Toddler Gangs

Toddler Gangs

Don’t be fooled by these faces. They may look happy and playful, but they are really hardened gang members, capable of monstrous acts of rebellion. They are the smallest members of the well-known, international gang who go by the name, “Toddlers.” And their specialty? Tag-team mutiny. They are especially mutinous in the bathtubs. It starts innocently enough. One will splash once. Then the other will splash once. Then I’ll say, “No splashing.” Then they’ll giggle and stop. Then one will splash twice. Then the other will splash twice. And before…

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Mom of the Year

Mom of the Year

Tonight was Halloween. Bet you’re wondering why Bean’s not wearing his Buzz Lightyear costume. Let me tell you why… We invited Bean’s best little friend, Elle, over for dinner and trick or treating. So, I had to leave work, get to the kids Halloween party at their daycare, get home, dinner cooked, and two kids into costumes all within a two hour period. I was running around like a crazy woman. But I got home and everything was ready to go by the time company showed up. We had a…

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We Poked Our Pumpkin

We Poked Our Pumpkin

Well, kids. Halloween is upon us. I, for one, am pretty excited. This year, I’ve got TWO valid trick or treaters. Two valid, super cute trick or treaters, actually. Which means double the candy. That is, of course, assuming I can get Gracie to put on her costume again. She was none too pleased about becoming a giant bumble bee. Hysterically crying with snot and tears rolling down her face, she looked nothing like the cute little girl on the cover of the costume bag. I’ve been coaching her this…

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Dinner With Gracie

Dinner With Gracie

One thing I love about Gracie is that you always know where you stand with her.  She does not hide her feelings.  No festering there.  She lets your know right away how she is feeling, even when her emotions change every 3.6 seconds. The following pictures were taken in less than one minute tonight at the dinner table.  I just sat there and kept clicking. Oh, Gracie Girl. You just won’t do, child.

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I. Am. The Mom.

I. Am. The Mom.

With the holidays upon us, we are all gearing up for extended visits with family. That can be such a fun time with a newborn, but it can be incredibly stressful for new parents. If your baby is teeny weenie, you are probably either trying to get into a good routine or you have just started using a good routine. Neither of those times are the best for lots of friends and family and all the events and chaos that come with those things at the holidays. I remember traveling…

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Dinner With a Preschooler

Dinner With a Preschooler

Dinner at our house is hit or miss, but whether the kids are eating or not, it is definitely chaotic.  I always try to figure out at what point exactly the chaos kicks in.  I have no idea.  It just seems to appear out of nowhere.  Take tonight for example.  We all sat down to dinner together.  Here is a transcript of our dinner: Chris to me:  I’ve been thinking about the backyard.  I think in the spring… Bean:  WINTER, SPRING, SUMMER, FALL.  I KNOW MY SEASONS, I KNOW THEM…

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Low Days

Low Days

I haven’t written much more about dealing with my dad’s unexpected passing.  Part of that is because I don’t want to bore you with my grief.  But mostly it’s been because I am a firm believer in thinking the thoughts you want to feel.  If you surround yourself with sadness, you’ll be sad.  If you surround yourself with laughter, then you’ll be happy. Well, in a very shallow, theoretical nutshell. But sometimes, when you stuff all that sadness into that shallow, theoretical nutshell, it just wells up after a while. …

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Babies and Their Brothers

Babies and Their Brothers

When we found out we were pregnant with Gracie, I went through a whole range of emotions. But I think the one that was the most consistently overwhelming was my anxiety about how Bean would adjust. I worried that he would resent having a sibling, or that he would think we loved him less because we had to share our love with another baby. Looking back, I see how small Bean was at the time and realize that he probably wouldn’t have cared less either way. But at the time,…

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He Did WHAT???

He Did WHAT???

For the first time ever, Bean got in trouble at school today.  Really, the kid has NEVER gotten a bad report at school.  I don’t even know what their discipline procedures are because he’s never come close to having to use them.  Bean is the kind of kid who loves structure, exploration and encouragement – all of which are cornerstones at his school.  He’s never really had a reason to get into trouble.  He likes to follow directions.  He likes to participate.  I used to worry that he was going…

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