Charlotte took this photograph… August 31, 2010
...of Hank. She took it by accident while she was banging it on the floor.  Which is, as far as my child is concerned, what the point-and-shoot is for. I am so proud.

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Children’s Book Giveaway: Cleo’s Counting Book August 31, 2010
Donald loves numbers, which is probably how we wound up with no fewer than six counting books in our midst.  I do not love numbers, but of all the counting books we read to Charlotte, I have to admit that I →MORE...

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Tickles and giggles and happiness, oh my! August 31, 2010
I think that pretty much sums up what aunts are for!

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Pint-size revolution. August 30, 2010
Dear Charlotte, Several days ago, a woman nursing her baby at a local Cost Plus World Market was asked to leave.  And so, over the weekend, you and I drove to that same shop and participated in a nurse-in. Sweetheart?  Before →MORE...

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Toddler. August 27, 2010

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Reaching. August 26, 2010

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Glimpse. August 26, 2010
It is morning and we are laying in bed, falling in love.  Where’s Charlotte?, I ask as I throw a sheet over her body.  She pulls it down, flashing a triumphant grin, and we laugh.  Again, she signs, again. Then we →MORE...

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A little mid-day cuteness. August 25, 2010
An unforeseen side effect of super-cute baby chub?  Dirty neck rolls.  An unforeseen side effect of army crawling?  Dirty onesies.  An unforeseen side effect of crawling on all fours?  Dirty knees.  An unforeseen side effect of walking?  Dirty feet.  An unforeseen →MORE...

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Chicken feet. August 24, 2010
As I mentioned yesterday, we spent part of our weekend at a poultry farm.  This is part of our family’s food project - visiting locals who are as devoted to sustainable living and healthy eating as we are - and we →MORE...

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Children’s Book Giveaway: Book! Book! Book! August 24, 2010
Book! Book! Book!, written by Deborah Bruss and illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke, is one of a kind.  The book tells the story of a group of farm animals who find themselves bored when the children return to school.  Together, they march →MORE...

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Daddy time. August 23, 2010

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Ordinary perfect. August 23, 2010
Dreaming of beautiful things. This weekend, we took Charlotte to visit a local poultry farm.  After learning alot and having a wonderful time, we came home with an enormous zucchini and the memory of the delight that danced in our daughter’s →MORE...

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Stink face. August 20, 2010
My entire life, people have told me that I am a very animated person.  I try to tone it back a little, but its there.  Always lurking beneath the surface.  Over-expressionism, if you will.  I act things out and raise my →MORE...

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Letter to my punkin: 13 months. August 20, 2010
Dear Charlotte, This last month with you has been outstanding! When we first brought you home from the hospital, your Daddy and I could not believe the learning curve.  Our brains had never, NOT EVER, worked so hard as they did →MORE...

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Yet another post about motherhood. Bet you didn’t see that one coming. August 18, 2010
A couple months ago, Charlotte suddenly developed depth perception and this entire family breathed an enormous sigh of relief.  For weeks, she had been crawling off the bed, head-butting the coffee table, sitting up on the edge of the couch, and →MORE...

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My baby. August 17, 2010

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Children’s Book Giveaway: Just Like Me! August 17, 2010
A few months back, I contacted Child’s Play International about promoting their sign language board books on this website.  You will see a collection of those books later this fall; today I want to draw your attention to a series of →MORE...

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The Tale of the Identified Vulva. August 16, 2010
A couple days ago, a friend and I took our daughters to a local community pool.  Charlotte was enthralled by the water, slapping it with her hands, throwing her head back and giggling uncontrollably while she splashed.  Everyone at the pool →MORE...

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Sliding it. August 16, 2010
Two different days.  Same slide.  Same baby.  Same grandfather. Possibly the best argument in the world for living so near your parents?  Watching them love on your baby.  Constantly.  All the time.  Never-endingly.  (Wouldn’t that be a great word?)  In my →MORE...

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Scamper scamper. August 13, 2010
Last week, Charlotte saw the spray fountain at the park and I swear her jaw hit the ground.  We go to the same park at least twice a week and the spray fountain has been on every day for the past →MORE...

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Roaring face. August 13, 2010
Although she cannot go much farther than a quarter-mile, Charlotte has been toddling along ON HER OWN for our evening walks lately.  Of course, a quarter-mile with a toddler walking independently takes about seven times as long as a quarter-mile with →MORE...

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Berry face. August 11, 2010
Our berry season is over.  I am going to miss bribing Charlotte with berries fresh from the yard and the look of berry smushed all over her face.  But I am going to miss neighbors stopping by and tickling her chin →MORE...

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Just for the record… August 11, 2010
...now that she’s walking, Charlotte’s feet are never this clean anymore.  Ever.  I have to take photos like this immediately after the shower because as far as I can tell, within five seconds of being bathed, every dirt particle in the →MORE...

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Children’s Book Giveaway: Gossie. August 10, 2010
I hope that everybody reading this is familiar with Gossie – so familiar that you think you might have recited it in your sleep last night – and if you are not, then I have two words for you: LIBRARY and →MORE...

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Our family on a summer afternoon. August 10, 2010

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Twelve months going on sixteen. August 09, 2010
Over the past two months, Charlotte has slowly begun to test the waters around her.  Sometimes that means that she explores new places or engages in new activities.  And other times it means that she deliberately behaves contrary to my direction →MORE...

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Today is my birthday. August 06, 2010
And I am going to spend it snuggling with this one precious little girl that I happen to know. Because oh, she makes my heart sing.

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The M Word. August 05, 2010
After Charlotte cut her first milk teeth, it seemed like she was always cutting some tooth or another.  She wasn’t, of course, but a two-week break between bicuspids never really seems like it lasts long enough.  At least, my nipples certainly →MORE...

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Just the two of us. August 04, 2010

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A little bitter with an abundance of sweet. August 04, 2010
The best and the worst part of parenthood is this: the baby grows up. This is, of course, what a parent wants more than anything in the world.  As a mother, there is nothing that matters more to me than securing →MORE...

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Not letting the bed bugs bite. August 03, 2010
When Charlotte cut her last two teeth (numbers seven and eight), her entire sleep schedule went down the drain.  For the first time in months, she refused to nap unless she was on me.  At first, I felt exhausted by the →MORE...

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Children’s Book Giveaway: Bedtime for Mommy. August 03, 2010
The book featured today is Bedtime for Mommy, written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by LeUyen Pham. I think I may have mentioned this before, but we reserve several books for bedtime or naptime in our home.  Most of these →MORE...

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Worth learning for. August 02, 2010
*** This post is part of a blog carnival hosted by The Leaky Boob in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week.  We all know that I’m a total lactation freak, right?  THAT SAID, I also want to direct you to this recent →MORE...

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Happy girl. August 02, 2010
I cannot seem to find the disc of images from my wedding to share, so until I do, you’ll have to make do with the best part of my years with Donald: one very happy little girl.  Who is sometimes so →MORE...

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