In which I prove to you once more that I have really and truly gone off the deep end. July 30, 2012
At some point last week, I suddenly and inexplicably kicked into baby preparation mode.  It has gone a little bit like this: Upon waking up every morning: AHHHH!  The house is a mess!  How are we ever going to raise another →MORE...

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So that better things may fall together. July 26, 2012
On the first day of her life, I laid her on my belly and let her search for milk.  She quieted and focused her efforts.  She sniffed, mewed, and propelled her body forward until she came to my nipple.  Exhausted by →MORE...

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Monday is Painting Day. July 24, 2012
In the early months of this pregnancy, most of the daily rhythms that I had gradually established with Charlotte went out the window, but lately Donald and I have been working to reinstitute them. One of the hardest ones to get →MORE...

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Crazy face. July 24, 2012
I don’t know what this look is all about, but Charlotte throws it at me all.the.time.  It’s at least two parts exasperation, but I’m inclined to think it’s also a couple parts crazy, no?

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Three. July 20, 2012
“How do you want to celebrate your birthday tomorrow?” I asked her. “Maybe swinging,” she said.  Donald built and hung a tree swing in our backyard a few months ago.  Nearly everything about toddlers is perfectly lovely – the phrases they →MORE...

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The coyote. July 18, 2012
“Look!  Charlotte, look!  Do you see the coyote?” I said excitedly as I scooped her into my arms and took her to the living room window. The coyotes are having a rough year here.  In the autumn through early spring, we →MORE...

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The big THREE. July 16, 2012
Charlotte’s birthday is on Friday. “How do we have a birthday?” she asked me late last week when I told her that she would be turning three. We considered a variety of different ways to institute birthday traditions this year.  Should →MORE...

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Surprise!: Giving birth still means recovering from birth too. July 12, 2012
This week is my twenty-fourth week of pregnancy and to kick it off, Donald turned to me a couple nights ago and said, “Sometime when you have a chance, you should order some postpartum pads so that we know they’ll be →MORE...

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Monday morning, 8:32 A.M. July 10, 2012
I cannot believe this child of mine is less than two weeks away from her third birthday.  Amazing. I also cannot believe that she actually grinned at the camera without me making ridiculous noises or pretending that I was going to →MORE...

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Next time I get all misty-eyed about something my kid says, remind me of this. July 10, 2012
    -  I just like to spend so much time with you, Momma.  It will be better to cuddle when the baby is out.    -  Yeah, my belly does get in the way sometimes, huh?  But we can still →MORE...

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How our garden grows (figuratively, not literally) (our literal garden is a bit pathetic right now). July 09, 2012
Maybe the clouds or the stars or the weeds in my yard finally lined up just right.  Or maybe all those times I’ve had to help Charlotte blow dandelion seeds all over the yard finally paid off.  Or maybe someone just →MORE...

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Two conversations with Charlotte of late. July 06, 2012
On Tuesday morning, at the park, in demonstration of why it is unsafe to ever suggest ANYTHING to a toddler.  You show a little concern for a kid’s possessions and the next thing you know, you’re an advocate for teddy bear →MORE...

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On painting. July 03, 2012
She was sipping her milk and then, in the blink of an eye, the milk was everywhere.  She looked devastated. “Oh boy!  Would you look at that puddle of milk!” I said.  “I’ll bet it’s a lot of fun to play →MORE...

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Vegas. July 02, 2012
While we were in Las Vegas last weekend, Donald took Charlotte up to the top of the Stratosphere Hotel to show her the view.  Despite the look on her face in this picture, she actually really enjoyed it.  She keeps telling →MORE...

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22 weeks: on love. July 02, 2012
Dear Baby, Your occupation of my womb closes out its twenty-second week today.  It has been a momentous week for you and me.  This is the week that I really started to fall head-over-heels, crazy, irrevocably in love with you. See →MORE...

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