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Karen Cordano
I’m Karen. I have irritable bowel syndrome. A raging anxiety disorder. The inability to filter. A very long-suffering husband, Z. And two sweet boys, T 4 and C 2, who will probably sh*t bricks and demand money for therapy when they discover my blog. Hopefully, I’ve got at least half a decade before that happens.

I’m a stay-at-home mom. We live in sunny Syracuse.

Alright, I’m going to be all earnest for a sec. Here’s what I’m trying to do here. Parenting is hard. Mental illness is hard. Marriage is hard. I talk about the hard stuff because, well, because I’m a selfish a** and it helps me to talk about it. But also because maybe if we talk about this crap it will help make it all easier to navigate. The struggles won’t seem so shameful, we won’t feel like we must pretend to be perfect, we can destigmatize mental illness, we can help each other. Pretty lofty goals, but even if one person feels less crazy, or like less of a sh*tty mom after visiting this little blog then I feel like it’s worth it to tell the Internet my biggest fear is sh*tting myself in public.

Entries by Karen Cordano

Running While Female

(615) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 9:56 AM

Today was the first long run of the first week of my first training for a half marathon. Five easy miles. Although five miles are never easy for me.

About four blocks from my house, a guy on a bike wearing hard-core racing spandex passed me. I smiled and gave...

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IUD Inside

(704) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 2:42 PM

Last month's Hobby Lobby ruling by the Supreme Court filled me with such blinding rage that I have been unable to write about it (or even think about it) in a reasonable manner. And railing at the universe with vitriol and bitterness is useless. It turns into preaching to the...

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How To Use Photoshop

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 6:26 PM

Last weekend we had a mini reunion with Z's side of the family. One of Z's sisters is a professional photographer so a photo shoot is always part of our gatherings.

Before we had kids I really dreaded the photo shoots. My anxiety disorder comes with a side of self...

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Navigating Early Intervention

(2) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 4:19 PM

"Do you know how lucky we are?" Z asked me as we drove toward the school where we would receive the results from C's Early Intervention Evaluation. "Seven highly-trained adults. Seven. Gave him their full attention for two and a half hours this morning."

"I know. I know you are...

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Potty Training in 17 Easy Steps

(18) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 3:00 PM

1. Potty training realization: C is several months older than T was when he was potty trained. C has shown no interest in anything toilet-related, although his classmates are rapidly joining the ranks of underwear-wearers. As C seeks neither peer or authority figure approval, this doesn't bother him at all.

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Last Days of School

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 4:52 PM

A year ago I watched the mother of one of T's classmates struggle with the reality that her child was leaving the comfort of our extraordinary preschool and moving on to kindergarten. The transition proved painful for both mother and child. I sympathized with my friend, but I did not...

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Jabba the Hutt and Lessons in Feminism

(35) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 10:25 AM

"Can we talk about Princess Leia?"

"OK, but just for a sec because then it is time for songs and cuddles."

T and I were snuggled up and chatting after looking through the most amazing Star Wars pop-up book.

"Why does Jabba the Hutt put a chain around...

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