franklyStein editors blog

FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband and four children.

My loneliest time in life was after the birth of my first child.

I took time off of work to stay home with Maggie, and I wasn't prepared for the withdrawal I felt from daily adult interaction. I loved Maggie dearly and loved being a mom, but it was incredibly hard and the days were long and lonely. Let's face it, babies don't make great company.


FlagA gift was handed to me last Saturday. After days of downpours, I could have had an entire day with no place to be and nothing to do.

But instead of sleeping in and spending the day getting my house organized, I made a rash decision.

I decided to run a half marathon.


LittleFamWRecently, I seem to be noticing a lot of moms around town — young moms with little kids who need to be buckled into car seats and lifted into strollers. And I've come to the shocking realization that I'm not one of those moms any more.

I don't have a car full of car seats. I don't have a stroller in the house. I don't even have need for a babysitter any more.


I admit it. I broke the law yesterday. I had the best of intentions, but then the phone rang.

I did go to great pains to try to avoid breaking the new Maryland hand-held cell phone law. I found a spare Bluetooth in the house and tried to sync it with my phone but it would not sync. I even took it to work too see if anyone there could make it sync, but no luck. On the 30-minute drive home, I vowed not to make any calls. But then the phone rang. I'm the kind of person who can't stand to let the phone ring so I answered it.


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