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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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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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The Art of Wooing

Posted by savannahkase on March 10, 2016 in Mom & Dad Dynamics, Personal, Research |

This week’s Economist featured a fantastic little article about fairy-wren mating practices. Stay with me … Fact: Most males are reluctant to raise another’s children. Fact: Almost half of baby fairy-wrens are cared for by a male bird that is not their biological father. Daniel Baldassarre of Cornell University undertook a study to find out […]

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New Year, Old Me

Posted by savannahkase on January 11, 2016 in Current Events, Personal, Woman Power, Work/Life Balance |

Over the last month, like many others around the world, I have been pondering what resolutions I should make going into 2016.  After rejecting at least a dozen as unrealistic (exercising 30 minutes a day), inconsequential (quitting my decades-old nail-biting habit), or just silly (learning to hula hoop), I started wondering why I felt so […]

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From Dawn Into Darkness

Posted by savannahkase on February 23, 2015 in Lessons From Little Ones, Mom & Dad Dynamics, Parenting, Pregnancy, Second Child, Woman Power |

My long-awaited baby girl, who we named Aurora (“Goddess of the Dawn”), arrived with the sun two weeks ago. The week leading up to her birth presented physical and emotional challenges I had not anticipated, but the two weeks since she was born have been more difficult than I could have imagined. I want to […]

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The Price of Love

Posted by savannahkase on December 24, 2014 in Lessons From Little Ones, Parenting, Personal, Pregnancy |

“Grief is the price of love.” – Queen Elizabeth II, after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks I considered writing a Christmas Eve post about the magic of this season – with its benevolent Santa Claus, mischievous Elf on the Shelf, gift-giving of all kinds, nostalgic music, sweet treats, and general atmosphere of goodwill and […]

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Playing It Cool

Posted by savannahkase on December 17, 2014 in Parenting, Personal |

While I was pregnant with my son, I was hyper-aware of any parents with small children that I encountered. I would watch them – sometimes less than discretely – to see how they interacted with their kids and responded to everyday situations (random silliness, tantrums, gibberish requests, poorly-timed messes, obstinacy, etc.). I began to notice […]

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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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So Thankful

Posted by savannahkase on December 1, 2013 in Personal |

I try to live with an attitude of gratitude (cheesy though it sounds, it is the true secret to happiness) and every year on Thanksgiving I feel overwhelmed by more blessings than I can count. Even so, spending this first Thanksgiving with my husband and son was truly something special. Unfortunately, although Thanksgiving is – […]

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Am I Too Attached? … Take 2

Posted by savannahkase on November 1, 2013 in Mom & Dad Dynamics, Parenting |

It’s one thing to be overly-attached to your new baby, as I discussed previously, but to your husband?  Tonight is the first night that my husband and I will have spent apart while being on the same continent, and I am having serious separation anxiety. As recounted in one of my earliest posts, my husband […]

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