Jesse Hartwich

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Jesse, originally from outside of Philadelphia, moved to Pittsburgh three years ago and now lives in the South Hills. She is married to her adorably nerdy husband whom she met in junior high and together they have a one-year-old daughter, Riley, and a baby son, Jordan. A writer by schooling and profession, Jesse graduated from Susquehanna University and has worked as a copywriter/editor for several major retailers. She now stays home with her children but continues to write for herself, both fiction and her own blog (www.RunningOnAverage.com).

Looking in Three Directions At Once

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On January 10, I gave birth to a little bundle of perfection and my husband and I named her Paige. I mean, truly, she is perfection. Little Paige is our third, following Riley, 4 and Jordan,...

The Pregnancy Symptom I Wasn’t Prepared For

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When I first found out I was pregnant, I was pretty naïve to most things pregnancy-related, but I thought I was prepared for what the basic symptoms would be like. Food cravings and aversions....

I’m Not Sending My Daughter to Preschool This Year, So (Please) Stop Asking

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It feels like all of my family and friends have asked me the same question over the last few months. Is Riley going to preschool in the fall? The short answer is no, she's not. But the...

Their Best Days of TV

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Show of hands: who never lets their under-2 children watch TV? Great! Now, who only lets their over-2 children watch less than two hours of tv a day? Impressive! I didn’t raise my hand either time. There is a...

Guinea Pig Daughter

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My little sister leaves for Morocco today. She’s studying there for a semester and I’m both ridiculously excited and incredibly jealous. It also scares the bejeezus out of me. Veronica (Ronnie) is eleven years younger...

Exploring Your Family Tree

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Every six months, we celebrate a child’s birthday in my house and today, my oldest, my baby girl, the first person to call me Mommie, turns three. I’m not crying, it’s just the pine-y scent...

Did You Know? Thanksgiving Edition

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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday of the year. Other people might prefer Christmas, Halloween, or Independence Day, but I love the traditions, family, and attitude of gratitude that is celebrated every fourth Thursday...

Our First Responsibility

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I was sitting at my dining room table, trying to get some work done. My daughter was tying my feet with a measuring tape, and I looked up to see my son standing on...

Goal Chaser Mom

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                One of the biggest challenges of being a stay-at-home mom doesn’t involve my children at all. It doesn’t even involve being a mom. In fact, it’s just the opposite. Since leaving my full-time...

When The Husband’s Away

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I readily admit that when it comes to my husband’s job, my family is very lucky. His boss is very understanding when I have appointments that mean he comes in late so I don’t...