The Talk. August 30, 2012
Lately Charlotte has developed a habit of sitting outside the shower and bombarding me with questions while I scrub up.  It is fascinating to me to hear where her imagination takes her as she tries to make sense of the world. →MORE...

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On grandparents. August 22, 2012
A few weeks ago, the son of a friend of mine turned one.  My friend’s parents live within a mile of their grandson and they wanted to do something special for him, so they hosted his first birthday party.  And everything →MORE...

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The tricycle. August 20, 2012
This weekend, we scratched the first big pre-baby project off the list.  Or rather, Donald did.  He built Charlotte’s tricycle: She loves it every bit as much as you would think, and possibly more.  She milked every possible second of daylight →MORE...

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On STILL breastfeeding. And doing it while pregnant. Part 2. August 17, 2012
When Charlotte was an infant, one of the women I most deeply respect in my family told me that in her opinion when a mother is still nursing a child who can walk and talk, she is doing it for herself.  →MORE...

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Healthy Child Healthy World: Nature Adventures. August 14, 2012
Healthy Child Healthy World blogging prompt: What sort of nature adventures do we love best? “Do you hear that?” I ask my daughter.  We stand still and silent on the trail.  She nods exuberantly. “What sort of animal makes that sound, →MORE...

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Finally, our gopher population is dwindling… August 13, 2012

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Dear Child. August 13, 2012
Dear Child, We recently learned from our adoption agency that our family is eligible to accept a foster-adoptive placement at any point after January 2013. This is HUGE for our family.  Huge. After discussing it, your father and I made the →MORE...

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I’ll bet the world laughs every time a kid turns three. August 10, 2012
One of Charlotte’s more recent loves is blowing in peoples’ faces. I am not exactly certain where she picked up this little gem, but it is every bit as irritating-bordering-on-infuriating as it sounds.  More than once, I have caught myself closing →MORE...

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On convincing Charlotte that babies aren’t really that bad, I promise. August 08, 2012
Now that we are in the final trimester of this pregnancy, Donald and I have begun preparing Charlotte for the arrival of her infant sibling. It is…not going well. There are aspects of this process that Charlotte understands well and is →MORE...

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Nine recent memories with Charlotte that I will cherish forever: August 06, 2012
    1.  After hearing me discuss the Olympics on the phone last Friday, Charlotte asked me what “fuh-nastics” are.  I thought for a moment about how to put gymnastics into terms a three-year-old might understand.  “Well,” I said.  “People dress →MORE...

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If I drank, parenting a toddler would probably turn me into a raging alcoholic, amen. August 03, 2012
Yesterday I decided that my goal for the day was to wash the mountain of dirty dishes that has slowly been devouring every square inch of counter space in our kitchen. I know, I know, me and my WILD dreams.  Try →MORE...

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On STILL breastfeeding. And doing it while pregnant. Part 1. August 02, 2012
We’re a mile into the canyon.  Trees hang thick and green over the trail.  Speckles of sunlight dance along the ground.  A bird to our left is releasing a piercing cry, single loud chirps over and over again. We’re standing in →MORE...

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