Still, the cuteness is the best reason ever. October 29, 2010
Ever since I posted a photograph of Charlotte’s fluffy bottom, people have been asking about our cloth diapering adventure.  And gosh, for a topic that literally revolves around excrement, it turns out that it’s actually really hard for me to think →MORE...

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The perfect breakfast. October 28, 2010
Sometimes, I can see a rough morning coming a mile away.  And as my daughter fusses, angrily rubs her eyes and writhes about on the bed, I know that THIS is one of those mornings.  She hasn’t been awake five minutes →MORE...

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Arguably the most lovely sight in the world. October 27, 2010
Sometimes I lay there as she sleeps, listening to her rhythmic breathing, smelling that scent I so adore, feeling her body warm against mine.  My fingers trace her curls, the soft curves of her cheeks, her still and chubby fingers.  The →MORE...

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Children’s Book Giveaway: sign language board books. October 26, 2010
I have mentioned this before, but Donald and I sign with Charlotte.  We aren’t very GOOD signers, but we do our best.  People ask us all the time why we chose to use sign language with our daughter – and the →MORE...

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A pig named Bubba. October 26, 2010
Over the weekend, Donald and I walked a route we have walked hundreds of times before, but this time we came across a pig.  A two-hundred pound pig.  On the loose. The two-hundred pound pig pretty quickly became a neighborhood mystery.  →MORE...

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Rain. October 25, 2010
There has been quite a bit of rain and thunder around these parts over the past few weeks.  In all honesty, this is the first year that I have really enjoyed the rain.  Ordinarily rain has meant: bad drivers, weird smells, →MORE...

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With her alligator pull toy. October 25, 2010
Last week, when I told Charlotte that we were headed out for our afternoon walk, she refused to leave the house without her alligator pull-toy.  So she brought it along with us, click-clacking down the road, and I called my parents →MORE...

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It’s like she’s a real person or something. October 22, 2010

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Swing swing. October 21, 2010
I know this must be painfully obvious by now, but I really have a thing for photographs of children swinging.  For a couple months, Charlotte went through this phase during which she had eyes only for the slide and was completely →MORE...

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Letter to my monkey: 15 months. October 21, 2010
Dear Charlotte, Yesterday you turned fifteen months old.  And, wow, this age, sweet child of mine?  This age rocks. The past month has been The Month Of The Climbing.  You love to climb, climb, climb, and to change things up a →MORE...

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An exercise in humility. October 20, 2010
The oft-forgotten truth about motherhood is that it is constantly changing.  My daughter is fifteen months old and, if I do say so myself, I am a MASTER of this early toddler phase.  Master.  I would call myself a toddler ninja, →MORE...

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Children’s Book Giveaway: Apollo. October 19, 2010
Okay, folks.  Today I would like to introduce you to a little dog named Apollo.  This book is seriously one of the strangest, most irresistible children’s books I have ever come across.  Also, it is perfect for a child who loves →MORE...

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Oh? You were looking for a blog post? October 18, 2010
Better luck next time!  Today, we’re just too busy playing with friends, laughing hard, and running our fingers through the Earth. What are your plans for the day?

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Appreciative. October 15, 2010
Yesterday afternoon, our little family of three drove into the desert to say we love you.  To say GOOD-BYE.  To say STAY SAFE.  To say TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF.  To say a lot of things, really, but most of all: WE →MORE...

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Helping Grandpa. October 13, 2010

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No diaper pins required. October 13, 2010
I know that there are plenty of good reasons to cloth diaper.  The fabric used are often easier on a baby’s skin than the plastics in disposables.  The water consumption to launder them amounts to less wear and tear on the →MORE...

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This morning, before breakfast. October 12, 2010

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Children’s Book Giveaway: How Do I Love You? October 12, 2010
How Do I Love You?, written by Marion Dane Bauer and illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church, is one of the first books that entered our home when Charlotte was an infant.  And today, it is one of the only books that →MORE...

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Safe. October 11, 2010
We are standing at the park, pushing our babies on the swings, talking about the lengths we travel to keep our children safe and their environment healthy.  The stainless steel sippy cups and the solar panels.  The natural finish on wood →MORE...

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Can you spell that for me? October 08, 2010
One of the most difficult parts of interacting with other mothers is plastering on a smile when they tell me their child’s name.  My general feeling is that if I have to ask how to spell your kid’s name and it →MORE...

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On remembering a soul I could never forget. October 05, 2010
It does not happen very often that I use this website as a conversation.  This place is filled with the pretty nothings of my life and the deeper stuff, well, I try to stay silent.  Life is short and I want →MORE...

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Children’s Book Giveaway: I’d Know You Anywhere. October 05, 2010
When I think about which books I want to share with you each week, I try to pick books that I really love.  Every week, it is a battle to select only one book.  Do I want to talk about the →MORE...

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A good milker. October 04, 2010
When my daughter was freshly born, new and red and wrinkled with ridges on her skull, I felt as though breastfeeding swallowed me whole.  I did not so much consider myself a mother as I did a breastfeeder.  If my baby →MORE...

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It took me an hour to write this. Because of all the shuddering. October 01, 2010
Over the past couple weeks, Charlotte has become OBSESSED with animal noises.  And you know, now that I think about it, OBSESSED really isn’t a strong enough word.  She is consumed by this obsession, so completely fixated on animal sounds that →MORE...

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I wish WORRY had an off-switch. October 01, 2010
About a month ago, I began letting Charlotte climb play-sets at parks on her own.  Sometime last week, she suddenly began to really take advantage of that.  It is important to me that she learn her own limits this way, by →MORE...

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