All The Stars Are Silent

When Madeline was in the NICU, my Aunt Kathy sent her a card every day. Kathy finished four weeks of full-brain radiation last week. She was incredibly weak, sleeping almost round the clock. The doctors remained optimistic. Two days ago, Kathy watched a movie with her sister, my Aunt Terry. The next morning, she was…

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Mom Seeking Manual

comment problem fixed!! Every now and then I realize I have no idea how to be a mom. Like…schedules. Yesterday my bestie Tara asked me what times Annie usually went down for naps, and I said, “Oh…she sleeps a few times a day…usually morning-ish…with some some other times later in the day…” and then, just…

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Sticks And Stones

Sometimes, it seems like I can’t win. When I write about my despair over Madeline, I get people telling me that I have to pay more attention to Annabel, as though she is ignored in a corner somewhere. When I write about Annabel, people tell me how nice it must be to be over Madeline’s…

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Deep Breaths

Today I looked into your eyes, really looked. And you looked back into mine. I held you tight against my chest, and I swore I’d never let you go. Every day your eyelashes get a little longer. The inside of your left elbow is especially warm. Your head fits perfectly on my shoulder. My nose…

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Annie’s Favorite Bloopers

The other day Mike and I talked about how we both grew up loving “TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes.” There was nothing funnier than watching well-known actors laughing over mistakes and blown scenes. Clearly our reminiscing about the show rubbed off on Annabel, because she asked us to put together a reel of her favorite…

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