Evie and the Chicks

It was nearly a month ago now that we were collecting eggs in trays for the incubator.  Evie, as Evie is wont to do, kept playing with the eggs.  “I need those for the incubator,” I told her, “so I need you to quit playing with them.  If they break, they can’t turn into chickens.” […]

Henry is One!

Today is Henry’s first birthday.  I read somewhere once, when I was a young, energetic, idealistic mother, that the first birthday is not about the baby.  It is for the parents, a celebration of their survival of the first and most difficult year.  I know I have been looking forward to this milestone for many […]

More Sleep Progress

Thursday: I don’t often get to take a bubble bath anymore, thanks to my two later-in-life babies, but I committed to enjoying one on Thursday night, since Henry has been doing so much better this week.  He did wake at his usual 45 minutes after going to sleep, but he cried only briefly and then […]

The Buddy System

Have you ever read My Antonia, by Willa Cather?  Willa Cather is not for everyone.  Her stories are slow, quiet, almost without plot, really.  She writes about the ordinary, the mundane, but you do walk away from her novels with a deep and abiding love for her characters.  Perhaps that’s because we grow to know […]

Fixing the Henry Problem

Months ago, my sister sent me a copy of The No-Cry Sleep Solution, because Henry and sleep aren’t the best of friends, and she thought it might help.  I was reading through it again the other night, and before the author starts offering solutions, she asks: Do you actually have a problem?  Or have other […]

Kid Quote

Evie, crying as if she’s just been denied her heart’s desire: “But I want turn off the sunshine! Why won’t you let me turn off the sunshine?” And that’s the sort of thing you have to deal with when naps are missed.

American Girl: A Dream Come True

It’s just about three hours from here to Nashville.  It’s an easy drive, straight down 65, which gets a little convoluted in the heart of the destination city, but it’s not too bad.  Just long.  Nashville is the country music capitol of the world, but we were headed there for a different reason: Nashville is […]

The Henry Problem

As you may remember, I’ve been having some trouble with Henry and his sleep patterns, or lack thereof.  So how about a little relevant story? Last week, I wanted to try some beer in a soup.  You see, it was Ash Wednesday, and I couldn’t use meat broth in my soup, and I had this […]