The first six months of Mission: Multilingualism. May 31, 2012
Donald and I began making a focused effort to give a second language to Charlotte six months ago.  Although I had spoken French off and on to her since her infancy and I could sing a few nursery rhymes, overall her →MORE...

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Slowly slowly small things grow. May 30, 2012
On Monday, this pregnancy concluded week seventeen.  I have gained only two pounds, but I look like I’ve put on twelve and given my sudden rediscovery of The Irrepressible Pregnant Hunger, I’m sure that I’m well on my way to doing →MORE...

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A cute French story. May 23, 2012
The other day at the park, a kid slightly older than Charlotte saw a cat hanging out in a tree near the playground.  “VEO UN GATO!” he screamed in Spanish.  I see a cat! Charlotte only heard “gato.” “Gato” (cat) sounds →MORE...

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Zzzzzz. May 22, 2012
Over the past two or three months, Charlotte has “outgrown” her nap.  And by “outgrown,“ what I mean is that she no longer naps with any sort of consistency at a reasonable hour…but she is still physically incapable of making it →MORE...

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Letter to my wild bird: 34 months. May 21, 2012
Dear Charlotte, There are only two months left until your birthday and you are marking the countdown by learning all manner of new tricks.  This month alone, you have learned how to make my harmonica make different sounds, how to plant →MORE...

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Girl Habits for Jordin’s Journey. May 18, 2012
*** The last two weeks have been especially busy for our family, hence the low rate of blogging.  Next week things should be back to normal.  Whew!  Thanks for your patience! It has been two and a half weeks since I →MORE...

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My sunshine. May 15, 2012
It must be said that after the rain comes the sun.  And after a weekend of very difficult days and more attitude than I knew a two-year-old was capable of, Charlotte woke up yesterday morning in a great mood. We made →MORE...

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Mary, Mary, quite contrary. May 14, 2012
The past few weeks with Charlotte have been particularly difficult. As a general whole, I do not believe in writing about hard days with Charlotte.  It makes me uncomfortable.  If my daughter reads this blog at age 16 and ever, even →MORE...

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Why? May 10, 2012
    -  Momma, did you eat an apple with me?    -  Yes I did.    -  Why did you eat that apple, Momma?    -  I ate the apple because I was hungry, sweetheart.    -  Why were you →MORE...

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A pregnancy update. May 09, 2012
In case you are wondering (and you probably are not, but my dad would have soooo much less ammunition against me if my blog went without my trademark habit of oversharing), the last eleven days in this house have been 100% →MORE...

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On death. May 07, 2012
We knew that that day was coming, the day when their heart would stop beating and they would take their last breath.  We watched time march forward, slowly, one step and then another. Death is an excellent teacher.  It reminds you →MORE...

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Ten things I love about my daughter right now: May 03, 2012
    1.  Every time I get her dressed to go out, if I blink my eyes she strips and dresses up in a princess dress.    2.  Her imagination is taking off.  The stories she tells me are increasingly elaborate →MORE...

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Dear Child. May 01, 2012
Dear Child, On the fourth day of March, your father and I found out that we are expecting your (probably younger) brother or sister. At first I cried.  The adoption agency we are working with requires that we wait until this →MORE...

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