September 2011

due date

September 30, 2011

Today is the “official” due date for my sister’s pregnancy. She and her hubs are anxiously, exhaustively, awaiting a baby boy. Nothing yet, but hope for soon. If you have children, do you remember those last weeks? Because they are so. long. They are not normal weeks, or days, or hours. They are a waiting […]

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commentary

September 28, 2011

When you read my blog, do you post a comment? I read somewhere that only 7-10% of readers actually post a comment. And that’s pretty much true here. Actually, less. Here’s the thing: when you post a comment, it’s just the same as giving me a great big hug. Or a hi-five, I’m still trying […]

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hindsight

September 27, 2011

I think I was sorely in need of a good shaking when I became a mother. No one told me that after I was pregnant I’d have to do [most] everything by myself. People smile at a pregnant woman when she enters a restaurant, when she waddles into the bathroom, when she boards a plane. […]

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holey september

September 26, 2011

It’s not the full moon. If you were wondering. I’ve been so irritable lately. Just stressed. One of those weeks (or two) where you’re arguing all the time and you don’t know about what, even. Where you’re mad at your significant other because they can’t give you what you want–but you’re not sure what that […]

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Ask AJ #7: bad words

September 24, 2011

Ask AJ This week comes from D. of Beaver Falls, PA. D. writes: “AJ, what are your thoughts on this subject: Disney movies are full of words I don’t want my kids to say.” YESSS! ENOUGH with “stupid” and “shut up” ALREADY! I can’t stand it. Every single time we rent a movie for the […]

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head case

September 22, 2011

It’s, um, maybe the third week of school (third? yep.) and there’s been a reported case (4) of head lice. Already. Today. Actually it’s the Thursday of the first full week of school and there’s head lice, apparently, running rampant through all the kids’ clothes and heads and backpacks and shoes and hats and -aak!- […]

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do as I say

September 21, 2011

It’s hard to be a good role model. I’ll begin there. Especially as a woman, especially in this day and age. Men have it tough, but women have to be everything and gorgeous, never aging, always getting thinner and stronger or at least staying the same over the years. Okay, that’s not even true. That’s […]

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children are scary

September 17, 2011

Some people think children are scary. My sister is one of those people. Until I had children she thought they were like ants: swarming, and scary and just something to be feared. And then I had kids, and now she loves them. That didn’t happen overnight. Over the course of a lot of years and […]

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babysitting

September 15, 2011

Well, if I write a post right now all the karmic energy of the entire universe will rain down retribution upon me. But I’ll do it anyway. I’m babysitting two other little girls (baby and 3-year-old) and they are both asleep right now. What was that? Did you hear something? [Pant, pant.] Okay, –whoa!–it’s just […]

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stalling and war

September 13, 2011

I’m sure if you have had children, or even if you’ve ever babysat, you know the ridiculous tactics that they will go to in order to avoid bed. Sometimes they’re towards the good side of the Stalling Spectrum: “Mommy, please, can I have another book before bed?” (Doe eyes/quivering bottom lip are standard with almost […]

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