Family life

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...

Jul 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...

Jul 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...

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...

Jul 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...