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Dear Dumplings — Week 22: Your Daddy, St. Francis Of Woodland Hills

Dear Dumplings: I am not even sure where to begin.  I had a letter written in my head and suddenly there is an entirely different sort of letter to write.  Sometimes life happens like that.  You think it’s all going

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Somewhere Between This and That.

The Internet is a double-edged sword. Especially if you are compulsively creative. Some days I read all of the blogs and websites I love and I feel invincible.  There is so much energy pulsing through my veins I can hardly

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Dear Dumplings — Week 21: Mediocrity. Don’t Embrace It.

Dear Dumplings, Here I am again, at the height of mediocrity.  I am getting to your weekly letter on the last day.  21 Weeks today … 22 Weeks tomorrow.  I’ll try to keep it short since on Tuesday we get

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Week 21: Piggly Wiggly and Preparation H

I was not going to write about Piggly Wiggly, but after the conversation below with my husband at dinner it was too bizarre not to write. I’m accused of writing for the Hallmark Channel (by my father) in most of

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I Miss You Mawmaw. Love, Tige

Dear Mawmaw, It was two years ago today that you left in body, but I would argue it was a lot longer than that since the woman I describe in your eulogy walked this earth.  Oh, how I miss her. 

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Dear Dumplings — Week 20: Words Of Wisdom

Dear Dumplings: We’re half way there, can you believe it? Your Mama is getting quite the bump.  I can’t believe how much you have grown since last week.  It’s amazing, actually.  This week they tell me you are as long

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Things I Learned At ASCO … Again.

I’m sitting on the plane coming home from Chicago, listening to Brad Paisley sing Letter To Me, as tears stream down my cheeks.  Not because I am trying to remember all the of the things I wish I could tell

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Dear Dumplings — Week 19: What Is Happening To Me?

Dear Dumplings: Here it is the very last hour of your 19th week of gestation.  This is your Mama’s busiest week of the year.  We are in Chicago at a conference called ASCO, which stands for the American Society of

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Dear Dumplings — 18 Weeks: Remember, We Can Do This

Dear Dumplings: Today you have been doing back handsprings in my belly … at least that is what it feels like.  I posted my weekly pregnancy pic yesterday.  I am really starting to look and feel extremely pregnant.  We are

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Week 18 — Tri-Two: Where Is My Community?

Wow, look how big that woman who looks like me has gotten!?!  The belly has definitely popped out this week and it’s pushing up on me. Jonathan just looks at me and says, “That’s amazing.  Beautiful.” I look at me

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Oh, Oklahoma.

Today I was going to post my weekly pregnancy picture, but after listening to the news coming out of Oklahoma all day,  I just couldn’t do it.  After hearing all the devastation that was happening in Oklahoma, I finally let

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My Pregnancy Diet — The Green Soup

I started the Terrilox page on Facebook, so I could do some posts like this one that will most likely bore many of my friends to death.  I am doing it because these are the types of posts I find

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Dear Dumplings — 17 Weeks: HEADSTANDS in yoga!!!!!

Dear Dumplings, Week 17.  We saw you in Dr. D’s office on Tuesday and he said you looked perfect.  I still think you look like aliens, but cute aliens!  Very cute aliens.  Harlow, I think you have your Daddy’s nose.

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Week 17 — Tri-Two: Happy Mother’s Day, Your Uterus Is Perfect

Your uterus is perfect.  Your cervix is great.  I think you can carry these babies to 39 nine weeks if you keep doing what you’re doing.  The way they’re growing you could have 14 pounds of baby in there!  Strong!

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Bloom Where You’re Planted

I love the phrase Bloom Where You’re Planted.  Last week, as I was taking my daily scroll through my Facebook news feed I came across this phrase.  One of my friends was congratulating her daughter on blooming where she was

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Dear Dumplings — Week 16: Boys Will Be Boys

Dear Dumplings: Well, it’s official.  You are baby boy dumplings!  I guess you both knew that already.  I actually had a feeling you were going to be two boys.  I don’t know why.  Call it a mother’s intuition. Your Daddy

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Week 16 – Tri-Two: Interested. Always Stay Interested.

At the moment I feel like a complete failure as a mother.  Last week I did not write a Week 15 Dear Dumplings letter and there is really no way to go back and write one, since I will soon

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Week 15 — Tri-Two: Happy Birthday, Willie!

Willie Nelson has been on a loop in my house today.  It is, after all, his 80th birthday.  Right now I’m listening to Funny How Time Slips Away.  Ain’t that the truth? I’m also listening to the new Kenny Chesney

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Dear Dumplings — Week 14: What Do I Want? What Do You Need?

Dear Dumplings: I only have one day left in week 14 to write you a week 14 letter.  Somehow this week just got away from me.  Tomorrow you will be 15 weeks along! I can hardly believe it. As I

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Week 14 — Tri-Two: Are You There, God? It’s Me, Terry.

It’s funny.  I think back to when I read, Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret.  I remember it as the book about the girl who gets her period and is excited about growing breasts to fit into her new

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Dear Dumplings: Week 13 — Meet Raylan the Cat

Dear Dumplings, Well, today you are 13 weeks and 3 days old.  How about that?  I hear you’re about the size of a peach.  That’s a pretty good size, I think. Daddy and I went to see Dr. S. this

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Week 13 — Tri-One: An Amalgam of Sorts

It’s official.  I am 13-weeks along and just when I thought I was feeling better, today happened.  I won’t bore you with the details, but it wasn’t pretty.  In all honesty, it would bore even me if it weren’t making

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Dear Dumplings — 12 Weeks: Baby Bucket List

Dear Dumplings, We saw you this week on Mon­day.  I have an entire 35-minute video of the scan.  I have decided not to post it because, well, in all hon­esty you both look like space aliens.  Please don’t hold this

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Week 12 — Tri-One: My Husband Is a Saint

So here it is, the official 12 week photo.  Suddenly my tummy popped out like a small melon and I can no longer suck it back in.   I am nearing the end of the first trimester.  As of Sunday,

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Dear Dumplings — 11 Weeks: Your First OB Appointment

Dear Dumplings, This is your 11 week, 3 days picture.  We went to see the new doctor today, Dr. S.  She was very nice and so thrilled to see both of you on the screen.  I miss Dr. K, it’s

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