The tantrums? Nope. The snuggles? Sure. But you’ll know that when you see it.

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“You want nothing but patience; or give it a more fascinating name: call it hope.” — Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

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Breathe deeply, draw even more deeply from that reserve of Funny Stuff… oops, there goes your coffee

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  1. Name, claim, and pre-game this time when your baby is supposed to be napping, but isn’t. Never fear. You are a 2021 Parent and you have got to Get It Done, nap or no nap.
  2. Open your laptop, which is inexplicably covered in cat hair. Frantically dust off the cat hair so the baby won’t inhale it, despite the fact that the baby’s preferred wellness routine involves fervently embracing your unwilling pet at inopportune times, burying a snotty nose in its fur, and sucking in a good healthy lung full of fuzzy dandruff.
  3. Scoop up baby and cuddle him gently…


An index for a month of writing, with some tongue-in-cheek musings on diligence, doughnuts, and disappointment with a dash of… realism.

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You can’t “do it all” on your own… but you may need help to let go and relax, too.

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It was a lengthy and painstaking creative process, but it was absolutely worth it.

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The story of the Black Victorian dressmaker who engineered the prototype for an object we still use today.

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Whether you’re newly wed or together for half a century, sharing your happiness brings hope.

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And the same goes for clapping, too. Here’s why.

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“Thou shalt be a registered Republican.” — definitely not one of the Ten Commandments

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“The Lord works in mysterious ways.”

Amy Colleen

Historical costumer, fifty-cent-word purveyor, aspiring humorist, and Oxford comma fan. Books, women's history, & musings of a new mom. Twitter: @sewistwrites

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