They say in an emergency, to always put on your oxygen mask before your children’s. This is one of those oft-quoted analogies that has become a bit of a parenting mantra. I know, I know. I am the millionth person to say it. Even having heard it repeatedly, though, I gotta say I still take … Continue reading The oxygen mask.
A few weeks back I asked my very generous and talented sister Erin—a professional photographer—if she would take some shots of Leni and I. Asking the question alone made me choke up. Hell, writing this has required a tissue or ten. Hormones? Probably. Truth be told, most of the time I’m not in the mood … Continue reading Mummy daughter photo sesh.
I’ve been having fun updating our Activity Advent for the upcoming holiday season. Frankly, we are already in deep. Between the Santa Claus parade, Christmas market, carol-listening, crafting and gift planning, this is beginning to look more like a 2-month-long holiday extravaganza. I'm loving it! There are so many more things we can do this … Continue reading Holiday crafting: ornaments.
Leni has quite a few catch phrases of late. When I tell her our plans, particularly if I state them with some enthusiasm, she’ll often say, “ooh that's a great idea!” Thanks, kiddo. Another response is an excited intake of breath followed by one question: “can I come?!?” I love when she asks me this … Continue reading Peanut’s crazy fast development update.
Over the past two and half years as a parent, I’ve learned an enormous amount about my sheer capacity as a human. Parenthood is a trial by fire that taught me about resilience, compassion, ownership, adaptability and, at the heart of it all, my core values. It's still teaching me everyday. I’m not here to … Continue reading The routine.
I am not at all averse to discussing (in detail) my *eh hem* regularity. Fact. Even so, I could never have predicted just how much I would think/talk/write about the bodily fluids of my child once I became a parent. First you have the meconium, then you’re changing and endlessly oxycleaning those yellow poops out … Continue reading Oh poop.
I dropped the peanut off for her first morning of nursery school on Monday. She was genuinely excited to go and enthusiastically ran into the room at 9:15am sharp when they opened the gate to greet her. I asked one of the teachers what to do and she suggested making a quick getaway while she … Continue reading First day of nursery school.
Those first four days really had me questioning our timing. It was hard to see how all those minute, incremental successes were going to come together. I was actually quite ready to chalk it up to a failed experiment. Well thank goodness we stuck it out because it really paid off! On Saturday, we had the most … Continue reading Potty training: final thoughts.
No matter when you choose to potty train your little, someone will likely tell you it’s too early and someone else will likely tell you it’s too late. Or many someones. The fact is that only you, your partner and your kiddie really know when it’s the right time to start. I’m not saying don’t … Continue reading Potty training: the play-by-play.
I have been making excuses again. It’s summer. I’m busy. I have nothing to write. Blah blah blah. You know the drill. Truth is, I have some news and I wasn’t ready to share it so I let myself fall off the grid a bit. Sure, I could’ve just written about the many other things … Continue reading Once more with feeling.