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Reality strikes, and farewell

I believe parenthood has brought on many positive changes for me, but I'll be the first to admit I've grown downright pedantic when it comes to movie or television scenes depicting pregnancy, childbirth, or the post-partum stage. "Oh, COME ON!" I'll...

Things I should probably feel guilty about (but don't)

Having literally eighteen months' worth of adorable kid moments captured by video. Still on the digital camcorder. Laughing at the baby when he throws a full-fledged tantrum over being dressed in pajamas. So angry! Not having taken my nearly-3-yea...

Weekend as single dad

My husband was flying solo on parenting duty over the weekend while I was out of town for a few days, and I could tell he was experiencing the extreme up-and-down nature of staying home with two small children. During one phone call he'd exult about...

Kids and planes

As I type this I'm on a plane traveling to San Francisco for BlogHer, and seated behind me is a small boy, sitting between his parents. I'd guess he's somewhere in that troublesome zone between 18 and 24 months, which is to say he's got a fair amoun...

Morning mania

On the days when we both work, my husband takes on the duty of taking both kids to daycare and picking them up at the end of the day. In return, I help him out as much as possible in the mornings, waiting until everyone's gone before I eat breakfast...

My failed career as drill sergeant

If you've ever listened to Bill Cosby's genius comedy routine Himself (if you haven't had the pleasure, may I recommend that you go ahead and buy the DVD right this instant? Okay then!), you know the skit titled "Brain Damage", right? Cosby's got th...

Sleeping through the night: An elusive goal

In the last week or so, my almost-5-month-old has abandoned his admirable new habit of sleeping 6+ hours at a time in favor of waking up every three hours to demand yet another feeding. It's not horribly disruptive since he essentially wakes up, rin...

On the road again (AIEEE)

We've got a road trip planned for this weekend, a 7+ hour drive from Seattle to the southern Oregon coast to visit family. I've done this drive so many times I have the landmarks memorized: there's the right-wing billboard in rural Washington which ...

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 in August -- my days at home with them revolve entirely around their needs and their schedules. I so...

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 embarked on a leisurely walk around our neighborhood, glorying in the Seattle sunshine that we have...

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 without simpering and smiling like a doofus • Eat a meal at a leisurely pace • Read Pet Sem...

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 unintentionally disparaging it sounded? I was talking with a coworker the other day and found myself ...

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, I'd had so much fun with . . . When You're Expecting, what with the many, many potential pregnancy c...

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 They Cry, and Occasionally Removing Their Coating of Filth. I mean, sure, there are intermittent br...

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 potty like a big boy and he get an M&M? A GWEEN one?" Criticizing parental music abilities: "No WH...

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