A word about words. January 31, 2011
The very first word out of Charlotte’s mouth was HI!  As soon as she figured it out, she said it to everyone for about a week and then she clammed up.  It wasn’t until about the last six weeks that she →MORE...

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Learn. January 31, 2011
The first time my father called me a hippie nutjob, I raised my eyebrows.  “What makes me a hippie?” I asked. He looked me up and down, started listing things off.  Cloth diapering.  Sustainable gardening.  Local foods.  Home-made baby food.  Bio-degradable →MORE...

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Independent girl. January 31, 2011
At the Santa Ana Zoo, after the camels and before the anteaters. I ask her if she’s my happy girl, my clever girl, my strong-willed girl, my lovely girl, my witty girl, my eco-conscious girl, my compassionate girl, my indepedent girl.  →MORE...

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Pockets, glorious pockets. January 28, 2011
Things I have found in the laundry ever since Charlotte found out what pockets are for:     -  Soggy bits of pinecone    -  Wine bottle cork from my parents’ house    -  Clods of mud    -  Dried up →MORE...

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To spank or not to spank. January 26, 2011
If you don’t spank, the mother asked me, then how do you discipline her? I look at my daughter, stripped down to her diaper, playing in the sand.  Her skin is still soft, her fingers still chubby, her comprehension and communication →MORE...

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Momma. January 25, 2011
She was walking along on a raised curb that surrounded a garden bed, holding my hand, the first time she said it.  Maw-maw.  Momma.  Me.  And then she was off.  She let go of my fingers and she trotted down the →MORE...

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My baby can balance coins between her toes. January 24, 2011
It is the only way I can convince her to stay still for diaper changes.  I carry a couple bucks in quarters and silver dollars around with me everywhere.  As soon as its diaper time, I whip two or there of →MORE...

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Letter to my Sneak-a-boo: 18 months. January 21, 2011
Dear Charlotte, I have never, not ever, been as proud of anyone as I have been of you this past month.  The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity and you, wonderful you, have taken it all in stride.  →MORE...

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Children’s Book Giveaway: Chicken, Pig, Cow. January 19, 2011
I had a different book picked out for today, but then my daughter and I spent half of yesterday afternoon playing in mounds of foam packaging peanuts and acting out Ruth Ohi’s Chicken, Pig, Cow with a set of finger puppets.  →MORE...

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Wish. January 17, 2011
When you sleep, I wonder what you dream.  When you stand silent in the daylight, I wonder what you think.  And when you lift a dandelion to your lips and blow, I wonder what you wish. I wonder what you wish →MORE...

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Lactation: I respect your choice. January 14, 2011
Dear Friend, You have a beautiful, bouncing little babe and you have chosen not to breastfeed.  Please do not, you begged this morning, think any less of me. And with those eight small words, you broke my heart. Watching you become →MORE...

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Cradling our dreams. January 12, 2011
On Sunday afternoon, Donald and my father finished the bed. Johannes Brahms once said that without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.  And if you’ve ever been to IKEA, I’m sure we can agree that the man →MORE...

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Children’s Book Giveaway: The Smallest Snowflake. January 11, 2011
Since we are all knee-deep in winter – and for many of you that means being knee-deep in snow – I thought that The Smallest Snowflake might be the perfect sort of book to showcase today. The Smallest Snowflake, written and →MORE...

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What I really need is a category for SINFUL PRIDE. January 10, 2011
So Charlotte got this blue plastic elephant toy during the holidays.  And I know I said no plastic BECAUSE IT WILL CHOP YOU UP INTO TINY PIECES AND MAKE A LAMPSHADE WITH YOUR NOSE (or it outgases, whatever), but if you →MORE...

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Our bed. January 10, 2011
I will write about this more extensively later this week, but yesterday my dad and Donald finished the bed they crafted together and moved it into our bedroom.  Even Charlotte’s in love!

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One-dollar carousel day. January 07, 2011
Over the past several months, Charlotte has fallen head over heels in love with carousels.  If there is one thing my kid likes, it’s a good old-fashioned carousel ride. She so adores everything about carousels – the music, the animals, the →MORE...

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Sevilla building blocks, created by HABA. January 06, 2011
A year ago, Donald made Charlotte a small set of wood blocks.  As she gets older and is increasingly interested in playing with her blocks, we’ve noticed that it’s about time we added to her collection.  While we were looking around →MORE...

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Where the time has gone, I may never know. January 05, 2011
Sometimes the day finishes before I even realize it’s begun and I feel like time is slipping away from me, a little faster every day.  I wonder how much I’m forgetting without meaning to.  Will I remember the way she points →MORE...

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How to make beeswax crayons. See also: homemade crayons kick ass. January 04, 2011
The cast of characters: - Beeswax- Soap (we use goat milk soap from a nearby organic farm)- Dyes (you can use food coloring or home-made) To the left: jars of blueberry dye.  To the right: paprika and tumeric powder dyes. 1.  →MORE...

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How marriage ought to go. January 03, 2011
Nothing has made me love or respect my husband more than sharing with him the joy of raising our daughter together.  There is something magical, something indescribably wonderful, about watching a man fall madly in love with his child.  Donald is →MORE...

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This year… January 01, 2011
Ringing in the new year in the nightgown her great-grandmother made. I vow to have a blast with you at home.  I vow to love on you and your father as often as possible.  I vow to remember what’s important and →MORE...

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At the library. January 01, 2011
Charlotte’s favorite part of library visits these days is the puzzle table.  As a result, I find that I am increasingly making two trips to the library in one day.  The first trip is for story hour.  The second trip is →MORE...

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