Being Mom

Dear Alisha

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Dear Alisha, You are probably reading this on your iPhone still laying in bed.  You are dreading that moment when your swollen feet hit the floor and the painful pressure that shortly follows as you push yourself upright.  These recently discovered muscles use to just make up part of your body.  Now you are aware […] Read more…

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Selfishness vs Selflessness

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Does anyone else struggle with selfishness vs selflessness?  I feel like one day I read “How to be Selfless, Put Others First and the Great Things That Follow” then the next day “Okay to Be Selfish: a Mother’s Guide to Sanity”.  I’m thinkin’ which is it?! Am I suppose to be selfish one day and […] Read more…

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Of all the gifts we can give, this is the most important

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If there is one thing I could wrap up in a tiny box and give my daughter, it wouldn’t be a blank check or keys to a mansion. It would simply be happiness. Every little girl starts her journey in life with hopes and dreams and messy morning hair. She wears mismatched clothes because she […] Read more…

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How Alicia Got Her Groove Back

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Sometimes you just have to re-center and re-evaluate.  The winter was long and cold this year and it was a doozey mentally on the Courtneys.  My sun-loving husband was craving our Hawaiian life while being surrounded by three computer screens the majority of the day.  And I felt like our walls were coming down on […] Read more…

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Mom Jeans

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So, I bought my first mom jeans and they are glorious.  I got them from Old Navy so I can’t be too far off the cool spectrum.  I wish I would have been buying high-waisted pants my whole life.  I pulled them up higher than normal and showed Chris, “Look at this! Everything is in […] Read more…

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The In-Betweeners

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I feel like there are a lot of us out there.  The women that had extraordinary childhoods with incredible mothers who told us we could rule the world.  The hardest part for me becoming a mom was the absolute fear that I wouldn’t be as good as my mom.  It was/is terrifying.  My mom decided […] Read more…

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Annalise Kathleen Arizona Courtney: A Birth Story

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At 3am my alarm went off.  Time to eat.  I couldn’t eat 8 hours prior to the c-section so Dr. Lum suggested that I wake up at 3am and eat.  I sat at Chris’ desk eating peanut butter and jelly with a side of Raisin Nut Bran.  I then waddled my swollen body down the […] Read more…

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