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Raising Ephia to become my friend

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Day 247 What never to say to a stay at home mom

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I read an article the other day regarding this topic and it made me think about some of the things people assume when they hear you are a stay-at-home mom or dad for that matter. People say stupid stuff at certain times, either because they do not know how to react or because they just don’t think ahead before speaking their mind. To sum it up these are the most insensitive things that you...

Day 239 – Lazy day

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Today is family day. What better way to start the week than having a nice, quiet family day. Waking up in the morning, having breakfast together, taking a stroll around the neighborhood and finally stopping by a park to wear out some energy. This is how we’ve spent our day so far and after lunch and an English singing lesson held by Ephia for us, the house sits in silence now. Even the cat...

Day 232 – 5 things to keep in mind when you are working from home with a toddler around

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I know lately I have been bugging all of you about my work, but sunny days will be coming soon. What I find very interesting though, is working with my daughter around, not limiting my working hours only while she naps like I used to. This is what I’ve discovered so far: 1. The most important thing you have to remember is that your job is not the priority, your kid is and he won’t...

Day 227 – It’s officially Christmas Eve

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My house smells like Christmas Eve today. Our traditional food is cooking slowly, there is a crazy smell of oranges all around the house and we are getting ready for our annual Christmas photo. This day always reminds me of my childhood and the way I used to decorate the tree on my own, always on Christmas Eve, while my mom was cooking and mixing spices in the kitchen. We never had a very...

Day 226 – Short diary entry

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Ah the joy of Christmas shopping! I said this so many times: I live in a neighborhood where nothing ever happens, that shuts down completely whenever there’s a holiday, so no matter what you cannot feel the frenzy of the holidays because everyone here is calm and peaceful. Today I had to run off and meet Santa Claus for Ephia’s presents and do some last minute shopping. Santa chose a...

Day 223 – The miracle fatherhood

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It has been said so many times that mothers have a special ability to connect with their children, that they posses a gift, if I could call it that, which they use to interact with their child and also a maternal instinct that never fails them. We talk about the miracle of birth, we talk about the miracle we experience when we see a mother bond with her child for the first time, but what we never...

Day 215 – And so it went…

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Ah, yesterday was much more than we have planned and expected it would be. We had an amazing day and the best part was that Ephia had a great time. I am not sure if she knew it was her birthday, but this year she definitely understood everything was about her. She had a few guests and she made a new friend, who’s almost her age. She showed us what a great host she can be, as she avoided...

Day 214 – Another year, another story

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Last year I was telling you the story about how I’ve met my daughter and tried to shape an image of our first year together. That was the year when I had to reinvent myself and recreate beauty out of nothing. This year the paths have been paved, beauty has been seeded and Ephia became one of my rocks, you know, the kind of rock you keep safely in your pocket and polish it until it grows...

Day 212 – Something…

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After I gave birth to my daughter, while I was looking at her in the first seconds of her life, I felt normal. I’ve never felt normal before, so I inhaled that split second deep into my soul. After a while, after bringing her home the feeling intensified and added a new one: I was proud; not necessarily of myself, it was a feeling I could never describe completely.   Sometimes when I...

Day 211 – Ephia, the ring and the cookies

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As I was saying here, today there was an event, Mercantino and Rinfresco Natalizie, that we wanted to check out; so from the smallest to the oldest (believe it or not that’s me) we went and had a great time with Mark and Sophie. Although a little resistant at first, Ephia discovered the cookies and she started taking small bites out of each one and then put them back into the bowl or gave...

Writer In Florence Ela Vasilescu