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On Being Bold

This week Remy has discovered slides.   Remy knew about slides before, of course. He loves the stairs at any playground and often climbs to the top (with one of us nervously standing behind him) where he waits for us to go down the big slide with him. This week, we accidentally ended up at…

Parenting Grief

My daughter is making a soft crying sound in the back of her throat, like tiny inward sobs. It’s not crying, really. It’s a way for her to catch my attention, to let me know she is feeling sad about something. Age 5 and a solid introvert, she doesn’t often express her emotions outwardly (something…

On one year of crazy adventure

This week Remy turned one.                     Its hard to believe that this time last year we were enjoying the most fabulous, laid back Christmas ever in the hospital with a tiny, barely-human creature that couldn’t do anything at all. And this year, we have a boy…

A baby sits in a highchair, looking off camera for more food.

On Signing

Remy’s been walking in earnest for almost a month now. Everyone said walking would be the big game changer. I disagree. This month Remy also began signing back to us. And that has changed everything. We began using basic signs with Remy around six months, when he started eating at the table with us. “More” and “all-done”…

a baby smiles at his reflection in a mirror from his carseat

On Watching Children Fall Asleep

(The Second Installment in an Occational Series on What I Wish Other Parents Had Told Me) Plenty of parents talk about watching their children sleep. Mostly, its in a vaguely creepy context, where the child is already blissfully dreaming and the parents are hovering above the bed, whispering about how adorable their little angel is.…

Ad-libbed

“Mom, what does ad-libbing mean?” “It means making it up as you go along. When you don’t know what comes next, so you just make it up.” Satisfied, my 7-year-old returned to reading from one of his many Calvin and Hobbes books out loud to his sister. “‘I don’t think I’d have been in such…