How Ditching Technology Helped Me Get Things Done

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When I had my baby and went on maternity leave, my new existence initially felt off-kilter, like I was missing a limb. For my whole adult life, I’d sat at a desk with a keyboard and a monitor for a minimum of five days a week in the fluorescent-lit offices of large, brand name global corporations. I struck big deals with slick negotiations, I managed global technical and editorial teams and I orchestrated some fairly complicated operations in my day. I was like, kind of a big deal, I thought.

I felt lucky to be employed in such a comfortable way, and I didn’t understand how anyone could be satisfied differently. Oddly, the one thing of my old life I’d missed while on maternity leave was the familiar stance of sitting in front of a computer all day.

I anticipated my return to work as if it would solve everything and life would return to normal. The house would be neat and I would be well-rested and everything and everyone would be back on schedule, tucked neatly within the realm of calendars and obligations.

It would just have to work out that way for me, because women work and they have babies, and they have to function in an orderly manner, right? Isn’t that the way working moms exist, comfortably on schedule, well-organized, methodical and tidy and relaxed and happy?

Ha ha ha. I know. That whole charade. I’d like to know who started that rumor. It’s something, isn’t it?

And then, less than a month after I returned to work from maternity leave, I was laid off.

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How to Get More Nutrition Into Your Picky Baby or Toddler (Recipe Included)

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When I first had my daughter, I figured it was easiest to just follow the recommendation du jour when it came to feeding. So we breastfed exclusively for six months before introducing solids. What I wish I knew then was that just because you introduce solids doesn’t mean a baby will actually ingest any of them.

In short, I could have introduced solids to my daughter at four or five months, and still “exclusively” breastfed well beyond six months. In the meantime, my dining room carpet would be well-fed.

Now, I’m sure there are plenty of babies who are so excited to eat food that this concept doesn’t apply to them. However, my daughter loved to gnaw on anything but food and is only coming around now as a nine-month-old on the virtues of solids. Of course, I’d estimate that of all the bites that make it into her mouth, about 75% still ultimately wind up nourishing our rug.

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