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Happy Birthday!

Posted by savannahkase on July 21, 2015 in Personal, Second Child, Work/Life Balance, Working Mom |

I recently celebrated my birthday by throwing a half-birthday party for my son (I was 39 weeks pregnant on his actual birthday and we were basically snowed in so I opted for a family weekend away rather than a party), which was a great way to catch up with my friends while giving my son […]

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Independence is Over-Rated

Posted by savannahkase on July 8, 2015 in Advice, Parenting, Personal, Uncategorized, Woman Power, Work/Life Balance, Working Mom |

I’ve been thinking a lot about independence lately. As a synonym for “self-determination,” independence seems like a worthy aspiration for any individual or entity. Every child struggles to demonstrate self-sufficiency; even my toddler vehemently declares “I do it” when there is no chance he can carry the heavy grocery bag or fix a broken toy. […]

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Apologies

Posted by savannahkase on June 18, 2015 in Current Events, Parenting, Personal, Second Child, Uncategorized, Work/Life Balance, Working Mom |

These past few months have challenged me physically, emotionally, financially, psychologically, and socially, and “a new normal” is not in sight yet. The stress of having a baby, buying a car, hunting for and purchasing our first home, and moving, while also working full-time and breastfeeding exclusively, have forced me to focus on just putting […]

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“Harder Than You Can Imagine”

That’s what everyone warned me about having a second child from the moment I announced my pregnancy. It is also pretty much the worst advice I have ever been given. Telling me that I cannot even conceive of how difficult it will be to care for two kids does nothing to help me prepare me […]

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Is Pregnancy a Disability?

Posted by savannahkase on January 13, 2015 in Current Events, Parenting, Personal, Pregnancy, Woman Power, Work/Life Balance, Working Mom |

Does being pregnant entitle someone to special treatment? I think most would unequivocally agree that yes, a healthy young man should give up his seat on the bus to a visibly pregnant woman, and it is courteous (although not yet required by social etiquette) to allow a pregnant woman in urinary distress to cut to […]

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Leading on Leave?

Posted by savannahkase on October 15, 2014 in Current Events, Parenting, Personal, Pregnancy, Research, Second Child, Woman Power, Working Mom |

With my second baby due in just over three months, I have begun to think about my upcoming maternity leave. The idea of having dedicated time to care for and bond with my new baby seemed idyllic before I knew anything about it. Although I consider myself an informed individual, I’ll admit I was shocked […]

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Shout-Out to My Better Half

Posted by savannahkase on October 2, 2014 in Mom & Dad Dynamics, Parenting, Personal, Working Mom |

Today is my husband’s birthday, which seems like a good excuse to openly express my appreciation for all that he is and does. At this phase in his life, my husband is struggling to define himself. Especially in a career-oriented place like Washington, D.C. – where every conversation begins: “What’s your name and what do […]

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No Time Like the Present

Posted by savannahkase on June 18, 2014 in Parenting, Research, Working Mom |

When people ask what I do for fun, I usually laugh and say, “Well, I enjoy my job as a litigator, and I love spending time with my husband and toddler, I teach group fitness classes in the evenings, and when I have “free” time I like to do something creative – journal, crochet, bead, […]

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A Day for Dads

Posted by savannahkase on June 15, 2014 in Mom & Dad Dynamics, Parenting, Working Mom |

Father’s Day did not become a national holiday until 1972, decades after a day was designated for moms.  And it is still pales in comparison to Mother’s Day; the National Retail Foundation reports that just 64% of consumers plan to buy a card for their dad, while 81% bought one for their mom.  The theory […]

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Mom Guilt

Posted by savannahkase on April 23, 2014 in Mom & Dad Dynamics, Parenting, Personal, Working Mom |

“Mom guilt is the phrase of the day,” wrote Jamee Tenzer on her Momiverse blog last week. Of all the pressures women face – as daughters, professionals, friends, students, athletes, artists, wives, politicians, etc. – it seems that we are most affected by our role as mother. Of course, I feel bad when I cannot attend a […]

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