Boss baby

Ever since Roland was born, Winnie has mostly viewed him as a cute baby brother rather than as a competitor to whom she is losing time on my lap. She was three days shy of 2 years old when we

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Are we out of the woods?

Baby Deke is officially 3 months old! According to Dr. Karp, he’s graduated from the “fourth trimester.” Do you know Harvey Karp? He’s the author of The Happiest Baby on the Block. I watched his corresponding video while I was

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A spark of joy in a dark place

This post is about loss. Please be warned if death is triggering for you. It’s been a rough year. It’s been a rougher week. We joke that Roland is the only good of 2017, and I believe it now more

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Slipping through my fingers

Mamma Mia! came out in movie format when my first was a baby. I’m a sucker for musicals, and so is mamma mia (my mom), so we watched it together. There’s a scene where Meryl Streep is helping her daughter

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Toes for toys

I adore the stage when babies find their feet. It signifies the time in between the hard work of the blurry newborn phase and the vigilance of the mobility phase. It’s the sweet spot of babyhood where they are durable

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Not your brother’s mother

What Deacon needs in a mother is not what Charlotte needs, or what Finn and Graham need. Every child is unique, of course, but at a more basic level, different ages call for different parenting approaches. At Deacon’s age (infancy)

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Our family, 9 years later

My husband and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary this week. The number seemed pretty remarkable to me until I found out my grandparents had just celebrated their 68th anniversary and realized that we have a ways to go to

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Home school

My dad sent me a great podcast episode the other day: This American Life, episode 364, “Going Big.” The episode investigates “Baby College,” a Harlem humanitarian project aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty by teaching new parents how to

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Red lines

The other day while getting out of the shower, I was confronted with another new change to my pregnant body … my very first stretch mark. With my first baby, I somehow was able to bypass these lines signaling a

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Taking shots

When I scheduled Deke’s 2-month appointment with the pediatrician a few weeks ago, they had Monday the 21st wide open. 11 a.m.? Perfect. Only, not really. What I didn’t realize at the time I scheduled the appointment was that the eclipse

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