Archive for the Avery Category


Lucky #7

I started this blog five years ago, on Avery’s second birthday. In many ways it feels like an eternity has passed. An eternity that’s gone by in a blink of an eye. For years I wrote regularly, but as life took its twists and turns, blog posts became less frequent. But I’ll never miss a birthday post. It’s the way […]

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You’re here – for once

There is no greater range of emotions than those felt by parents on a daily basis. “I love her so much my heart could explode” can turn into “that child is a f-ing lunatic” in a matter of moments. Multiple times per day. Only someone you love this much could make a non-bipolar person feel both the highest […]

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The last day of kindergarten – ever

Tomorrow I’m sending my baby off to the last day of kindergarten, and I’m surprisingly emotional about it. In the early (and exhausting) years of parenting, you just hope you and your children will make it to kindergarten without a trip to the ER or the psych ward. That the Goldfish crackers smashed into the […]

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She leaves a little sparkle…

A few weeks ago, I was shopping for decor for Avery’s room, and I came across a sign that said, “She leaves a little sparkle wherever she goes.” I smiled, knowing it was perfect for her. When Avery was a toddler, we joked that her expressions reminded us of a cartoon character. Every year, I “threaten” to take […]

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Baby girl goes to kindergarten

I still laugh when I think of the day that Avery and I dropped Clay off for his first day of preschool. We got into the car, and she said to me, “Okay, mommy, I’m ready to go to kindergarten now.” She was 28 months old and newly potty trained, and in her mind, she […]

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Five and fabulous

I was woken early this morning with a loud whisper of, “I’m five today!” I smiled, rolled over and told Avery to get in the bed. She fell back asleep quickly while I laid my head on the pillow and remembered the early morning on this day five years ago, when I first became a […]

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Four and six…is easy(ish)

I remember early on in my parenting journey, a friend told me that life gets easier when your youngest child turns four. Just over six months ago when Avery turned four and Clay turned six, I joked with Chase that we could no longer use “having little kids” as an excuse for anything (piles of laundry, eating grilled […]

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The little girl version of my dad

As I wrote last year, April 25 is my least favorite date on the calendar. The day my dad died. This week has been better than past years, partially because I’ve been really busy at work (i.e. distracted), and I’ve worked out three days, which always helps clear my head. I was chatting online with […]

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Four years of Avery Grace

At this time four years ago, I was in labor. Tonight, instead of timing contractions, we were putting together a princess bike and wrapping ballet slippers. In some ways it feels like just yesterday that Avery was born, but in others it seems like forever since it’s hard to remember what our lives were like […]

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One Fun Summer

After having my brother in town last week, I’ve been catching up on work this week, so I haven’t had much time to write. Today, I finally got around to downloading photos from my phone. Strangely enough, the last time I did it was the last day of preschool. This post is really for me […]

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