Mamahood

What if our “deficits” are really our strengths?

Hey guys. So, today I want to talk about a gorgeous perspective shift that has made my life so much better. It's an idea that comes from my occupational therapy (OT) school days, and like so much from that time steeped in the badass world of knocking down barriers, empowering and enabling people, it's had a huge impact on my approach to living. During my master's, my ...
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Life Drawing… Therapy?

Every second Friday for the past couple of months, Achim has been rushing home early so that I can go meet 6 random strangers in a small, sunlit room to drink tea and work through issues relating to the body. Group therapy? Well, no. Not technically. But as it turns out... Sort of. I've been going to a life drawing group. Meeting ...
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12 Loads of Laundry (and then some)

Hellloooo up there! It's me emerging - rumpled, a little sweaty, maybe a discarded raisin or two stuck to my face - from under a mountain of bust-out onesies and small, impossibly oatmeal-encrusted striped t-shirts. My sister's visit was awesome but exhausting, big props to those of you with twins. Two babies at once has a special way of (adorably) consuming ...
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F-bombs and Affirmations

It started with a broken dishwasher. One week after Alida was born the little guy decided it'd had enough. One too many a poorly scraped dish or soggy jar label wreaking havoc on its miniature bits. Yes, we decided, if we had to replace it, perhaps a bigger one would be prudent. Of course, to have the space for that, we'd have to finally replace ...
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Welcome Alida! A birth story.

Aww, the littlest one had her one month birthday this week! She's here sleeping in the crook of my arm rocking the socks and underwear look as only a babies and really, really old guys on the beach can. She's such a soft little kitten, with a silky halo of dark hair and this tiny pink mouth! She was born barely three ...
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Selfie the Good

  About a third of Frida Kahlo's roughly 200 paintings were selfies. Sort of.  How do you feel about selfies? I like them! It isn't something that I used to think much about, but when I had Jonah things kinda changed for me. I was a student interrupted, baby on boob in an attic apartment in a big city and pretty well none of ...
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The Motherhood Paradox

Ah, Mother's Day. I've been trying for a few days to come up with a particularly poignant angle or topic to focus on but perhaps unsurprisingly, my mind just skips from one thing to the next... There's just too much! Because that's how it is, isn't it? Motherhood is big. It's all encompassing. I'd hoped to work on this post last ...
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The 100 Day Project: Week 4

Week 4 of the 100 Day Project! A whole month in and more than a quarter of the way through, now. I gotta say - this week was kinda tough! I found myself feeling a little antsy. One, Jonah and I were both sick. But also - my wandering mind is up to it's old tricks! Nothing I didn't expect - I've ...
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Feeding Fussy Toddlers – A Printable!

Happy May Day! Today is a holiday in Germany, and here in the Rhineland that means May Trees! Last night all the young guys ran around hoisting and appending colourfully decorated birch trees onto the homes of their sweeties! It's an old tradition, a big party and quite a charming sight in the morning. It's one of those stand-out, appealingly foreign cultural quirks that reminds me I am ...
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The Best Pregnancy Book!

The other night I was out for dinner with a few friends, two of whom also happened to be pregnant and of course, as it goes, there was plenty of "what can I/can't I eat?" talk. Is the egg on the bibimbap cooked through? No raw fish all round! Are you drinking coffee? Etc. There are about 10 million scraps of conventional wisdom when it ...
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