Category Archives: parenting

The Four-Month Change – It’s Not You, It’s Your Baby’s Brain

Four months is a time of really major change for most babies.  It’s the end of the “fourth trimester” as each baby emerges from the newborn “eat, sleep, poop, eat, sleep” phase and enters real life.  Ellie threw us (but … Continue reading

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I Have Been Seriously Contemplating Whether or Not Leaving the House is Worth It

It’s been feast or famine around here, hasn’t it?  Make sure to read the end – for the happy ending postscript. And a fair warning – there are discussions of various gross bodily fluids in this post.  Feel free to … Continue reading

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Connect , Then Correct

Last night was a bit of a disaster.  After a fun evening with Yiayia, the last half hour before bedtime with Ellie was pretty awful.  She was exhausted, there was a lot of screaming, crying, arms flailing, and general sadness, … Continue reading

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And So, As It Turns Out, I Can’t Do It All

The past four and a half months have been unusually busy for Nik and me.  I participated in a major project at church, which consumed just about every minute I could spare at the computer (including the evening hours when … Continue reading

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A Fond Farewell to My Dearly Loved Oregon Mug (and my Montana one too, sniff, sniff)

My favorite souvenir to buy while on a trip is a hand-thrown pottery mug.  I have several and LOVE using them.  My dad even brought me one back from Scotland last year.  I love the feel of them in my … Continue reading

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How We Spent Our October 31st (and why we didn’t go trick-or-treating)

As is true with other parts of my life, my thinking about Halloween has moderated in my adult years.  When I was younger, I probably would have told you that I didn’t think there was any way to partake in … Continue reading

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Classics Club, Book #8: Middlemarch (from August 2014)

This is my eighth post for The Classics Club (just a couple weeks late).  I’ll be reading one classic book a month for the next 4-5 years.  Track what I’m reading for the Classics Club here.  I’ll try not to … Continue reading

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