Letter to my little bird: 3.5 months. February 27, 2013
Dear Evelyn, In a little over a week, you’ll be four months old.  I cannot believe how fast time has flown with you in our family.  It feels very much as though you were brand new and then we blinked and →MORE...

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Letter to my dragon-child: 43 months. February 26, 2013
Dear Charlotte, I’m not going to lie, kiddo, the last couple months with you have been rough. This part of our family’s life is something that I struggle with writing about.  This blog is meant to record your childhood and my →MORE...

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Rapunzel hair. February 20, 2013
A few weeks ago, Charlotte found a roll of blue painters’ tape that we had lying around the house.  She eagerly unrolled an edge, stuck it in her hair, let it unfurl, then ripped it off at her ankle. “Look, Momma!” →MORE...

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Three and I may not always have smooth sailing… February 15, 2013
...but Three also has a heart of gold, an irresistible charm, and a joyful smile.  (I think I’ll keep her.) ** Charlotte is three years and (almost) seven months old.  Evie is three months old.

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Feral. February 12, 2013
She is sitting beside me on the couch and she is screaming, screaming as loudly as she can, sometimes pointing her finger in her mouth and sometimes bouncing with frustration, turning the deepest crimson I have ever seen on her face, →MORE...

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A small dose of reality. February 07, 2013
(Yes, we do allow some access to television these days.) (Probably about one movie a month and some cartoons sprinkled in here and there.) (Charlotte’s favorite two movies are “Tangled” and “How to Train Your Dragon.”) (My husband and my father →MORE...

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Donald’s harsh postpartum reality. February 06, 2013
Earlier tonight when we were sitting around the dinner table, Charlotte asked us to tell her the story of her birth. “Well,” said Donald.  “Momma and I were lonely so we went to a baby store and looked at all the →MORE...

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Evelyn’s favorite place. February 05, 2013
** Charlotte is three years and six months old.  Evie is (almost) three months old.

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Letters. February 01, 2013
A few days ago, Charlotte came padding down the hallway to me.  “Momma?” she asked.  “Momma, can you teach me how to write?  I want to learn how to write.” “Sure, sweetheart,” I said.  “Do you want to grab a piece →MORE...

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At Prehistoric Pets. February 01, 2013
A couple months ago, a friend of mine introduced me to a reptile store and zoo called Prehistoric Pets in Fountain Valley.  Charlotte had a blast; she fed mealworms to turtles, saw a two-headed snake, touched and held a couple different →MORE...

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