Entries Tagged as 'routine with toddler'

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012


Two and a half years ago, I wrote Cara a note when she had to return to work after her maternity leave. Whenever I need a laugh or a mom-shoulder to cry on at work, she’s my go-to gal. She recently traveled with her daughter, Posey, and I jealously watched their trip on instagram. I [...]

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

No-Potty Training

This morning I wore lip gloss from a tube Miles had dipped in the toilet. And then I wondered… Is that what it truly means to be a mom? To have time scheduled with a photographer, to straighten your hair and put on the tiniest amount of make-up for the first time in forever, to [...]

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012


“She looks so old,” Ken yelled from the other room this afternoon after Nora had gone to talk to him, a bun in her hair and a fancy dress on. She’s spent most of the summer in her underwear, a new aversion to clothes that itch and have seams and are too tight or too [...]

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Toddler Malfunctions

Life with a toddler is chock-full of it-seemed-like-a-good-idea-at-the-time moments. A toddler’s job is to keep us parents guessing, keep us on our toes (are you following @honesttoddler on twitter? Why not? Every tweet is so spot-on funny. Sometimes I wonder if it isn’t Miles with his own twitter account… but I digress). My good-idea-at-the-time ideas [...]

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Playing In The Mud

Being a mother to a toddler means that when his hands scrape the mud, when his fingernails get crusted over with dirt, when his clothes get covered in brown sludge, you think, “Oh no, don’t do that. I’m going to have to wash you and your clothes.” But, you stop yourself. Instead you stare at [...]

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012


I should be sleeping. I have a king size bed staring me in the face, inviting me into its luxurious covers, its many-pillowed self. But instead I sit at a desk to write. Even when, at a bit after midnight, I should be sleeping (did I say that already?) I’m not home. I have to [...]

Monday, June 18th, 2012


I’m leaving tomorrow for a four day work conference. And as much as I am happy to be going to learn and to have a hotel room to myself for three nights, I am feeling a little unprepared on many fronts for the trip. Ken will be here. And his mom. And his dad. And [...]

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

The Perfect Pool

It’s hot these days. And, in my house, it’s loud – jackhammer loud (but more on that tomorrow). And while I do truly love just escaping to my back yard, with my huge tree providing summer shade, there are other magical trees and other places that summer brings me over and over again. Today was [...]

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

You Get What You Pay For

At the dollar store last week I gave in to Nora’s constant begging for a Barbie. It wasn’t a Barbie, really. It was her cheaper dollar store counterpart dressed as a mermaid and with a handy extra outfit that actually was quite modest by Barbie standards. Within minutes of getting her new toy home, her [...]

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Is There A Ghost?

Ken fell to the stomach bug today. Nora is still a bit cranky from it. Miles, he’s not fussy. He’s hilarious. I like to ease into summer, to feel my way into a new routine, to give myself time to adjust to spending days at home (in a house under construction, no less). And just [...]

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