Children’s Book Giveaway: Red Sings from the Treetops: A Year in Colors. March 31, 2011
Lately, I’ve been trying to branch out into poetry with Charlotte.  With the notable exceptions of Pablo Neruda and Ezra Pound, I’m not really a huge fan of poetry, so this has been a challenge for me. One of the books →MORE...

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Some change. March 30, 2011
Is she sleeping?, an older woman asks as she takes a seat beside me.  We’re standing under a tree, facing a flurry of playground activity.  Children are swinging around like banshees.  I love this noise; it makes me smile.  Because it →MORE...

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A girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do. March 29, 2011
Not to wax on about something that nobody else cares about, but would you like to know what my biggest problem with potty-training is? My child feels the need to caress every single toilet in existence. I mean that.  If there’s →MORE...

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Toilet Training, Part 2: How We Got To Where We Are. March 28, 2011
Donald and I had no intention of teaching our daughter how to use the toilet this early.  We thought that in another six months or a year or eighteen months or two years OR WHENEVER SHE DAMNED WELL PLEASED, she’d start →MORE...

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Patch of spring flowers. March 28, 2011

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Groovy tunes for kids: The Okee Dokee Brothers. March 26, 2011
Until we were invited to a winter concert at Granola Babies, a local natural-parenting shop, it had never occurred to Donald or me to look into children’s music.  Operation: Find Family-Friendly Tunes We All Enjoy Or At Least Tolerate began shortly →MORE...

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My kid and her farts really make me laugh. March 25, 2011
Yesterday when Charlotte and I were making a mad dash to the nearest toilet, something that happens approximately every other second these days, she farted. Which reminds me.  Before I go any further, I would like to say that MAN, my →MORE...

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Pigtails and other business. March 24, 2011
All of her hair, that golden silk I adore, is pulled into pigtails on the sides of her head.  She is dipping a bucket into a container of water, then pouring it out.  Smiling.  Laughing.  It is raining and she is →MORE...

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Nature’s spoils. March 24, 2011
Flipping through computer files I found this, a shot from November. I’ve been taking Charlotte on a daily walk (or mostly-daily when it’s cold) since her third day of life, but it wasn’t until she was about fourteen or fifteen months →MORE...

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Too much and too many. March 23, 2011
As I have mentioned before, Donald and I do not keep very many toys for Charlotte.  We have one drawer of toys.  One.  Well, one drawer of toys and one stack of wood puzzles.  So I guess it’s more like one →MORE...

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What is it with kids and water? March 23, 2011
When it’s time to bathe or shower, she puts up a hullabaloo.  But when I try to pull her away from buckets of water or waves at the ocean, she wages the third world war.

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How I became a dumb-ass and started a tot group. March 22, 2011
When Charlotte was about four or five months old, a few parents I know who have older kids began getting together once a week to finger paint a la Artful Parent.  A few months after that, a good friend of mine →MORE...

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Happy afternoon. March 22, 2011

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Letter to my Sneak-a-boo: 20 months March 22, 2011
Dear Charlotte, I love you, I love you, I LOVE YOU!  Every morning, when you wake up with hair that defies gravity and you nestle in to drink my milk, I marvel at you and I love you.  Every afternoon, when →MORE...

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If this doesn’t scream TODDLER, I don’t know what does. March 21, 2011

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Toilet Training, Part 1: If I Had a Witty Name For This, I Would Have Called The Post By That. March 21, 2011
The thing about cloth-diapering is that cloth soaks up moisture.  And moisture makes me nervous.  Even the word makes me nervous.  It sounds like the sort of word that is just WAITING to sprout out fuzzy molds and poisonous mushrooms, you →MORE...

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On service. March 21, 2011
Awhile ago, I began reading a book that has opened up a can of worms in our home.  And the can of worms goes something like this: “if you and I do not raise Charlotte with not only an appreciation for →MORE...

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Shoes for the baby. March 18, 2011
Charlotte has been in the same shoe size for three pairs of shoes.  The first pair was brown with dogs on them.  The second pair was blue with brown stripes across the top.  The third pair was brown with butterflies and →MORE...

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I heart babies. March 18, 2011
I guess that I am what you might call a BABY PERSON. The odd thing is that I’ve spent most of my life being unimpressed by babies.  I loved children, of course, but babies always seemed sort of dull.  If I →MORE...

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Snack-time. March 17, 2011
It sounds totally crazy, but I love watching my girl eat yogurt.  It’s like a micro-example of her development.  When she first tried, it was so messy.  There was yogurt everywhere - the cabinets, the floor, the stool, her clothes, the →MORE...

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Children’s Book Giveaway: The Growing Story. March 17, 2011
Today’s book = The Growing Story, written by Ruth Krauss and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury.  (I believe the original illustrations were done by Phyllis Rowand, but I have never seen one of the vintage copies.) An oldie, but a goodie, this →MORE...

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In these arms. March 16, 2011
As she sleeps in my arms, I wonder: who will she become?  Who will she fall in love with?  What will her dreams look like?  Will she have children?  What will she believe? It occurs to me that in this very →MORE...

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In unrelated news… March 15, 2011
...there is this!  A toadstool my father built over the weekend with redwood that had been chopped down nearby (a parking lot? a roadside?) for Charlotte to play on.  It made me smile to find that when I was harping on →MORE...

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A note from the trenches. March 15, 2011
Wow, WHERE DO I START? First of all, on the blogging front, there are two things that I should probably mention.  Number one: the book for this week is the timeless awesomeness of The Growing Story by Ruth Krauss, but I →MORE...

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Let’s hope she learns anger management from her father. March 14, 2011
With the puppy being the approximate size of raptor food, and there being exactly TWO enormous nests that provide birds of prey with front-row seats to our yard, Charlotte and I spent more time than usual at the home-front for awhile.  →MORE...

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More ladybugs. March 11, 2011
UPDATE: After we showered and ate this morning, I took Charlotte to the beach.  It was closed and there were signs and vehicles everywhere attesting to this.  When I asked why, someone said that there was a tsunami warning.  I looked →MORE...

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P is for Play. March 10, 2011
Several months back, Donald and I decided that it was about time we began addressing our daughter’s play needs.  Which, let’s face it, sounds completely ridiculous. It’s like saying you want to address your cat’s scratching needs.  I mean, THE CAT →MORE...

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Sidewalk chalk. March 10, 2011
I bought Charlotte this tub of sidewalk chalk in the hopes that it was large enough to last me until I figured out how to make it myself. Of course, I seriously underestimated her love of sidewalk chalk…

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Children’s Book Giveaway: The Day the Babies Crawled Away. March 09, 2011
When I compiled the list of books to feature this year, I based it entirely on reader recommendations with one exception: The Day the Babies Crawled Away, by Peggy Rathmann.  This is a book that a friend passed along to Charlotte →MORE...

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Because I remember. March 08, 2011
Awhile back, a woman I knew took her child’s life and then her own. Even now this is a very difficult set of circumstances for me to process.  I understand why.  I think that any woman who has ever given birth, →MORE...

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Caution: cuteness ahead. March 07, 2011
Over the weekend, THIS happened: That bottom picture cracks me up.  Most patient cat IN THE WORLD. When my baby’s first milk tooth poked through, I was okay.  She was still my baby.  When my baby first crawled along our floor, →MORE...

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Harvey. March 07, 2011

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Much ado about chemicals March 07, 2011
Donald and I have been trying for quite some time to cut down on the number of plastics and various chemicals in our home.  People invariably raise their eyebrows at us when we mention this, and I always say the same →MORE...

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Speaking of MamaMayI… March 04, 2011
...these colorful wooden sorting bowls are to die for.

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In the eye of the beholder. March 04, 2011
Yesterday, Charlotte needed an activity to occupy her time while I was up to my elbows in de-boning a chicken for a home-made soup dinner.  So I gave her three containers of differing sizes filled with water, one small bucket, several →MORE...

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Counting acorns by MamaMayI. March 03, 2011
Mama May I is one of my favorite Etsy shops of all time.  I’m a huge HUGE fan of these wooden counting acorns and I hope she’s still making them when Charlotte’s a little older (read: past the age where small →MORE...

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My fur-babies. March 02, 2011
Hank is about four years old.  He was abused before we brought him in.  His previous owners starved him, beat him, and tied him to a four-foot lead day and night.  We were told he was four months old.  He was →MORE...

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Peach blossoms in the wind. March 01, 2011

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Vaccine makers: still granted immunity. March 01, 2011
Last week, the Supreme Court voted 6-2 to uphold the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 (NCVIA).  The NCVIA requires that individuals claiming vaccine-related injuries file their cases through a federal vaccine court (the so-called “Vaccine Program”).  The Vaccine Program →MORE...

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