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Blue Christmas

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Have you ever been in survival mode, like real, just make it through the next hour survival mode? (I believe this is the terribly exclusive domain of parents of small or special needs children, caregivers, and the bereaved.)  I guess after two months of serious sleep deprivation (and three to five months …

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Sleep Wars Episode VI: Return of the Sanity

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When 900 hours of sleep you lose, look as good you will not, hmm? I procrastinated on writing this post because I was waiting for the post title to feel a little more true and not just like an overly optimistic rah-rah. But if I follow Science Guy’s advice and …

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Sleep Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

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That’s no boob. It’s a sleep association. –probably not Obi-wan Kenobi A week ago I happened upon the page of Little Sleepers, Big Dreamers, a local child sleep consultant. I had no idea such a thing existed, but apparently there are experts on sleep just as there are experts on …

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Sleep Wars Episode I: The Nighttime Menace

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… A young mother in a lonely condo surrounded by retirees brought forth a child. (Not in the actual condo, in a hospital.) From his birth onward, she assumed her child would be heir to her strong affinity with the Sleep. …

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To My Child After the Grown-ups Failed

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Dear Baby, It’s taken me almost a week to write this post, partly because you haven’t slept particularly well since last Wednesday. (Are you regressing to the newborn stage in solidarity with our country setting itself back to 1952? Making Fire Monkey great again?!) But mostly because I have been …

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The Myth of Passion

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I once got into a semi-heated (lukewarm?) debate with a guy I was dating, whom I shall call Bird Brain for his love of the ornithological, over the relative importance of passion vs. dedication in a relationship. He was on Team Passion while I knew, even then (when I understood …

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School Daze

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Timehop pulled up this gem from last year and reminded me of students’ quarterly scramble to turn their grade around. I joked that should I ever hear of Fire Monkey doing this to his overworked and underpaid teachers, the consequences will be far more dire than if he had accepted …

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It Won’t Be Like This for Long

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Let me just start by saying that Mama is tired. And kinda cranky. Yesterday on Fire Monkey’s five month birthday I spent 4 hours at the doctor’s office for Science Guy to get an endoscopy and had to hand express into a (sterile) urine sample cup to keep my boobs …