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Entries by Rachael Clarke from 02/2014

No One Tells You

| Posted 02.01.2014 | Parents

No one tells you that you'll shower with the curtain open, do silly dances, sing songs about diapers and their contents. That you'll eat while sitting on the kitchen floor, clear out indescribables between fingers and folds, clip nails in haste while she's sleeping.

The Day My Daughter Learned to Share Me

| Posted 02.05.2014 | Parents

I had been noticing it lately with her dolls and stuffed toys, the role-playing, the goodnight kisses, covering them in blankets, feeding them, rocking them to sleep. But it was more than that; she was ready to share me with someone else who needed me too.

I Didn't Breastfeed My Daughter

| Posted 02.14.2014 | Parents

By now I've learned that other people's comments are inevitable, and that they really don't matter. But here is what does: My daughter is healthy. My daughter is thriving. My daughter is dearly loved.

To The Woman Who Apologized to Me at the Supermarket

| Posted 02.27.2014 | Parents

I wanted to tell you that you didn't have to apologize, that nothing had gone wrong. The man had been kind, expressed joy in seeing my daughter. He had wanted to make her smile, and he'd succeeded. There's no being sorry for that.