The Way It Ought To Be


I’m sorry, baby. You’re still so tiny and new, and you should be sleeping in the quiet at home instead of grabbing a nap all curled up in my lap at the coffee shop, but your dad is already back at work (two weeks of paternity leave are NOT enough) and your brother had math tutoring this afternoon. People talk about the importance of routines for babies, but those people have never juggled the reality of eight.
You were very loud in your opposition to the bottle your brother offered you in the car. It wasn’t quite the warm comfort of the breastfeeding that you are used to

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Rebecca Frech is a Catholic author, speaker, CrossFit coach, and the Managing Editor of The Catholic Conspiracy website. She is the author of the best-selling books Teaching in Your Tiara: A Homeschooling Book for the Rest of Us and Can We Be Friends? She is a co-host of the popular podcast The Visitation Project, and is a columnist for The National Catholic Register. She and her husband live just outside Dallas with their eight children, a German Shepherd named Dave, and an ever-multiplying family of dust-bunnies.


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