Category: Parenting

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I would never forget my child in a hot car…

Does your toddler or preschooler know how to get out of a car when the doors are shut? Why is this not something we talk about? Why isn’t it a thing we teach our kids, like we do with fire drills? Tonight I realized my son, who will be four in just a few days, couldn’t open the car doors from the inside by himself. He’s strong, he’s big for his age, and he’s smart. But the door handle didn’t open...

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Ten.

One whole decade. That’s how old my baby is now. That’s how long I’ve been a mother. I was 19 and pregnant. I wish I could go back and tell the 19 year old me that it will all be ok in the end. The journey to “ok” definitely wasn’t an easy one, but we’re here now, safe and sound. Well, at least as “ok” as anyone ever is, I suppose. ;) I spent her entire pregnancy in a state of...

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When Your Poop Smiles Back at You.

First of all, this entry will be about giardia (yes, again) so this is your fair warning that it will contain mention of poo. Since taking the giardia med (Alinia) a couple of weeks ago I have been feeling GREAT!! AMAZING. WONDERFUL. No more belly pain. No more weird poops or diarrhea, no more bouts of horrific, painful, and disturbingly scented gas. But… I’ve been trying to get my kids in to see a doctor here for months now. The new...

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White Flag!

I think I’m just going to have to accept that with Henry in his terrible caveman toddler stage (which seems to be at its peak currently) I am not going to be able to successfully do everything. Henry alone seems to be a full time job. He screams and cries so much. If he’s not in my face screaming, then he’s destroying something. He won’t sleep. He falls asleep, but he won’t stay asleep. During nap time I’m lucky if he...

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Ada’s Food Allergies.

On Thursday Ada had her allergist appointment. For the past few months her she’s been crying day and night that her stomach hurts so badly and she’s had tons of gas. At first I thought it was because we let her try a few things with milk every now and then. She’s allergic to milk! She was also getting migraines several times a week. Totally not normal in a four year old! It broke my heart to see her in so...

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Tired.

Fitbit tells me the most ridiculous things about my life. I walk up to eight miles a day in my own house. Go up and down twelve flights of stairs, again in my house. The best thing Fitbit tells me is about my sleep. It’s like pure justification for feeling tired and bleary. It shows I have a lot of awake times at night. Not just a lot but a whole lot of awake times. For example on Friday night I was laying in bed...

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Henry at 17 Months Old.

Tomorrow I have the follow up appointment with internist (doctor) for my giardia. I’ve been feeling great the last couple of days, but this morning I woke up with that ominous burning crampy feeling in my lower bowel. It’s been exactly a week since I last had an episode of misery. Are you kidding me?? So far nothing bad has happened yet. I just don’t feel that great. Maybe it’s a coincidence? :( Anyway, we’ll see what the doctor thinks tomorrow....

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Good Enough.

I originally wrote this October 3, 2010. An online friend asked me if she could read it again. I’d forgotten all about this post!  I’m re-posting it here, and now I’m inspired to go back through other old posts I’d made private at my old blog to see if there’s anything else worth reposting. ****** What do you think constitutes a “good” parent? I wonder about this often.  Am I a good enough parent? It seems as if there are high standards to...

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Just Pictures: Henry at 6 months old.

My perfect six month old boy! He’s so close to crawling. He can pull up to stand! He can scoot himself backwards on a slick floor, and he’s almost able to go from belly to sitting back up. Mobility should be happening any day. I’m scared! Henry loves to hammer, and bang, and throw. He cries hysterically when you take things away, like the iPhone or cords. He loves strangers, he’s the most social charming boy ever! And he has one...

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Heart.

I think re-hosting Igor a second time has really boosted his self esteem. It’s only been a couple of days but I can tell! He tried to tell Tyler in broken 10 year old boy English how happy he was that we chose him again. He said to Tyler, “Is nice America. Dis four time! My four time America! First….eh? shrug  Second you! Third Sarah. Fourth you me again! Yes! Is nice! I lave you Daddy!” He knows that we purposefully picked...