October 2012

your friend, the toilet

October 29, 2012

Meet the toilet. This humble star of the powder room is more than just he seems. For as many times as you’ve met the toilet, you’ll never see as much action in the bathroom as after you’re a parent. When I became a parent, my relationship with the toilet changed rather suddenly from that of […]

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daddy’s better

October 25, 2012

My kids love their dad. As it should be. He is handy, fun, sweet, playful, and only says “no” when you ask him the first time. They love him just for the same reasons I love him. He likes to let them watch TV. He would give them ice cream for dinner. He’s not worried […]

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conservative Halloween

October 23, 2012

I am not really conservative, by nature. I’m outgoing, a little inappropriate, and sometimes say what I think–even when no one wants to hear it. (*Especially then.) When I think “conservative,” I think of making my own clothes, which would be a floor-length skirt, and not doing my hair again, ever. (Which is fine, if […]

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October 18, 2012

I do believe you should pat me on the back the next time we meet. Or maybe, when you see me approaching, just tap your friends nearby and begin clapping, all of you. It might start an ovation at the school, at ballet, at gymnastics, at the grocery store, but you shouldn’t be embarrassed! You […]

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the hang of it

October 15, 2012

I’m getting the hang of it. I have three kids now. Three. I was facebooking with an old friend of mine, someone from high school, who recently had her third, and my first thought when I heard she was pregnant with this one was she’s too young to have three kids! But then, I thought […]

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the gift

October 11, 2012

Often I write something that relates, either directly or indirectly, to how amazing it is to have children. Bringing another human being into this world, and/or raising another human being to adulthood in this world: these are no easy tasks. The challenges, the hardship, the tears and the failure are part and parcel of being […]

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cute on purpose

October 9, 2012

Even though sometimes they make you crazy, children are very cute. I have many, many examples of cuteness. Things like this: …and this: …and, of course, this: The evolutionary reason, though, that children are so stinkin’ cute, is that they are an absolute ton of work. And just so you don’t leave them in a […]

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bored in 2032

October 4, 2012

Well, it’s two-and-a-half months into having a new baby, and things are going pretty good. A lot (a LOT) of people said it’d be tough. They mentioned that having the third will rock your world, so to speak, and in a way that’s true. In a way, I look at these three little people and […]

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one thing

October 1, 2012

This weekend I ran a race. My first race. Actually, I didn’t even run the race, since I want to be honest here, I did that thing where walking juuuuuust becomes jogging, while Carpenter ran sloooooowly next to me. And I didn’t think I could do it. At the beginning of the race, I did […]

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