The Goods

When Isla was about four months old, we spent a morning reading Dennis Lee’s Alligator Pie front to back – all 64 pages. In fact, we spent good chunks of our mornings in marathon baby board book reading sessions. It was only natural that I commended myself for instilling a love...

What NOT To Do If Yo...

Ah, the bathtub. Now we’re really getting the party (and delivery) started. 4:00 am: At our midwife’s suggestion, I settled in for a nice bath. That is, if your definition of nice means being interrupted every few minutes with intense full body cramps. Since Scott was ruining the...

What NOT To Do If Yo...

Preamble: The following is a very long and true account of my birthing experience. I won’t be offended if you skip it. If you’re planning on engaging in childbirth at some point, you may glean some tips. If you have already given birth, this will make you feel better about...

Make Your Own

Last July, my six year old cousin and I were playing with her toys (which was awesome, obviously). At one point, she handed me her doll and insisted that I swaddle it. No big deal. Except my swaddle looked more like a poorly wrapped fajita. We both stared at the doll in silence. Finally,...

The Scoop

So, it turns out that I’m the kind of mom who spends hours in the evening lovingly making things for her kid. Or at least I have been that kind of mom for about three days now. That’s all because I signed up for a “quiet book” swap through the moms’ group I...

The Goods

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in a baby carriage…with a lot of shopping bags hanging off the handle. Everyone knows that babies are expensive. Diapers, furniture, formula, car seats, daycare – the list goes on. What people don’t tell you is that...