Entries Tagged as 'going back to work'

Monday, August 27th, 2012

First Day Truth

When I work, I miss my kids. When I’m not working, I miss myself.   This is what I learned today, the truth that landed on my tongue as I explained rhetoric and literature, the point of stories and the acts we commit to as writers and readers. Four years of being a working mother, [...]

Monday, August 20th, 2012


From the back seat of the car on the way to school today, Nora explained that Uncle Ian had discerned the origins of the strange spots in our back yard. Expecting her to spit out some random, perhaps made-up plant name, I was only half listening when she said, in her most confident whisper: “They’re [...]

Monday, July 30th, 2012

These Tears Need A Name

The tears spring up on me. I watch Miles pull his little lion around in circles, toddling, holding the blue string in his hand, and my eyes suddenly fill and feel warm. Nora cries, throws herself down on a chair to wallow in her pain or her tantrum and Miles runs to her and tries [...]

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Some Things

Every morning when he wakes up, he grabs my face while I’m changing his diaper and he plants a big kiss on my cheek. All day long he runs over to me, arms wide open, hugs me as tightly as he can and then plants more toddler kisses on my cheeks. His favorite game, the [...]

Sunday, March 18th, 2012


It’s a good thing I’m going back to work tomorrow (I keep repeating that in my head so that it will become true). I’m now an official instagram addict (and a borderline twitter, facebook, pinterest addict as well) and I fear how much further I will be sucked into the social media wormhole if I [...]

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

I Am The Demographic

Last week I sat at lunch and asked a colleague a question I didn’t really want to know the answer to. I asked if her son, who was born just one day after Miles, was babbling. “Oh yeah,” she said, “He’s talking up a storm.” I shouldn’t have asked. My obsession last week was babbling. [...]

Thursday, September 29th, 2011


It’s been a rough week at work. A stressful week. Returning to work as a mother of two, I worried that the stress and the busy-ness would be too much. But I’ve found this week that having two babies erases my stress. I come home and I can’t think about it anymore. There’s no time. [...]

Saturday, September 17th, 2011


I think we’re finally adjusted. It’s taken a while this time – a full six weeks since Miles started daycare – much longer than I had planned for, anticipated, geared up for. Nora has always adjusted quickly to her new routines; it has always been me lagging behind in terms of adjusting. Each new teacher [...]

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

Happy 6 Months!

Miles is six months old today. A half year. He is a sweet baby, a super-duper-smiley baby. He is a growing baby, a learning to move by rolling baby, a still-toothless baby. He is a thick-legged, chubby baby, a grabby-handed, chewing on everything baby. I can’t believe he’s already six months old. Tomorrow school starts [...]

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

That Pit of Your Stomach Feeling

It’s back. That feeling in the pit of my stomach. The one that lingered there for months when Nora first went to daycare. It’s back and I didn’t expect it. I love my daycare. I’ve done this before. Miles is a smiler. But it’s there. It was small last week, just a little butterfly, waiting [...]

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