Category: Parenting

Wow. 0

Wow.

Must share this.  I stumbled upon this woman’s videos randomly when internet surfing trapped under a sleeping baby. Oh my gosh. I already knew these things, I was once this kind of parent.  It was so…refreshing?  Yes refreshing to have someone look me in the eyes and remind me of the kind of parent I want to be. (Also, I love her hair and I kind of want to do that to mine, though I’m not sure I’m cool enough to pull it off. ...

5/17/2011 4

5/17/2011

I am so tired lately. It seems like I can’t get caught up on dishes, laundry, and picking up toys.  I’m temporarily giving up.  I don’t even know what I’ve been doing lately.  Ada has been glued to me night and day because her molars hurt.  She’s getting the second one on the bottom.  Then we’ll only have the two top ones left to go, plus those four pointy eye teeth. Ugh, teething.  I can’t believe it’s so much work to get teeth to...

Day of Firsts. 4

Day of Firsts.

My Ada is a wild child.  Here she is this morning.  First pig tails ever in her hair today.  :)     I don’t know what Ada’s deal is.  She is constantly running, actually running, and into every single thing. I feel like my head is spinning!  Blink for one second and she’s climbed up on the back of the couch.  Go to the bathroom and she’s pulled out a box of crackers and is stomping on them while they’re still in the...

Elimination Communication Update. 2

Elimination Communication Update.

It feels really strange outside tonight.  It’s 78 degrees and very humid, the air is heavy. It feels like a big scary spring storm is coming.  It shouldn’t be 78 degrees at almost 10 PM in April. Storms at night scare me a little.  We don’t have a basement in this house, or even an inner room.  The hallway is the closest thing we have, but it opens into the living room which has a huge picture window.  Storms are extra...

The Tragic Death of Juicy. 1

The Tragic Death of Juicy.

Sometimes I wonder what the neighbors must think is going on over here. We had all of the windows open this morning, and Rosie ended up throwing a(nother) giant tantrum. It all started out wrong.  We didn’t get time to clean up the house before bed like Rosie and I usually do, so I woke up to a mess.  I feel anxious when my house is messy, I don’t know why.  I just do.  Waking up to a mess is like getting up on the wrong...

A Public Service Announcement to Myself. 2

A Public Service Announcement to Myself.

It’s spring!! Wait. April Fool’s! Dear Mother Nature, Very funny.  The pear tree is blooming.  The grass is sprouting.  The chickens are laying eggs.  It seems like spring. When we woke up this morning the ground was covered in white frost.  It’s cold.  The wind is blowing and it’s chilly. There are clouds and cold drizzle mixed with sleet. I am not pleased.  I need spring, for real this time!  Please! We tried to make the most of this dreary day, but the...

The 11th Month. 1

The 11th Month.

Can you believe my Ada is 11 months today!? How is this going by so quickly? I’m trying so hard to savor each moment of chubby baby goodness, but it’s like someone sat on the remote and pressed fast forward, and no one can find it to hit pause. At 11 months Ada is 20 pounds, and 26 inches tall. She can walk and say bits and pieces of words.  She babbles, shakes her head no, and plays pretend.  She eats...

Unplugged. 6

Unplugged.

A week ago I finally worked up the nerve to take a huge plunge. I turned off the TV. It’s so easy these days to have it on all the time. Instant streaming through Netflix makes television available at my kids’ finger tips. Unlike when we were kids…remember when there was only one (maybe two) channels with children’s programming?  We had PBS and Nick.  Both channels had children’s shows, but not 24/7.  We didn’t have the ability to fast forward, rewind, pause, or DVR. ...

We are so small. 2

We are so small.

Seeing footage of the Japan tsunami on the news is giving me panic attacks. I’m horrified, and heartbroken for these people. More than that, it scares me to be reminded of how powerless we are.  We are such tiny creatures compared to the awe striking power of Mother Nature. And my babies, I always think of them.  To lose them, to see them suffer, for me to die and leave them before they are ready.  It terrifies me.  I want to hold them...

Sugar Camp and Type A Personalities. 4

Sugar Camp and Type A Personalities.

Yesterday (Friday) we went to Sugar Camp. Since all the snow is melted, and the sap is now flowing through the trees, working to push nutrients out to the tips of branches for the growth of leaves, it’s time to make maple syrup.  A couple hours north of where we live there’s a parks and rec department that hosts a sugar camp in their maple grove. Rosie got to taste tree water, which is the sap flowing from the tree. There...