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An Ode to Newborn Grins

Posted by savannahkase on July 5, 2017 in Lessons From Little Ones, Parenting, Personal |

Calling it a smile does not do it justice. All human beings smile – at a joke, to be polite, upon seeing a friend. You don’t just turn up the corners of your mouth. Eyes open wide, your eyebrows jump as if to leap above your head. Dimples appear in your chubby cheeks, like the […]

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Tortured Bliss

Posted by savannahkase on May 27, 2017 in Lessons From Little Ones, Parenting, Personal, Second Child |

It is the best of times, it is the most exhausting of times. Those first few days and weeks home with a new baby are never quite the fairytale we anticipate, or that we see on diaper commercials. Even those of us who have been through it once – or twice – before suffer from “mother’s […]

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Peace and Joy

Posted by savannahkase on December 30, 2016 in Lessons From Little Ones, Parenting, Personal, Work/Life Balance |

It is almost automatic to wish friends, family, even strangers “peace and joy” at this time of year.  These conditions (for they are more than fleeting emotions) are universally regarded as among the most desirable things in the world.  More than just a Hallmark greeting, even the Bible repeatedly refers to these as the ultimate […]

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Uphill Battle

Posted by savannahkase on October 24, 2016 in Lessons From Little Ones, Parenting, Personal, Second Child |

Parenting is a marathon, not a sprint (although it definitely feels like running at full speed most of the time!).  Even so, there are moments that stand out as being particularly difficult – like a steep hill around mile 19.  These “moments” can last for days, as in a painful new tooth or stomach bug, […]

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Growing Pains – Part II

Posted by savannahkase on June 9, 2016 in Lessons From Little Ones, Personal, Second Child, Work/Life Balance |

I am all too aware that my babies are quickly growing up into little kids (see Growing Pains). It seems like almost every day they can do something new, and they are increasingly asserting themselves as independent people (which terrifies me).  I spend far less time considering my own growth.  While it is easy to […]

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Mom = Me?

Posted by savannahkase on May 4, 2016 in Lessons From Little Ones, Parenting, Personal, Working Mom |

Last week I had lunch with an old friend.  Our dads were childhood friends, so she and I were basically buddies from birth.  Although we lived in different states, our families got together every year for the week of Thanksgiving, so she and I grew up, if not together, in somewhat parallel lives.  We played […]

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Parent Training

Posted by savannahkase on March 18, 2016 in Advice, Lessons From Little Ones, Parenting, Uncategorized |

For months, my husband and I – along with our parents, pediatrician, friends, and some random strangers – have been telling our son (who recently turned 3) that “big boys use the potty” in an effort to get him on board with potty training. We do not believe in using force, coercion, or shame to […]

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Happy Birthday, (Not So) Baby!

Posted by savannahkase on January 21, 2016 in Lessons From Little Ones, Parenting, Personal |

  Three years ago today, my life changed forever with the birth of my son.  He made me a mother on January 20, 2013, but every day since he has made me a better person.  I have painstakingly taught him to count and to dress himself, but he has taught me to how to brush […]

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Happy Hectic-Days!

Posted by savannahkase on December 11, 2015 in Current Events, Lessons From Little Ones, Mom & Dad Dynamics, Parenting, Uncategorized |

I have always loved the holidays. Really, what’s not to love? Good food, time with family and friends, vacations, shiny decorations, presents, holiday parties, Christmas carols . . . peace, joy, and love all around, right? This year, for the first time in my life, I am beginning to see the other side of Christmas […]

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Growing Pains

Posted by savannahkase on November 8, 2015 in Lessons From Little Ones, Personal, Uncategorized, Work/Life Balance, Working Mom |

Several times in the last few weeks, my husband and I have woken up to a pitiful whimpering from our son’s bedroom.  He cries that his legs hurt, and writhes in pain.  “It’s just growing pains,” my husband assures me, as he stumbles back to bed. They may not indicate that anything is wrong with […]

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