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  • By MEGAN JOHNSON msjohnson@somdnews.com Twitter: @rightmeg

She was upstairs for all of 40 minutes.

  • By MEGAN JOHNSON msjohnson@somdnews.com Twitter: @rightmeg

After my son was born, it surprised me how often I was asked — by friends, coworkers, strangers — if I would return to work.

  • By MEGAN JOHNSON msjohnson@somdnews.com Twitter: @rightmeg

Nature versus nurture. It’s fascinating to me how, with little encouragement, my son has already become obsessed with tractors, trucks and many things “dude.”

  • By MEGAN JOHNSON msjohnson@somdnews.com Twitter: @rightmeg

Remember the heady anticipation of a fresh summer reading list landing on your school desk? The crisp photocopy filled with titles yet to be discovered, new lands to explore and authors with unique, authentic voices just waiting to be —

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  • By MEGAN JOHNSON msjohnson@somdnews.com Twitter: @rightmeg

In an effort to preserve our nerves, Spencer and I have started moving certain “interesting” (read: annoying) toys where our two-year-old can’t find them. Stashes of loud gizmos could be found in several hiding spots, but we were finally discovered.

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  • By MEGAN JOHNSON msjohnson@somdnews.com Twitter: @rightmeg

We got out of the house (alone!) on Saturday, and I wore a brand new dress.