Four quick notes. December 29, 2011
NUMBER ONE: Charlotte’s check-up on Tuesday went well.  Now that she is doing much better, still coughing periodically but not whooping at all, the hardest part for us is coming to terms with the fact that we will never have answers →MORE...

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The Scrooges celebrate Christmas. December 27, 2011
I think that if most people looked at our family’s Christmas this year, they would proclaim us horrible failures.  No tree.  No tinsel.  No popcorn strings.  No stockings on our mantle.  No pile of gifts.  No lights on our house.  No →MORE...

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Letter to my scoundrel: 29 months. December 21, 2011
Dear Charlotte, If I had to sum up this last month with you in one sentence, I would have to tell you how immensely proud of you I am. This past month was the first family holiday that you understood and →MORE...

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Looking for a little inspiration. December 19, 2011
*** Thank you for all of your love and support last week.  Charlotte is no longer contagious and her symptoms have eased up considerably.  We are still taking things slow, but she is recovering better than we ever expected.  Although she →MORE...

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Our November homeschool: squirrels, acorns, and autumn leaves. December 15, 2011
If I don’t publish this now, I never will.  This is our homeschool review for early November.  We did a short unit for late November and then decided to take a holiday break, which is just as well because whooping cough →MORE...

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The truth about superheroes and their not-so-clean houses. December 15, 2011
A few days ago, I broke out the vacuum. Because we have wood floors, we tend to be more of a sweeping and mopping family.  And, okay, in the spirit of full disclosure…even the mopping is a little sparse. You don’t →MORE...

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A pertussis update. December 14, 2011
Our family is on Day Six of The Great Whooping Cough Quarantine Of 2011 and it must be said that, at this point, our efforts to keep Charlotte sedentary and entertained have lead us to compromise every single parenting belief we →MORE...

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On pertussis and vaccinations. December 12, 2011
On Friday morning, I popped into the garage for a moment to run some laundry.  When I opened the door to the house half a minute later, I could hear Charlotte coughing.  She sounded like she was choking.  Like she couldn’t →MORE...

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Croup.  UPDATE: WHOOPING COUGH, NOT CROUP. December 09, 2011
UPDATE: I took Charlotte to the doctor this afternoon expecting that she would be looked over and they would say, yup, croup.  Instead, she was diagnosed with whooping cough and we were told to lock her down.  This is for two →MORE...

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A post about bathtime and neck cheese. December 08, 2011
Yesterday it occurred to me that I could not remember when, exactly, Charlotte had last been bathed or showered.  Was it over the weekend?  Last week?  Ten days ago?  Had she even seen soap in the last year? Since that seemed →MORE...

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I could be wrong, but I think this is the two-year-old version of flipping me the bird. December 07, 2011
On Monday, a blog reader (thanks Melissa!) tipped me off about a children’s bookstore in Los Angeles that sells and special orders French books.  As soon as I read her e-mail, I told Charlotte HEY!  We’re going to the city tomorrow! →MORE...

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Weekend mornings. December 05, 2011
TOTALLY UNRELATED, BUT: we are trying to find good-quality children’s books in French and ship them to California without paying an arm and a leg.  They can be used or new and we’re especially interested in fairy tale treasuries (Perrault, Grimm, →MORE...

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Ten cool things about my kid right now: December 02, 2011
    1.  In a conversation once I joked that she’s a lover not a fighter.  At the park yesterday, she saw two kids wrestling in the grass.  “OH MOMMA,” she yelped.  “CHARLOTTE DOES NOT DO THIS!  NO!  I AM A →MORE...

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