Step away from the rice cake

Parenthood is definitely an ongoing lesson in generosity. As the parent of two small children -- one who is only 4 months old, one who will be three...

Taking the turtle in stride

This weekend we discovered that the baby is officially upright enough to ride in the backpack carrier -- huzzah! LOVE the backpack carrier! -- and we...

Things I am no longer capable of doing now that I'm a parent

• Observe a speeding vehicle drive through a neighborhood without making an involuntary tut-tut-tut sound • Walk by a young child or baby...

Making small talk about the kids

Have you ever said anything about your kids that you wished you could immediately take back, because as soon as it left your mouth you realized how...

What to Expect When Your Expectations Get All Out of Whack

When my first child was born I spent a LOT of time reading everyone's favorite make-you-crazy parenting book, What To Expect The First Year. I mean,...

This just in: Parenthood apparently requires parenting skills

There's so much work involved with caring for a very small child, but pretty much all of it boils down to Keeping the Baby Alive, Limiting the Amount...

Life with a nearly-3-year-old

Enjoying the simple things in life: "I happy to be holding this blue cup!" Following a thought to its logical conclusion: "Daddy goes poop on the...

Maternal evidence

The other day when I was at the gym I realized that the cloth I had tossed in my bag to use as a sweat-absorber was a burp rag. I mean, a clean one,...

The heart-pounding (and orifice-puckering) Q-tip story

I was snickering (with you! WITH you!) at some of your comments on my last entry, particularly the poster whose screaming son scared everyone enough...

Taking baby to the doctor (for spits and giggles)

For several days my 3-month-old had been channeling his 3-week-old self, in that he re-developed a startling habit of randomly hosing down his entire...

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