Author Archives: gfllamanzares

Three Dozen

9.III.19 The house is still. I just made myself my regular morning cup of coffee. I have that precious pocket of time to myself before the toddler and the husband wakes. Before chores and plans for the day. Just the … Continue reading

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Year Two

My Dearest Gianna, As we enter a terrific stage, there is a slight terror attached with the excitement. Slight, because you’re you. At 24 months, you’re still cautious as ever. With the same hesitation you took in learning to crawl … Continue reading

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Taking Stock

Making: the most out of no-work mornings, when I could find time to sit by our kitchen window to read, think, have coffee. Cooking: make-believe dishes in plastic measuring cups to “feed” a toddler learning the basics of pretend play. … Continue reading

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Mom Guilt

Ok, so let’s talk about guilt for a minute. I have to leave my eighteen-month old daughter to go to work now, because our yaya of eleven months went on to search for greener pastures. It wasn’t actually bad. Daddy … Continue reading

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Crossroads

Dear Gianna, Right as you hit your fifteenth month, we closed another school year. It wasn’t without challenges, but above all emotions I am grateful that we got to spend it together. We: you, dad, and me. We rose early … Continue reading

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A Year Later, A Birth Story

My Gianna, Around this time last year we were anxious, impatient, and inexplicably excited about exactly when you were coming. I remember that I was half-hoping you’d make it to March, but then we can hardly wait to see you … Continue reading

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Tenth Anniversary Special

It was late last year when we realized that 2018 will mark our tenth year of marriage. (Gah, if our relationship were a person, it will be a fourth-grader!) Of course we wanted to make it extra special. Of course … Continue reading

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