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Development Is Not A Straight Line

Kaylin had a hard time going down for a nap last week. She's 3 now, and nap time is becoming less necessary than it used to be. Some days she doesn't get a nap, but she still needs one at least once or twice a week. On this particular day, she was melting down at the...

Mom Fantasies

I sometimes use fantasies to help me get through a day.  Today is one of those days. Today didn't start off particularly differently or worse than a normal day.  But for today all the little stresses and demands of life piled on, and I found myself sitting at the...

Does Babywearing Count As Tummy Time?

Baby Containers and Flat Heads Yesterday one of the parenting related pages that I follow, Evolutionary Parenting, posted a link to this article on Facebook with the note "Where's the mention of baby wearing?" If you don't feel like clicking through, the article in...

Feeling the Pouch Sling Love

How I Got My Pouch Sling When I was first pregnant with Kaylin, I got an email with a coupon code for a free baby carrier.  I thought that sounded like a good deal.  I had already learned a little about babywearing, and knew it was something I wanted to do.  I had to...

Why Wear Your Baby?

Why I Wear My Baby There are lots of reasons to wear your baby.  There's the snuggles, the bonding, the physiological benefits of keeping your baby close to you.  There's the way it helps your baby go to sleep and the way it's like a little built in workout, walking...

The End of the Fourth Trimester

What is the fourth trimester? James is over 3 months old now.  The fourth trimester is over. I know, fourth trimester doesn't make much sense on the surface of it.  A trimester is one of three things, after all.  How can there be four of them?  I suppose it's a little...

Earning My Nose Wiping Merit Badge

Kaylin has a cold. It's not too serious, really.  She has a really runny nose, a little cough from the postnasal drip, and that's about it.  She's not sleeping well, naturally.  Sleep is the first thing to go out the window when anything changes in her life. I spent...

My Favorite Things

The little sighs in his sleep. The half smile that was his first real smile. The way his face lights up when I talk to him. His big open-mouth grin. The way he coos at me when I talk to him. How he waves his arms and squeals when he's happy. His smile when his sister...

What It’s Like Staying Home With Kids

Ever wondered what it's like staying home with kids? People sometimes ask parents what they do all day when they're staying home with their kids.  Many times, for me at least, the answer is, "I don't know."  I know I do stuff.  I'm exhausted, the day has gone by, I...

Brave Mother

"You're So Brave" A little over a month ago I went to a writer's conference. I learned about the conference near the end of February, and it was the first Saturday in March.  It was in downtown Spokane, which is only 45 minutes away.  James would be only about a month...