouse race to the bedroom, ready for at least 15 minutes of hot, steamy passion. The door is locked, socks are off, and John Legend croons from the radio. It’s on.

Unfortunately, you’ve underestimated these tiny humans, and their quest to avoid sleep at any cost — including your love life. Here are 10 reasons your afternoon delight isn’t happening today. Continue reading

C is for . . . Choose Your Own Adventure!

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cover imageI’m thrilled to announce that I’ve teamed up with five other bloggers to create “The Invitation” — a short story in the Choose Your Own Adventure format that takes you across five blogs all over the world!

In this story, YOU are the main character, and you make the choices. At the end of each page, click on your chosen path to the next part of the story. Will you be abducted by Journey-loving wizards? Will you discover a magical time machine? Will you end up in a surreal, Kafka-esque trial involving ping-pong balls and paper clips? The choice is yours…

Each author wrote the section that appears on his or her blog. To learn more about the bloggers, click here. Otherwise, the adventure begins below…

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Join the Manic Mondays Blog Hop #22

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Link up your favorite parenting post, recipe, craft – anything you like! Last week’s hop was full of hilarious and creative posts on everything from toddlers in the bathroom to great recipes for fall. Thank you to everyone who participated. In fact, the posts were so good, that FIVE amazing posts were featured — to see which ones they were, visit this week’s blog hop.

As always, one post (or more!) will be featured on Mommy A to Z and on Twitter. So come link up your favorite post, meet some other great bloggers, and have a great time!

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