On an anniversary. July 28, 2010
Donald and I were wed in a garden. There were wood chairs and a band playing Louis Armstrong and an unfathomable heat.  There were black tuxedoes and green vests and pink dresses.  There was my father, laying down wood planks to →MORE...

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Pressing question… July 28, 2010
Our cats are free-range critters.  Why is it that of all the places indoors and outdoors that are available to them, they always pick my clean and folded laundry to sleep beside? *** Thank you for the votes, everyone.  I am →MORE...

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Standing up. July 28, 2010

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The not-so-quiet cricket. July 27, 2010
A couple weeks ago, a cricket found its way into my living room.  And before I tell the rest of this story, can I just pause and insert an IN MY DEFENSE right here?  Because when my husband tells this story →MORE...

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On her birthday. July 27, 2010
*** Don’t forget to enter this week’s children’s book giveaway for the Stella and Sam collection, an awesome, award-winning picture book series by Marie-Louise Gay. On her birthday, I took Charlotte to a local park complete with petting zoo, spray fountain, →MORE...

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Almost synonymous with love. July 26, 2010
*** Don’t forget to enter my children’s book giveaway for the Stella and Sam collection, an awesome, award-winning picture book series by Marie-Louise Gay. In our household, summertime means warm lazy weekend mornings and happy afternoons grilling with friends.  It means →MORE...

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Mess maker. July 26, 2010
*** Don’t forget to enter this week’s children’s book giveaway for the Stella and Sam collection, an awesome, award-winning picture book series by Marie-Louise Gay.

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Brown day. July 23, 2010
*** Don’t forget to enter this week’s AWESOME children’s book giveaway for the Stella and Sam collection, an awesome, award-winning picture book series by Marie-Louise Gay. Two or three times a week, Charlotte and I have a color day.  Color days →MORE...

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Against the wall. July 21, 2010
I snapped this photograph a few weeks ago.  At the time, Charlotte was already starting to walk, but still preferred to motor around with a hand on something stable. Twice this week, Charlotte has woken up from naptime and soundlessly wiggled →MORE...

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She likes to nap on me. July 21, 2010
*** Don’t forget to enter this week’s children’s book giveaway for the Stella and Sam collection, an awesome, award-winning picture book series by Marie-Louise Gay. She rubs her eyes, sits down, and cries.  So I go to her.  Do you want →MORE...

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Letter to my Sweet Pea: 12 months. July 20, 2010
Dear Charlotte, Today, you are one. In all honesty, love bug, neither your father nor I really feels that this is a big deal.  We loved you yesterday and we love you today and we will love you tomorrow and THAT, →MORE...

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Flurry of motion. July 20, 2010
What?  You’re never too old to have a little fun.

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Children’s Book Giveaway: Stella and Sam series - CLOSED! July 20, 2010
Charlotte turns one today and in celebration, the books you see this week feature my very favorite picture book characters of all time.  World?  Please meet Stella and Sam, a pair of realistic, creative, dynamic, and fanciful siblings that no child’s →MORE...

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A year of compromises. July 19, 2010
When I was five or six months pregnant, I read a book about the physical development of infants.  An entire book.  There were two chapters on hip dysplasia and pelvic development alone.  And one of those chapters really honed in on →MORE...

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Walking her puppy. July 16, 2010

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Helping a daughter out. July 16, 2010
This is Sarah’s father again.  By now you’re probably tired of hearing from me.  I know Sarah is. But, I can’t help it.  Sarah needs help.  She may not even know it.  I know of a few minor tweaks that will →MORE...

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My inestimable blessing and bother. July 15, 2010
Sometimes I think that if I loved her any more, even one little teensy weensy bit more, then my heart might explode.

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On the move. July 14, 2010
It’s true what they say: walking happens so fast. Sorry about the blurry images; these are from the point-and-shoot.  I’ll post better photos when I upload them.  Also, please pardon the laundry on the bed! The first five or six months →MORE...

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Near our picnic lunch. July 14, 2010
Charlotte and I frequent several local parks.  We visit primly manicured parks that are always filled to the brim with happy children and we visit derelict overgrown parks that look like a splinter’s haven.  We visit parks with petting zoos attached →MORE...

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Ten minutes ago. July 13, 2010

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Applause. July 13, 2010
Awhile back, a fellow mom friend brought her baby by the house and told me LOOKY HERE, guess what her son could do?  He could clap!  She set all seven or eight months of her son down on my kitchen floor →MORE...

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Children’s Book Giveaway: Me and You. July 13, 2010
Me and You, written by Janet A. Holmes and illustrated by Judith Rossell, is a book I chose for two reasons: a) I LOVE IT, and b) nobody else ever seems to have heard of it. Which, if you ask me, →MORE...

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The greatest love. July 12, 2010
She is bursting toward me, crawling with alacrity, roaring.  Her eyes are glimmering with excitement and her lips are shaped into a wild grin and there is a familiar thud thud thud of her hands and knees against the floor.  Then →MORE...

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Heart melt. July 09, 2010
This is a very good friend of mine, a woman I’ve known since high school.  When I found out I was pregnant, she was one of the first people I called because I knew that she would be thrilled.  And she →MORE...

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Pooportunist: n. Something my husband calls me. July 09, 2010
When I first started this blog, I talked about poop with alarming frequency.  My entire pregnancy was an exercise in constipation and although I thoroughly enjoyed my role as Incubator Extraordinaire, I did not particularly appreciate my role as Non-Pooper.  But →MORE...

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Because changing diapers is not exactly rocket science. July 07, 2010
There is a woman who volunteers with a nearby library.  She has a toddler not much older than my daughter and every time we see one another, she makes her way over to tickle Charlotte’s feet and pinch her cheeks and →MORE...

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On the twentieth of July. July 06, 2010
As her first birthday creeps ever nearer, I find myself reminiscing about her birth.  I remember laying my hands on my belly that Monday morning, feeling the tightening and loosening of muscles beyond my control, worrying that motherhood might not suit →MORE...

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When curiosity did not kill the cat. July 06, 2010

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Children’s Book Giveaway: Wave. July 06, 2010
I originally wanted to wait to feature this book until late summer, sometime after Donald and I had put Charlotte in her little ruffle-bottom swimsuit and taken her to the beach and snapped five billion photographs. But do you see how →MORE...

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