Seven Quick Takes vol. 2

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What good is a triumphant return to blogging without a triumphant return to memes, I ask you?! In all serious, though, I enjoy the quick takes format, I love reading other blogs’ takes, and time-dependent structure encourages me to post regularly.


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Notice how I didn’t use the word “deadline” in the last paragraph? I got that idea from Asha Dornfest over at Babble Voices, who recommends thinking of goals “as forms of self-care rather than as problems I need to fix because I’ve messed up.” I’m my own worst critic, so I like that idea a lot. I’m trying to think of my goal of blogging more as something I am taking time to do for me so that I can record memories and connect with others. If I post regularly, that’s great. If I don’t, that’s ok too, as long as I’m doing other things for self care instead.

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Why is self care so important in my life right now? Well, we’ve found ourselves hunting for childcare again. It’s super nerve-wracking trying to find a place we trust to take care of our little girl. We’ve got good options, but it’s tough to feel comfortable leaving my kid with strangers, especially since our last childcare experience didn’t turn out so well. Ick ick ick. Why hasn’t some gadget company invented mobile baby video cameras so I can check in on my little girl at any time while she’s in day care? I should ask Matt to get on inventing that soon. 

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Speaking of our cute little munchkin, she started clapping yesterday. She enjoys clapping her hands together a few times, then looking up at me to see if I’ll do it too. It’s adorable.

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One of my favorite Christmas presents is a little book to record such little baby milestones. I have a baby book, but I never filled it out. (Feel the mommy guilt… recognize it for what it is… remind self Mary will not be scarred by the lack of a baby book… breathe out.) Anyway, this little book will let me quickly capture daily moments. I fill it out right before bed. I’m really loving it so far!

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Mary turns eight months tomorrow. Eight months! As in two thirds of a year! Not sure where the time has gone.

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My life is pretty baby-centric right now. At a New Year’s Eve gathering with friends, I was finally introduced to Gangnam Style and Call Me Maybe. Yikes, if those music videos are representative of the kind of cultural happenings I have been missing out on this year, I’m a little concerned! Tell me, friends- what quality books, movies and music have been released while I’ve been living under a baby-shaped rock? Restore my faith in modern culture, please?

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  1. So glad I found your blog through Quick Takes, Mary; I’m looking forward to reading more! Hands down, my favorite musical discovery of 2012 was The Civil Wars. Folksy, aching harmonies–it’s love. Happy New Year!

  2. I am so glad my New Year’s resolution “hack” resonated with you. The self care thing didn’t catch on for me till my first child was MUCH older than yours, and by then I had a little recovery to do. That you’re thinking along these lines while your baby is so young is fantastic. Congrats to you both, and thank you for sharing!

    • Thanks Asha! I’m fortunate to be in a profession that talks a lot about self care- I just need to remember to apply it to mothering as well. Thanks for stopping by!!


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